Planning Routes with the Multiple Drivers Route Optimization Using the Route4Me Enterprise Architect
Route4Me’s Enterprise Architect is designed for geocoding and optimizing millions of points and producing the most efficient routes and address territories with hundreds of thousands of addresses in a smooth and quick manner. Planning a route for even just one driver is a complicated math problem that requires the computation of multiple factors and parameters. You need to figure out the most efficient and optimal sequence of stops that will allow you to save time, minimize fuel expenses, and stay on schedule. With the Multiple Drivers Route optimization, you can effortlessly plan multiple equally-sized and efficiently optimized routes from a single set of imported addresses. All you need to do is upload the spreadsheet with hundreds of thousands of addresses and the Enterprise Architect will output the most optimal number of optimized and efficiently sequenced routes based on the defined optimization constraints. To learn more about using the Multiple Drivers Route optimization on the Route4Me Web Platform, visit this page.
To use the Multiple Drivers Route optimization, first, import the addresses that you want to use into the Enterprise Architect and then geocode them for the most efficient and accurate optimization. To geocode addresses, first, go to the “Addresses” tab and then import the addresses that you want to geocode by clicking on the “Import” button and then uploading the spreadsheet with addresses (in CSV format) from your device.
For the spreadsheet to be successfully processed, it must contain a header row and data rows. The header row defines the type of information you are importing, while the corresponding data rows contain the actual data that is being imported into the app. In addition to the obligatory “Address” column, you can also include other data columns with Route4Me’s reserved attributes (i.e., Revenue, Weight, etc.) and custom data. To learn more about Route4Me’s spreadsheet requirements, visit this page.
Once the spreadsheet is imported, all columns with their corresponding data are automatically uploaded to the “Addresses” tab. To geocode the imported addresses, click on the “Geocode” button respectively.
After that, select the column that contains the addresses that you want to geocode and then transfer it from the left-side list to the right-side list by clicking on the corresponding button. If you want to automatically upload all geocoded addresses to your Route4Me Synchronized Address Book, check the corresponding box and then click on the “Start” button to initiate geocoding.
Once the addresses are geocoded, the app assigns unique latitude and longitude coordinates to each geocoded address, as well as automatically corrects and completes all geocoded address (“fixed_address” column). Next, to use the geocoded addresses for planning multiple routes, click on the “Optimize” button.
After that, in the “General” tab, input the main name for the routes into the corresponding field and then adjust the route’s schedule accordingly. In the “Service Time per Stop” field, you can define the preferred service time that will be applied to each stop/address on the planned routes (learn more).
Next, use the corresponding field to add the address of the routes’ depot/starting point and then click on the “Geocode” button to geocode the added address. If you want all planned routes to start from the same depot, check the “Default Depot” box accordingly.
After that, in the “Optimization” tab, to enable the Multiple Drivers Route optimization, check the “Multiple Drivers Route, Time Window, Capacity” box and then adjust the preferred optimization constraints using the corresponding fields. Next, choose where you want each route to end once the last stop is visited. To learn more about using Route4Me’s Advanced Constraints when planning multiple routes, visit this page.
In the “User and Vehicle” tab, you can assign a team member (learn more) and a vehicle to the routes. To finish and plan the routes, click on the “Start” button.
Once the routes are planned, they are added to the Routes List where you can manage them accordingly (learn more). To view the planned routes on the map in the Enterprise Architect, first, select the preferred routes and then click on the “Show Selected” button.
After that, you can view the planned routes on the map, as well as view the aggregated metrics of all selected routes in the Summary Table. When using the Multiple Drivers Route optimization, the Enterprise Architect takes all imported addresses and plans multiple optimized routes in the most efficient way based on the defined optimization constraints.
Route4Me’s Enterprise Architect supports near real-time data synchronization with your Route4Me account. Thus, when you plan new routes using the Enterprise Architect, these routes are instantly synchronized with your Route4Me account and become available in your Routes List on the Route4Me Web Platform.