Temple ISD to launch new transport tracking application


SMART tag â„¢, according to the district, is an innovative system that uses secure cloud technology to share real-time information with parents and the district.

TEMPLE, Texas – The Temple Independent School District has announced that it will introduce a new digital tracking system to facilitate district transportation.

The new tracking system is called SMART tag â„¢ and, according to the district, it will help increase safety and communication for bus riders across the region. TISD’s board of directors approved the purchase at a board meeting on Dec. 13, according to TISD.

SMART tag â„¢, according to the district, is an innovative system that uses secure cloud technology to share real-time information with the district.

The program is designed to increase safety, security, visibility and communication for transportation services, according to TISD.

The district says the program will allow drivers to track student inspections, mileage and attendance. Students will also be able to participate in the new technology, as they will be able to scan in and out of the bus.

Amy Scopac, director of transportation for TISD, said a parent portal would also be available to help families track their students’ arrival times and locations.

“One of the best-selling features of SMART tag â„¢, in my opinion, is the Parent Portal,” she continued. “The Parent Portal is a web application that will give our parents the ability to know when the bus will arrive at their child’s stop in the morning and afternoon. Parents can also view their students’ riding activities through the app. They will be able to see the date, time and location of each time their child gets on or off the bus. SMART tag â„¢ also offers a SMART tracking feature that will allow parents to see a live map of their student’s bus when they are on their way to pick them up and while they are on the bus.

The pilot program will first be launched in the spring at Ray-Allen Elementary School. Afterwards, the district said the program would be rolled out nationwide to all districts by fall 2022.

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