By Kenny BobTapp
If you’ve been on the outskirts of Boise City, Oklahoma recently you may have seen a white camper trailer with cameras and other devices attached. The trailer had the Oklahoma Highway Patrol logo on the side. I saw it on Highway 56 for a couple days and then saw it on South Highway 287.
What is Geo-Fencing?
“A geofence is a virtual fence or perimeter around a physical location. Like a real fence, a geofence creates a separation between that location and the area around it. Unlike a real fence, it can also detect movement inside the virtual boundary.
It can be any size or shape, even a straight line between two points.
Geofences are created using mapping software, which allow the user to draw the geofence over the desired geographic area. It is made up of a collection of coordinates (i.e., latitude and longitude) or in the case of a circular geofence one point that forms the center.
Geofence use cases
When integrated with fleet management and telematics solutions, geofences can be used to alert you via text message in near real time if a vehicle or valuable piece of equipment with a GPS tracker attached is removed from your yard without your authorization. Or it could notify you if a drone enters a restricted airspace.”
While geo-fencing may serve as a convenience for freight companies, livestock haulers, etc., we must ask at what price? Though this technology may have its conveniences it could eventually be used for tracking and movement of everyone. We are definitely moving further into the time of Big Brother, A Brave New World.
Geo-Fencing Coming Soon?
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For Life & Liberty... Kenny Bob Tapp hails from the high plains of the Oklahoma panhandle ranchlands.