What is Geofencing？
It’s a virtual boundary that uses GPS or RFID to allow or control certain aspects of device performance inside and outside the set boundary.
Creating a geofence in AirDroid Business is extremely simple. It can take as much or as little time as you want, and the geofence itself can be as detailed as you want it to be. Using AirDroid Business, you can simply draw a digital border around a geographical area. Then you can set up notifications based on the device behavior in your geofence.
What's the purpose of Geofencing?
By setting virtual boundaries, you can use a geofence for:
- Simple device tracking within the geofence
- Defining specific actions to execute automatically when devices enter or exit the geofence, such as:
- Send notifications
- Lock or factory reset the device
- Automatically switching to Kiosk Mode (with your customized interface and access limitations)
Further reading: what is Kiosk Mode?
Industry use cases
Geofencing can play a very important role in asset management — an essential and often difficult task in this day and age, where so many assets are mobile.
Warehouses & Distribution
You can create a geofence around your warehouse, distribution center, or manufacturing plant and set a rule that notifies an administrator if devices like mobile phones rugged tablets leave the geofence.
If you have a geofence around your warehouse or distribution center, you can set up a geographic trigger to alert your workers when a delivery vehicle enters or exits the geofence. With this in place, workers can prepare to unload the truck sooner, which will streamline processes and reduce downtime.
Logistics & Route Management
Fleet management is another appropriate application for geofencing. You can create a geofence that applies to a particular shipping route. If a truck driver doesn't arrive at the destination, the MDM software will notify the dispatcher. This way, you know that your drivers are using their time on the road appropriately, and you also increase the efficiency of your shipping and delivery operations.
You can also set geofences around the start and end locations of your drivers’ routes, and create a command that shuts off or disables certain apps on drivers’ mobile devices when they leave the starting geofence. Then, when they enter the geofence at their destination, the device or apps will reactivate. This is a very effective way to eliminate distracted driving, improve driver performance, and reduce company liability.
Quarantine Tracking & Monitoring
During situations like a pandemic, governments and hospitals can utilize wearable devices and use them to track and monitor the location of quarantined residents. The moment when they leave a safe zone, notifications can be sent, and agents can know where they are right away and take necessary measures to prevent a further outbreak.
The business value of geofencing lies in its ability to provide a great deal of actionable data and insight about company resources, based on their location. This information can help you gain a greater understanding of employee performance, reduce costs, and increase overall efficiency.