This may be Luke Gibson’s last summer of leisure before his full-time consulting job begins with Ernst & Young in August, but he’s doing anything but vacationing. Having just graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in May, he’s already hard at work advancing the success of a classmate’s tech startup.
Gibson was tapped by an IU classmate, Connor Boundy, to help build awareness for TMR Technology Inc., the maker of the TMR (Track My Route) app that allows parents to follow their children remotely from the moment they get on a school bus until they get off.
“With a free and simple download of the app from the App Store or Google Pay, parents can trace their child’s bus and receive notifications on its status,” says Gibson. “For most school districts, the app can be made available to parents without any hardware installation on the buses.”
TMR was first piloted and then fully implemented in a special needs cooperative last year. It received rave reviews and this co-op will continue to use it this coming school year. Following in their footsteps, Libertyville School District 70 recently unveiled their adoption of this program for the 2019-2020 school year.
“We’re really starting to gain traction,” says Boundy. “In the first several meetings we had with schools, we were definitely underestimated when we’d walk in the room. But this was a good place to start because the mood always shifted as we finished our presentation and the group began to understand our product and its implications. The tone would move from ‘what advice can we give you?’ to ‘how can we roll this out in our school district?’ I really chalk it up to our young team’s high level of professionalism and the fact that we have some really great technology to share.”
TMR Technology is evolving into a broader security offering for schools. In the future, the plan is to allow parents to use this app to locate where their children are, especially in emergency situations.
“It’s very much part of TMR’s mission that while we’re ensuring students’ safety that the students not feel like they’re going to school in a prison-like atmosphere where their every move is being watched,” adds Gibson. “We want the schools, the parents, and most especially the students to feel safe, but free at the same time.”
For now, TMR Technology is managed by a core team of five (where the oldest team member is 25 years old and a handful are still in college), supported by 20 sales representatives and interns. While many of them are engaged by full-time jobs, the organization keeps in tight communication with remote team members.
“As representatives, we connect with the founders on a near-daily basis,” says Gibson. “It’s been incredible working with this team. We have a group that is truly passionate about making school transportation safer.”