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What is Geofencing for Fleet?

Green Tractor Circular Geofence Screenshot

Whether you have a small business with 5-10 vehicles or a large fleet, a geofence can be advantageous. In this article, you will learn about Geofencing and it’s benefits to vehicle owners. Integrating geofencing into your GPS tracking solution is a simple and cost-effective way to transform your fleet management.

Understanding Geofencing

Geofencing entails digitally creating virtual boundaries or zones while using a GPS fleet tracking solution like YoGPS. These virtual boundaries or digital zones are known as Geofences. Fleet managers can define multiple Geofences around specific geographical areas. A geofence can be few meters or as extensive as several kilometers, depending on the requirements.

This feature is essential for fleet managers to monitor vehicle’s activity and driver productivity.

How Does Geofencing Work?

The functionality of geofencing relies on the GPS capabilities of GPS Trackers. When a vehicle enters or exits a Geofence, the tracking device (GPS Trackers) in the vehicle detects the location by connecting with multiple GPS Satellites. It sends this location to the geofencing software using cellular towers. The software then triggers predetermined actions, such as sending a notification, displaying targeted ads, or updating a database.

To further understand, let us look at one of the real life use case scenario. A landscaping company’s owner has GPS Trackers in their vehicles. Using, YoGPS mobile app, the owner has created a Geofence around Job Site A.

As soon as the vehicle enters Job Site A, the owner gets ‘Enter geofence’ notification on the phone. When the vehicle exits Job Site A, an alert ‘Exit geofence’ is sent to the owner’s smart phone. The owner is now able gauge the time spent on Job Site A and the timeliness of their employee. The owner has peace of mind knowing that the materials in the vehicle is protected against theft.

Benefits of Geofencing

Geofencing offers several benefits to your fleet, including:

Enhanced efficiency:

  • Optimize routes: Set geofences around restricted areas, no-go zones, or faster routes to avoid unnecessary detours and delays.
  • Automate timekeeping: Log driver arrival and departure times automatically at job sites, warehouses, or designated stops, streamlining payroll and reducing manual work.

Improved safety and security:

  • Prevent unauthorized use: Set geofences around restricted areas and receive alerts if vehicles enter or leave outside of permitted hours.
  • Faster theft recovery: Instantly receive alerts if a vehicle or asset leaves a designated area without authorization, aiding in swift recovery efforts.

Boosted productivity:

  • Improved communication: Send messages or receive alerts directly to drivers within specific zones, streamlining communication and coordination.
  • Data-driven insights: Analyze geofence data to identify areas for improvement, optimize routes further, and make informed decisions.

How do you set up Geofencing?

Setting Geofences in the YoGPS mobile app is simple. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Login into YoGPS mobile app in your smart phone
  2. Click on Settings in the app
  3. Click on Geofence
  4. Click on + Sign or Add
  5. Zoom in on the map or write the address in the search box
  6. Select Geofence Shape from Circle, Polygon or Polyline. Circle is the most popular
  7. Tap on the map once to create the virtual perimeter. Adjust the radius by using the slider.
  8. In case of polygon, tap on the map 4 times to define the boundary.       Tip: A Polyline is used to mark the routes not to define an area.
  9. Type a geofence name of your choice.
  10. Click Create.                                             Tip: You may click on the Satellite icon on bottom left and define the area of your choice using the satellite mode.
  11. Select the devices to assign the geofence to
  12. Click Save

Video Tutorial: How to create a Geofence?

Click on the YoGPS YouTube Video Tutorial to see the above steps

Ready to unlock the power of geofencing?

Geofencing is a powerful tool for businesses to boost productivity, optimize operations, and enhance security. By leveraging the capabilities of geofencing technology responsibly and ethically, you can unlock its full potential to create more connected communities.

As technology continues to evolve, the capabilities of geofencing will improve. Advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics will enable businesses to harness the full potential of geofencing for predictive analytics and seamless automation.

For any questions on Geofencing, email support@yogps.com and our team will gladly assist you.

 

 

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Rising Auto Theft in Ontario – Is your vehicle a target?

stolen red dodge RAM pickup truck

Every 6 minutes a vehicle is stolen in Canada. Auto theft has become a pressing concern in Canada, especially Ontario. Auto theft has grown by 300% in Ontario since 2015.  

During the first half of 2023, Toronto reported 5,077 stolen vehicles, as indicated by the province. Across Ontario, car thefts were 31% higher in the initial six months of the year compared to the corresponding period in 2022.

Auto Insurance companies have paid over $1Billion in claims for stolen vehicles. This means our auto insurance rates may likely go up. Auto theft is not just an insurance problem; it also impacts public safety. Carjackings have increased significantly too. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss the top 5 types of vehicles that thieves target the most. We’ll also explore the government’s initiatives and get insights from law enforcement on how to tackle this growing problem.

The Top 5 Most Stolen Vehicles:

Thieves are targeting specific make and model of vehicles. Following is a lost of vehicles ranked by the number of thefts in Ontario.

  1. Honda CRV
  2. Lexus 
  3. Dodge RAM
  4. Toyota Highlander
  5. Land Rover closely followed by Ford F150

Government Initiatives to Combat Auto Theft

Both the federal and provincial governments of Ontario have acknowledged the seriousness of the issue. They are taking several measures to deal with this growing problem.

Federal government announced $121 Million funding to Ontario Police 

In January 2024, the Canadian government pledged $ 121 million to address gun and gang violence in Ontario, specifically targeting auto theft and carjackings.

Organized Crime Towing and Auto Theft Team

In May 2023, the Ontario government invested $51 million in new measures to assist police in identifying and dismantling organized crime networks. A significant portion of the funding was used to form an Organized Crime Towing and Auto Theft Team.

As per CBC news article, in November 2023, the government of Ontario is spending $18million on prevention efforts including launching a task force aimed at disrupting the “networks” responsible for high-risk auto thefts.

Partnerships with Canadian Border Services Agencies and Container Shipping Companies

As per Ontario website, Ontario is actively seeking ways to counter vehicle thefts through partnerships with the Canada Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and shipping container and rail companies

Preliminary Results – 109 vehicles recovered

Ontario’s carjacking task force has recovered 109 vehicles since inception. The carjacking task force in the province played a significant role in the arrest of 89 individuals, the laying of 554 charges, and the recovery of 109 vehicles since its formation last year, as announced by the Toronto police on Thursday, January 25, 2024.

Law Enforcement’s Advice: Embracing GPS Trackers

According to tweets and interviews with law enforcement officers in news articles, one of the measures recommended is installing third-party GPS trackers in your vehicle. Many news stories cover how vehicles were recovered using GPS Trackers. Several insurance agencies also endorse their use as a protective measure against vehicle theft.

Read our article on 5 Proven Tips To Protect Your Car From Theft   to learn about other measures to prevent Auto-Theft.

YoGPS: A Helping Hand in Protecting your vehicle against Theft

YoGPS offers multiple types of GPS Trackers with various features including instant alerts, real time location updates, tamper alerts, ignition kill switch, safe zones creation with notification of entry and exit. Choose a tracking device based on your needs and vehicle type.

For example, you may choose a hardwired tracker for a truck or a portable wireless GPS tracker for a car, equipment and specialty vehicles such as boat, dump trailers, golf carts.

As auto theft continues to escalate in Ontario, understanding the statistics, government investments, insurance recommendations, and law enforcement advice becomes paramount. By staying informed and adopting preventative measures, vehicle owners can actively contribute to reducing auto theft incidents in the province. Together, through awareness and proactive measures, we can work towards curbing this growing epidemic.