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What is Geofencing?

 , updated on April 19, 2016
Geofencing is the use of geospatial information to define virtual boundaries for devices. The technology has potential to enforce a variety of restrictions on mobile devices, vehicles, machinery, drones and robots. As with any tool of control, it can be used to improve quality of life or make it worse. The difference between these two scenarios is the matter of some debate.
Overview: Geofencing
Type
Definition
The use of geospatial information.
Value
Enforcing restrictions on mobile devices and equipment.
Examples
Controlling where drones are allowed to fly to prevent safety incidents, enforce noise regulations and prevent privacy violations.
Mobile phones that are forced into silent mode in a theatre.
Firearms that are disabled in any location where their use isn't permitted.
Cars that refuse to drive somewhere dangerous such as into a building or off a cliff.
Risks
Geofencing has potential to damage quality of life by placing limits on freedom.
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