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Harlow's Implements School Bus Rider Tracking System

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The busing system for Bismarck Public Schools has been a hot topic this year, especially when the school year first began.

With an increase in students, Harlow's Bus Service is starting a new system to help track the children.

Harlow's received a grant to implement ZPass, a device that tracks when a child boards and exits bus.

A GPS software system called Zonar will track the location of the bus at any given time.

"This assists us with the integrity, accountability, and safety to know where every student enters and exits the bus so that if a student were to exit the bus early of a stop - goes over to a friends house of one kind or another and then didn't tell their parent about it, this gives us a leg up of where to start looking and we can help and assist any of the authorities that would need to know," says Rick Kramlich, Operations Manager, Harlow's Bus Service.

Here's how it works - the student will scan their card which holds a six digit number.

This pins the time, and date, and the GPS location of that bus.

The number is then cross-referenced with the first and last name of the student.

"So as you can see the Zonar reader is actually blue. When you scan the card, within two inches of proximity, it'll actually turn green and then it makes a beep so the student knows it actually worked," says Kramlich.

Bismarck Schools will be distributing the cards to students this week, however the students will not be accountable for using them until February 10th.

If a student loses their card, the cost for a replacement card is five dollars.

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