Route Deviations Detection – Identifying Route Deviations Using Route4Me’s Team GPS Tracking History on the Interactive Map
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). 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. Moreover, you can also use the captured tracking intelligence for analyzing your routing operations and transactions and identifying unauthorized route deviations and detours on the already completed routes.
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.
In the Route Editor, to display on the map the tracking trail of the member assigned to the opened route, first, click on “Tracking” in the top right corner of the map, click on “Route” and then select the preferred tracking interval from the list. Once you select the preferred tracking time interval, the member’s tracking trail will be displayed on the map as blue driving lines/directions path with blue dots (breadcrumbs). Each blue dot on the displayed tracking trail/directions path represents a vehicle refresh point/synchronization point where the signal from the driver’s GPS telematics device or Route4Me’s iOS or Android mobile app was sent to Route4Me. You can click on any breadcrumb (blue dot) on the tracking trail to see when the signal from the member’s GPS/telematics/mobile device was sent to Route4Me and the member’s traveling speed at that moment.
Route detours or alternate routes can be detected by locating minor discrepancies between the driving lines (green lines) of the planned route and the tracking trail (blue lines) where the driver actually traveled.
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.
Route deviations can be identified when the member’s tracking trail (blue lines) is significantly different than the driving lines (green lines) of the planned route, indicating that the driver was not following the planned route.
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. 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.
To play the tracking movie that shows how the driver was moving on the map in real-time, go to “Tracking” in the top right corner of the map and then select “Movie” accordingly. After that, use the corresponding control buttons to navigate through the tracking movie (learn more).
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