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To set a geo-fence, I first want need to know the longitude and latitude at the center of my location, then how far out from that center point I want my boundary.

For me the easiest An easy way to do this is to:

  1. Go to a maps site like and enter the address of the location I want.
  2. Right-click in the center and copy the Latitude and Longitude.
  3. Then right-click and select "measure distance"
  4. Move the first dot to the middle of your location (if needed)
  5. Then place a second dot with a standard click at the farthest location of your geofence
  6. Take note of the distance in meters


Figure 1.1 - Obtain coordinate and radius from a map

SecondNow, we need to enter specify that data into the FileWave Policy

  1. Filesets > New Desktop Fileset > Policy
  2. Under General: give it a name (like: "Site A Geofence")
  3. Under the Geofencing payload, enter the latitude, longitude, and radius you obtained from a the map.
  4. For Description, enter a location. Ideally the location you would want a device returned to, as this description will be used in the message on the device. A bad example would be something too generic like in Figure 1.3
  5. Event Action: you can select one of two things
    1. Send Location Notification: This is the more subtle approach, a user actively on the device might see this, but continue on their way. If they are unlocking the device they would also see this message, but it could be dismissed
    2. Disable All Applications: This is the more stern approach, a user actively on the device would not be able to use it anymore, tapping the notification would tell them what what why that is happening (Figure 1.3)

Figure 1.2 - Geofencing PolicyFigure 1.3 - Full screen message after user tapped notification

ThirdFinally, we need to send this assign policy out

You can associate this to devices as you would anything else in FileWave


To do that, you simply associate the fileset as you would any other fileset (aka payload), to: 

  • a smartgroup
  • To a group
  • To a specific device

Update Then update the model and your doneyou are done.


At present there is no inventory data sent back to the FileWave server to indicate there was a geo-fence breach or that the device was returned to the location, but this is under development and we hope to add this in a future release.