Through the use of a GPS vehicle tracker with polygon geofencing features through the RAM Tracking app, you get a more in-depth understanding of where your mobile workforce are. You even receive notifications when one of your tracked vehicles enters or exits one of these zones.
A Geofence is a way to set up a virtual perimeter on a real-world geographical area. Imagine a real fence, the geofence works in a way to create a separation between two different areas, however, geofencing allows you to track and detect the movement of your mobile devices within this pre-set virtual boundary.
RAM Tracking utilises polygonal geofences, whereas a regular geofence is regularly a circular shape that covers the general area, polygonal geofencing allows you to be more specific in the area you want to cover, as you get to choose the exact area that is covered, regardless of the shape the area is.
Through the use of geofence tracking, you know that your fleet manager will be given a notification only when a vehicle enters or exits the geofenced area.Get a Quote
When you use RAM Tracking’s system, setting up a geofence couldn’t be easier.
After you have entered the RAM Tracking system, you click on the “geofencing” button at the top, just above the live map. You click “Create Geofence”, name the geofence and you can even create categories to separate what the geofence is required for, and then choose the colour that the geofence will be, another great way to differentiate your geofences from each other.
After this, you click to create your first point, click in each place to continue drawing and then when you click back to your first point, the polygon geofence is completed. Geofencing maps allows you to see all of your geofences on a live map, that updates your vehicles current location, so you can gain insights to your drivers' day as it happens.Get a Quote
How would I utilise geofencing? There are a range of different things that you could geofence that would be a perfect addition to your system allowing you to get fantastic information for when one of your vehicles has entered or exited an area. There are many geofencing use cases, a good number of which will help you in your day-to-day role. Some of our favourites include
Geofencing is a fantastic way to not only coach drivers but look after your vehicles with ease.Get a Quote
With RAM Tracking, we want to give you impactful features to allow you to get the most out of your fleet management system.
Using polygonal geofences with RAM Tracking is included in the price of the Core and Plus packages! We wanted to provide our customers with a cheap geofencing option. So, if you are on either of those packages, you have polygonal geofences included for no extra cost.
This allows you to get extra insights, prevent theft, and understand when people are starting and finishing their shifts. Implementing polygon geofencing gives you the extra pieces of information that only comes with adding a feature that tracks your vehicles in such a way - if you try to do it just by using the live map, you don't get notifications and you will have to watch the live map all day.Get a Quote
Polygon geofences allow you to get precise knowledge of the workday of individual employees, it provides you with a notification when a member of your mobile workforce arrives or leaves a location that has had a polygon geofence placed around it. This allows you to understand who has arrived on site and at what time, as well as what time they have left.
By running a report which shows you a specific vehicle and the information related to a specific geofence, you can see the exact amount of time they spent at that location over the period of time they were working for. This shows you the number of hours they worked for so you can then give your customer an invoice for the work completed with the exact number of hours being invoiced.
This helps to reduce the number of disputes that there are at the end of a job. If a customer were to make a complaint about the amount that they have been invoiced, you have accurate data which shows the number of hours that your mobile workforce has been on their site working - this should help to stop any disputes about invoices from customers.
The more data that you have, the more information you can work with - this ensures that the customer is invoiced correctly and your workforce is paid correctly.Get a Quote
Gain additional accuracy on your reports as well as receiving immediate notifications whenever a vehicle enters or exits a pre-determined site which allows you to coach your mobile workforce appropriately.
A polygonal geofence is a predefined geographic boundary that a user sets up - it looks like a closed shape on a map. These geofences allow you to set up a virtual boundary around a specific are, for example, a construction site or parking lot, which will alert you to a vehicle entering or exiting the area.
There is a lot more precision involved in polygonal geofences as it offers a more complex boundary definition than a regular circular geofence. A circular geofence has a centre point and a radius, it will cover an area and can leak into areas that you don't want to have covered. But, a polygonal geofence covers an area as you set up a closed shape with multiple coordinates, this ensures that regardless of the shape, you can cover it with precision.
Polygonal geofences allow a business to predetermine a specific area of interest, this could be anything from a construction site to your warehouse where your fleet of vehicles are parked overnight. This helps to track the movement of employees, vehicles and assets, you understand if a vehicle is being driven outside of working hours allowing to you to get the police involved if it has been stolen. Geofences help to improve safety, security and compliance.
Polygonal geofences can be set up to improve your fleet operations. For example, if your vehicles are all parked within one location, you can set up a geofence around this parking area, this allows you to understand when each driver starts and finishes their day. If a driver is frequently starting late and finishing early, you can take the time to talk to them and help them to improve this habit.
Of course! You can set up multiple polygonal geofences within most systems and you should be able to provide it with a unique name and colour allowing you to understand which geofence is which. Talk to your provider about just how in-depth you can go with making each geofence unique.
The system that you use should allow you to set up notifications that help you understand in real-time when a vehicle or asset enters or exits a predetermined area. This assists with monitoring compliance with designated areas or to monitor when a vehicle leaves the parking area to understand that people start and finish on time, or that the vehicle hasn't been stolen. It's best to talk to your provider and they will be able to let you understand the limitations of the system.
Your system should offer you a way to view the historical data which allows you to see when a vehicle or asset has entered or exited a predetermined polygonal area. This helps you to monitor compliance or which vehicles are entering or exiting these areas.
You can edit the areas with ease, by going into the system and selecting the geofence that you are wanting to update you should have the ability to edit the area, allowing you to update the boundary in numerous ways. It is best to talk to your provider to see what their system offers.
This is entirely dependent on the quality of the GPS signal, if a GPS signal is being blocked or it is in a low signal area, you may find the accuracy to be lower, but for the majority of the time, the GPS signal will be very good. This means that you will find your polygonal geofence data to be highly accurate and reliable.
Yes! Polygonal geofences can be customised in a number of ways. You should be able to change the colour of the area, the transparency, the width of the boundary line and more, this allows you to highlight the areas that are most important to you which makes it easier to identify on the map.
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