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Z Pass: Student Ridership Tracking

School Bus Student Tracking

ZPass student bus tracking
Z Pass is designed specifically for school transportation to track and monitor student ridership in a safe and non-intrusive way.  Knowing if and when a student got on or off the bus accounts for a significant portion of calls parents make to schools and is information that schools need to know.  Z Pass provides accurate and immediate answers.

Just What Schools Have Been Asking For

Zonar has succeeded where others have not by using its patented Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) technology to solve the problem.  Students carry a small card that contains passive RFID technology that logs each student's entry or exit automatically when the student passes the scanner located on the school bus.

Load and Unload Process Stays the Same

Customers say it works because Z Pass requires no action on the part of drivers or students, other than to carry the card.  Z Pass delivers the required performance without impeding the normal loading and unloading process.  It's a true win/win/win/win for school officials, drivers, students and parents.

For Parents' Peace of Mind

Parents can receive student tracking information by cell phone and computer browser with Z Pass+

Z Pass: Student Ridership Tracking

Simple, Safe and Secure

Each student is issued a unique RFID card to carry. Everything else is automatic.  As the student passes the Z Pass reader upon entering or leaving the school bus, the time, date and location is logged and transmitted to a secure database.
  • Passive RFID - The card works without a battery.  The reader does the work so it is safe and low cost.
  • Low-Power Sleep Mode - Conserves the vehicle battery by entering sleep mode when not in use.

Real-Time Answers

The data is accessed via a web-browser with Zonar's Ground Traffic Control application.  For the first time, accurate information is available to answer parent and administrators' questions accurately and cost-effectively.
  • Web-Based Reporting - Makes it fast and easy to access accurate information.
  • Student Report - Stamps time and date for all loading and unloading activities by student.
  • Bus Report - Provides all student ridership data by bus.

Improves Safety and Efficiency

School officials can quickly and easily track students entering and leaving buses and be in the best position to answer parents' questions.  Z Pass has made student tracking easy, secure and affordable.

Z Pass: Student Ridership Tracking

School Officials, Parents and Students All Gain

Transporting students responsibly is something school officials and parents take very seriously.  A student's boarding or departure status has always been largely reliant on speculation.  Z Pass provides the capabilities commensurate to the responsibility.   
  • STUDENTS - Provide valuable information when getting on and off the bus.
  • PARENTS - Take the appropriate action because they have precise answers to boarding status and times.
  • SCHOOL PRINCIPALS - Meet obligations to parents and district to do all they can to ensure student safety.
  • TRANSPORTATION MANAGERS - Equip buses with powerful track and report capabilities cost-effectively.
  • DRIVERS - Provide valuable and accurate information without having to do anything different.
  • SERVICE REPRESENTATVES - Answer parents' and school officials' questions instantly and accurately.
  • RISK MANAGERS - Protect the districts from liability by removing uncertainty about boarding status.
  • IT MANAGERS - Save valuable resources, with no demands on existing IT infrastructure or personnel.

Now student ridership can be monitored in a safe and non-intrusive way.  Parents and school officials can have answers easily, immediately and cost-effectively with the Z Pass student tracking system.

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"Zonar and their Z Pass student ridership tracking technology has it all.  It is reliable, low cost, provides considerable peace-of-mind and is backed by a company that takes care of you."

Dr. Kathleen Casey - Superintendent
Palos Heights School District 128