What is Geofencing? New Feature – Geofence Downloads to Device
What is Geofencing?
Geofencing involves the use of GPS devices to define a virtual border or boundary in a location. Think of it simply as a digital fence that you control. This enables our software to alert, or trigger a specified response when the tracked asset enters or leaves the geofenced area, or performs a certain activity.
Up until now, the end software platform (Telematics Guru) would handle the alerting, by receiving the GPS coordinate data sent by the devices, and determining if that was inside or outside a geofence, and what actions to take. Downloading geofences to the device means that the device itself knows when it is inside or outside a geofence so that it can modify its behavior accordingly.
If the asset you are tracking leaves your controlled radius (jumps your digital fence), or performs a specific activity (exceeds the speed limit) the device can sound a buzzer to warn the driver, and you’ll also be notified via an alert.
Geofence Downloads to Device
We have just released a powerful new firmware feature for Telematics Guru, Geofence Downloads to Device.
Geofences can now be downloaded directly from Telematics Guru onto supported devices. This gives the device knowledge of which geofence it is in, allowing for a wide range of new applications, including:
- Setting custom speed limits on private property, such as a mine site, and triggering a buzzer when the driver exceeds the limit.
- Disabling cellular communication (and GPS fixes for a period) in a sensitive area, such as at an airport, or on an oil rig.
- Using alternate logging parameters depending on the area a device is in, to optimize battery life.
- Turning on a vehicle’s emergency lights in a specific area.