Push out or remove policies based on the device GEO location. This feature will require constant communication of the location with the server
GeoFencing as a usefull Feature following or spotting devices when; stolen devices, tracking security guards/Police, etc.
In some companies/business,
mobile equipment are attached to a geographic site : hospital, library, school, retail shop, ...
It could be a real advantage to be able to trigger position (GPS) according to an area around the company site and if the device is more than x Km away (or miles for those use it ... 8-)) then alert admin, cut the eas&network links or launch a task
Released in SMC 6.0. The Sophos Container (mail, docs, browser) can be locked using geographical data
AdminThomas Lippert (Principal Product Manager - Mobile, Sophos Features & Ideas Laboratory) commented
The roaming settings can be controlled by a profile configuration. Geofencing is not needed for this. Please check the iOS profile options
need it too.. Sample: User is on the way to vacation. at other Countrys (outside Germany) he pays lot of roaming fee. With geofencing we are able to disable active sync... It dont need to be a realtime geolocating...
John Lester commented
One way of doing this without draining battery too much would be to simply look to see if specific SSIDs are resolvable. If I can see the company WiFi then I'm near work. That is significantly less power intense than using true GeoLocate and more than accurate enough for _MOST_ requirements.
Pascal Günzler commented
First of all, I speak for the legislation in my country.
and second GEO-fencing in generell should be defined more specific
for example: if you have a constant communication between server an mobile device, it drains your batteries incredibly fast. So for most uses it should be avoided to have too much traffic.
On top of that it could be an infringement of the law to constantly monitor the position of the emloyees.
But on the other hand, if the interval is too long it is a security problem, because in-between these interval there could be any kind of movement with the device.
So a solution could be to just change between two profiles, depending on the distance to a gps point.
-The app would require to be able to save two profiles and/or synchronize everytime the device is leaving one of the zones.
(it should have a buffer-zone, in order to prevent permanent changing if positioned at the edge of one zone
-And the App must be able to watch the current gps position to match the distance to a specific gps-marker.
With these simple changes it should be possible to change profiles depending on the position, without constantly "watching" the user of the mobile-device
Peter Skondro commented
Additionally certain actions like e.g. Device Wipe should be available when leaving an area (e.g. Tablet with healt care informationen leaving the hospital location should be automatically wiped).