Types of Geofencing & It’s Applications
With practical applications for a number of industries, geofencing is the practice of creating virtual perimeters within certain environments. Using GPS solutions to designate areas for various purposes, it’s a modern technology developed to keep track of people’s movements, and notify anyone who might need to know who is going where, and when.
When integrated with radio dispatch solutions, geofencing enables operators to see when employees enter restricted zones, work areas and other sectors. For example, whenever a miner travels to a blast area, a dispatcher will receive a notification. From there, he or she can send a text message or individual call to the miner, instructing him or her to leave the blast zone.
The benefits of such a system are wide-ranging, however to get a better idea of how your organization might benefit from the implementation of geofencing, it’s worth taking a closer look at some of their applications.
Types of Geofencing
1. Blast Zones
Despite a recent downturn, the resources industry is still an enormous part of Australia’s economy. Spend any time on a major mining operation, and you’ll quickly see -and probably hear – the potential hazards. When it’s time to conduct blasting to loosen iron ore for extraction, for example, obviously you need to be sure no people are in the blast zone, so a geofence can alert the right people if and when this occurs.
2. Yard and Site
Should your business involve workers transporting supplies or equipment from a home base (known as a yard) to a temporary work site, creating a geofence can allow you to easily log the times users come and go between each area. For example, a concrete truck returning to the yard to fill up, before heading back to the site to drop off its load.
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While the applications above have all been about keeping track of who is entering an area, geofences can also be put in place to keep people in who are already there. Confinement is where you want someone to stay within an area, and can be set up to send you an alert should they leave the specified zone. For organizations that have region-specific employees – a taxi service, for example – geofences can help to keep everyone where they should be.
For use in critical situations, emergency zones can be quickly setup for evacuation and warning zones. An example of this is a fire zone, so when such an event occurs an emergency geofence can be created to cover an area to evacuate. As soon as the area is mapped out the system can identify which radio users are in the zone and send out an alert to ensure they leave.
5. No Go Zones
Functioning similarly to blast and emergency geofences, this is a solution for areas you don’t want people to go to enter, although not necessarily for safety reasons. Security-sensitive areas or environmentally protected zones are good examples.
6. Speed Limiting
Heavy industrial areas such as mine sites often have certain areas where you are not to exceed a certain speed limit. A speed limit geofence can track any incidents of speeding and help you to send any warnings if necessary. You can even set different speeds throughout the day, thanks to the customization options of geofences, and anytime someone is registered as speeding it is stored in the events log, allowing supervisors or managers to look back in history to see repeat offenders.
These are just a few examples of how geofences can benefit your organization. Whether you need just one geofence, a variety of different types or even multiple, uniquely named variants of the same, Omnitronics has the expertise to help you integrate the solution into your business.
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