Routyn for ‘Last Mile': plan, optimize and track the execution of your private fleet

See how you can manage the most complex rules of routing in the easiest interface.

And, of course, with the best-of-breed optimization capabilities.

The Immersive Desktop®

If you’ve seen vehicle routing & scheduling software before you’ll probably say that it looks awful,

that it’s based on obsolete desktop technology, hard and complex to use.

That’s why we created a whole new concept: the Immersive Desktop®.

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We brought the agility of a desktop environment into the most advanced web technology to create a distinct working interface that will be so pleasant to use as simple and easy.

  • It runs on your web browser (which means you can work from anywhere immediately!) and it emulates the desktop environment that you’re used to.
  • Adjust the windows to your preference, drag & drop deliveries into vehicles, click them on the map.
  • All the complex features are hidden in a Start Menu and the most common ones are always on your Quick Launch tray.

Put your browser in full-screen and dive into a new working environment, your immersive desktop.
As simple and as flexible as it gets.

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Drag and drop, Routyn style.

The immersive desktop is designed to allow you to work with your mouse or gestures.

With simple drag & drops you can:

  • Drag one service and drop it into a trip of a vehicle;
  • Modify the position of a service in its trip;
  • Drag services directly from the map into any trip position;
  • Immediately see the impact on recalculated trip times and distances;

The immersive desktop allows you to arrange your windows and provides you with full drag & drop support among all of them.

Tackling the ‘Last Mile’ complexity

‘Last Mile’ planning may get very complex. Rules, constraints and objectives strongly vary from business to business.
And where can they be found? In planners minds and experience.
Not any more. 

Dynamic Business rules

Routyn is powered with a Dynamic Rules Engine that allows specifying numerous constraints.

  • All entities such as a driver, vehicle, customer or service may be tagged with keywords from casual business lingo.
  • The rules engine then provides a large set of rule templates that relate these keywords into business logic and constraints.

You can easily create a rule such as “Customers of group ‘highDock’ can only be visited by vehicles of group ‘equippedWithPlatform'”.
There is a template for this rule as for dozens of others.

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Dynamic objectives

Create a list of multiple objectives to be achieved sequentially by simply drag and dropping it in the appropriate selection list.
Beyond typical objectives such as minimizing overall distances and fuel consumption, minimizing vehicles required, minimizing costs, Routyn considers other objectives such as the minimization of the carbon footprint and CO2 emissions or the maximization of the routes geographical compactness.

Routyn also allows multi-objective simultaneous optimization through the combination of several objectives.

Overcoming the automation delusion

When you think of vehicle routing optimization you expect a system able to produce feasible routes automatically. Routes that you can actually perform.

But if you find yourself changing such routes manually you’ve fallen into what we call the “automation delusion”. And that’s why Routyn was created: to actually achieve planning automation you don’t have to change.

It takes 3 key-capabilities only Routyn currently provides:

Capability to effectively express any rule

You now understand why we put so much effort in providing a Dynamic Business Rules engine. Because when we’re implementing Routyn we need to model all your specific rules and constraints quickly.

And if we happen not to have some rule then all it takes is to develop it and install it. For you and for every other Routyn user in the world. That’s why the available rules set is so wide and rich.

Capability to quickly find a good plan
Being able to express all rules and constraints is one thing. But actually delivering quality route plans in acceptable time is another.

That’s why Routyn is based on state-of-the-art optimization algorithms published in the scientific community, some of which by our own scientific team in the fields of Mathematics, Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence.

Have you ever noticed how ants always find their way between a food source and their nest? Have you ever wonder how they do it? We did and we now mimic that intelligence from Nature to plan your routes!

Capability to keep up with business changes
If you think that translating all your countless rules and constraints – even the ones that can only be found in planners minds – is impossible then you will love working with our skilled consultants that will help you modeling it all.

During this process you’ll learn how to use Routyn to keep up with business changes and evolutions in rules. Remember the Dynamic Business Rules engine? It’s not only robust but also very easy to use.

 

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The Watch Tower

Follow the performance of previously planned routes.
The Watch Tower connects Routyn with GPS-receivers and mobile devices
to put you in real-time control of your routes.

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Planned vs. Real

With Routyn you plan routes and foresee what will be the arrival times at each service. You also have a view over the distances traveled.

When your drivers are equipped with real-time monitoring devices (such as a GPS receiver or a mobile device) Routyn will be able to compare the estimated times of arrival with the actual ones and propagate the delays in order to know if time windows of upcoming visits will still hold.

You will also be able to quickly re-route in case of need.

These features require Automated Vehicle Location or Telematics services (acquired separately).

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Mobile (re-)routing

Adding Mobile connectivity unlocks many features more. Routyn plans routes that are automatically exported into the drivers mobile devices. These will allow the driver to follow the route sequence (with turn-by-turn indications if required). It will also allow gathering proof-of-delivery signatures.

In case of delay, missing customers or any other incident it is always possible to re-route a single route (or all of them if required) and still tell the driver(s) about the changes.

Re-optimization is just as important as initial planning: that’s where inefficiencies rise.

Maps, Traffic and Geocoding

Routyn is based on real street cartography from multiple providers.
It has intelligent algorithms for automatic geocoding and traffic forecasting.

Cartographic data

Cartographic information is a key input for the accurate calculation of route sequences. Several vehicle routing and scheduling systems rely on a single maps platform (e.g. Google Maps, Microsoft MapPoint) to provide geocoding information and street-level distances. But not Routyn.

Routyn has its own built-in Web Map Server (WMS). This way Routyn can include cartographies from multiple providers simultaneously. Beyond the cartographic systems that Routyn includes you can request us to include any other you prefer (acquired separately) or already have a usage license.

Routyn has its own independent algorithms to get route distances, draw road constraints or manipulate the cartographic data in any way (e.g. road closures).

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Batch geocoding

Planning routes requires a good geocoding of the locations to visit. Do you have all your customers’ locations geocoded? (we know you don’t). But you do have their addresses. Is this data accurate? Is it? (yes, we know it’s a mess). Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

With that in mind Routyn developed intelligent geocoding algorithms for inaccurate data.

Routyn’s geocoding algorithms strip your addresses of irrelevant information (noise such as the floor and door number). It tries to geocode using the street name and location or the zip-code only. It runs multiple cross-checks among several ways of geocoding the same data to assess the geocoding quality.

It does this in batch for thousands of addresses at the same time. And if the data is impossible to geocode or is completely misleading then Routyn helps you fixing it manually.

Traffic forecasting

If we’re planning routes to be performed in the future we might as well like to have a forecast of how the traffic will be on such place at such time.

You can subscribe a service for this (acquired separately from one of our partners) already integrated into Routyn but you can also include your own perception and forecast of how will traffic be.

Routyn allows you to draw polygons on a map and then state that travel times between two regions (e.g., city limits to city center) will increase an average of 120% between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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Avoiding (toll) roads

There are many reasons why you may want to block a certain road or just a single direction in a street. You may want to avoid tolls on a highway. You may want to avoid a narrow street where your large vehicle can’t go through. For whatever reason you want to create road blocking rules Routyn provides you with a designer tool.

Simply state the road part and use it in the Dynamic Business Rules engine to give it some relational logic.

On-the-fly change management

Quickly react to new orders, unavailable vehicles, road closures,
and all those issues that dynamic businesses come with.

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Sensitivity analysis

If you tell Routyn that a trailer’s capacity is 33 pallets it knows that it cannot violate this constraint by assigning too many orders.

But we all know that real-life operations require a 33 pallets trailer to sometimes handle 34 or even more pallets. As we all know that a customer’s delivery time window of 10 a.m. really may be extended to 11 a.m. Even if you do have a plan that respects all rules and constraints how much would you earn if you would accept some delays? Would you be able to use a vehicle less?

Routyn provides all these answers with sensitivity analysis by adjusting appropriate sliders in a ‘what-if’ simulation.

Conflict resolution assistance

  • What happens when a route plan is finished and an extra order comes in for a fully loaded vehicle?
    No problem (you’re using Routyn, of course). Routyn will quickly inform you of the violation and assist you in finding a solution.
  • And what happens when you fix that capacity issue and the vehicle breaks down?
    No problem (again….). Routyn will help you switching it or re-route others where possible.

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Integrations Open API

Routyn is designed from the ground up to be integrated with third-party systems.
It provides services for accessing all data and invoking all its features externally.
Wide open.

Route planning is one piece in the big puzzle of transportation management and supply-chain optimization.

If a vehicle routing system is a monolithic stand-alone application how can the organization fit that piece in the puzzle?

That’s why Routyn is built on the grounds of an open Service Oriented Architecture.

Because route optimization is merely the beginning.

 

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