There are many examples of how Geofencing can be used with your Smart home to make your life easier..
What is Geofencing? Read on as we explain what it is, why it’s appearing in more productions and applications, and how you can benefit from using it.
What Is Geofencing?
Geofencing is the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network and/or local radio-frequency identifiers (such as Wi-Fi nodes or Bluetooth beacons) to create virtual boundaries around a location. The geofence is then paired with a hardware/software application that responds to the boundary in some fashion as dictated by the parameters of the program.
Early Adoptions of Geofencing
One of the early commercial uses of geofencing was in the livestock industry wherein a handful of cattle in a herd would be equipped with GPS units and if the herd moved outside of geographic boundaries (the geofence) set by the rancher then the rancher would receive an alert. Similar systems were deployed to safeguard and monitor company vehicle fleets wherein if a company vehicle left the zone it was assigned to managers at the company would be notified.
That’s all very interesting but as someone not running a cattle farm or a delivery fleet you’re probably asking yourself…
“How does this apply to me? Your title said I should be using geofencing!”
So how does it apply to you?
Geofencing in Application
With so many things to do and remember these days its hard to remember all of them. This is where you can set location based reminders. These kind of location-aware triggers and reminders are built into a large number of popular productivity apps. An example would be using Siri such as:
“Siri, when i get home remind me to call John.”
This creates a geofence around your home and when your iPhone crosses the boundary to your home you receive the reminder to “Call John”. Simple right?
Now the fun part. Smart home Control
Smarthome control is an area where geofencing really shines. Imagine when you are approaching your home and having the lights turn on as you walk towards the door? There are may examples of how Geofencing can be used with your Smart home to make your live easier. Some are listed below:
- When you leave your house you have a Geofencing trigger to Lock the doors.
- The same goes for when you arrive home. The Geofence unlocks the door so you dont need to get your keys out.
- When you arrive home the Geofencing turns on your lights or runs a scene to set multiple lights on.
- When you arrive home the Geofencing checks the air temperature of the house then if its below 23’C it turns the heat on. If it’s above 27’C it turns the Air Conditioner on.
What products can I get Geofencing on?
There are many products that support this technology. Our friends at Environexus have great products that we install and configure on a weekly basis. They are clean, simple and easy to use.
Now that we have covered the basics contact us today to see how we can show you more and how it relates to your current home and lifestyle.
First published on our partners site ….. https://medium.com/environexus/smart-home-geofencing-d5c9831aba38