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Free Wi-Fi on school buses
Tuesday 13 January 2009 16:00:06 by John Hunt

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

Comments

Posted by AndrueC over 8 years ago
This might be the time when some kids find out they get car sick. I wouldn't want to be there when they do :-/
Posted by comnut over 8 years ago
:D no, not from the loads of kids I see on the bus!! all playing with texting, music, etc,etc...
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"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"

ALL BANNED in local schools around my area, due to kids being bullied and having their PSP etc nicked, kids using the PSP ((AKA portable porn station) for things the school obviously dont like and finally the rogue troublemakers that sit there in class playing the thing and then tell the teacher where to go when they ask them to turn it off....... Somehow i dont see the idea catching on, infact id say what a waste of money
Posted by comnut over 8 years ago
er, you live in West Midlands??

Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"er, you live in West Midlands??"

Er no the story also states "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."
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
AS i said, dont think it will catch on when there are schools (not only my area but up and down the uk) where they have banned PSPs and similar see the little blighters get educated instead.... I believe they call it the pen and paper approach ;)
Posted by MCM999 over 8 years ago
"they have banned PSPs "
Somehow I can't see schools banning laptops which in addition to being capable of use for schoolwork can also be used for ... "email, surfing the web, and playing peer-to-peer games" plus of course much much more.
Posted by citizenx over 8 years ago
I'm not sure its wise to encourage children its ok to do this stuff on public transport. Gets them into the habit that people have now of playing their crappy music loudly on buses and trains.

Will just show a new generation its ok to annoy everyone else.. No, actually, it'll prevent them working out other people find it annoying and rude. Sure the company mean well but how about giving this service to needy children at home or disabled adults instead if they genuinely want to good rather than score cheap PR?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"Somehow I can't see schools banning laptops which in addition to being capable of use for schoolwork can also be used for ... "email, surfing the web, and playing peer-to-peer games" plus of course much much more."

Schools have I.T lessons and you use a school computer in those lessons.
Also at certain schools i ccould name any kid turning up with a 1000 quids worth of lappy would instantly be bashed to a pulp and have it pinched or destroyed.

Id like to know what age group this scheme is targetted at
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
I agree with citizenx, spend money on more needy children and schemes for the disabled.

Theres is no need for any regular primary to secondary age brat to be lugging around a PSP or laptop while at school. You go to school to learn not entertain your equally anoying brat mates with pics of porn or computer games.
Posted by pje1979 over 8 years ago
When I was a lad (about 15 years ago) we used to amuse ourselves on the bus by smoking and throwing things. How times have changes :)
Posted by mishminx over 8 years ago
Well at £475 annually for a bus pass then the free wifi is perhaps not so free after all.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"Well at £475 annually for a bus pass then the free wifi is perhaps not so free after all."

And they wonder why mummy still runs little billy to school less than a mile away in the 4x4 each morning
Posted by callum9999 over 8 years ago
If they live less than a mile away they should be walking cycling.

And citizenX, how does wifi encourage playing music loudly. The people who do that generally play it off their phones, which they would have regardless of wifi availability.
Posted by citizenx over 8 years ago
Its pretty simple callum - encouraging the use of these devices in itself promotes the concept that using their various functionality on public transport is acceptable. In itself, this is true but using them for anti social purposes is commonplace on all forms of public transport with teenagers and those who are slightly older and did the same in their school days in recent years.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"If they live less than a mile away they should be walking cycling."

LOL exactly i guess you missed the sarcasm
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"And citizenX, how does wifi encourage playing music loudly."

Maybe it wont except the annoying brats will be sharing the illegal tunes they downloaded the night before instead of doing homework.

Even if they are not sharing music the bleeps, dings, dongs and other annoying sounds laptops, PSPs etc make is enough for me to want to kill them
Posted by harryhound1 over 8 years ago
Is this just for "School Buses" ?!!
When I was made redundant, rather than rot on Job Seekers Allowance, I got a job a a courier driver. A regular task was delivering "difficult" kids to special schools. Anything that distracts them from killing each other and setting fire to the bus is GOOD NEWS.
[My conclusion "There is no such thing as bad dogs, only bad owners"; Note the "s" on the end of that. Thank the lord I did not have some of the above posters as parentS]
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Posted by citizenx over 8 years ago
>Thank the lord I did not have some of the above posters as parentS

Incredibly harsh imho.

A parent is not there merely to facilitate a child's every whim. They are there to educate and show the child how to be a good, considerate person.
Posted by MCM999 over 8 years ago
"Theres is no need for any regular primary to secondary age brat to be lugging around a PSP or laptop while at school" That's rubbish like most of your comments, there are plenty of secondary schools that encourage their pupils to use laptops.
Posted by comnut over 8 years ago
The point is, most of the posters are NOT parents...
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote""Theres is no need for any regular primary to secondary age brat to be lugging around a PSP or laptop while at school" That's rubbish like most of your comments, there are plenty of secondary schools that encourage their pupils to use laptops."

I think you will find that’s more grammar schools, colleges and universities. I don’t know of a single public school that encourages under 16s to mess about on their laptop when they are supposed to be learning. Oh and id challenge anyone to name a single school which encourages brats to mess about on their PSP and call it learning.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Its certainly not a rubbish remark either considering i have a relative thats training to become a teacher.

Laptops and computers are still only used in certain lessons and as i said in those lessons the SCHOOL provide the computer, not billy no mates with his Halo carp installed.
Posted by jabns over 8 years ago
Well when I was at school 3 years ago I used my laptop. This was because I have Dyslexia and a few other similar conditions.

In my school there was about 20 students bringing laptops in and I can't remember a single one been stolen.

When I first took mine in, it was a bit of an attention magnet but that soon went as everyone got use to it. I had a choice of using a school provided laptop or my own. I personally chose to use my own so that I could use my own choice of OS and software packages.
Posted by jabns over 8 years ago
From my experience I would actually say that if a student wants to mess around in class they will regardless of whether they have a laptop in front of them or a bit of paper ect... I personally think it is more to do with the teacher at the time. There are some teachers that can control a class, and then there are some that should quite frankly find a different career (not doubting there knowledge, just there way of transferring it).
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
^^^ so rather than try to solve the issue you would add to the problem and allow the ones that mess about to mess about even more.... Good old political must not upset billy boy correctness
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