Use of geofencing technology to monitor quarantined people that works even for basic phones
The Osmanabad District Police started using a geofencing technology-based system to monitor people who have been ordered to be quarantined either at home or at an institution right from the start of lockdown. The system being used by Osmanabad police differs from other such systems as it works even for basic phones and there is no need to install any app. This becomes very important for a district like Osmanabad which has more than 90% rural population.
It’s an additional measure other than the physical monitoring of quarantined people. This way it helps police by acting as a double-check measure. Besides where required it also helps to save the additional manpower to monitor quarantined people when faced with a dearth of manpower.
The geofencing technology creates a virtual fence for a particular area and tracks a device, which is a cell phone in this case. If the device breaches that virtual fence, a breach alert is generated in the system. Every day on an average around 85-100 people are put in institutional quarantine and their list is updated in the system for tracking. So far, we have tracked 2955 people and counting. A special team of 1 officer and 5 staff monitors the system for any breach alert continuously. Following SOP is followed to use the system that includes action against any breach alert :
This has helped Osmanabad police and administration tremendously in the fight against covid19. Until lockdown 4.0, Osmanabad was one of the six districts of Maharashtra to be in the Green Zone. After fast-paced arrival of people from big cities to Osmanabad started post lockdown relaxation, there have been positive cases but any kind of secondary spread has been contained in which this geofencing based system has helped a great deal.