School children in the West Midlands are receiving free Internet access on the way to school via Wi-Fi provided on their school bus service known as The Green Bus. Icomera, the company who acquired Moovera Networks, last year provide the service using the Moovbox mobile gateway which has already seen deployments on other buses around the UK.
"We want to make the experience of travelling with us a positive one for the new generation of tech-savvy school children. With an increasing number of mobile phones and handhelds supporting Wi-Fi, our investment in Icomera's Moovbox enables students to check email, surf the web, and play peer-to-peer games on devices like the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS all free of charge."Ian Mack, (Managing Director) The Green Bus
The addition of free Wi-Fi also allows parents and school staff to track the location of the bus in realtime via a secure web site using GPS data uploaded via the Moovbox.
"Across our Moovbox deployments worldwide Wi-Fi usage by students is the next biggest demographic after business travelers. The Green Bus's commitment to providing Wi-Fi access to its school-age passengers while leveraging the GPS capability for schedule adherence and parent reassurance sets a new standard for other school bus service providers to follow."Dave Palmer, (Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales), Icomera