Waiting in the rain or snow for the school bus soon might be a thing of the past, if a new technology developed by a company called NotiCom catches on. The company, based in Destin, Fla., has launched a satellite tracking system that it claims will notify parents automatically when their child's bus is about to arrive in the neighborhood.

The service, called BusCall, also tells parents when the bus is running late, and school districts can tap into it as a low-cost fleet tracking and management system, according to company spokeswoman Colleen Clements.

"There are all sorts of [bus-tracking] tools already


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