Geofences

:!: Attention! This module is licensed separately and can be not included to your package.

Geofence, or geographical zone, is some area on the map. It can be used to control unit activity in this area. By its shape geofence can be a polyline (for example, a street or a highway), a polygon (for example, some factory or a whole city) or a circle.

A number of geofences allowed can be seen in your account parameters (see User Settings => Account).

In the work area open Geofences panel. Here you can create, edit, delete geofences, and create controlled routes on their basis.

How to Create a Geofence

1. Map Geofence

To start creating a new geofence, click the green plus button. A help window will appears to provide you with the instructions about drawing geofences. Choose a geofence type on the left: line, polygon or circle. Then map a geofence.

Here are the basic rules for mapping a geofence:

  • Double-click on any place of the map to put the first point. Then add more points using the same method. Put the points as close or as far from each other as you want.
  • To insert a point between two other points, double-click on a segment between them.
  • To move a point to another place, click on it and holding the left mouse button drag to another place on the map. Then release the mouse button.
  • To delete a point, just double-click on it. Note that points can not be deleted if there are only two points – for lines, or three – for polygons.

:!: Hint.
A quick way to map a geofence is by using the Routing tool (create lines) or Address tool (create circles).

2. Set Parameters

  • Name: a geofence name that is used while tracking units as well as in reports and notifications.
  • Type: line, polygon or circle. For line you also have to indicate its width, for circle - radius (in meters).
  • Account: this dropdown list is shown if the current user has the access to more than one account.
  • Area & Perimeter: these fields are not editable, they are calculated automatically when mapping a geofence.
  • Address source: check this box if you want to use a geofence instead of a usual addresses. In this case, a geofence name can be used in reports in the location columns. It happens if Geofences as address source option is activated in the report template.
  • Ride beginning/end: these parameters are important for reports on rides. The same geofence can be simultaneously the end of one ride and the beginning of another, but cannot be the beginning and the end of one ride.
  • Color: choose a color using the palette or enter a color RGB code. This color will be used to display a geofence on the map and show its name in a unit info tip (if a unit is located in this geofence). If a color is not set, the default (green) color will be used for the geofence.

3. Save Geofence

When finished, press Save. In case of a mistake, press Clear and try again. To close the create mode without saving results, press Cancel.

Geofences Management

In the work area there is a list of all created geofences. Geofences are given in the alphabetical order. Placing a cursor over a geofence name, in the popup tooltip you will get all the information about a geofence type, its parameters (ride beginning/end, address source), and the account where a geofence belongs to (if you have access to more than one account).

Put check marks in the left column to choose geofences to be displayed on the map. Unselect this box to remove geofences from the map. Depending on User Settings geofences can be displayed on the map together with their names or without them.
A button to create a route on the basis of a selected geofence. Available only if you have Routes Control module in your package. Created routes will appear in the Routes Control panel.
Shows how many units are there within a geofence at the moment. To see these units, place the cursor over the number. If there are question signs (?) in this cell, it means the option is disabled. To activate it, go to user settings and check the item Presence in geofences.
The button to edit geofences. The size, shape, name, color, position, and other parameters can be changed.
The button to view a geofence properties (editing is disables).
The button to copy a geofence. You can edit a geofence and save it under another name.
Press this button to delete a geofence. To delete several geofences at once, check them in the first column of the table and press the delete button at the top of the list.
You cannot delete a geofence (not enough access rights to the account).

For your convenience, there is a filter with several predefined criteria to sort geofences:

By some property:

  • All geofences;
  • Geofences with control points;
  • Geofences without control points;
  • Geofences used as address;
  • Ride beginning;
  • Ride end;
  • Ride beginning and end;
  • Polygons;
  • Lines;
  • Circles;
  • Geofences used in unfinished routes;
  • Geofences used in finished routes.

By account:

  • Here is a list of all accounts available for the current user (if there are more than one). Click on any of them to display geofences belonging only to this account.

To quickly find a needed geofence, you can use the dynamic filter above the list. Enter a geofence name or a part of the name and observe the search results.

Created geofences can be exported to kml/kmz file as well as imported from such files to different accounts. Besides, places (POI) cab be imported to geofences and vice versa. Details...

Usage

While Tracking Online

Geofences can be displayed on the map and mark some area of interest and simplify visual reception of the map. If a geofence is displayed on the map and the mouse cursor is placed over it, you can press <ctrl> to see its name, area, perimeter, and the list of units located in this geofence at the moment with addresses where they are. Perimeter for a line is its length (line thickness is not taken into account).

If a unit is situated in a geofence, this fact can be shown in unit info tip. For this, check the option Presence in geofences in User Settings.

:!: The option is unavailable if geofences are rendered on server.

To Routes Control

Line-shaped geofences with control points can be used to control routes: following th predefined route and visiting indicated points in indicated time. See Route Control.

In Notifications

You can be notified by e-mail, SMS, online or by other means when your unit leaves a geofence or enters in a geofence. It is possible also to set speed limitations and sensor range for unit during its presence in a geofence. Besides, on an entrance to a geofence or an exit from it, an action can be performed automatically: send a message to driver, block the engine, change users access to this unit, and many others. See Notifications.

In Reports

Geofences can be used in reports as addresses (in the Location column), if Geofences as address source is checked. See Data in Reports.

Geofences can be used to generate reports on rides and unfinished rides. This is used, for example, to control how a cargo is transported in several trips.

A specialized report on geofences can be generated. In it all entires and exits to/from selected geofence(s) are given together with visit duration, distance travelled within the geofence, average and maximum speed, etc. Besides, you can generate a report about ignored geofences that is geofences which were nor visited.

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