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How does geo-fencing work?

Amy Bourne |

When it comes to keeping tabs on remote employees, GPS tracking is one of the most popular—and most effective—ways to ensure your employees are where they say they are. GPS-tracking features can vary widely in their implementation, from constant updates about the employee’s location to one-time notifications when the employee punches in or out.

One method of ensuring employees clock in and out on-site is to create a geofence—but what does that actually mean? Let’s take a closer look at the tech behind geofencing.

What is A Geofence?

A geofence is simply a virtual “barrier” that’s set up to enforce certain restrictions or create certain opportunities. ExakTime offers geofencing as part of our time tracking solution.

How Can Geofencing Help Your Business?

This is simple. For construction businesses and other industries where employees are frequently working at different locations, it can be nearly impossible to keep track of whether or not employees were at work at the hours reflected on their timesheets.

With ExakTime’s GPS-enabled time clock app, you can create geofences around your job sites. Then, when employees clock in or out, their time stamp will be flagged as either on-site or off-site.

Now you’ll know which, if any, employees are repeatedly punching in or out before they have arrived at work, or after they have left for the day.

Other ExakTime GPS Features

Outside of geofences, ExakTime’s cloud-based time tracking solution provides a variety of other GPS-enabled features. Here’s a quick list of our favorites:

On-the-Go Tracking

Have employees who travel? Our Geotrakker feature provides reports about their location, rate of travel, and more—only while they are on the clock, so it doesn’t infringe on their privacy—allowing you to keep on-the-go employees accountable.

These reports can also improve both time tracking efficiency and personnel management—especially when dealing with large teams and multiple job sites.

Team View Feature

When you’re supervising a larger team, you can get a big picture view of a job site with our app’s Team View feature, which shows you a map view of every crew or individual in your company who is currently clocked in.

If you want to learn more about how geofencing works and how out other GPS tracking features can greatly improve your time tracking processes, contact ExakTime today.

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Amy Bourne is the marketing copywriter for ExakTime. She enjoys learning about the real challenges faced in the construction-related field, and providing content that helps business owners work smarter.

4 responses to “How does geo-fencing work?

    1. Hi Mark,

      In theory, this is possible. We don’t know of a specific app, but we have heard of such apps existing. If it were a company phone you could control the apps on it, but with an employee owned phone you unfortunately don’t have that right. Our advice to concerned users is that if they suspect any employees of doing this, they should make sure to have the FaceFront Biometrics feature turned on to snap a photo of them at clock-in and clock-out and ask that workers show the job site in the background. Our tech support team may also be able to discern something suspicious about the GPS time stamps. Please feel free to contact us at 888-788-8463 and discuss!

      Sincerely,
      The ExakTime Team

  1. Hi i am trying to log whenever the user goes to new location. Is it possible to implement it in background? I know to update location on regular interval and implement it. But now i want implement it after every geofence exit consider new location as current location and start the geofencing on it in background.Please let me know is it possible and if yes How….!!! Thank you

    1. Hi Veeresh,

      Apologies for the delay. This would be a tech support question. Someone will be reaching out to you today!

      Sincerely,

      The ExakTime Team

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