Geofencing in Time and Attendance Apps
A geofence is a virtual barrier or perimeter around a real-world geographic area. This virtual
boundary can tied to a physical location (e.g., a house, school, or store), or it can be
dynamically generated with a radius around specific latitudinal and longitudinal points.
Geofencing technology has several applications that have been utilized for security and
marketing purposes. In the area of security, child location services can be notified if a child
enters or leaves a designated area, and parents can create a geofence around their home to
notify them when their child arrives home after school. The automotive industry deploys
geofencing technology to send an alert if a vehicle is stolen. For businesses with a wireless
local area network, geofencing can provide security by allowing Wi-Fi access to devices that
are only located within the boundaries of the office building. Government agencies can also
leverage GPS technology by prohibiting drone access to protected airspace.
Businesses make use of geofencing with creative marketing methods and location-based
advertisements. Potential customers who are within the vicinity of a particular business can
receive ads or coupons directly to their mobile device. Businesses with a corresponding
mobile app can create real-world games or location-based challenges and offer rewards for
completing tasks or visiting a physical store. Geofencing also widens the spectrum of
marketing analytics by studying customer behavior: Did a particular advertisement bring the
customer into the store? How long did they shop? Geofencing technology provides another
layer of understanding into customer behavior.
How NOVAtime Utilizes Geofencing for Time & Attendance
NOVAtime harnesses the power of geofencing technology by monitoring employees working
in specific locations or doing remote field work. Utilizing a smart phone or a GPS-enabled
device such as NOVAtime’s native mobile app for iPhones and Android smartphones
(NOVAmobile), employees are able to use the NOVAmobile application to log their field work
in the following ways:
- Punch Lock-Out Based on GPS Location: NOVAmobile time punches will be accepted if
a punch falls within the designated geofence radius. For example, John can punch or
transfer if he clocks in/out within 1 mile of the Los Angeles store location. John’s
punch will be locked out and rejected if he is out of range.
- Automatic Punch Transfer Based on Punch Location: NOVAmobile punches will be
automatically transferred to a pre-defined labor group. For example, if John punches
in within a 1-mile radius of the Los Angeles store location, the system will
automatically transfer John to the Los Angeles store location.
Geofencing technology is increasing in utilization and functionality, and it is currently used for
various security solutions and business applications. NOVAtime has also adopted this
technology to provide more options for businesses with remote employees. The Punch Lock-Out and Automatic Punch Transfer features, in conjunction with NOVAtime’s NT65M, offer a
complete mobile solution for businesses that require security and flexibility in managing their
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