Choosing the right school bus tracking solution

By sensel_master,

School bus tracking today is often a mandatory requirement in many parts of India and the rest of the world. Many schools have already deployed such systems.

But often with limited success. In this blog, I have tried to summarize the essential requirements of a good school bus tracking solution both from a parent’s and the school’s perspective.

Essential requirements in a school bus tracking solution:

  • Does the solution help the parents feel comfortable and secure? Parent’s ability to track their child’s bus with ease gives them a tremendous sense of security. It is also a very helpful tool while dropping and picking the child from the bus. It is even more important on days when there are unplanned delays due to traffic, the vehicle breaks down or other reasons. The right solution helps reduce the parent’s anxiety and reduces unnecessary calls to the school admin.
  • The school management must be able to leverage the system in using the fleet more efficiently.
    • Are the routes optimally planned?
    • Are the schedules being maintained?
    • Are the drivers driving safely?
    • Is there any misuse of vehicles?
    • In case there is a vehicle change or some support issue will the vendor provide me quick support?
    • Is the solution compatible with the existing school ERP system?
  • A continuous inward-facing camera with a full view is a very critical deterrent in preventing unwanted activities. Given the current state of network infrastructure in India in general, real-time live video is a little impractical. So at least a continuously recording infrastructure is a good tool as a deterrent as well as for analysis when needed.

Drilling down to more hardware, software and other offering feature sets, here below is a more detailed checklist one can use to help decide the right school bus tracking solution and the right vendor.

Vehicle Tracking Hardware:

  • Is GPS accuracy good? Look for CEP 95 error less than 3 meters
  • Is the update rate at least 20 seconds or less? Meaning one location packet uploaded every 20 seconds.
  • Is it capable of Over speed detection?
  • Is it capable of Harsh breaking detection?
  • Is it capable of Harsh acceleration detection?
  • Is it capable of Harsh cornering detection?
  • Is it capable of interfacing with an external Buzzer or speaker to alert the driver in real-time when he is over speeding or any other driving violations?

Software Application Suite:

  • Is the user interface friendly and intuitive?
  • Insist on standard tracking features like live tracking and replay map views, history route view, textual location/trip data, distance reports, summary utilization reports
  • For school’s safety should be paramount and must insist on a good safety dashboard where the quality of driving can be quickly analyzed to take corrective actions.
  • Is the mobile app for parents simple to use? You do not want to make too many support calls.
  • Do they support both Android and iPhone?
  • Is there an easy way to map school route numbers to specific vehicles? This is key because sometimes a bus may be replaced and this whole backend operation must be transparent to the parent.

Camera subsystem:

  • Minimum 2 Megapixel
  • Wide-angle view
  • Must support night vision with infrared LED
  • WIFI download to school server when the bus comes to school premises
  • 4G connectivity is a nice to have.


  • Is the vendor reliable and trustworthy? Insist on a minimum 5-year history with a good customer record.
  • Do they have a good field and back end support team for prompt support if required?
  • Is it their own technology or are they merely trading? Are they willing to customize the software reports etc. for you if needed?

There are some other features like RFID that are often paired in with the school bus tracking solution but with limited results. Typically, they integrate an RFID reader in the bus which is usually also coupled to the on-board vehicle tracking system. Each child is given an RFID card and the child is expected to swipe on entry/exit from the bus. Such a solution is not very popular due to many reasons.

Firstly, ensuring the child swipes each time is not easy. Secondly swiping and corresponding alerts generated have limited benefits in providing a sense of security to the parent since often, the parent himself/herself is picking and dropping the child on the bus. Other times it is usually someone highly trusted by the parent.

While the technology is simple and not very expensive has seen limited success. Additional technology for tracking child attendance/location in school/etc. is a totally different matter and not necessarily to be coupled with the bus tracking solution.

I hope this post helps you wisely decide the right school bus tracking solution for your school.

How GPS Vehicle Tracking devices help the business productivity?

By sensel_master,

Real Time vehicle tracking systems in Bangalore

As you know, efficient operations in any business brings better results. Prior understanding of the market and implementation of strategic steps are not good enough. One of the important parts of most businesses is logistics and transportation. Whether your business has a few trucks or a large size of the fleet, telematics plays an important role in optimizing your fleet, as it produces real-time data to give you insight to it. With the advent of latest technology, GPS came into existence which can be accessed right from your smartphone or few location tracking devices. GPS stands for Global Positioning System where it uses Global Navigation Satellite System network – also called as GNSS. Microwave signals are transmitted to GPS device which gives the information about location and direction also. Long fleet drivers have been using these tech-based GPS as a location tracking device in real time and as well as generate a report to make sense of the fleet efficiency, so that necessary changes can be made to make the fleet, safe, fast and optimal for the business.

Have you ever worried about moving your assets such long fleet? Smart devices such as vehicle tracking devices can track the location and speed with increased performance. To maintain sustainable growth in the business, one has to maintain smart devices for precise data. By integrating this device to your asset, the device can provide you the fuel level information also. These are temperature resistant and waterproof devices.

With all the gathered information using GPS vehicle tracking device, you can analyze the data and take all the necessary steps to improve the business profit. It can create agile and scalable reports. Later with data analysis, take the required actions for your fleet like fuel management, route optimization, improving driving behavior hence increasing the safety of the fleet and more.

Boost Efficiency:
All organizations strive to improve their efficiency. Fleet Telematics gives you exactly what you want right from the driver logging process to invoicing, route map, fuel monitoring, sending the alerts to your mobile including location. So, each and every numerical data can be captured very easily.

Stay connected all the time:
Vehicle safety is an important factor for the owners. With the GPS vehicle tracking device, your long fleet can give you all the information all the time. Notifications will be sent to your smartphone too. You can monitor the distance traveled by truck and proximity to the destination. Simple and easy to install and highly efficient too. Stay in touch with your vehicle all the time for better security.

Remote Monitoring of Infrastructure Equipment

By sensel_master,

Machine and Equipment Tracking in India

Today, we see deployment of vehicle telematics penetrating deeper into various segments like trucking, taxis, tankers, buses, RMC equipment etc. As products mature with more and more features getting added both from hardware and software side; we also unearth unique segment specific challenges.


One such segment is the heavy machinery and infrastructure equipment monitoring segment.
Some of the unique challenges here are:

  • Often the machines are very expensive and consequently machine downtime comes with a heavy price tag. So powering an external telematics box device with wires to dashboard power is deemed risky by owners.
  • Very often machines are deployed in remote locations where GSM coverage is of a very poor quality with frequent outages and low signal strength.
  • Beside location what is very important for the operator is to know machine run time – Number of hours of operation of the machine, with exact start and stop log.

Sensel Telematics has just launched a product addressing all these points: ReM-SMART

It is a completely water proof (IP67), weather proof device that can be simply stuck to or bolted to the body of the equipment to be monitored. It has a built in sensor to detect engine vibrations in the machine/vehicle body to record engine ON and engine OFF times. This data is then updated periodically to the Sensel telematics servers that enable mobile/web app user monitoring. The device also captures location and transmits it to the telematics servers.The device comes with a long life internal battery with a life of up to 5 years. The actual update rate and GSM signal conditions in the field will decide the real observed battery life. Assuming the device updates data to the server once every two hours and average signal conditions, one can expect the battery pack to last for about 3 years before battery replacement. On each update the device also update the battery status. The device uses a combination of GSM data and control channel communication to optimize performance and power utilization.

Sensel VTX9

By sensel_master,

The basic variant of this device is approved/emplaned by C-DAC and KMVD for the state of Kerala.


  • All basic GPS tracking features and intelli-track support variable update rates.
  • Compact, high performance and reliable design.
  • Concealed installation possible.
  • Advance power management.
  • Hardware manufactured in world-class, ISO 9001:2000, ISO/TS16949:2009 compliant facilities.
  • Fuel Monitoring.
  • Remote firmware update capability.
  • Unique Intelli-Sense road tracking to ensure high tracking accuracy around turns and shape bends in the road.
  • Detecton of rapid acceleration and braking using the 3-axis accelerometer
  • second by second log of preceeding 12 hours for accident analysis


Sensel Blog

By sensel_master,

Sensel Telematics Pvt Ltd,today, is one of the leading telematics solution provider to all kinds of logistics operations across industry verticals. We are one of the few companies having end-2-end competencies in this domain. Our R&D team in Bangalore is responsible for the hardware design, software development and productization. We have have presence across the country through Sales, Service Support and Dealer network.

As a company we are focussed on:Building and deploying reliable, safe and feature rich products and services of highest standards Focus on superior performance to ensure a great return on investment to the customer Excellence in customer service