Savannah-Chatham school buses outfitted with WiFi hotspot technology for students

Savannah-Chatham school buses outfitted with WiFi hotspot technology for students

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will start deploying buses on Tuesday, Sept. 1 to help will WiFi access for students.

According to the school system, the school busses will be equipped with WiFi hotspots that will provide internet access for students. The school system says 10 busses have been equipped with the technology.

The district has selected 100 safe and secure spaces for the buses to park, like at Jesus First The Community Church. The buses will make two stops daily, one from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. and the second from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at locations throughout the county.

A “Smartbus” supports a total of 60 student connections. Connectivity to the bus can be from 300ft - 400ft, line of sight. It uses 4G LTE speeds for cell tower connection and provides WiFi connectivity to student personal or school issued devices. It is CIPA-compliant and provides education-only content filtering.

The process to use the WiFi is simple, you just select the correct network with your bus’s number and go.

“Certainly we’re very excited this was a long process in the making trying to figure it out trying to understand the technology trying to ensure that it will work for our students, keeping it simple and being that we’ve finally arrived at this date I know we’ve been talking about it for quite some time but here it is and we’re rolling out the buses. The bus drivers are excited to provide this service out there to the schools and I’ll be running reports tomorrow to see how our usage is going,” said David Feliciano, SCCPSS Chief Data and Accountability Officer.

School leaders will monitor the activity and say it is secure for educational use.

Locations and schedules will be posted at SCCPSS.com.

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