Geofencing is a very handy feature of vehicle tracking and telematics systems. Geofencing can make it easier to manage drivers or deliveries, and to keep company vans and lorries secure.
This page focuses on geofencing which businesses use to track their vehicles. There are some other types of geofencing, which we do not cover.
Imagine being able to put up a fence around your home, and then be told – no matter where you are – if anything enters or exits that fence? Well this is what a geofence does. But rather than erecting a physical fence, you can draw a fence on a map. The tracking software then alerts you if a vehicle enters or exits that geofence area.
Geofences on a map outline an area of any size. When a vehicle enters or leaves a geofenced area, an alert is sent to the manager or supervisor. These geofences are set up using vehicle tracking software, and the system depends on GPS location trackers in the vehicles that are being monitored.
A different version of geofencing is also offered by mobile phone companies and depends on smartphone location instead. One use of smart phone geofencing is called “geofencing marketing”. Companies push advertising messages to potential customers when they enter a geofenced area around their shop, restaurant or relevant outlet.
Another use is to provide “smart” home management. These systems use your smartphone to tell when you cross into a geofence around your home, and then complete any action you have programmed the system to do, such as switching on your heating or lighting up your home.
Setting a geofence is very simple in some vehicle tracking software.
In most systems you click with your mouse to choose a circle, then simply drag the edge to expand it on the map. This circular geofence is suitable if you want to be alerted when a vehicle is getting near a location and is still 5 minutes away, 10 minutes away or whichever time you select.
Alternatively, you can create a custom shape by clicking from point to point on a map until you have drawn geofences around a location of your choice, which can be any shape at all. This could give you a precise outline of a warehouse, a zone you have forbidden your vehicles from entering, or even a specific road you want drivers to avoid.
Once the area is created, you save it in the software with a specific name and then select the alerts you want to associate with it.
The geofence area you create can be a whole city, or just your own work depot or home.
Geofence alerts may be an email or app alert, triggered immediately if a vehicle enters the geofence area or leaves it. You can choose whether notifications are triggered by all your vehicles or just specific ones.
The alert tells you the vehicle, the named geofence, exactly where it was crossed and the direction of travel, in other words, if the vehicle was entering the geofence or leaving it.
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Vehicle tracking can give you a bird’s eye view of your fleet at all times, making it quick and easy to manage all your drivers. You can deal with breakdowns or accidents immediately and even check the driver dashcam footage or speeding incidents from your mobile phone.
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