1 February 2013

Kenya: SMS-Based Technology Keep School Kids Safe

A local company has developed an SMS response system aimed at addressing the everyday challenge of parents and schools' management - safety of the children.

The system by Siltech Systems is based on a smartcard that helps parents know where their children are- whether on the way to school, arrival or on the school compound.

The pupils swipe the Tattle Smartcard on a detecting machine fitted in school buses and also when exiting the bus. Each swipe triggers an automatic SMS alert to the parent.

The system uses both GPS and GPRS so the bus can be traced anywhere in the world.

This enables parents and school management to know of any delays or any diversions of the school bus.

Parents are also able to check on the whereabouts of the bus through a web interface or by sending an SMS to a given short code, 4665.

The card uses Radio-frequency identification chip that can also store more data as an identity card, library information, financial information and also act as a school meal card among other functions.

"All the above stated solutions are compatible with only one card. Our cards that are pre-installed with an RFID chip that is easily integrated with varied software management solutions," says Naomi Kariuki in charge of marketing at Siltech Systems.

The Smart Card readers are placed in the respective areas of the smart card use. For instance for the lunch solution, the reader placed in the dining hall,for the transport solution, on each bus where the students would swipe their cards while boarding and alighting the bus, thus triggering messages and reports to the parents and the school administration respectively.

"With each client having different needs, solution variables required by the client are assessed and tested. This is done with the client before going 'live' with the system/systems. This is to make sure that all their needs are met and all system solution processes are streamlined to operate smoothly," Kariuki says.

System Solution training is also carried out to the required staff which is followed by active maintenance and support to the client when necessary.

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