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How to automatically generate a safe zone (geofence)
How to automatically generate a safe zone (geofence)

Speed up your site planning process by automatically generating geofences

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Written by Elli Goodman
Updated over a week ago

There are two options to create a geofence within the Dashboard. You can create one manually or use the automated geofence drawing tool to quickly plan out your work site.

For example: if you need a particularly long worksite you may want to use the automated tool to draft the zone, and then quickly edit to get the finer details in place.

This how-to is a longer read (5-10 minutes) or head to the video guide hereπŸ‘ˆ

What is a safe zone? (geofences)

Safe zones are areas created within each site to indicate where it is safe to carry out work. They are also known as a 'geofence'.

When a Tended device user steps out of a safe zone, their device will alert to let them know to move back to an area of safety.

The automated drawing tool on the Dashboard makes the process quick and simple to map out your access points, walkways and areas of safety.

Please note: You must have a project created before you can add your first site.

About automated geofence creation

The automated geofence drawing tool is perfect for bigger projects with long safe zones, meaning all you have to do is quickly edit the fine details and not worry about mapping the overall zone.

To generate the geofence you'll need to add in:

  • Engineer line reference

  • Track ID and iterator

  • Your start and end miles and chains

The geofence will then be generated by using the identifying inputs (ELR, TRID and Miles and Chains).

To generate the width of the geofence you'll need to add in:

  • Safe zone width

  • Optionally, turn on rail gauge to be included

The width of your geofence will be determined by the width of your safe zone and rail gauge if applicable.

For example: if you have a safe zone width of 1 metre, and no rail gauge turned on the safe zone will be 2m wide as it measures from the centre point of the rail. If you have the rail gauge feature turned on, the safe zone will be the width of the tracks plus any safe zone you specify. i.e. the gauge is 1.4m and you set a safe zone of 1m, so the geofence will be 3.4m wide overall, centred over the middle of the track.

How to automatically generate a safe zone

Looking for instructions on how to manually draw a safe zone? Check out our article here.

  1. Log in to your Tended Dashboard.

  2. Create a project and click "Create site".

  3. First, add the site details: name, start and end date and time. Click the sections to add the information:

    1. Type the name of your site. This could be a day or project code, whatever follows process for ease.

    2. Add a start and end date by clicking on the date box and then click from the calendar.

    3. Add a start and end time using the drop-down list, or by choosing the suggested.

    4. Press "Next step" when you're happy.

  4. You should now have a map view on the screen.

  5. Click on the automate geofence button. This is the second from the top and looks like a triangle with an A on it. It will open up a new panel on the left-hand side.

  6. You can now fill in the details of your geofence.

    1. Type in an Engineer Line Reference (ELR)

    2. Type in a Track ID (TRID)

    3. Type in your safe zone width. This is the width it will be from the centre point of the track.

    4. Optionally, tick "rail gauge" if you'd like the width of the rail gauge to be included.

    5. You can now enter your start and end Miles and Chains.

  7. Check you're happy with the details, and click "Create safe zone".

  8. You can now see your generated safe zone. Edit the fine details so that it is exactly what you need by using the "Edit" button. Click "Done" when you're happy.


Any questions or issues?

We're here to help! Simply pop us an at email support@tended.co.uk, WhatsApp us on 07713682625 or drop us a message via live chat from the blue bubble in the corner of this page or within the Dashboard 😊

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