Communication systems including the evolved packet system can include machine type communication. Location device triggering can be a feature related to machine type communication (MTC) and can also be applied to other areas, such as public safety networks. In this feature, the network can initiate a trigger to the device, such as MTC devices, based on area information provided to the network operator. A method can include triggering a group of devices using a triggering request. The triggering request includes at least one of geographic information or a group identifier based on geographic information. The method can also include receiving the request and determining at least one serving node based on the geographic information when the triggering request geographic information. The method can further include sending a device trigger request including at least one of a tracking area identifier, a cell identifier, or the group identifier.