cash-transfers-to-workers-using-geofencing-technology

Context:

The Bihar government has recently taken the decision to provide monetary assistance to stranded workers affected due to lockdown, with help of Geofencing Technology.

More on News:

  • Making use of geofencing technology to identify migrant workers stranded outside the state due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Bihar government has transferred money to 10.11 lakh workers, of the total applications from over 13 lakh registered workers. 
  • The Bihar government has made use of the geofencing technology to enable downloading of the weblink for registration by workers only outside the state.
    • The geofencing technology ensures that the link for registration can be accessed by only those workers who are outside Bihar
    • They are also required to upload their photo and Aadhaar details, after which the money is transferred to their bank accounts which should be within Bihar.

Geofencing Technology

About

  • A geofence is a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area.
  • A geo-fence could be dynamically generated—as in a radius around a point location, or a geo-fence can be a predefined set of boundaries (such as school zones or neighborhood boundaries).
  • The use of a geofence is called geofencing.

Working

  • It is a location-based service in which an app or other software uses GPS, RFID, Wi-Fi or cellular data to trigger a pre-programmed action when a mobile device or RFID tag enters or exits a virtual boundary set up around a geographical location.
  • This activity could trigger an alert to the device's user as well as messaging to the geo-fence operator
  • This info, which could contain the location of the device, could be sent to a mobile telephone or an email account.

Applications

  • Security: Geofences are set up to monitor activity in secure areas, allowing management to get alerts when anyone enters or leaves a specific area. 
  • Marketing: It is also a popular way for businesses to deliver in-store promotions, alerting you right as you step in range of the store. 
    • It also helps target ads to a specific audience to figure out what strategies work best based on the user’s location-data.
  • Smart appliances: As more of our appliances get “smart,” with Bluetooth capabilities, it’s easier than ever to program your fridge to remind you that you’re out of milk the next time you pass by the grocery store.
  • Human Resource Management: Businesses can also use geofencing to monitor employees in the field, automate time cards and keep track of company property.

Source: 

https://indianexpress.com/article/business/economy/covid-19-44-5-bihar-cash-transfers-10-lakh-workers-delhi-haryana-maharashtra-6368673/

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