Geofency


This component sets up integration with Geofency. Geofency is a paid app for iOS that lets users to configure a request that will be sent when a geofence or iBeacon region is entered or exited. This can be configured with Home Assistant to update your location.

Configuration

To configure Geofency, you must set it up via the integrations panel in the configuration screen. You must then configure the iOS app (via the Webhook feature) to send a POST request to your Home Assistant server at the webhook URL provided by the integration during setup. Use the default POST format. Make sure to enable the ‘Update Geo-Position’ functionality for mobile beacons.

Geofency will automatically generate the device tracker name used for geofences, and you will find it in the integrations section after the first request. For beacons, the device name will be beacon_<name from Geofency>, e.g., device_tracker.beacon_car.

When using mobile beacons (optional) an entry in configuration.yaml is still needed as this can’t be added via the integrations panel.

Configuration Variables

mobile_beacons

(list)(Optional)List of beacon names that are to be treated as mobile. The name must match the name you configure in Geofency. By default, beacons will be treated as stationary.

A sample configuration for the geofency component when using mobile beacons is shown below:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
geofency:
  mobile_beacons:
    - car
    - keys

Zones

When you enter a geofence or stationary beacon, your location name in Home Assistant will be set to the name of the geofence or beacon location in Geofency. When you exit a geofence or stationary beacon, your location name in Home Assistant will be set to not home. For mobile beacons, the location name will be not_home whenever the beacon is entered or exited outside of a zone, otherwise, it will be set to the name of the zone.

To make Geofency work better with the proximity component, you should enable the ‘Send Current Location’ feature in the Webhook configuration screen. This ensures that the current GPS coordinates are included in exit events instead of the coordinates of the (center of) the zone that was exited.