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How to Create a Geofence in RASTRAC Brian Dziuk | Sep 19, 2014 6:46:00 AM

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A geofence is a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area. With RASTRAC, you have the ability to create three different types of these geofences. 

 

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Sometimes, there are certain areas that you may need to pay closer attention to, such as a job site or your office. If you want to know when a worker arrives at a location as it is happening, or when a piece of equipment moves from it's location then you need a geofence. A geofence is a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area.

 

RASTRAC can alert you when a vehicle or asset is either arriving or leaving an important area through an SMS message or an email. You can of course run detailed reports on these later as well.

 

There are three types of geofences you can create: polygon, circular, and corridor.

 

A polygon geofence will allow you to create a fence encompassing any particular area with multiple points. A circular geofence will create a circle with a circumference of a set number of miles around the desired area. A corridor geofence will create a fence along a stretch of highway or road with a border specified by a certain number of miles.

Creating a Polygon Geofence

 

Polygon geofence

 

A polygon geofence will allow you to create a fence encompassing any particular area with multiple points.

 

To begin creating a polygon geofence, make sure you are on the default Live Tracking screen. Zoom in on the map so that the view encompasses the desired region for your geofence.

Next, select the map tab on the left side of your screen.Map tab

 

 

 

 

 

plus_signThen, next to where you see "Display Geofences," click on the plus sign (+) to add a geofence.

 

You will then see a dropdown menu giving you the option to select the type of geofence you wish to create. Select the "Polygon" option for this type of geofence. You will then notice a green dialogue box appear at the very top of the screen.

 

Next, click anywhere on the map where you would like to begin the construction of your geofence. Then, click the next spot on the map where you would to continue the geofence, and continue doing so until you have enclosed the entire area.

polygon geofence

Each of the white circles may be clicked and dragged to make sure that you place the borders on the exact locations.

 

Once your fence is complete, click on "Done" in the green dialogue box at the top of the screen.

Done

You will then receive a prompt to name your geofence, and can even customize it further by selecting the color of the geofence that will appear on the map.

If you make any errors during the creation process, you can always click on the "Cancel" button in the green box at the top of the screen and start the creation process over.

Creating a Circular Geofence

 

Circular geofence

 

 

A circular geofence will create a circle with a circumference of a set number of miles around your desired area.

 

To start the creation of a circular geofence, make sure you are on the default Live Tracking screen. Zoom in so the map encompasses the desired region for your geofence. Next, as seen in the creation of the polygon geofence, select the "Map" tab on the left side of the screen. Then, next to where you see "Display Geofences," click on the plus symbol to add a geofence.

 

From the dropdown menu that appears, select "Circular."Circular

Next, enter in the width for the circumference of the geofence that will be created around the desired location, and then click on "OK."

 

You will then receive a prompt to click on the map where you would like to create the geofence. Click "OK" on that prompt, and you will be brought back to the map view. Click on the map exactly where you would like for the center of the circular geofence to be located.

 

You will then receive a prompt to name your geofence, and you can choose the color for the outline. Click "OK," and your geofence is complete.

 

Creating a Corridor Geofence

 

Corridor geofence

 

A corridor geofence will create a fence along a stretch of highway or road with a border specified by a certain number of miles.

 

To start the creation of a corridor geofence, make sure you are on the default Live Tracking screen. Zoom in so the map encompasses the desired region for your geofence. Next, as seen in the creation of the polygon geofence, select the “Map” tab on the left side of the screen. Then, next to where you see “Display Geofences,” click on the plus symbol to add a geofence.

 

 

Select the corridor geofence. Enter the desired width of the new geofence that will border the corridor.

Corridor

 

A green dialogue box will then appear at the top of the screen.

 

Click on the map to outline the path of the corridor you wish to create. Continue clicking until you have completed the outline.

 

 

Corridor geofence

 

Once you have accomplished this, click on Done in the dialogue box. You will be prompted to name the new geofence, and select a color for its border. Click on OK, and the geofence is complete.

 

Managing Your Geofences

 

All of the geofences that you create will be listed on the “MAP” tab. You have the option to have them all displayed or hidden by simply checking or unchecking the box next to “display geofences.”

 

Geofences

 

 

You can right click on the name of any geofence to find or delete the geofence.

 

For any questions about creating a geofence, please contact us here at RASTRAC and we will be glad to assist you further.

 

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