One of the more advanced (and often underutilized) features of a GPS tracking system is the ability to create geofences with triggered alerts. Geofences are designated areas that you can define on a map. They can either be a certain radius around a single point, or any shape that you create from several points. You might create geofences around neighborhoods you want to avoid, customer sites, your own office campus, employee homes, or any other area you want to monitor.
Triggered alerts allow you to monitor activity in a more passive manner. Rather than watching the real-time map, you can simply get alerted whenever a geofence is crossed. You can also use geofences with time stamps so you can view previous activity any time.
Using Geofences and Triggered Alerts with a GPS Tracking System
As a fleet manager or small business owner, you can use geofences to send alerts and provide time stamps for activities such as:
- Entering or exiting job sites – Have you ever called a job site to check in with an employee only to find out that they didn’t show up when they were supposed to? Setting up a geofence around customer job sites can help you avoid this and other sticky situations.
- Arriving or leaving work – You’re not always in the office when your employees arrive and depart, so you can’t verify time sheets unless you have another method of tracking their activity. Setting up a geofence around the area where company vehicles are kept will help you keep an eye on attendance and you will always know which vehicles are in the field and which ones are not.
- Managing territories – If you use your GPS tracking system to monitor a sales force with designated territories, geofences with triggered alerts can help you better manage your team and prevent intentional or unintentional encroachment.
- Keeping employees out of certain areas – If you don’t want your employees or your vehicles to be in a certain area, set up a triggered alert to let you know when they enter a geofence. This can help you protect your assets and improve driver accountability.
Remember that geofences are not the only GPS tracking system feature you can use with triggered alerts. Landmarks work in a similar way, but rather than a geographical perimeter, a landmark simply represents a single site. For example, if a job site is a single building, it might make more sense to use a landmark. On the other hand, if the site encompasses several blocks or a larger area, a geofence would provide you with more valuable information.
GPSTrackIt offers GPS tracking system solutions with geofences and a broad range of other helpful features to help you take control of your fleet. View our free online demos to see all the other ways fleet GPS can help you improve operations and save money.
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