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To create a geo-fencing policy for iOS devices

Dec 21, 2015
Geo-fencing in Device Manager allows you to define a geographic perimeter for an iOS 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 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 iOS, click Configurations.
  2. In New Configuration, click Profiles and Settings, and then click Location Services.
  3. In the Location Services - Configuration Creation dialog box, on the General tab, enter a name for the new profile configuration and configure the following settings:
    • Name. Enter a name for the location services policy.
    • Description. Provide an optional description for the policy.
    • Location fix timeout. Enter the time Device Manager will wait before timing out if device location cannot be fixed. If nothing is set, Device Manager attempts to locate the device according the defined Poll interval.
    • Tracking duration. The period of time that the device will be tracked once an Enable Tracking command has been sent to the device. Maximum is six hours.
    • Poll interval. Enter a value for how often Device Manager will attempt to fix a location on the device. If the device cannot be located, the attempt to locate will time out according to the Location fix timeout setting above.
    • Accuracy. Enter the accuracy of the location point from 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 your iOS 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.