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Schools' Use of Tracking Technologies

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Many school districts are turning to
global-positioning-satellite and radio-frequency tracking systems to follow the movements of their buses. But while the systems have strong supporters, the potential abuses of such technologies—especially when they are used to monitor individual students—are raising serious concerns.

Do new tracking technologies have a role in today's school systems? How can potential abuses be prevented?

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There is a company based out of Des Plains IL that has a little black box, called (IVTM) Intelligent Vehicle Tracking and Monitoring. Provided by PraetorianUSA Inc., this is the system Intelligent Vehicle Tracking and Monitoring (IVTM) is an integrated Telematics technology utilizing highly efficient data communications firmware, and dedicated hardware to remotely monitor the combustion efficiency, power train problems, mission efficiency, developing maintenance issues, location, speed, heading and driver safety.
I think all school busses should be useing this type of tracking system now, for a good reasons being, If there is Accident with the bus on route to or from the school our system receive a signal from this black box, at our call center which informs the proper authoritys of the location of which the bus is before the drive has a chance to call 911. For all you readers that would like more information on this neat little black box, they can go to www.PraetorianUSA.com there is also a demo to watch.

Could someone tell me the reasons why this would be a bad thing? What are the potential abuses?

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