By means of Geofencing, predetermined actions can be defined for delimited geographical areas, by virtually representing real-world geographic locations.
Geofencing is an artificial word composed by “geographic” and “fence”. It means a location-based service combined with an App or another software using GPS, RFID, WiFi or mobile radio signals, to allow for a previously defined action when the mobile device or RFID tag crosses a virtual geographic boundary (Geofence).
Related to Workforce Management, this technology is a big step ahead when it comes to the management of mobile workforces, e. g. in the building industry, cleaning businesses and many more, with these services being delivered to customers via mobile teams.
Combined with the ISGUS mobile App as an integral part of the TAM Time & Attendance and Job Costing solution, geofencing caters for automatic proposals of “whitelisted” clocking functions, defining who is allowed to clock what and where, as soon as staff members enter the previously defined geolocation. The latter can be a customer location, construction site, or any real estate to be looked after. Whitelisted clocking functions & parameters may be individual customers, cost centres, or – in combination with Job Costing/Production Data Capture – individual projects, operations, jobs, etc. to work on.
Via the ISGUS mobile App, all clockings made within the “Geofence” zone are transmitted online to the TAM system, which can be hosted either in the ISGUS Cloud or at the customer’s premises. Clockings made beyond the defined “Geofence” will be stored, but not accepted for calculation, unless approved by a manager.
Apart from real-time presence information about who is currently working at which location, on which project and task, the ISGUS solution provides detailed analyses and evaluations at the press of a button, such as productive and non-productive hours, cost centre/project totals, target/effective comparisons, progress of work, etc.