School Bus in Southwestern Kansas
United Wireless, located in Dodge City, Kansas, was approached by a local school district needing continuing education aboard their school bus fleet. United Wireless provided the LTE service, while Billion and their M500 provided the technology to make the extended classroom possible and with enhanced safety and efficiency tools all in one product.
United Wireless’s parent company was shaped in 1951 when Southwestern Bell decided it was not in their interest to extend coverage to those living in the rural areas outside of Dodge City, Kansas. Fast forward to 2016, United Wireless has more towers and better coverage than any other provider in Southwestern Kansas. Their foundation was founded on the ambition to bring the latest and greatest technology to its rural Kansas customers and they continue to work towards that goal today.
Because of this reputation, United Wireless was approached by a local school district, hoping to continue the digital classroom while transporting the students to and from the physical one. United Wireless has the LTE to provide to the school district but needed a partner to supply the connection solution to make this hope a reality. Billion Electric was the perfect solution to providing LTE wireless gateways to offer solutions that provide secure, robust and reliable network connectivity for the school district’s fleet of 56 school buses.
How Billion Solution Helped
The M500 multi-carrier in-vehicle router features Multi-WAN radios for seamless failover between carriers that can support many connected users for internet access, streaming videos and other applications. With a captive portal and secure access, the M500 provides multiple authentication methods ensuring secure access to network assets for sanctioned devices and user accounts. Billion’s M500 not only delivered the gateway for United Wireless to supply its 4G LTE to enhance learning opportunities for students but provided them with a safe way for the students to connect to existing school-based filtering applications.
Billion’s M500 in-vehicle router provided more than an always-on connection for the local school districts learning initiatives. GPS Tracking, Reporting and real-time video surveillance features make the M500 the most robust choice when providing a safe learning space for children. Embedded GPS functionality provides instant and accurate school bus tracking and location, giving parents and teachers the confidence to know the exact whereabouts of the school buses carrying their precious cargo.
The reporting feature empowers the administration to manage operational efficiency by monitoring the route, fuel consumption, and driver behaviour. The M500 can also seamlessly incorporate your surveillance system giving administration access to watch a live, real-time video that can help monitor pupil behaviour, enforce safety rules and provide assistance should an accident happen.
Many school districts have numerous technology initiatives to enhance learning opportunities for students inside and outside of the classroom. The M500 provides many benefits for students, parents, drivers, and school Administrators. One school district in Southwestern Kansas’s goal of integrating a mobile/cellular gateway, onboard Global Positioning System (GPS), Passenger Wi-Fi connectivity, Video cameras, and other capabilities was realized with Billion and United Wireless.
LTE Industrial/In-Vehicle Multi-Carrier E-Mark (R10、R118) Router
The Billion M500 LTE Industrial/In-Vehicle Multi-Carrier Router is a high-performance all-in-one fixed wireless communications platform with advanced software enabling high availability, reliable and secure wireless connectivity for mission-critical applications. The compact, rugged design integrates dual SIM dual radio, 4-port Gigabit switch, Wi-Fi access point, embedded GPS with the concurrent-multi-GNSS engine for GPS or GLONASS and ignition power control for in-vehicle applications. The M500 is designed to support various applications and vertical machine-to-machine (M2M) market segments.