Paragon Software Systems Inc. has introduced Paragon Route Control, a truck fleet optimization tool that allows transportation planners to use a calendar to create routes that comply with time and day-related local, state and national regulations, and road closures resulting from major public events.
When a driver deviates from the prescribed route, fleet monitoring systems flag that route as an exception, and the transport office has to manually check if it should be recorded as a breach or not. Using Paragon Route Control, users can specify alternate routes between two locations by vehicle type and identify when the alternate routes should be used. Paragon then applies these rules at the relevant time of day, week or month depending on vehicle type, e.g., a 53’ tractor/trailer cannot travel along this highway between midnight and 6 a.m.
Details of detours and events are created using a simple calendar which can be stored and re-used; algorithms within the software then calculate the best driver schedules every time.
Route Control can be used to manage time-sensitive route restrictions, including:
• Road closures or congestion caused by sporting or cultural events, e.g., the Boston Marathon or Super Bowl;
• U.S. local restrictions, e.g., Limited Truck Zones in New York, Manhattan and Staten Island;
• Commercial construction zones where heavy goods vehicle access may be restricted at certain times of the day, or days of the week;
• Prioritizing the safest route over the quickest route, such as avoiding roads around schools during child drop-off and pick-up times.