An app that helps Gurgaon parents track kids at Rs 50 a month

  • Gulam Jeelani, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2016 13:55 IST

Two Gurgaon-based engineers have developed a technology that would enable parents to track their schoolgoing children using mobile phones at just Rs 50 per month.

Schools can avail of this service at a nominal amount, the founders said. Titled as ‘StudentShield’, the services comprises a mobile application, toll-free support and other devices that will help track schoolgoing children.

This ‘managed service for child security’, as the founders call it, comes with a chip attached to a student’s ID card, apart from the internet protocol (IP) cameras and global positioning system that will be installed in school buses.

“Schools usually allocate huge resources to buy costly school bus fleet management solutions that are designed to track and secure vehicles. But that technology does not ensure the safety of students. StudentShield will provide video alerts to parents through the mobile application,” Vishal Sharma, 39, one of the founders of the technology, said.

According to the founders, the highlight of the system is that it involves all stake holders — parents, school administration and transport authorities — in ensuring security of children during school time. While parents can keep a track of their children through the mobile app, schools will also be kept updated about all students in all their buses through a desktop/laptop software. The transport officials will also get information about all students travelling in buses of all schools in the city through the software.

The duo also made presentations about the services before deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash and secretary of regional transport authority (RTA) Sushil Sarwan. Twenty city schools attended the presentation.

“Besides, we also have a call centre, which is already operational. The toll-free number is 18002004040,” Umesh 34-year-old Raheja, the co-founder, said.

The schools need not pay for the equipment, they only need to pay a meagre amount for services delivered. The duo will also conduct workshops for parents and schools authorities who want to avail of the service.

“It is almost free of cost. A parent would be charged Rs 50 a month at the most,” Vishal said.

Impressed by the technology and the cost, the authorities have decided to issue an advisory to city schools to use the service for the security of children. “It seems like a useful technology and comes at a minimal cost. We will suggest that all schools use it,” Sushil Sarwan, the secretary of RTA, said.

Entrepreneurs Vishal and Umesh are engineers and alumni of the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. Earlier, Vishal had developed ‘appycab’, an app to hire autorickshaws.

“Both of us share a passion for social entrepreneurship and decided to work together on creating this safety solution for students,” Vishal and Raheja said.

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