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Smart School Transport Project

Smart School Transport Project

The Education Authority (EA) is responsible for delivering primary and secondary education services for more than 300,000 pupils across Northern Ireland. 

EA also provides home to school transport for nearly 100,000 eligible children, (who live over walking distance from school or who have additional needs). More than 25,000 children travel each day on the EA’s fleet of buses.

EA is committed to a programme of digital transformation to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its services.   

As part of this programme, the EA is undertaking an SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) competition to stimulate development of innovative solutions. 

The purpose of the project is to identify solutions to improve the utilisation of the EA fleet of approximately 800 buses and minibuses and to enhance safety and security for pupils.

The SBRI is a pre-commercial procurement model promoted by Innovate UK, enabling public sector bodies to connect with technology organisations to stimulate the development of innovate solutions to address public sector challenges.

EA has a budget of £200,000 to facilitate the development of Phase 1 of the programme that is to be completed by April 2018. 

Phase 1 is expected to demonstrate the technical feasibility and commercial viability of proposed concepts.  If successful there may be follow on phases for development and testing.

A launch event will be held in Belfast on the 1st November 2017 for potential suppliers.

Information about the event, competition and bid documents are now available to download at


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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