Frequently asked questions for users of WolMobile.
Do I need to be connected to the internet to use WolMobile?
Yes, you need to have WiFi or data enabled on your smartphone to use WolMobile.
What smartphone permissions does WolMobile need?
WolMobile needs permission to use the location settings and send Push Notifications. Your phone’s Bluetooth also needs to be on if your location is using beacons for auto sign-in but the app doesn’t need permission to use this.
Can I use WolMobile for different organizations I work with?
Yes, you can add all the organizations you work with that are using WolMobile at their locations. You will still need to switch between locations in order to sign in/out of each organization.
Does WolMobile track my location?
Yes but only if your location has enabled automatic following while you are signed in and will report on your location constantly until you sign out.
Can my location be tracked manually?
Yes, you can do so manually after signing in.
Where else is my location tracked?
Your location is always used by WolMobile for auto sign-in/out, to provide you with distances to various locations, and to provide your location if you send an SOS alert.
Why would my location be tracked?
Your location is typically be tracked for safety reasons. For example, when working alone, entering a hazardous site, working in a remote location, or travelling between locations you might need to be checked on from time-to-time according to your company’s policies.
Can WolMobile report on my location when I am signed out?
No, any geolocation reporting ends when you sign out.
Will SOS work when I am signed out?
Yes, the SOS feature will work when you are signed out if you are an employee of the organization using WolMobile, it will also include your geolocation.
Can I use WolMobile with my smartphone’s location services turned off?
Yes, but usability is limited. You will still be able to manually sign in/out and receive push notifications. Features that will not work include:
- Auto sign-in/out
- Location tracking
- Distances to nearby locations
How much battery does WolMobile use?
We have developed WolMobile to be as battery efficient as possible by minimizing the number of times the app needs to be active to automatically sign in/out and receive push notifications. If your location is constantly being reported on, this will use significantly more battery because this requires the app to be constantly active and sending data.
We have a custom shaped geofence, why am I not signed out as soon as I leave?
Due to technological limitations, WolMobile custom shaped geofences must have a circular boundary around them to conserve battery usage. The boundary ensures that your phone does not start checking your proximity to the geofence until you cross this line. If this boundary did not exist, your phone would constantly check your location and drain the battery.
Auto sign-out won't occur until you cross the circular boundary because phones don't register custom shaped geofences in the background. This is a limitation of geofence technology.
WolMobile can only pick up when you cross the circular boundary in the background, which has a minimum diameter of 100m. If the custom geofence is larger, the circular boundary will also be larger.
Android has lower reliability when picking up this boundary, so we've built a backup periodic location check-in. If it doesn't pick up the boundary, WolMobile will sign the user out on this check if they're off-site.