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Friday
Feb242017

UK Signage Firm Uses RouteSavvy Route Planning Tool to Save 6 Hours Per Day in Labor & Operating Costs. 

New RouteSavvy Case Study - UK Signage Firm Uses RouteSavvy Route Planning Tool to Save 6 Hours Per Day in Labor & Operating Costs. “RouteSavvy is saving our company an average of 50 pounds (roughly $61 US dollars) per day.”

Read the full case study here.

 For a free 14-day trial of RouteSavvy route planing software click here to sign-up.

Tuesday
Jan102017

RouteSavvy Multi-Route Features Release

We are excited to announce the RouteSavvy multi-route features release. This release includes 3 new feature areas.

  • Cluster into New Folders – Allows large folders to be randomly divided up into separate folders based on geographic proximity.
  • Change Stop Order – Allows a stop to be moved to a specific route position without using up/down arrows.
  • Multiple Route Support - Allows multiple routes to be visualized and manipulated.


These new features are especially useful when working with larger routes to divide stops for multiple drivers or days of the week.

Multi-route documentation is available here.

For a free 14th day trial click here to sign-up.

Friday
Nov042016

RouteSavvy Tips & Tricks - Prepare Your Address Data

There is an old saying in the IT world “Bad data in means bad data out”. This is certainly true with RouteSavvy. The better the address data you start with, the better the map display and route optimization with RouteSavvy. Here are some tips to improve address data to be used with RouteSavvy route optimization…

  • Make sure your address is complete e.g. “123 Main Street, City, State, Zip
    (Postal Code) and Country”. If you are missing elements of the address, your locations may still locate, but you may have issues. All addresses require a street number and name and a zip code (postal code). City, State and Country are not required to locate an address if you have a good zip or postal code, however it is good to include city, state and country in case there is a discrepancy in the zip/postal code.
  • Provide separate address elements in separate fields. You should upload a separate field for street number and name (address1), city, state, zip (postal code), and country etc. Also, be sure to include the street number and street name are together in one field (we call it address1). Address2 is for suite numbers.
  • Make sure address fields match the fields that appear in the RouteSavvy interface. If your import data field names are different than the import field names for RouteSavvy, you will need to be sure to manually check that all fields are correctly mapped after you’ve uploaded the routing data.  The fastest way to speed up data upload is to rename your data columns to exactly match import fields in the RouteSavvy interface. If you do this, RouteSavvy can automatically detect the fields in your upload file to the fields.
  • RouteSavvy typically supports 1000s of locations (depending on computer and browser performance), but RouteSavvy will perform better if you break up your dataset before import. E.g. import one territory, one driver, or one day of stops. A few hundred locations will load and display faster than 1000s. Using different folders in RouteSavvy is a good way to separate the data uploads, and you can hide/show folders as address data is needed.
  • Include Stop Time Minutes and Notes in your imports. Stop Time Minutes are how long a driver will stay at a stop. If you include this when routing, then the total route drive time will be more accurate. Notes can be included with address import. These are very useful for providing additional information to drivers (for example contact name, purchase history, dock hours, or other customer information). Notes will be maintained in the routes and hence will show in route exports and mobile.

Here are RouteSavvy import sample files in Excel or CSV formats. Also, check out our new tutorial document and tutorial videos.

To sign up for a free trial visit http://web.routesavvy.com/register

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If you have questions, email routesavvy@onterrasystems.com or visit our support portal.

 

Also, check out our new tutorial document and tutorial videos.

Tuesday
Sep132016

Bing Maps AJAX v7 and SOAP APIs Discontinuation

Recently Microsoft announced that the Bing Maps AJAXv7 and SOAP API were being discontinued. This is because the Bing Maps v8 control has been released with newer/better technology and should be used moving forward. Some of the advantages of the Bing Maps v8 release include better performance and new features like autosuggest for address search, heat maps and other advanced features. You can read more about the Bing Maps v8 release here. Also, here are some recent updates to the Bing Maps v8 API if you are interested.

So what does this mean? Well, the bottom line is that after June 30th 2017 the Bing Maps v7 and SOAP APIs will stop working, and we need to migrate our apps to the newer APIs before then.

Additional details...

  • Here is a migration guide from Bing Maps v7 to v8. 
  • If you are using the Bing Maps AJAXv7 API, then it is a pretty straight forward migration to Bing Maps v8 and will depend on what features and/or extra libraries you are using.
  • If you are using the Bing Maps SOAP API, then you will need to move to the Bing Maps REST API.
  • If you are using a Bing Maps key or OnTerra's WMS inside a GIS/CAD application, you can ignore this information.
  • If you are using Bing Maps Silverlight or AJAX v6.3 APIs, which most people are not, these APIs will be discontinued this year on November 30th 2016.

Are you building a new application and considering using the Bing Maps platform?  Maybe you have an existing app built on another platform and are considering a move to Bing? OnTerra is an authorized Bing Maps reseller. Please Contact Us for more information about our Bing Maps enterprise license offerings and pricing.

Tuesday
Jun142016

Are you still using MapPoint? RouteSavvy has better map data that is updated regularly.

It is well known that MapPoint and Streets & Trips products were discontinued by Microsoft. If you are still using these products consider RouteSavvy which has regularly updated map data.

MapPoint 2013 was the last version of MapPoint released by Microsoft and this product was discontinued on December 31st 2014. Also support ended for MapPoint on July 14th 2015. The reality is the map data in MapPoint is from around 2011 and cannot be updated. As a result, the map data in MapPoint is getting more and more out of date which will effect mapping and routing tasks.

Here are some comparisons between MapPoint and RouteSavvy map data.

Colorado
MapPoint 2013

RouteSavvy

California
MapPoint 2013

RouteSavvy

RouteSavvy map data gets updated approximately every 90 days. You don’t have to do anything to get the map updates, they automatically get updated as you use RouteSavvy.

For more information and a free trial of RouteSavvy visit http://www.onterrasystems.com/routesavvy-route-planning/