The Quartix system offers complete flexibility in setting up real-time alarms to inform you of unauthorised vehicle movements and other exceptions. The system allows you to set up a series of geographic zones together with the time-based rules of when vehicles should be inside or outside each zone.
Two zone types are possible:
Named locations - comprising a named building or area, such as a depot, the driver's home address or a customer location.
Geographical zones - these can be set up to encompass any shape on a map and are intended to show the boundaries of a territory, city or similar. (London's Congestion Charge Zone, for example.)
Geofencing is used in one of two modes:
Mandatory mode - the vehicle must be inside the chosen zone for the times specified.
Prohibited mode - the vehicle must not enter the zone during the times specified.
The zones and times applied to them can be different for each vehicle and each day of the week, if required. The screen opposite shows how zones may be set to any shape or size – including polygons of unlimited complexity.
Alarm messages can be sent to one or more email addresses. Alerts can include:
- Out-of-hours: if the vehicle ignition is activated outside preset working hours, or
- If a geofence rule is broken, either a mandatory or prohibited zone rule.
Here are some examples of how our geofence system is used in practice:
1. A housing maintenance manager needs to know that all his vehicles are available on call inside the boundaries of the city.
Solution - Specify the boundary of the city as a 'Mandatory Zone' between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday (or as required).
2. For insurance purposes, a transport manager has to be sure that trucks are not left outside drivers' homes overnight but are instead parked in the depot.
Solution - Specify the depot as 'Quartix Named Location: Mandatory Zone' between the hours of 8.00pm and 8.00am (or as required).
3. A business owner wants to be sure that his employees are not returning home from site during the working day.
Solution - Designate the driver's home as a 'Quartix Named Location: Prohibited Zone' on weekdays between 8.00am and 6.00pm; emailed notification will be given if the vehicle does return home during the day.
In summary, geofencing can help you manage your business by alerting you to exceptional or prohibited behaviour - keeping you one step ahead.