Smartphones, wearable technology, always-on mobile devices--now, school buses are following suit, offering wi-fi connectivity and real-time monitoring to extend learning and create safe environments.

The Huntsville Independent School District in Texas is deploying wi-fi connectivity on its school buses to help extend students' internet access in a rural area where many students lack home connectivity.

The district covers a large geographical area of nearly 650 square miles, and some students spend up to 90 minutes one-way on a bus to school. Because approximately 3 hours of the day might be spent on a bus (more if students participate in extracurricular activities requiring...

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