An iOn geofence is an area of interest to your organization, such as a job site or an unsafe road you want to designate as off-limits. During the process of creating a new geofence, you draw a geoboundary around it on the map, which is a geocoded shape that our devices use to inform the system of asset arrivals and departures in the area (the iOn geofence events). There are two ways to add a geofence — via the Tracking screen and via the Admin - Geofences screen; the latter method is shown below. The process is mostly the same on either screen. For the Tracking screen process, go to Creating a Geofence on the Tracking Screen.


Note: For an explanation of the features of the Admin - Geofences screen, see Viewing Your Geofences.


To add a geofence to your iOn account using the Admin - Geofences screen, follow these steps:


  1. In the Group Chooser in the banner, select the group you want to assign the geofence to, as shown in Choosing a Group to View Globally. (This is the only current way to specify which group to place it in.)
     
  2. In the sidebar menu on the left, click .
     
  3. Click Geofences on the flyout menu that appears.
     
    The Admin - Geofences screen will appear.
       
    At the top of the screen, you will see the geofences in your chosen group on the map.
     
  4. Optionally, you can switch to a satellite view if that will help you draw the correct boundary by clicking  on the vertical toolbar at the top right and then selecting one of the Imagery options.
     
  5. Click  on the top toolbar.
     
    The Create Geofence widget will open.
      
  6. Follow the set of steps below for the type of shape you want (circle, polygon based on a rectangle, or drawn irregular form):
     
    Circular Boundary
     
    1. Click .
       
      An address field will appear.
        
    2. In the Enter Address, Coordinates, or Places field, type the address or place name where you need to draw the geofence.
      Note: Don't try entering latitude and longitude values, even though "coordinates" suggests that you could do so. This currently doesn't work but is planned to be added in the future.
      Matching locations will appear in a drop-down list.
        
    3. Click the correct address.
       
      iOn will place a large circle at that location with a 1000-meter radius.
       
    4. Zoom in on the shape by clicking  on the bottom-right toolbar as many times as necessary, and click and drag the map to be precise.
       
    5. Click and drag the Radius slider to the size you'd like the circle to be in meters. (Slide to the left to make it smaller or right to make it larger.)
       
      You can zoom in or out more as needed (using and ).
        
    6. If the placement of the circle isn't quite where you want it to be, click the blue handle in its center and then drag it to the right spot.
       
      You can further tweak the radius size by clicking and dragging the white handle on the edge of the circle in or out.
       
    7. When the circle is at the location and size you want, click Next in the widget.
       
      Property fields will appear.
        
    8. Skip down to step 7.
       
  • Polygonal Boundary with a Rectangular Starting Point
    Note: It's a little difficult to use the Polygon tool to draw a shape that is very irregular with specificity. This works best with mostly square shapes. For freeform shapes, you might have better luck with the Draw type of geofence. (See the next subsection, "Irregular Boundary.")
    1. Click .
       
      An address field will appear.
        
    2. In the Enter Address, Coordinates, or Places field, type the address or place name where you need to draw the geofence.
      Note: Don't try entering latitude and longitude values, even though "coordinates" suggests that you could do so. This currently doesn't work but is planned to be added in the future.
      Matching locations will appear in a drop-down list.
        
    3. Click the correct address.
       
      iOn will place a large square at that location.
       
    4. Zoom in on the shape by clicking  on the bottom-right toolbar as many times as necessary, and click and drag the map to be precise.
       
    5. Click and drag one of the white handles on the edge of the square in or out to roughly the size you'd like the geofence to be.
       
      You can zoom in or out more as needed (using and ).
        
    6. If the placement of the square isn't quite where you want it to be, click the white handle in its center and then drag it to the right spot.
       
      You can further tweak the size by clicking and dragging the white handles in or out again.
       
    7. You can click one of the circle handles to split its side into two, which will help you create a shape that is more than four sides.
       
    8. To change the shape to a more freeform polygon, click within the shape.
       
      The handles on the sides will become orange.
        
    9. Click and drag one of the handles to the shape direction you want.
       
    10. Repeat step i as many times as necessary.
        
    11. When the geoboundary is the size and shape you want and at the correct location, click Next in the widget.
       
      Property fields will appear.
        
    12. Skip down to step 7.
       
  • Irregular Boundary
     
    1. Click .
       
      An address field will appear.
        
    2. In the Enter Address, Coordinates, or Places field, type the address or place name where you need to draw the geofence.
      Note: Don't try entering latitude and longitude values, even though "coordinates" suggests that you could do so. This currently doesn't work but is planned to be added in the future.
      Matching locations will appear in a drop-down list.
        
    3. Click the correct address.
       
      iOn will place a blue dot at that location.
       
    4. Zoom in on the dot by clicking  on the bottom-right toolbar as many times as necessary, and click and drag the map to be precise.
       
    5. Move your cursor over the map, placing it at the top-left corner of the boundary you plan to draw.
        
    6. Click the first point of the shape and drag to the right.
        
    7. Click at the end of the first line.
       
    8. Drag away from that point in the direction of the second line of the shape.
        
    9. Click at the end of that second line.
       
    10. Drag away from the third point in the direction of a third line to continue your shape.
        
    11. Click at the end of that line.
       
    12. Repeat steps j and k for as many lines as you need to create your shape.
        
    13. After you've drawn your final line, double-click.
          
    14. Click Next in the widget.
       
      Property fields will appear.
         
  1. Type the name you want to use for the geofence in the Geofence Name field, such as "Library Worksite."
     
  2. In the Geofence Description field, type a short description of what the geofence is, such as "Library construction job site."
     
  3. If your organization has designated geofence categories, click the Category drop-down arrow and select the category this one belongs to, such as Worksite.
    Note: The categories listed will be those that are available for the geofence's assigned group or parent.
  4. If you want Enter and Exit events monitored for the geofence (for geofence events, reports, and geofence event alerts — if you plan to create any), select the Generate Enter/Exit Events for Reports check box.
     
    If you just want the geofence to appear on the map but not trigger any geofence events (such as for a home office), leave this check box deselected.
     
  5. If you need to restrict visibility to the geofence (such as if it's a police officer's home), select Restricted Geofence. 
    Note: If a geofence is designated as restricted, only users in its assigned group will be able to view activity there — NOT users from subgroups. The restricted geofence won’t be included in reports and won’t be associated to assets in the regular (visible) way. Entered/Exited geofence alerts won’t be visible to users below its assigned group.
  6. Click Save Geofence.
     
    Your new geofence will be displayed on the map and will be included in the grid.
      
    Also, a success message will appear briefly at the bottom of the screen.