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High-tech security features on Dallas County Schools’ newest buses will include thumbprint readers to keep track of riders and “pedophile cameras” to keep them safe.
The agency worked with Force Multiplier Solutions to develop BusGuard, an upgradeable security system that can be modified based on each district’s needs.
The upgrades include three interior cameras, a GPS vehicle locator, an emergency button, a rider thumbprint scanner and exterior cameras, including the so-called pedophile cameras to track possible stalkers.
The rearview camera is new on all the buses, said Terry Teetz, a Dallas County Schools police officer. It’s one way school officials hope to decrease kidnappings and sex crimes that happen near a bus.
The new technology can cost up to $10,000 per bus, but the modifications will come at no additional cost to districts.