What is meant by GeoFencing?
What is GeoFencing?
GeoFencing allows carriers to define geographical areas on a map and then attach rules to these zones, thereby limiting their (rolling) stock to a specific geographical location. The back office and/or driver will automatically receive alerts on their display screen, via text messages or by email. GeoFencing applies GPS technology (Global Positioning System).
When connected to the back office software, GeoFencing allows carriers to automatically process many data and proactivitely work when needed (Exception-Based Management). Moreover, the concept helps carriers improve the efficiency of drivers and planners and optimise customer services. GeoFencing helps reduce human errors, win time and cut costs.
GeoFencing: zone monitoring
Zone monitoring or zone detection implies that important movements within user-defined zones are monitored. The back office can define rules for automatic alerts for cases when a vehicle arrives or does not arrive (in time) in a specific zone. Carriers that use truck navigation and GeoFencing can exactly show their customers if trucks have delivered to the right address at the right time, which facilitates accurate invoicing. GeoFencing is also used in trailer management.
GeoFencing: Exception-Based Management
Exception-Based Management is a smart way to keep carriers’ communication costs low. GeoFencing fosters Exception-Based Management, as alarms will only be triggered when predefined rules are breached, e.g. a delivery that arrives late at the customer, a delay during loading or unloading, a driver who is resting in an unsafe parking place or chooses a toll way or a hazardous road.
GeoFencing to prevent theft and abuse
GeoFencing can also be used to prevent theft. If a vehicle (or other material) leaves the predefined geographical (or time) zone, the carrier can decide to stop it. Carriers working together with subcontractors can use GeoFencing to trace the location of the material, thus avoiding abuse.