What is geofencing?

January 21, 2020 Lytx

A trending technology in many different industries, geofencing isn’t really the barrier it sounds like—it’s more of a gateway or checkpoint that can provide valuable information. Here’s what you need to know about geofencing technology.

How does geofencing work?

A geofence is a virtual boundary that’s set around either a geographic area. The technology is designed to track movement and send notifications when something hits the boundary.

This “e-perimeter” is generated and enforced using GPS, RFID, Wi-Fi, or cellular data. When an object enters or exits a geofence, it triggers an action. The triggered action can vary, as well—it generally takes the form of a push notification or email alert. Exactly who is alerted and why depends on the rules set up in the tracking system.

what is geofencing

The Lytx Fleet Tracking Service shows how much time a driver spent inside the geofence


Why do fleets use geofencing?

Geofencing is a feature offered in some GPS fleet tracking solutions that can provide insight into daily operations. Businesses use the technology to track and receive alerts when vehicles enter or exit specified areas. Why? Geofencing data can be critical to improving operations and productivity. More specifically, the information helps fleets:

  • Understand how much time vehicles spend on highways, which can aid fuel management and maintenance scheduling.
  • Know where drivers are at all times to improve customer service, route optimizations, and general fleet management.
  • Monitor when vehicles leave company premises, ensuring drivers are on schedule and there’s no unauthorized use of vehicles.
  • Track delivery times in order to provide customers with quick, accurate status information.


A geofence set up around a busy highway in California

How geofencing in the Lytx Fleet Tracking Service helps improve operational efficiency

Geofencing is a tool used by many fleets today. The Lytx Fleet Tracking Service allows fleet managers and dispatchers to instantly locate, track, and manage vehicles, with video support from the DriveCam Event Recorder. The geofencing feature itself is easy to use—you can create, edit, and view vehicle “time spent” in geofences in just a few steps through the Lytx interface.

The top benefits of geofencing with the Lytx Fleet Tracking Service include the ability to:

  • Manage adherence to approved areas, and reduce unauthorized routes and hours.
  • Get real-time alerts when drivers leave or arrive at specific locations, or use vehicles after hours.
  • View reports of geofence violations on your mobile or desktop and export them in CSV format.
  • Watch fleet dash cam footage that provides more context and insight about why a vehicle left a geofence.


See how your company can use geofencing technology to keep track of your vehicles. Schedule a demo to see the Lytx Fleet Tracking Service in action.

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