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Saving resources through intelligent route planning

Detailed routes for fleets of vehicles can be created at the touch of a button with Map-a-Route dynamic routing software from Exactrak

Overview

Saving money while providing efficient services is a challenge for most local authorities.

Thanks to Map-a-Route dynamic routing software from Exactrak, detailed routes for fleets of vehicles can be created at the touch of a button.

It incorporates the most up-to-date OS MasterMap Highways Network data from Ordnance Survey so users can view vehicle activity, amend vehicle routes and plan resources such as fuel and winter salt.

It also allows users to instantly edit routes during the winter season to account for changes such as road closures, weather conditions or diversions.

How BCP Council saved money with dynamic routing software

The challenges

Local authorities are under pressure to deliver greater operational efficiencies, as well as keeping thousands of kilometres of roads safe and maintained – especially in the winter months.

Optimising their gritters, gully-cleaners, road sweepers, refuse trucks and white van fleets is a huge operation, and there are big costs involved.

For example, a single precautionary gritting treatment costs on average £17,000 on roads

The solution

Exactrak is the leading supplier of web-based real-time tracking and monitoring systems for specialist local authority highways winter maintenance vehicles. Using Ordnance Survey OS MasterMap Highways Network data within its Map-a-Route dynamic routing software enables Exactrak to design precise routes, taking into account speeds, weight limits and height restrictions, and provide customers with real-time map-based tracking, monitoring and reporting tools.

OS’s enhanced mapping contains current and future road developments (such as new roads planned for the coming year). Maps utilise key road section attributes such as ‘class of road’, ‘road width’ and ‘topography values’, enabling inclines and slopes to be determined and providing more accurate journey times.

"All the Ordnance Survey maps are now hosted in the Cloud in partnership with Astun Data Services, served and rendered using the latest open source technologies, which deliver terrific performance and a further saving on software licence fees. Provision of the maps comes courtesy of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA), together with recently-released OS OpenData which provides our local authority customers with the precision of OS MasterMap and beautiful screen-based maps at every level of zoom. From an operational viewpoint, the new system will enable huge savings in fuel, salt and vehicle wear and tear by creating more efficient routes."
Mark Wilcox, General Manager, Exactrak

The data-driven benefits

Customers can:

  • Enjoy full control of their route network management via an online portal with a user-friendly interface.
  • Customise routes and generate bespoke instructions for route navigation.
  • Quickly and easily amend routes to react to changes in real time such as temperature changes, diversions, and road & weather conditions to save time, mileage and amount of salt deployed.
  • Create and manage gritter automated spreading controls and add instructions to each route (including turn-by-turn guides for drivers).
  • Manage multiple passes of travelled road sections for salting and free travel.
  • Calculate accurate route timings and distance statistics based on configurable driving speeds for both spreading and free travel sections.
  • Get the latest updates on road infrastructure to amend routes accordingly and ensure maximum vehicle efficiency.
  • Save significant costs by only gritting the treatment sections along the route in cold weather.

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