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To create an Android location services policy

Oct 20, 2015
Geo-fencing in Device Manager allows you to define a geographic perimeter for an Android device. You can then perform a selective or full wipe upon the breach of the perimeter you set. The policy also notifies Device Manager and the device user when the device has moved beyond the defined radius (geo-fence) of the policy. You have the option of setting a delay before the device is wiped, which can give the user time to return to the allowed GPS location perimeter.
  1. On the Policies tab, under Android, click Configurations.
  2. Click New Configuration > General > Location Services.
  3. In the Location Services - Configuration Creation dialog box, on the General tab, enter a name for the new profile configuration and then configure the following settings:
    • Name. Enter a name for the location services policy.
    • Description. Provide an optional description for the policy.
    • Poll interval. Enter a value for how often Device Manager will attempt to fix a location on the device.
    • Report if location services are disabled. Select if you want the device to report that GPS is disabled to Device Manager and the server will show the status of the device.
  4. Click the Geo-fencing tab and then set the following parameters:
    • Radius. Select this option to define the radius of the geo-fence. The default value represents the smallest allowable radius for this feature, which is approximately 164 feet, or 50 meters. Enter a small value; for example, 150 feet.
    • Center Point Latitude. For example, 37.787454.
    • Center Point Longitude. For example, 122.402952.
    • Device Notification on perimeter breach. Select this option so that the device user is notified when the device has breached (has gone outside of) the defined perimeter radius.
    • Delay on Wipe. Enter 2 minutes as the time allowed before the device becomes wiped of its corporate data and apps.
  5. Click Create.
After you create the policy, you need to deploy it to devices. In the Devices tab, when you click Deploy, the following actions take place:
  • All deployment packages targeting the device are deployed.
  • Device inventory, properties, and usage data is refreshed.