When Tshidi Moradi had to quickly drive to school after the scholar transport wasn't picking up their phone led him to develop LocTransie. This new mobile application will let parents to keep track of their children who are aboard scholar transports with real time text messages.
“Every day, thousands of South African children travel by scholar transport. I struggled to find the right transport company, and then constantly worried when I was not kept in the loop. There had to be a better solution,” says Morabi, who runs an IT firm called Ginini Consulting.
The name LocTransie comes from Loc for “locate” and Transie for “transport” in township slang. Through a user-friendly interface on a smartphone or tablet, the app keeps parents directly informed of delays or route diversions whilst allowing the driver to privately notify parents of emergency events through customized push notifications.
The app reduces the risk of swapping of children from one transport company to an unknown third party without the parent’s knowledge. The platform also provides the parents with scholar transport price comparison within the neighborhood or district.
For schools, the app allows for a signing-in and signing-out of children. “The launch of the app was delayed by a number of weeks to allow the school component to be included. This was based on extensive discussions with schools who wanted to be involved and ‘tick off’ when students arrive or exit their care,” adds Morabi.
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