GPS Rou­te Planning

Waste Manage­ment GPS Navi­ga­ti­on and rou­te plan­ning — the advantages

“We use Map­Trip Fol­low­Me to pro­vi­de the tours for our dri­vers. This way they know the exact order and whe­re to go at all times.”

Sen­ding opti­mi­zed tours of a tour plan­ning direct­ly to the GPS App for waste manage­ment in the gar­ba­ge truck? Read our user report by Chri­sti­an Schrö­der, fore­man at EGN Ent­sor­gungs­ge­sell­schaft Nie­der­rhein mbH. He explains the added value of the Map­Trip Fol­low­Me GPS navi­ga­ti­on, which spe­cia­li­zes in waste manage­ment, for both dri­vers and dis­patchers at EGN.

“Dri­vers are hap­py and gra­teful for Map­Trip FollowMe”.

GPS Route Planning
Map­Trip Fol­low­Me ensu­res more effi­ci­en­cy and qua­li­ty for both dri­vers and dis­patchers of EGN mbH and enorm­ously faci­li­ta­tes the dai­ly work routine.

EGN Ent­sor­gungs­ge­sell­schaft Nie­der­rhein mbH is a full-ser­vice pro­vi­der in the field of waste dis­po­sal and recy­cling based in Vier­sen. It is a strong and com­pe­tent dis­po­sal part­ner for muni­ci­pa­li­ties in North Rhi­ne-West­pha­lia. Many muni­ci­pa­li­ties are alre­a­dy con­vin­ced of the num­e­rous eco­no­mic and eco­lo­gi­cal advan­ta­ges of coope­ra­ting with EGN.

Chri­sti­an Schrö­der is the respon­si­ble motor trans­port fore­man and, in the back office, takes char­ge of plan­ning hau­la­ge work and pro­jects that requi­re detail­ed pre­pa­ra­ti­on. He works clo­se­ly with the dri­vers and dis­patchers who use the soft­ware in their dai­ly work.

 „ Dis­patchers no lon­ger have to pay atten­ti­on to which dri­ver is dri­ving the tour”

During the intro­duc­tion of Map­Trip Fol­low­Me, a spe­cial team­work crea­ted the suc­cess, becau­se the goal was to trans­fer the opti­mi­zed tours from an exter­nal tour plan­ning to the Map­Trip Fol­low­Me Navi­ga­ti­on. The­se can then be used in Fol­low­Me Navi­ga­ti­on inclu­ding spe­cial notes on coll­ec­tion mode and spe­cial fea­tures of the tour. Dri­vers work through each tour on this basis even wit­hout local knowledge.

Know­how of three experts in the fields of rou­te plan­ning & opti­mizati­on, digi­tal map­ping and spe­cial navigation

EGN’s exam­p­le shows how the know-how of three experts in their respec­ti­ve fields can be com­bi­ned and ensu­re smooth ope­ra­ti­on of dri­vers in waste collection.

EGN beca­me awa­re of Map­Trip Fol­low­Me via “two cor­ners” through the info­wa­re part­ners GTS Systems and Con­sul­ting GmbH (Aachen) and 3kb GmbH (Fell near Trier).

GTS Systems offers cus­to­mi­zed solu­ti­ons in the area of rou­te plan­ning and rou­te opti­mizati­on. 3kb GmbH spe­cia­li­zes in the tele­ma­tics con­nec­tion of navi­ga­ti­on devices.

“We use GTS’s rou­te plan­ning and opti­mizati­on when we have won ten­ders from new are­as and the rou­tes have to be crea­ted from scratch. Here we have been working suc­cessful­ly with GTS Systems for about 2 years. Even then, the­re was a desi­re to be able to send the opti­mi­zed rou­tes from rou­te plan­ning to the vehic­les as well.”

Until now, the opti­mi­zed rou­te sequence was dis­play­ed as a mark­ed road, which was prin­ted out and given to the dri­vers in paper form. Sin­ce the rou­tes in the waste coll­ec­tion are very com­plex and some­ti­mes have to be dri­ven seve­ral times, this could beco­me quite con­fu­sing. It was dif­fi­cult for the dri­vers to still see ever­ything cor­rect­ly on the printouts.

The­r­e­fo­re, the topic of rou­te trans­fer to the tele­ma­tics system was taken up again at the begin­ning of 2021 and imple­men­ted with the help of 3kb GmbH.

Rou­tes pre-plan­ned in GTS Rou­te Plan­ning can now be sent direct­ly to Map­Trip Fol­low­Me Navigation.

GPS Route Planning
Digi­ta­lizati­on is taking on an incre­a­sing­ly important role in waste manage­ment. EGN Nie­der­rhein com­bi­nes the advan­ta­ges of seve­ral experts from the tech­no­lo­gy sec­tor to crea­te the best pos­si­ble working con­di­ti­ons for your employees. This quick­ly pays off in the high effi­ci­en­cy and qua­li­ty of rou­te plan­ning and imple­men­ta­ti­on of gar­ba­ge can emp­ty­ing, as well as in the fle­xi­bi­li­ty gai­ned in deployment planning.

Map­Trip Fol­low­Me was used for the first time in March 2021 to emp­ty the yel­low gar­ba­ge cans in Mönchengladbach.

“We use Map­Trip Fol­low­Me to pro­vi­de the tours for our dri­vers. This way they know the exact order and whe­re to go at all times.”

“At the begin­ning, the dri­vers were skep­ti­cal about the appli­ca­ti­on. This was part­ly becau­se the dri­vers had alre­a­dy been dri­ving the rou­tes for two months and in some cases had alre­a­dy work­ed out their own sequence, which did not always cor­re­spond 100 per­cent to the plan­ning sequence of the rou­tes opti­mi­zed by GTS. In addi­ti­on, some dri­vers also found it dif­fi­cult to dri­ve accor­ding to a fixed specification.”

So a com­pro­mi­se was crea­ted and the dri­vers recor­ded rou­tes for 4 weeks using the so-cal­led Fol­low­Me Record mode. The rou­tes were then loa­ded in the Fol­low­Me Edi­tor, com­pared with the alre­a­dy opti­mi­zed rou­tes and edi­ted in the Edi­tor. Today a com­bi­na­ti­on of both defaults is in use.

“It turns out that sub­sti­tu­te dri­vers don’t lose time com­pared to regu­lar dri­vers with the help of Map­Trip FollowMe.”

GPS Route Planning
Just as an air­plane fol­lows the Fol­low­Me car on the Taxi­way, dri­vers fol­low the pre­cise visu­al and voice ins­truc­tions of Map­Trip Fol­low­Me Navigation.

How is the feed­back from the drivers?

„In the mean­ti­me, our dri­vers are hap­py and gra­teful to be able to use Map­Trip Fol­low­Me. Espe­ci­al­ly during the vaca­ti­on sea­son and due to cases of ill­ness, the­re is a high fluc­tua­ti­on of dri­vers for Mön­chen­glad­bach. Here it shows that new dri­vers have no time loss com­pared to regu­lar drivers.”

GPS Route Planning
Even the most com­plex tours are easy and error-free for dri­vers unfa­mi­li­ar with the loca­ti­on with Map­Trip Fol­low­Me which knows all requi­re­ments for a navi­ga­ti­on for waste management.

The grea­test added value of Map­Trip Fol­low­Me for EGN

Chri­sti­an Schrö­der sees one of the big­gest advan­ta­ges of Map­Trip Fol­low­Me in the fact that the dis­patcher no lon­ger has to pay atten­ti­on to which dri­ver is dri­ving the tour in Mön­chen­glad­bach. As long as the basic requi­re­ments such as the appro­pria­te driver’s licen­se or truck driver’s licen­se are given and the appro­pria­te loa­ders are available, any dri­ver can take over the tour.

In doing so, the dis­po team can also be sure that the tour will be dri­ven to the end and that the coll­ec­tion ser­vice will be provided:

Via the sta­tus mes­sa­ges, the dis­patchers recei­ve feed­back on whe­ther the tour was com­ple­ted in full or whe­ther are­as had to be skip­ped, e.g. due to traf­fic obs­ta­cles that could not be planned.

“Ano­ther advan­ta­ge is also the pos­si­bi­li­ty to crea­te fol­ders in Map­Trip Edi­tor. Sin­ce we have seve­ral muni­ci­pa­li­ties whe­re we coll­ect the gar­ba­ge, it is very con­ve­ni­ent and clear to be able to sort the tours in the cor­re­spon­ding folders.

In addi­ti­on, I have had con­sist­ent­ly posi­ti­ve expe­ri­en­ces with infoware’s sup­port. Espe­ci­al­ly in the initi­al peri­od, the­re were still various appli­ca­ti­on-rela­ted que­sti­ons from my side and here info­wa­re sup­port was always available to us.”

For the future, Mr. Schrö­der would still like to see an expan­si­on of user manage­ment and rights dis­tri­bu­ti­on in Map­Trip Fol­low­Me Edi­tor, becau­se EGN is alre­a­dy plan­ning to use Map­Trip Fol­low­Me for other muni­ci­pa­li­ties and thus more dis­patchers will also work with Map­Trip Fol­low­Me Editor.

“Ori­gi­nal­ly, the use of Map­Trip Fol­low­Me was only inten­ded for the dri­vers in Mön­chen­glad­bach, but we would like to expand our use of Map­Trip Fol­low­Me and have also alre­a­dy orde­red addi­tio­nal licenses.”

We would like to thank Mr. Schrö­der and EGN Ent­sor­gungs­ge­sell­schaft Nie­der­rhein for this insight into their dai­ly work with Map­Trip Fol­low­Me, a spe­zi­al GPS Navi­ga­ti­on soft­ware for waste manage­ment and what bene­fits it brings to their dri­vers and dispatchers.

GPS Route Planning
The tours can be crea­ted and edi­ted in the asso­cia­ted web edi­tor and syn­chro­ni­zed with the end devices. Con­se­quent­ly, the dri­ver only has to sel­ect the right tour and start it at the push of a button.

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