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Check out our informative blog posts to assist customers in becoming better acquainted with the Crosswalk K-12 and Town Transit transportation solutions! As experts in GPS technology and vehicle tracking, we founded UniteGPS in 2014 to streamline the manner in which school districts and transit agencies run. Using state of- the-art technology, we first developed Crosswalk K-12 that is now being used by more than 50 school districts across the United States. Soon after, we also developed Town Transit for small to medium-sized transportation authorities to take their fleet operations to the next level.

How to Use the ETA Report on Crosswalk

If you want to know the expected time of arrival for your child’s bus, then be sure to familiarize yourself with the ETA Report on Crosswalk! This write-up will cover the ins and outs of this useful tool on our school transportation solution. What is the ETA Report? Meaning time of arrival, this report can

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Photo Upload on Maintenance Inspection for Drivers

Photo upload capability will soon be part of Maintenance Inspection report for drivers on Crosswalk K-12. The UniteGPS development team is creating a new feature to permit drivers to upload images as part of the inspection process. All in all, implementing this will support drivers in documenting issues before becoming potential problems. So, rip in

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Driver Training: Reports on Crosswalk K-12

If you’re interested in learning more about driver training reports for Crosswalk K-12, then you’re in the right place. Besides the interactive Stop Check feature, drivers also have access to various reporting tools over our solution including Stop Check Report, Maintenance Inspection, and Request Field Trips. While bus operators will most often be resorting to

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Driver Training: Crosswalk K-12 Stop Check

Driver training 101: this page explains how drivers can track student bus attendance with the Stop Check feature on Crosswalk K-12. Regardless of one’s level of experience with tablets, the following guide provides straightforward explanations of how drivers can effectively use this technology. Continue reading to learn more about the driver user experience on our

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How to Create a Route on Crosswalk K-12

Hey administrators, below is a quick and easy guide on how to create a route on Crosswalk K-12! Whether you need to make a new route from scratch or edit bus stops, this write-up has all the answers. As a reminder, though, this is a simple two-part process readily available to school districts. First, we

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Geofence Search tool on Crosswalk K-12

This tutorial instructs school administrators on how to use the Geofence Search tool on Crosswalk K-12. Originally built for the School District of Osceola in Florida, this map feature allows users to discern whether or not buses passed through a designated zone at a specific time. First, let’s define “geofencing” for clarity. Either as a

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Solving Problems with Creativity: Go Bootstrapped

As a bootstrapped company with a passion for innovation, solving problems with creativity is what UniteGPS does best. Take our mapping software, for example. When we launched in 2014, what was the first logical thing for us to acquire? Maps. Naturally, we contacted the people at Google who expected $40,000 per year to access their

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Barcode or NFC for Crosswalk K-12

For student ID functionality, school districts using Crosswalk K-12 can strategically choose between barcode scanning or NFC. At one time or another, mostly everybody in the 21st century has needed to use an ID card, whether it be for school or work. Necessary for anything from entering a building, paying for lunch, renting a library

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Manage Users on Crosswalk K-12

The Development Team is here to share some recent updates that will enable customers to better manage users on Crosswalk K-12 as well as Town Transit. For this post, though, we’re reaching out to all of the school administrators out there. Whether to add, delete or edit users in the school district, head to Admin

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Crosswalk K-12 Parent Involvement

A key factor in using our Crosswalk K-12 transit solution to its full potential is parent involvement. After all, they play a pivotal role in the user experience. That’s to say, we made this platform for parents in mind! Just like administrators, parents can also view real-time bus locations, not to mention get updates on

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CSV Data Upload for Crosswalk K-12

Save yourself the headache of needing to re-upload CSV data files for students onto Crosswalk K-12 by doing it right the first time! By the end of reading this blog, you will surely know how. What is a CSV file? When we say CSV file, we mean a “comma-separated values.” What this entails is a

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How to Update Route on Crosswalk K-12

What’s the easiest and most foolproof way to update a bus route on Crosswalk K-12, you ask? Well, as you’re most likely well aware, there are numerous methods to create routes on this UniteGPS solution. In our opinion, one of the most efficient techniques is by referring to Manage Routes under Admin in the Dashboard.

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Override Crosswalk K-12 Route Selection

The UniteGPS development team has recently created a new feature to streamline last-minute changes or substitutions between drivers known as Override Route Selection. Soon to be released, this fresh technology will make it all the more easier to assign drivers to new temporary routes. For Crosswalk K-12 users, this memo provides a sneak-peak of what

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Enable Crosswalk + Town Transit Geolocation

Do you know how to enable both levels of geolocation on Town Transit or Crosswalk K-12? At one time or another out on the field, bus drivers logging into the solutions may encounter the following message on the tablet: Location services are disabled or you have blocked our application from using location services. Location services

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Best COVID-19 prevention practices on public buses

Have you ever considered learning more about the best COVID-19 prevention practices while riding on public buses? Whether you’re a passenger or driver using Town Transit from UniteGPS, it’s more than likely that you’ve crossed paths with somebody wearing a mask incorrectly (better said, ineffectively) while onboard a bus. Perhaps you’ve seen folks with a

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Crosswalk K-12 Reporting Tools

Whether for fiscal reasons or quarterly reviews, school administrators regularly rely on accurate data to effectively manage their bus fleets, hence the need for Crosswalk K-12 reporting tools. The reasons are endless, ranging from gathering gas mileage reports to reviewing driving summaries. To simplify theses often tedious processes, the UniteGPS team has developed various tools

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How to Effectively Use Fleet View

One of the most useful tools in both Crosswalk K-12 and Town Transit is the Fleet View feature. Think of it as a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) made specially for school districts and transit authorities to use in motoring their bus fleets in real-time, whether that be a paratransit van or yellow school bus. No

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Online Field Trip Admin Feature on Crosswalk K-12

More often than not, school field trips are fun opportunities for both students plus faculty to leave campus and burn off some steam. Like, really, who doesn’t love some hands-on learning? Whether visiting a museum, attending a lecture, or watching a performance, classroom excursions are an indelible part of education, even with schools’ COVID-19 contact

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How OpenAPI Benefits Paratransit

Between our team of developers and transit wonks, the UniteGPS team understands how OpenAPI benefits paratransit on Town Transit! We are an innovative bunch around here dedicated to scaling our solutions with the latest technology. Novel API programs are no exception! Meaning Application Programming Interface, this is an easily integrated feature that enables two applications

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Improve Ridership with Town Transit

Out of the 9.9 billion public transportation trips Americans took in 2019, how many of them were taken by disgruntled passengers? How many were forced to wait for delayed buses or trains to show up? While public transportation ridership across the United States has grown by 28 percent since 1995 according to the American Public

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Crosswalk K-12 School Transportation Solution

Imagine being able to convert every aspect of a student’s bus journey into cold-hard data accessible on a cloud-based network. In turn, this is where you’ll have constant access to the latest figures, whether that be gas mileage or attendance. We’re happy to say that this is a reality with the Crosswalk K-12 school transportation

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Integrating Route Data into Crosswalk K-12

Download UniteGPS Implementation Data Excel Form HERE This information is for UniteGPS Crosswalk K-12 customers integrating school data and route data into their systems. The implementation of your solution from this point forward will be very fast and efficient. Once your devices are installed, most of your solution will be implemented in a few days provided

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ATrack AK11 GPS Device Installation

As part of the Crosswalk K-12 solution, this blog outlines UniteGPS’ process for ATRACK AK11 GPS device installation. Devices will be mostly plug-and-play using the J1939 port beneath the dash of each school bus. Some vehicles, especially older ones, will not accept a continuously connected J1939 device. This will create errors with the proper function

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CalAmp GPS Device Installation

When it comes to device installation, there are many GPS options on the market, but few are as robust as those designed and manufactured by CalAmp. Here at UniteGPS, we deploy CalAmp devices to our Crosswalk K-12 and Town Transit solutions, specifically the 2600 Series in our standard procedure. Companies deploy millions of CalAmp devices around the world

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Crosswalk K-12: Contact Tracing in times of COVID-19

Have you heard of Crosswalk K12’s COVID-19 contact tracing? With 2021 looming around the corner, it’s safe to say that every aspect of life has changed from COVID-19. School bus travel is no exception with new and improved contact tracing efforts. Now that social distancing is the new norm, school districts from across the nation

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