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How to Use GPS and Geofencing for Effective Security Guard Tracking

How to Use GPS and Geofencing for Effective Security Guard Tracking

Guard management software is a great tool to maintain transparency and visibility on what is happening at each of your contract sites in real-time. Between reporting and alerts, supervisors can utilize guard management software to help with security guard tracking.

GPS and geofencing technology are the key components of accurate security tracking. This article will cover what GPS & geofencing is and why it’s important to the success of your security operation.

What is GPS & Geofencing

Global positioning systems (GPS) and geofencing go hand-in-hand when it comes to effective security guard tracking. But what exactly are they?

GPS is a satellite-based radio navigation system that orbits the earth in order to provide meaningful information about different things that are being tracked. The data that is being tracked may include historical time-stamps or real-time coordinates of a person or object. Through modern GPS technology, this data can be displayed in a visually appealing and easy-to-navigate map.

Geofencing takes the use of GPS one step further. It allows users to create a virtual-fence or outline in a designated area that uses GPS coordinates to track people, objects, or activity within that area. Where GPS alone is often used for one-off pings or location tracking, geofencing is using constant tracking.

Together, GPS and geofencing have been majorly helpful in the physical security industry, allowing security companies to better track security officers and manage what is happening at the properties they are protecting.

Importance of Security Guard Tracking Software

Guard Accountability

Security guard tracking software, like Silvertrac’s top-rated solution, allows supervisors and admin to see where security guards are at all times during their shift. Just as important as it is to know when a guard isn’t at the appropriate post, it’s also important  to prove a security officer was at their post, should a client start to question your services.

As mentioned earlier, geofencing takes GPS data one-step further, by alerting supervisors and admins when a security officer has left the designated area (as opposed to a running a GPS security report that solely states the guard’s location at whatever time they were there).

GPS & geofences help to promote accurate security guard tracking and accountability so that clients stay happy and no check-point is left unchecked. And to make it even better, all of this data is kept safe in real-time dashboards that can easily export any report that you or your client may need.


Global Security Operations Centers (GSOC) are becoming more and more common in physical security operations. With centralized GSOCs and remote guarding, security tracking is critical to providing high quality security services.

Through real-time dashboards and reporting, GSOCs that utilize GPS and geofencing technology, like Trackforce Valiant’s Command Center, help to keep supervisors, administrators, and command center personnel up-to-date on not only a security guard’s location, but also shift management needs and critical events in real-time from one location.

In the modern world of remote work and social distancing, GSOCs enable security tracking from anywhere in the world.

Safety & Lone Worker Protection

Bad things happen, like physical attacks or hazardous leaks, so safety and lone worker protection for physical security guards is important. Through the transparency that GPS & geofencing provides, supervisors can call in reinforcements to the exact GPS location of an incident when something transpires.

For security guards that are working a solo-shift, lone worker protection includes panic alarms and true fall detection so that assistance can be alerted immediately. Danger zone timers, for more threatening locations, can be put in place to go off if a security officer has either alerted they need assistance or that they are safe in the designated time.

Ease of Use & Resources

So how easy is it to use security tracking tools? With guard management solutions like Silvertrac and Trackforce Valiant, GPS & geofencing is already in your system. It’s just a simple matter of getting the properties you secure added to the system, which your dedicated customer success rep is more than happy to help with.

Once your properties have been added, supervisors and admin can go into the system to create a drag and drop geofence in the locations your team has designated. When your properties and geofences are set-up, your security team can start to pull reports and get those real-time alerts.

And if you ever need some extra tools, your security team can always check out resource hubs, like the Silvertrac Help Center, for more information.


Security guard tracking is an important part of building a successful security company. With GPS and geofencing functionality, supervisors know exactly where their guards are and can pull reports at any time to review a shift or guard tour.

Learn more about Silvertrac and Trackforce Valiant’s GPS tracking by scheduling a demo today!


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Chris Anderson

Chris is the founder of Silvertrac Software and has been working in the security industry for more than 25 years. He enjoys working with clients daily to help them grow their businesses and really enjoy what they are doing. Chris currently lives and works in Seal Beach, CA.