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A more effective school transport network

A more effective school transport network


The Education Authority of Northern Ireland (EA) is responsible for ensuring that efficient and effective primary and secondary education services are available to meet the needs of children and young people.

EA transports more than 75,000 children to and from school each day, using a fleet of more than 820 school bus vehicles. EA set out to find a data solution that would improve pupil safety and comfort, improve fleet utilisation and efficiency, address issues relating to fuel consumption, and improve the overall quality of information relating to pupils and their patterns of travel.

The solution

As part of a Small Business Research Initiative, Analytics Engines developed COBALT BSafe, a combined hardware and software solution that improves the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of local authority transport services.

Using RFID-enabled devices, telematics and accelerometer data, the solution can provide local authorities, transport providers and schools with real time insight into vehicle usage, visibility of bus location, ETA, notifications of service delays or cancellations and a monitoring system that can be used track students and ensure their safety and wellbeing.

The solution provides key stakeholders with real-time notifications, relevant to their specific requirements.

  • For Transport Providers
    BSafe provides EA with real-time data and insights into fleet utilisation, including fuel usage and driver behaviour, enabling them to more effectively allocate and manage transport resources.
  • For Drivers
    Drivers can record and communicate any delays or incidents that have occurred.
  • For Schools
    Schools can identify arrival times and delays, monitor student attendance, and more effectively respond to queries from parents.
  • For Parents
    Parents can monitor the status and location of their child’s bus to and from school and are notified of any delays.
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by PJ Kirk

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