Case Study

Fail Proof handover of junior students travelling by school bus returning home.

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one time Problem Statement of Customer

Schools requirement was to avoid incidents related to not handing over children into authorized hands during the return trip home in the afternoon. They also wanted real time updates that could be monitored by the dashboard administrator.

Our Findings

Our Findings

The School had a strength of 1200 students. Out of 1200, 800 students used 40 buses to travel to and from their homes.. Prior to this solution if a student went home early, more often than not this information was unavailable with the designated bus conductor. The conductor had no option but to keep waiting for the student to arrive, having accompanied him in the same bus that very morning, thus holding up the entire bus queue. Due to this a huge jams were created at the bus exit gate. Additionally, at the drop off point, student handover was being done to any body recognised by the conductor with neither accountability nor verfication.

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Construct of solution architecture

We proposed using NFC based devices and NFC cards to be scanned at the time of children boarding / deboarding / and handover of children. This scanning gave real time information at each milestone of the process with complete verification of all parameters at each step. This was integrated with collection of information from the authority issuing short leave of the students and alerting the relevant bus route conductor. AdditionallY, the pick up person to whom the student was handed over had to present a "parents card" showing him to be authorized to pick up. A Complete digital trail was being generated through the apps and this could be viewed in real time by the administrator or nominee.

Our Findings

Realities on ground and how they were overcome during installation and commissioning

We found after commissioning this solution that the issue of long bus queues disappeared completely as all stake holders were getting real time updates thus preventing communication gaps. On the ground we noticed that "Didis" and conductors were un-educated and we modified the solution UI in such a way that even 6th passed person could use the system easily.

Conclusion and recommendations

Conclusion and recommendations given to management for future improvements

We proposed to use the expandable features of the application like gate attendance, class room attendance and cash less transactions, which could be used with minimal addition to cost. We also proposed to get our solution integrated with their ERP system.

The common inspiration that connected our two founders was their passion for DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION. Both had, in their respective spheres of earlier work, endeavoured to provide new solutions to address age-old problems.

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NFC Story

The “Assistance Control” project was inspired by the basic idea of the “Bologna Process”, a Pan-European collaboration which started in 1999, to adapt technology to provide a better quality of education that would allow improvement of the next generation of classroom teaching.
The best project finally chosen and tested involved students registered for classes with NFC phones, during the academic year 2011–2012 at “Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Campus Madrid” (UPSAM).
This resulted in the senior students at the School of Computer Engineering to certify 99.5% accuracy and ease of attendance that ensured continuous assessment without loss of instructional time allocated to this activity.

Source : Science Direct Volume 40 Issue 11, 1st September 2013, Pages 4478-4489