The latest routing and scheduling updates

Our recent upgrade to TRUCKSTOPS the vehicle routing and scheduling optimisation software brings it up to version 20.2. This update brings many performance enhancements that include new map functionality, even faster load times, free smart integration with tracking systems to facilitate plan vs actual analysis, direct links to international internet mapping and geocoding, aerial photography, live traffic information, more detailed road speed data, a new more flexible, intuitive interface and improved reporting.

Street-level mapping and detailed geocoding (placing customer call points easily on the map) are now provided via direct links to the HERE location platform (formerly known as NAVTEQ) and are included as standard with the software. This means that maps and postcodes are constantly updated and users can optimise routes and schedules for anywhere in the world. Locally held mapping and postcodes are also included so that any interruption to your internet connection will not disrupt the planning process.

Geocoding options are also now more flexible. Short cut keys and an ability to select which fields are used for geocoding and which records are geocoded have all improved user productivity making it quicker to quickly map just the stops you need for a specific task.

The HERE location platform also includes aerial photography, so you can fine-tune the locations of stops, taking account of detailed photos of the area. This is particularly useful in rural areas where the centre of the postcode or zipcode is not on the same road as the customer’s farm entrance or similarly for golf courses where the delivery point may not be near the postcode location.

And if you need a live traffic feed, it can be accessed directly from within the TRUCKSTOPS interface. Links to a wider range of leading telematics systems are now also included in the system free of charge. So users with tracking systems, for example, can take advantage of facilities such as comparing planned with actual routes. They can then make changes such as allocating drops to different depots, allowing more time for certain deliveries, and fine-tuning journey times in heavily congested areas. The line of route can now also have arrows indicating the direction of travel.

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