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System for Speeding-Up Child Pickup from School

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247830D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system to accelerate the student pick-up process at the end of the school day. The system learns the association between a child and a parent’s or caregiver’s vehicle, and can communicate the match to the adult dismissal monitor in order to help a child to the vehicle in a timely manner.

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System for Speeding-Up Child Pickup from School

Many children arrive to and leave from school via a vehicle driven by a parent or caregiver; i.e., the students are dropped-off and picked-up. The afternoon pickup can be a slow, tedious process due to the long line of cars waiting to pick up children. The children can take a number of minutes to see that the caregiver has arrived, which means that the long line of cars moves forward at a frustratingly slow pace.

Schools may have one or more adult monitors in the pickup area to help get children to the correct cars, but it is unrealistic to assume that those adults recognize every car and driver, let alone remember which child goes with each. This is particularly true at schools where multiple faculty members cycle through the pickup duty.

The novel system can learn the association between vehicles and children. This system tracks the vehicles coming in to pick up children and provides a display to the adult monitor, letting that person know which child needs to go to which vehicle. This can accelerate the pickup process.

To describe the system, this disclosure uses a simple example scenario: a school with a single incoming line of cars, several pickup slots in which a car and driver can wait for the child/children, a single adult monitor, and a waiting area for the children needing to be picked up.

This system comprises two parts:


1. System for collecting data when children are dropped off in the morning


2. System for presenting that data in a meaningful way at pickup time

Together, this gives the information to streamline the pickup flow.

At the morning drop-off time, the system captures images from the sch...