BusBuzz, The App That Keeps Track Of You Children’s Travel To School.
Transporting children to school on bus can be quite the troublesome experience for not only the parents, but the bus driver themselves. Parents will naturally worry over their children safety especially if they needs some reassurance on being able to trust the school bud driver with heir children being delivered to school with no complication and on time. Likewise, school bus driver need to be able to convince parents of the safety of their buses.
Recently, a new application who main objective is to try and create a trusting connection by letting both operators and parents keep track of their children’s location during the ride to school. Founded by a concerned parent named Henry Low, BusBuzz initially began due to his own personal experience involving his son.
“I created BusBuzz out of my own personal experience when I had two occasions when my son was found missing,” Low said.
“The first was that he didn’t come home after school; in the end, the school staff found him in the garden together with another classmate, with the bus operator neglecting to wait nor to inform us at all,” he continued, “The second was that when he took the bus back when he was supposed to attend a swimming lesson, due to slight drizzle. My wife panicked when she went to school and could not find him at the pool; in this case, the bus operator should have let us know that my son took the bus even though he wasn’t supposed to be there.”
With the help of BusBuzz, low hopes to reduce and hopefully eliminate the barely existing communication between parents and bus drivers, addressing the issue of child safety. The way that BusBuzz shall achieve’s low objective is that it shall act as a bridge between parents and operators, facilitating information exchange and reducing the risk that children would be lost.
For the bus driver, BusBuzz features the BuzBuss Connect application, which allows them to take attendance conveniently, provide updated information on children’s bus ride activity, and allow them to alert parents wen any child is not at the pickup location. All of these shall contribute to the reduction of waiting and short on the amount of time wasted on calling up parents to confirm attendance.
As for the concerned parents, BusBuzz shall give them peace of mind by informing them immediately when their child has gotten into the bus, and providing them with notification alerts when their child is not at the designated pickup location for any particular reason. Furthermore, parents can use the application to send messages to the bus operators to inform of their children change of schedule.
Ever since its official launching back in March 2014, BusBuzz has manage to expand its offering, now being available in English, CHinese, Bahasa Melayu, as well as Thai. Around four bus drivers within Singapore have signed up for the free application and Low pointed out that they do not have any plans for monetization, being developed to address the safety issues for children taking school bus.
With all of that said and done, Low revealed that BusBuzz will be introducing a new attendance-taking system that lets students tap on the bus operators’ smartphones using their student cards, making the process more convenient for bus operators.