PC Miler Geofence

PC*MILER lets you define geofences on the map.  A geofence is a geographic area that will either generate an alert in reports when a route enters it, or will be avoided altogether by the route, or both.  We will create a circular geofence around New Brunswick, New Jersey and edit its properties.

1.  Click the New Route button on the toolbar to open a new route window.

2.  Enter “new brunswick, nj” as a stop, and then double‐click it in the stop list to zoom to this small city in New Jersey on the map.

3.  Click the button for creating a circular geofence on the toolbar:

4.  In the RouteMap window, place the cursor over New Brunswick, hold down the mouse button, drag a circle around the city, then let go.  The new geofence should look something like this on the map:

Create a Geofence

5.  In the Tools menu, select Manage Custom Roads…, then click the Geofences tab in the Custom Roads Manager.

6.  In the Geofences tab, you can name a geofence and assign it to a geofence set that has customized properties. You’ll see the default name assigned to the new geofence, “Geofence_0”, under Available Geofences.

7.  Click the default name to highlight it, then type over it at the top of the list to replace it with your own name. Type “New Brunswick” and click Apply Name below.

8.  Now we will create a set for this geofence to belong to, so that we can edit its colors and properties. Click under New Geofence Set and type “New Jersey” in the Name field.

9.  Click Add Set to add “New Jersey” to the list of Geofence Sets.

Add to Geofence Sets

10. To add the New Brunswick geofence to the New Jersey set, click on it and then click the right arrow to move it to the list under Geofence Sets.  As part of the set, its properties can now be edited.

11. To change the fill color of this set, click the gray Fill Color box and choose a color from the Color window that opens. We’ll choose yellow.

12. We’ll leave the border red, but change the border width: drag the Border Width slider to the right up to a 6‐point width.

13. We could change the alert level of this set, but we’ll leave it as it is – Avoid + Warning.  At  this  level,  routes  will  avoid  the  geofenced  area  whenever possible, but if they must enter the area (for example, if a stop is within that area) an alert will appear in reports at the point where the route begins to travel on the road segment that crosses the geofence.

14. Click Apply to apply the fill color and border edits, then click OK.   You’ll see that the appearance of the geofence has changed.

15. Click the active geofence toolbar button to toggle it off, then click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Route 4 window to close it and continue the Tour.

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