Connected CommerceBut first, what is a ‘geofence’?
Geofence is one of many GPS tracking features seeming highly technical but basically refers to a virtual marker on a map. This virtual marker or ‘fence’ is simply any shape you form to cover a certain location or region on a map.
Using the geofencing feature, you will be alerted everytime a vehicle enters and exits a fenced location. Further, geofences can be of different types depending on the policy applied to each of them. In this blog, let’s take up three.
Boundary. If your fleet policy prohibits your vehicles from going out the city, draw a fence to cover the entire city. In the case of taxis, for example, you would know who among your drivers you are to collect out-of-town boundary fees from. The boundary alerts also help you easily trace which taxi units need close monitoring for maintenance from vehicle wear-and-tear.
Restricted Area. Primarily for the safety of your driver, your vehicle, and the products being transported (which probably does not cost little), it is highly suggested that you set alerts for restricted zones. Red-flagged places include theft and danger-prone areas, competitors’ yards, and prohibited roads or routes. A way to safeguard your resources is to make sure you have a good implementation of your restrictions. Geofences plus alerts for restricted areas would be one big help!
Speed Zone. Besides portions along highways with speed limits, there are certain zones you’d rather have your drivers not pick up on speed and just slow down. Setting up speed zones helps you monitor and regulate driver behaviors. Very importantly, you have a way to avoid penalties and sanctions for over-speeding, as well as delay maintenance costs from heavy wear-and-tear.
When applied, policies in geofences create programmatic events called geotriggers. Know how this system works, click here.
And find out about more types of geofence in the next blog.