What is a Geofence?

HomeGlossary of fleet termsWhat is a Geofence?

A geofence is a virtual fence or perimeter around a physical location. Like a real fence, a geofence creates a separation between that location and the area around it. Unlike a real fence, geofences can also detect movement of mobile devices sharing location data inside the virtual boundary.

It can be any size or shape, even a straight line between two points.

Geofences are created using mapping software, which allow the user to draw the geofence over the desired geographic area. It is made up of a collection of coordinates (i.e., latitude and longitude) or in the case of a circular geofence one specific location that forms the center.

Geofence use cases

When integrated with fleet management and telematics solutions, geofencing technology can be used to alert you via text message in near real time if a vehicle or valuable piece of equipment is removed from a geofenced area like your yard or worksite without your authorization.

Fleet managers can map out any number of specific areas with geofences to help understand your mobile workers movements throughout the day.

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