SMART Tag

  • The Lake Travis Independent School District Transportation Department has the tremendous responsibility of transporting our students to and from school each day.  Ensuring their safety is our highest priority.  In our continuous efforts to meet our goals and exceed your expectations, we often research current market systems, explore new solutions, and examine best practices in the school bus transportation industry.  As such, we have identified a solution that is one of the most technologically advanced and comprehensive systems available today.  We firmly believe the new system will not only increase our efficiency, it will provide you with added confidence in our transportation services, and most importantly, reassure you of our commitment to student safety.

    As of February 16, 2016, LTISD uses the Secured Mobility Authorized Ridership Technology (SMART) tag system for all students who ride the bus to and from school.  Each of our buses is outfitted with a Samsung tablet equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification reader, mobile connectivity, and Global Positioning System.  Similar to systems used in public transportation, students place their campus-supplied SMART tag ID badges on the tablet’s sensor when loading and unloading their bus.  Only the student’s name and associated bar code will be printed on the ID badge.  No information is stored on the badge.

    Our bus drivers also benefit through improved safety and automation of tasks, better enabling them to focus on the safe transport of students.  Specifically, the SMART tag system wirelessly transmits information to our transportation department staff to include the location of each bus, the names of the students on board each bus, notification of an approaching bus, and the ability to view a student’s ridership activity.

    Students currently enrolled for transportation services have been provided with a SMART tag ID badge at no charge to use for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year.  Please note, a SMART tag ID badge is required each time your child enters and exits the bus. However, rest assured, our drivers will not deny any student of transportation services if the student does not have his/her badge present at boarding time.  Information on how to obtain a replacement badge is detailed in our 'Frequently Asked Questions' posted under the 'SMART tag' section to the left of this page.

    The SMART tag system also offers parents a bus tracking feature through a secure Parent Portal.  Parents can register to receive ‘SMART Alert’ text messages notifying them their child is 10-15 minutes from his/her bus stop.  The portal may be accessed from any device with a web browser.  Parents can also add or remove guardians authorized to pick up their child at school through the Parent Portal.

    We know you will have questions about the SMART tag system.  We recommend that you carefully review the resources listed under the 'SMART tag' section to the left of this page, in particular, our 'Frequently Asked Questions.'

    In time, we hope you will appreciate the many advantages of the SMART tag system and how it will help improve the safety and security of our students, as well as the efficiency and accuracy of our drivers and transportation personnel.

    Should you have any questions or concerns about the SMART tag system not addressed on our website, please contact the Lake Travis ISD Transportation Department at 512-533-6070, or via email at davisr@ltisdschools.org.