Although there are many features worth highlighting in our Connect Fleet software platform, the geofence feature is certainly one of our favourites, and a very practical tool for any business!

When you set a geofence, you essentially create a virtual geographic boundary around a physical location.

Types of geofences

There are three basic types of geofences available:

  1. Circle – geographical area with a given centre and the shape of a circle with a minimum radius of 20 meters (radius and centre of the circle are defined by user).
  2. Polygon – area bounded by an arbitrary polygon with any number of vertices.
  3. Route – allows to create a virtual perimeter between two (or more) points. For example; it may be used in order to ensure that a vehicle doesn’t leave a predetermined route, and if it does, an alarm can be set to inform the interested party.

These parameters can then trigger many alerts, and be used to build reports from.

Here are a few ways setting up a geofence can be useful to your business.

Set a geofence around your depot

When it comes to setting up a new client on our platform, we always recommend they first set a geofence around their own depot, yard or warehouse. Any location their assets are stored for long periods of time, on a daily basis.

Once this geofence is created, we can then set alerts to ensures our clients know exactly when their assets leave and return from that location.

Alerts can be customised to only notify them when an asset moves outside of work hours, making certain they are quickly over any unauthorised movement.

Alerts can be sent to mobile, via the Connect Fleet app, sms or email. Too easy!

Set a geofence around your worksites

Another nifty trick is to set a geofence boundary around active worksites.

This can give the employer a clear indication of all assets that enter and exit that worksite, help to report on the number of hours the asset has spent onsite, and ultimately track the billable hours for each asset.

Set a geofence around your local hardware stores

Hey Luke, can you zip out and pick us up a packet of grinding sparks from Bunnings!?

Ever sent an employee to run a quick errand from the hardware store, only to see him three hours later?

One tip is to set a geofence around your local and most commonly visited hardware stores. Avoid any time wasted, and know how long your staff are kicking about in the tool aisle and snacking on the Bunnings snags before they return to work.

Step One

Locate the desired area on the map. You can use ‘Address search’ tool.

Step Two

Choose ‘Geofences’ tool by clicking on the Polygon icon in the bottom of screen and click the Add geofence button.

Step Three

Choose one of three shapes from the list.

Step Four

Draw a geofence on the map:
1. Circle – move a circle with a mouse, having pressed the centre of the circle. To change the size of the circle pull the point on the edge of the circle.
2. Polygon – initially has a form of the correct pentagon, which can be easily and randomly changed. To add new vertices you need to pull the mouse over the centre of one of the polygon’s sides. To delete a vertex just double-click on it.
3. Route – you need to choose start and end points, the system will automatically build a route between them. If you want to add more points on the route, drag the route with the mouse. Next, determine the size of the vicinity.

Step Five

Specify the name of the geofence and save it. Geofences you created can be edited or deleted.

Thanks for reading!

As always, if you have any questions please reach out.

Meagan Berkhout
Marketing & Digital Media