Beginner’s guide to geofencing

Geofencing is a common feature on smartphones that uses GPS and can be used to automatically arm and disarm your security system.

Geofencing is a common feature on smartphones that uses GPS and can be used to automatically arm and disarm your security system.

Geofencing is a technology that you might not be aware of. There are many potential benefits to this technology for both home and business owners. Use this beginner’s guide to Geofencing to gain an understanding of what this is and how it can be used.

What is Geofencing?

Geofencing is technology that works by using Global Positioning Systems (GPS), which are available in many modern devices such as smartphones. It uses the GPS location of the device to set predefined geographical boundaries. This same technology can also be used with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). However, RFID is not as readily in use as GPS is.

How does Geofencing work?

Geofencing works by pairing the GPS coordinates of a device to software at the ‘administrators’ end. This user tells the software where the virtual fence should be based on parameters and guidelines. An action can take place if the device passes through the preset boundaries, for example, a security system disabling when a user returns home.

What are the Benefits of Geofencing?

There are many potential benefits of Geofencing for both home and work. A great example is how delivery companies use Geofencing. The company administrator will set a defined geographic location for each driver based around the route that they should be running. This essentially creates a virtual GPS “fence”. If the driver’s vehicle with the device goes outside of this area then the administrator is alerted.

The same concept can be used to set up a virtual “fence” around your home. You could enable your garage door to open, lights to turn on and thermostat to heat up once you pass through the boundary each evening. From a home safety perspective, you can use Geofencing to set a defined area for your children’s devices to monitor them while they are playing. There are many applications and benefits to Geofencing technology, many of which are still being thought of!

What are potential Geofencing problems?

As with any technology, there can be problems. Fortunately, they occur less with the Geofencing technology itself and more with users that try to outsmart it. For instance, a delivery driver that wants to go outside his route could simply leave the device somewhere or even give it to someone else that is going to stay in the route. Cases like this are often solved by using all the data available to an administrator, not just location data.

Geofencing may be a new concept for you, but it has actually been in use for several years now in businesses, government departments and by home owners.

by Cleverloop Team
October 12, 2015