Optimizing Fleets of Vehicles
For many businesses, the cost of operating fleets is very expensive. While Bing maps includes routing and driving directions, there are few facilities for optimizing multiple vehicles.
SpatialPoint has partnered with PTV America, the US division of $100 million sales PTV Group AG to help optimize fleets of vehicles. Some of the applications/industries that can benefit from the technology are:
- Appliances, furniture, etc.
- Food and beverage
- Commercial/industrial delivery
- Field services
- Home healthcare
- Lawn services, pest control, etc.
- Cable, telecom
- Long-haul Trucking
- LTL (Less-Than-Truckload)
- Waste management
What is optimized?
In general, the total cost is to be minimized. Optimized operations can save in miles driven, require fewer vehicles, be able to assign more stops per vehicle, increased customer service, etc. There are great benefits in assigning your stops to the right vehicles in the right order (sequencing). In almost every case, the dollar savings are measurable and significant.
Optimization can be extremely complex because of the myriad of issues and constraints that need to accounted for. Depending on your industry/application, some of these factors to consider are:
- Available vehicles and trailers
- Vehicle attributes (vehicle size and weight, driving bans on routes and in cities, etc.)
- Vehicle routing (to avoid tolls, low-emission zones, city centers, turning maneuvers, etc.)
- Time restrictions (driving times and rest periods, ramp opening times, depot opening times, fixed appointments, maximum transport time, loading and unloading times, “don’t deliver during lunch”, etc.)
- Vehicle parameters (load capacity, speed profile and other characteristics such as “cooling required”, for example)
- Technician parameters such as making sure the skill sets are matched to the stops
- Use of several depots/distribution centers
- Different optimization procedures (minimization of vehicle deployment, the fastest or shortest routes, equal distribution of capacity among drivers)
- Dispatching functions for handling new/changed orders
- Different ways of combining tractors and trailers
- Manual editing of the road network so as to be able to limit passage or drive passage in/around certain areas, by vehicle type.
- Emissions calculation – emission calculation for HBEFA 3.1 (Handbook Emission Factors for Road Transport), CEN standards (European Committee for Standardization) and the Eco-tax for France. Inclusion of actual road mileage travelled, vehicle or emission class, load as well as other influencing factors such as the respective uphill and downhill inclines.
- Toll calculation – exact calculations for distance-related tolls for many countries in Europe as well as for North America. Toll scenarios for the inclusion of increased toll charges is already announced in the planning of future routes or calculations. Possibility of avoiding toll roads in the route planning.
- Traffic Information – display current traffic information (congestion and road closures) and historical traffic information (speed profiles for specific road sections at certain times) and inclusion of this information in the route planning.
If your business is servicing appliances, combining tractors and trailers probably doesn’t make sense, but managing skill sets and part availability, might be very important.
What does SpatialPoint offer?
SpatialPoint offering ranges from integration of the optimization PTV system into your systems to a do-it-yourself use of the PTV optimization system.
- No need for your own extensive development – instead you can use our know-how and our long-term experience.
- Reliable standard technology – the use of standard technologies and formats guarantees simple and reliable processing of results.
- Simple integration – all components contain an XML/SOAP standard interface. This means they can be easily integrated into your own systems and applications. The system can easily be integrated with Microsoft SQL Server, Dynamics, CRM, etc. – as well as just about every other system from the likes of Oracle, SAP, HP, Salesforce.com, etc.
- Extensive service and support – our support provides help during every phase of the project.
- Extendable – the modular structure of the PTV system enables you to extend your software solution with more functions at any time.
- Scalability – thanks to modern computing, clustering technologies and cloud computing, you can expand your solutions at any time so that they always meet your performance requirements
- Long-term investment – SpatialPoint and PTV systems are built using twenty years of logistics, mathematical and software expertise. With a large customer base, the system is continually advanced with new features that improve performance, capabilities, etc. for complex problems – like yours.
- The latest maps and data – the road network changes so having the latest maps can be critical. Also, maps are available for many parts of the world.
- Geocoding -address geocoding down to the exact house number. Rapid geocoding of large address databases (batch geocoding).
- Reverse Geocoding – Identifying the mailing address for a longitude/latitude coordinates.
- Tracking and tracing – display of vehicle positions on the map in real-time.
- Reconstructing a completed route using recorded GPS points.
- Map matching – validation or correction of received GPS coordinates (tracks) based on the underlying map. The corrected data provide exact route courses as required, for example, for tolls and subcontractor invoicing, target-performance comparisons, and controlling of driving behavior, etc.
- Radius search – radius search / search for next based on direct distance, travel time or road distance.
- Corridor search (POI search along a route. Example: “Which customers are located near the planned route?“).
- Geofencing – virtual fencing of GPS-tracked object in specified areas (Geofencing) or routes (Corridor Fencing). Automatic action as soon as the virtual fence is transgressed. Creation of master runs.