Abu Dhabi: The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport Abu Dhabi (DMT Abu Dhabi), in collaboration with the Department of Education and Knowledge, has introduced the Salama application for managing and tracking school transport.
The app seeks to raise the levels of security and safety for students while traveling on school buses as well as enhance parents’ confidence in the school transport sector.
The app enables parents to track their children’s trips once they leave their home and start their travel to school and back. It also helps in recording a student’s attendance or absence as well as the estimated arrival times at school and home by sending notifications to parents. It also provides parents and schools with the details of drivers and supervisors, which allow direct communication between them.
The app enables supervisors to register the attendance or absence of students on the bus and submit reports through the app on the status of bus trips. The app further allows users to submit feedback through the smart system about any emergency that might occur during the journey, while the control room at the ITC follows up on procedures.
In addition, the app also provides accurate data to support the planning, implementation, and development of strategic projects to enhance the quality of school transport services in Abu Dhabi.
The ITC has implemented training sessions for all Salama application stakeholders, which included 32 workshops on the new smart system attended by representatives of 256 educational institutions, including private schools, nurseries, and 768 school bus operators, school transport coordinators, and supervisors in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra Region.
Furthermore, the ITC has reminded parents and the public to report any necessary feedback concerning school bus drivers and to not hesitate to contact the ITC if they have any suggestions.