GPS tracking system approved for Dekalb County school buses

Students and parents will soon be able to track the location of school buses as DeKalb County Board of Education approved the purchase of a bus GPS system at their Jan. 13 meeting.

The $4.7 million investment over a five-year period, awarded to Education Logistics, LLC, will include labor, materials, equipment and implementation for a GPS Technology Solution System that will allow students, parents and school transportation systems to view and track the real-time location of their buses. The system also will include a parent notification system, through the EDULOG’s Parent Portal Lite phone app, that sends push alerts when their child checks in and off the bus.

In addition, the system will allow for more efficient routing and planning that allow deterrence from hazard zones to help bus drivers route around busy streets and dangerous areas.

The GPS system is scheduled for implementation beginning February 2020 through May 2020, according to a district spokesperson.

The initial cost of installation and implementation is an estimated $1.5 million for the first year, and then an annual cost of nearly $800,000 during the remainder of the five year period. The yearly cost will be funded from the school district’s general fund, while the initial payment will be funded through the district’s E-SPLOST 5 technology budget.

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