We use addresses to specify locations of interest and collect useful data about our operations at each one. Each address has a geofence which can be as small as a subsection of a parking lot, or as large as an entire state - what’s best for you depends on what you want to use it for.
To add a new address, navigate through follow these steps in your Samsara Dashboard:
Settings > Addresses/Geofences.
1. Select Add Address.
2. Enter the site's name and address.
3. Once an address has been found, the geofence can be created.
4. Click Add Adress to save.
Additionally, if you use tags to organize your Samsara Dashboard, you may also want to use tags to organize your Addresses. For example, a towing company may have “Parking Lot” addresses and “Impound Lots” addresses. A shipping company may use separate “Unloading” and “Loading” addresses.
You can learn more about using tags here, and reference the recording below to view how to add a tag to an address.
**Note that the address can be entered as a street address (e.g.123 Fake St, Springfield) or a latitude and longitude in decimal format (e.g. 37.818440,-122.478441). Latitude and Longitude coordinates should be separated by a comma only, no additional spaces between the values.
Uploading Addresses in Bulk
1. Upload from CSV: Select Bulk Operations > Add New Addresses.
2. Upload a .csv file with one column titled Description and one column titled Address. The address column can contain a street address or a comma-separated latitude-longitude pair.
**Note that the "default radius" is used for all locations in the CSV. The geofence shape or radius can then be edited for individual locations simply by clicking on Edit for the location. Also, ensure that the file is formatted exactly as the sample template. You could reference Importing Places into Address Book in Bulk.
Once the locations have been uploaded, the descriptions for each address will show up on the map in the specified locations. If a Samsara gateway's location is within two or more overlapping geofences, the gateway will be associated with whichever geofence has a closer center point (shown with a red dot when creating a geofence).