Exactrak | Exactrak’s cloud technology supports remote working within local authorities this winter season
Local authority vehicle tracking and route management specialist, Exactrak, has announced an upgrade to its successful route management software, Map-A-Route, which is set to support remote working while streamlining gritting operations for local authorities during this winter season.
With local authorities not fully transitioning back to offices from remote working environments until early 2021, and social distancing procedures becoming common practice within the workplace, now more than ever there is a huge requirement for simplified remote working practices.
As the winter season approaches, many local authorities and term maintenance contractors will already be using Exactrak’s dynamic routing software, Map-A-Route, to create their winter gritting routes.
Thanks to Map-A-Route’s cloud-based portal, local authorities can create and manage their entire network of routes from any location the user has access to the web – making it easy for local authorities to get ready for the upcoming winter season by planning their primary, secondary and specialist routes – all while while working remotely.
However, a recent upgrade has streamlined the process even further. Map-A-Route Cloud now enables local authorities to directly transfer new or amended routes to vehicles via the cloud. The process is instant and has completely removed the need to manually upload routes to the gritting vehicle.
The timing of the upgrade couldn’t be better. Not only does it further support the remote working practices that local authorities have been used to since March, it also adds an extra level of safety for workers by minimising human contact during the vehicle navigation route upload process.
Throughout the winter season while remote working will most certainly continue, local authorities can continue to manage their gritting fleet through Map-A-Route’s web portal which allows users to create and manage unlimited routes under a new vehicle-based licence.
Thanks to the UK’s unpredictable winter weather conditions local authorities can react instantly and amend routes to react accordingly. For example, adjusting the spreading attributes through the gritter’s automated spreading control to account for changes in temperature, or amending the directions on a route to account for an unplanned diversion or road closure.
With risk management another important factor this winter season, Map-A-Route gives users the ability to accurately forecast resources such as single manned cabs, fuel and salt, by analysing key data outputs from the system to ensure there will be sufficient resources to complete all routes.
Map-A-Route can also be used to create routes for a full range of local authority fleet applications, including gully emptiers, waste and recycling vehicles, grit bin filling, school buses and road sweepers.
Mark Wilcox, Telematics Market Manager at Exactrak said: “We’re continually working with user groups across our customer base to ensure any developments we make are a direct benefit to them.
This upgrade to their Map-A-Route system not only streamlines the route management process for our customers, but also helps support social distancing by minimising human intervention during the route upload process.”
Using data to aid decision making
Exactrak has also recently signed a partnership agreement with asset management specialists, Yotta, to deliver enhanced vehicle tracking for local authorities.
Through the partnership, Exactrak will combine its expertise in vehicle tracking, navigation and routing, with Yotta’s leading data visualisation software, Alloy.
Working together, the two solutions will pictorially represent data from local authority applications which will help to drive the understanding of operations and support enhanced collaboration across departments which councils have historically often managed in a siloed, fragmented manner.
Mark Wilcox adds; “The partnership with Yotta spells an exciting time for Exactrak. Our systems are already providing local authorities with a huge amount of important data regarding fleet performance. By integrating Exactrak systems with Yotta’s, our users will be able to connect this data across departments to better visualise the performance of their operations and identify areas for improvement.”
For more information about Exactrak’s Map-A-Route system please visit: https://exactrak.co.uk/products/map-a-route-cloud