If you have a mobile workforce, you’ve likely heard of geofences. If not, this could be one of the biggest advances for your business this year.

Geofences are basically virtual boundaries on a map. It might be a square, a circle or any other shape that suits the purpose it was designed for. Like physical fences, geofences can be used to automatically monitor and record entry and exit to the area within the “fence”.

Geofences are helping retailers reach customers in new and more relevant ways. Relief agencies are using it to improve the efficiency of their data reports. And fleets are finding innovative ways to use this to manage their mobile workforce more effectively.

Could your fleet make better use of geofences to improve efficiency, safety or security? Consider the following suggested ways that fleets using Telogis Fleet are currently using the geofencing feature.

Five ways fleets are using geofencing

Geofencing is very adaptable technology that can be used in so many different ways. Here are a few ways mobile workforces are utilizing it to save money or improve safety and security.

  1. Timesheet verification/client billing — With worker vehicles tracked by GPS, automatic alerts can be triggered when the vehicle arrives and departs from a job site. This creates a useful log of time spent on the job, both for payroll purposes and client billing (how long the technician spent at the client’s site). This is ideal for drivers paid by the hour and service workers who have charge-out rates. The finance team can also use the location information to allocate expenditure to the correct cost center.
  2. Tracking arrivals and departures — Some companies like to keep a record of when staff are on-site. For example, mining companies may need to track remote locations for safety reasons to make sure no personnel are in the area before conducting blasting operations. Exception reports can be created to monitor for unusual or unauthorized variations in working hours.
  3. Traffic restrictions — Certain metropolitan areas around the world, such as Sao Paulo in Brazil, restrict vehicles on certain days of the weeks. Vehicles caught infringing the road space rationing legislation face hefty fines. Fleets are using Telogis geofencing technology to make sure vehicles are routed to comply with the restrictions.
  4. Asset security — Movable assets are a huge investment for many companies. Unauthorized use can result in increased insurance premiums, liability lawsuits, damaged property or expensive downtime. Fleets can use alerts to trigger when a vehicles moves outside of a specific area, offering additional security to equipment yards. Thieves may be able to break through a physical fence but they won’t know they’ve triggered a silent alarm the moment the vehicle leaves the virtual geofence!
  5. Stolen equipment recovery — If a piece of equipment is moved outside of a geofence a company may have this action trigger a theft alert. This is common with construction companies who leave heavy equipment on-site. Nationwide Construction Group use Telogis geofencing technology to trigger theft alerts and promote the quick recovery of any stolen equipment. Recovering just one piece of equipment paid for the Telogis service for an entire year, making it a worthwhile investment for the Michigan-based construction company.

With even just a few examples you can no doubt see how geofencing could be put to use in your business. If so, Telogis is here to show you how easy it can be implemented.

Curious about geofencing possibilities? Register now for a free demo

Telogis geofencing is incredibly flexible making it the ideal tool to customize for your specific business needs. We’ve only covered a few ways it can be used but we welcome you to get in touch and discuss your requirements and have geofencing demonstrated. We’ll be happy to explore the possibilities with you!

Attention Developers: If you’re a developer looking for a free geospatial SDK that offers advanced geofencing features then download Telogis GeoBase, available today from our developer’s portal.