Originally posted in The Journal, Sept. 10, 2015 By Dian Schaffhauser
Miami-Dade County Program Includes Cradlepoint COR IBR1100 Cellular Routers
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho shows WiFi-on-the-Go on a district-owned school bus. A major Florida school district is piloting a new mobile hot-spot service on its school buses. Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which transports almost 60,000 students by bus, has added "WiFi-on-the-Go" in district-owned buses using a service from Kajeet.
The new Kajeet SmartBus system includes the Wi-Fi gear, software and data access. The program includes Cradlepoint COR IBR1100 cellular routers, which are cloud-managed networking devices specifically for vehicles. That comes with antennas and software for CIPA-compliant filtering, time-of-day controls, URL allow/deny controls and reporting and analytics.
For data access school systems buy data "in bulk" from Verizon and Sprint and place it into a Kajeet account that's made available for use in all buses. According to the company, access to the data doesn't expire, and it can be added to any time.
Miami-Dade added the program to extend the school day and allow students extra time to study or research a project while in transit.