GeoSence: testing and applying geofencing technologies in cities

The overall objective of the GeoSence project is to design, trial, and evaluate geofencing concepts and solutions for specific cases in cities, within the project and from other previous and ongoing geofencing initiatives and to propose new ways of successfully deploying geofencing technologies. Furthermore, tools for implementation and approaches to scaling up and spreading the innovation further in Europe will be presented, including, e.g., ways of integrating geofencing functionalities in the decision making, built environment, and traffic management in cities. 

GeoSence is a European collaboration on geofencing in traffic management and planning. Together with eight support partners and a broad partner network, ten project partners will collaborate closely in GeoSence, investigating the full potential of implementing the geofencing technology in urban traffic management and planning.

The study shows that geofencing has been applied within private car transport, shared micro-mobility, freight and logistics, public bus transportation, and ride sourcing for implemented and real-traffic trial use cases. For future use cases, geofencing has been tested or conceptually developed for automated vehicles and shared automated mobility.

The first report summarises the main use cases and finds them to answer especially four challenges in traffic management: safety, environment, efficiency, and tracking and data collection. However, some of the use cases answer to several of these challenges, such as differentiated road charging and the use cases in micro-mobility. Further, the system and functionality of the trialed and/or implemented use cases show different types of regulation geofence use cases can be used for, from informing, assisting, full enforcement, incentivizing, and penalization. Guidelines and recommendations so far from national authorities show that joint regulation or guidelines for the use of geofencing for different use cases is low – with some exceptions. Digital representation of traffic regulation will be crucial for enabling geofencing. 

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