Geofence and Safety Alerts

Five ways your workforce could be using geofencing.

If you have a mobile workforce, you’ve likely heard of geofences. If not, this could be one of the biggest advances for your business and projects this year.

Geofences are basically virtual boundaries on a map. It might be a square, a circle or any other shape that suits the purpose it was designed for. Like physical fences, geofences can be used to automatically monitor and record entry and exit to the area within the “fence”.

Geofences are helping clients pinpoint machines and vehicles and manage site activities. And fleets are finding innovative ways to use this to manage their mobile workforce more effectively.

Your fleet can make better use of geofences to improve efficiency, safety and security. Consider the following ways that fleets using Plantcom are currently using the geofencing feature.

Geofencing is very adaptable technology that can be used in so many different ways. Here are a few ways mobile workforces are utilising it to save money or improve safety and security.

1. Timesheet verification/client billing — With worker vehicles managed by GPS, automatic alerts can be triggered when the vehicle arrives and departs from a job site. This creates a useful log of time spent on the job, both for payroll purposes and client billing (how long the staff spent at the client’s site). This is ideal for drivers paid by the hour and companies who have charge-out rates. The finance team can also use the location information to allocate expenditure to the correct cost centre, and makes FBT reporting a breeze.

2. Tracking arrivals and departures — Some companies like to keep a record of when staff are on-site. For example, mining companies may need to track remote locations for safety reasons to make sure no personnel are in the area before conducting blasting operations. Exception reports can be created to monitor for unusual or unauthorised variations in working hours.

3. Traffic restrictions — Certain areas around the site, such as mining and gas sites restrict vehicles on certain days of the weeks. Vehicles can be tracked for speeding infringement on project sites for instance. Use the Plantcom geofencing technology to make sure vehicles are routed to comply with restrictions.

4. Asset security — Movable assets are a huge investment for many companies. Unauthorised use can result in increased insurance premiums, liability lawsuits, damaged property or expensive downtime. Fleets can use alerts to trigger when a vehicles moves outside of a specific area and time, offering additional security to equipment yards. Thieves may be able to break through a physical fence but they won’t know they’ve triggered a silent alarm the moment the vehicle leaves the virtual geofence!

5. Stolen equipment recovery — If a piece of equipment is moved outside of a geofence a company may have this action trigger a theft alert. This is common with construction companies who leave heavy equipment on-site. Construction and transport companies can use it to trigger theft alerts and promote the quick recovery of any stolen equipment. Recovering just one piece of equipment will pay for the Plantcom service for an entire year, making it a worthwhile investment for any company.

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