Mumbai: Ensuring safety and security for the student community while they are in transit on school buses, Chakraview, a school bus tracking app is aiming to expand its base to up to 1,00,000 students this year.
Earning rave reviews, this tech platform is quickly getting welcomed by both parents and school authorities. Currently operating in Mumbai and Pune, it has around 30,000 parents using this app from over 40 schools.
Safety has been of major concern on Indian roads. Surely so, considering the number of road accidents that occur every year. There have been repeated instances of school buses meeting with accidents or school children getting run over. Having said that, these are not the only concerns that a parent has.
Over 300 school buses were impounded or challans were issued against them in the period 2019-2020 (pre-pandemic). Apart from that, the schools are at a disadvantage if there is improper route planning and mismanagement of efficiencies.
The Chakraview app offers convenient features such as real-time tracking to parents and safety features such as attendance of children while boarding and alighting from the bus. Alerts about the bus and children keep the parents updated, which is necessary with the growing traffic. With this app, schools and bus vendors can manage their fleet in a smart way, collect bus fees, optimise routes, and communicate with parents in more ways than one.
Speaking on this Jaya Bhura, Co-founder of Chakraview explains, “After an incident in April this year when a bus of a reputed school in Mumbai allegedly went missing for a few hours, parents have become extremely sensitive about the safety of their children while commuting in public transport. Chakraview was the need of the hour. It gives the parent and the school administration real-time updates on the student's well-being and the fleet respectively.”
“Our app can now eliminate erratic bus schedules, poor communication with bus staff, and anxiety about the safety of your school-going child." A homemaker and a commerce graduate, Jaya was the typical parent concerned about her child's safety and comfortable transit to and from school. There were systemic gaps and she decided to address that. What therefore goes behind this product, apart from its technology is the passion, determination, and dedication of a concerned parent. "Apart from real-time tracking of the buses, parents get notifications & ETA alerts about the location of the buses as well as notifications about the movement of the child boarding or alighting from the bus," Jaya added.