Routes monitoring is the way in Frotcom for companies to verify if their vehicles are executing the planned routes in an adequate manner.
The following is a list of route features that are available in Frotcom:
- Create routes
These are routes that your vehicles shall execute; routes can be composed of a single destination (routes with one step) or several destinations (routes with several steps).
- Associate routes to vehicles
When you associate a route to a vehicle, Frotcom will be able to control if the vehicle is complying with the plan. Not only it can check if the destinations are being visited, but also if the vehicle is following the right path, if the scheduled times for departure and arrival are being met, and so on.
- Follow route execution on the map
You can not only see where the vehicles have been but also where they are going to, as well as the path they are supposed to take to their destinations.
- Follow route execution in other views
You have three additional formats where you can follow the execution of the routes. Each will give you a different perspective on the evolution of the vehicles through their routes:
- Table view
- Linear view
- Route templates, group templates, and scheduled routes
These are typical routes that your fleet's vehicles execute frequently.
- Generate notifications as route execution progresses
You can, for instance, inform your customers via email or SMS a few minutes or kilometers before your vehicle reaches them.
- Generate alarms
When the vehicle deviates from the planned route, either because it is following a different path or because it is taking too long to arrive.
- Generate reports
The route execution report shows you how each route was executed.
- Generate routes directly from NAV devices
If your vehicles are equipped with Garmin navigators connected to Frotcom, then you can configure the system to automatically generate routes based on the destinations selected by your drivers. When they press ''Go'' on the navigator, you will see that in Frotcom and you will be able to follow their route execution, even without entering routes yourself.
Before we start describing Frotcom's route related functionalities, there are a few new terms you need to recognize:
- STD - Scheduled Time of Departure
This is the time that you planned for a vehicle to start a route or a route step
- ATD - Actual Time of Departure
This is the time when the vehicle really started a route or a route step
- if ATD=STD
It means the vehicle departed at the exactly planned time.
- if ATD>STD
It means the vehicle started the route or route step later than what had been planned.
- if ATD<STD
It means the vehicle started the route or route step sooner than what had been planned.
- STA - Scheduled Time of Arrival
This is the time that you planned for a vehicle to end a route or a route step
- ATA - Actual Time of Arrival
This is the time when the vehicle really ended a route or a route step
- if ATA=STA
It means that the vehicle ended the route or the route step at the exactly planned time
- if ATA>STA
It means that the vehicle ended the route or route step later than what had been planned
- if ATA<STA
It means that the vehicle ended the route or route step sooner than what had been planned
- ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival
This is the calculated time in which Frotcom estimates the vehicle to arrive.
- When using Google Maps, we consider local speed limits for a light vehicle when this is lower than the speed limit defined for the vehicle class selected in direction options. Otherwise, we consider that limit.
- When using Here Maps, we use the local speed limits according to the vehicle class selected in Directions options.
During route execution, i.e. when a route is being executed by a vehicle, Frotcom will often recalculate the estimated time of arrival.
- if ETA=STA
It means Frotcom still predicts the original STA to be correct
- if ETA>STA
It means that based on the vehicle's current position, Frotcom predicts that the vehicle will arrive later than planned
- if ETA<STA
It means that based on the vehicle's current position, Frotcom predicts that the vehicle will arrive sooner than planned