JOHANNESBURG - Information Technology entrepreneur Tshidi Morabi has developed an application (app) that allows parents to track their children in real time while they are being transported to and from school by service providers, and sends Short Message Service (SMS) notification during different stages of the trip.
Morabi was inspired to create the app, LocTransie, after having to make a mad dash to her child's school in a panic when the driver contracted to transport the child failed to pick up his phone.
"Every day, thousands of South African children travel by scholar transport. I struggled to find the right transport company, and then constantly worried when I was not kept in the loop. There had to be a better solution,” says Morabi, who runs IT firm Ginini Consulting.
Through a user-friendly interface on a smartphone or tablet, LocTransie -- derived from the words "locate" and "transie", a colloquial reference to "transport" -- keeps parents directly informed of delays or route diversions whilst allowing the driver to privately notify parents of emergencies through customised push notifications.
It reduces the risk of swopping children from one transport company to an unknown third party without the parent’s knowledge and also allows them to compare prices charged by various school transport services within their neighbourhood or district.