Special Achievement in GIS Award

2017 SAG Award Winners

Education Authority

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Project Goal

Among its numerous responsibilities, the Education Authority is required to facilitate transportation for pupils who live more than a stipulated distance away from their allocated grant-aided school. Northern Ireland is a predominantly rural country and, as a consequence, over 90,000 children are eligible for free travel on school buses. Parents in Northern Ireland can now use an ingenious little web app to check if their children are eligible for school bus travel and apply online. The solution, developed by Esri Ireland, has received enthusiastic feedback from families following a highly successful pilot. There was a pilot for 12 Dungannon schools in 2015, which was extended to 40 post primary schools across the Southern Region in 2016, and it is now rolling out to all the NI Post Primary and Primary Schools this year.
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Business Problem Solved

The school transport app has modernised the application process for school transportation.

There is greater convenience and better information for parents.
Public confidence in the application process greatly improved.
There are potential time savings of over 58 days a year.
There is now more accurate address information to assist decision-making.

A convenient service for parents: The school transport app has transformed the quality and availability of information for parents. In the majority of cases, parents can get an instant answer to the question ‘is my child eligible for school transport?’ Parents also have the convenience of being able to apply for transportation online and don’t have to fill out lengthy forms. The feedback from parents has been very positive. This app moves engagement with citizens to the next level and, in doing so, improves the quality of service to the Education Authority’s customers.

Technology Implemented

ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Enterprise
ArcGIS Network Analyst

Development Team Biography

Education Authority
Esri Ireland

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