Dynamic Route Deviations Detection – Using Route4Me’s GPS Tracking for Detecting Dynamic Route Deviations in Near Real-Time
With Route4Me, you can build a well-structured and easily-manageable network of users where each member can have a dedicated role within your organization with an adjustable set of permissions. To make sure that your entire routing operation is running according to the plan and your drivers don’t deviate from their routes, Route4Me allows you to track each member of your team in near real-time (learn more), as well as view their tracking history for any preferred time interval as a real-time movie (learn more). Moreover, Route4Me’s tracking solutions allow you to effortlessly identify any unauthorized detours and alternate routes, as well as to detect when your drivers and field employees are deviating from their planned routes in near real-time.
To track a particular team member on the interactive map and detect the member’s route deviations or detours in near real-time, first, open the route that this member is assigned to from the Routes List or the Routes Map. In the Routes List and the Routes Map, the email address of the member who is assigned to the route that you want to open is displayed in the “User” column, as well as next to the name of this route.
In the Route Editor of the opened route, the email address of the assigned team member is displayed above the Summary Table next to the name of the route. To learn more about Route4Me’s Team Management, visit this page.
Next, to display on the interactive map the current location of the member assigned to the opened route, first, click on “Tracking” in the top right corner of the map and then select “Users” from the menu. After that, the current location of the assigned member will be displayed on the map as a truck icon. The truck icon can move across the interactive map in near real-time following the live location of the member. Depending on your telematics service provider, the tracking icon can be customized (learn more).
When you are tracking a particular member on the map in near real-time, the member’s tracking icon is moving on the map following the member’s live/real-life location. You can click on the tracking icon of the member to view the details about the member’s current location (latitude and longitude coordinates), member’s email address, and the current traveling speed (learn more). When the driver (member’s tracking icon) is moving along the route’s driving lines (green lines on the map), it indicates that this member is not deviating from the planned route and following the route as planned.
Detours or alternate routes are not considered to be route deviations. Detours and alternate routes are slight deviations from the planned route that don’t add a significant amount of time and distance to the total time and distance of the route, as well as don’t increase the route’s cost over the desired amount. Drivers can make detours or take alternate routes when they need to avoid streets with heavy traffic, drive around the streets that are under construction, and in other unplanned situations. Thus, when the member’s tracking icon is displayed in close proximity to the route’s driving lines (green lines), it can indicate that the driver needs to take a detour (slightly deviate from the planned route) in order to reach the next destination on time.
Route deviations are the significant detours or alternate routes that add a large amount of time and distance to the total time and distance of the route and increase the route’s costs over the allowed limit. Route deviations can be detected when the member’s tracking icon is displayed far away from the route’s driving lines on the map, indicating that the driver is not following the planned route. Depending on your particular business model or unique internal policies and procedures, route deviations can fall into the category of unauthorized vehicle usage, internal policy violations, time theft, insubordination, etc., or be allowed accordingly.
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