Zones are an effective use of the Scout for a variety of applications.
Use zones to get an alert when your child gets home from school, if your pet leaves your yard, or if the individual you are caring for has gone outside of a safe area.
Setting up zones is easy, and to learn more about this, we suggest reading our article "Configuring Safe or Alert Zones"
To understand how to best implement zones for your use case, it is important to have a basic understanding of how Scout interacts with the network and your configured zones.
Think of your zone as an outline of a territory. This outline acts as an imaginary barrier between two geographical coordinates (inside the zone and outside the zone). When a Scout crosses over this barrier, that will trigger a notification. The system recognizes that the Scout was within the zone at point A and is now out of the zone at point B.
Be sure your zone is large enough so that Scout can receive a signal at point A (from within the defined zone). For example, if you are interested in tracking your pet if it leaves your house, you should set a zone approximately 100 feet away from the outside walls of your house. This way, the Scout has time to recognize a coordinate from inside the zone and then identify when your dog has left the zone. The lesson here being that Scout must have the opportunity to log point A (from within the zone), prior to receiving data about point B (outside of the zone). If Scout only receives data from point B (outside of the zone) Scout will assume that the Scout was already outside of the zone, therefore not triggering an alert.
If you have any additional questions regarding setting up zones, do not hesitate to contact us!