School Buses Become A Wi-Fi Hot Spot With GPS

By Emma Koch

School Buses Become A Wi-Fi Hot Spot With GPS

February 14, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM EDT

KOKOMO, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- A north central Indiana school district is planning to equip school buses with wireless internet access.

Kokomo-Center Schools plans to provide a tool to help students do their homework while on the bus, before and after school. They will be equipping their entire fleet of buses, 65 in total, with Wi-Fi capabilities and GPS tracking systems.

The upgrades are expected to especially help students in extra-curricular activities such as sports where they have lengthier road trips. The district's network will limit students internet access to encourage proper use of of the service and will only allow websites appropriate to their education.

The cost of installing the internet service is $125,000 total with an annual service rate of $5,000. The annual fee is mostly covered by a federal grant. The initial cost of the GPS tracking technology will be $60,000 with $25,000/year costs after that.

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