The solution includes a Piccolo Plus GPS unit installed in the bus that in addition to sending data such as GPS, IO’s, driver behavior and engine diagnostics also has an active RFID receiver. A small battery operated RFTag transmitter is placed in the backpack of each student. The RFTag is an active RFID transmitter with a range of 210 ft (70 m), once a student gets on the bus the RFTag will automatically link up and register with the Piccolo Plus that will route the data of the student ID, time and location of registration to the Fleet.net server. When the student gets off the bus the link will be broken and the Piccolo will a send notification to the server with the date, time and exact location where the student got off the bus. The server will display visually real time the location of each bus and the list of students on that bus and will generate reports as needed. The advantage of using the RFTags is that the registration of getting on and off the bus is done automatically - no action is required by the student.
The passive RFID reader is installed on the dashboard of the bus. Each student is provided with a passive RFID tag that is about the size of a credit card or with a key chain button tag the size of a dime. When the student gets on or off the bus he has to scan the RFID tag by passing the tag around 5” (8cm) from the RFID reader. The Piccolo Plus will send via cellular the ID of the scanned RFID tag to the server timestamped with the date, time and location of the scan. The rest of the functionality is the same as described above for the RFLink. The disadvantage of this option is that student action to scan the tag is required.