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Redmond's Mobile Queue's app eases arrival and dismissal process at schools

Mobile Queue Technologies, Inc., a Redmond-based company has developed an app that is used by parents and school staff to improve the student arrival and dismissal process, in turn helping to manage traffic around schools.

The QManager app — which has already been adopted by thirteen private schools, two public schools and two daycare centers — enables parents to sign their children in and out of school using their smartphones. This new technology was created to eliminate parking lot congestion, increase speed and efficiency and enhance student security in schools and daycares.

The app, which has been in the market for more than three years, is currently being used by more than 7,000 parents and guardians and is growing in popularity in both private and public educational facilities throughout the country, according to a Mobile Queue press release.

"Many schools may already have an older 'desktop' type method but our mobile solution is much more robust, stable and easier to use," said Mobile Queue founder and CEO Moazzam Ahmed.

Once parents are enrolled in the QManager system, they receive a unique code used to register their smartphone. Upon registration, they are able to sign in or out on their smartphones while in close proximity to their child's school. Within seconds, school staff receive notification on their tablet that the parent has signed for their child. Teachers can quickly get students to and from cars, keeping traffic moving smoothly.

Guardians, including family members, nannies and babysitters can be added and removed as often as needed. If a parent or guardian forgets to bring their smartphone, does not have a smartphone or chooses not to register, they can sign out their children using the school's tablet.

QManager stores signatures, dates and times of all student arrivals and dismissals. Authorized school staff can access this information via QManager's secure servers, which can be shared with state officials if requested. All communication between the user's smartphone and the school is encrypted.

"Using QManager, schools and daycare centers reduce chaos, use fewer resources while increasing security. Parents and students save time and can get home sooner. Less traffic congestion also means that the school's neighbors are happier," said Ahmed.

The patent-pending app is free for parents to download and available at a minimal, no-contract monthly cost for schools.

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