Enterprise Routing with Commercial Vehicle Restriction (CVR) features

Routing Software (usually known as navigation software) helps us to get from one place to another. For enterprise customers, this software is not limited to point to point directional routing; it also opens up opportunity to do various locational analytics, such as helping business to improve location analysis, identification of drive time polygons, catchment areas, and realistic simulation of travel cost from one point to the other. The Spectrum Enterprise Routing Module (ERM) combines data quality functions with sophisticated spatial analytics to provide the location intelligence you need to optimize business operations – logistics, marketing, sales, service – across the enterprise. ERM/GRA is exposed through REST APIs, SOAP and Java SDK that gets integrated into the development environment.

Handling various restrictions related to the network becomes important for a realistic network identification and various analysis. In the real world, road networks have various restrictions which affect the travel of the subject (Vehicle in consideration, Person in Consideration, etc.) in terms of Temporal (Time) or Spatial (Distance) or Business (Cost). Without a restriction, the network does not relate to the real-world conditions and impacts the predictability and analytics for business decision.

Commercial vehicles face a variety of regulations and transportation route limitations based on size, weight, height, width, type of vehicle, number of wheels and axle size, as well as materials transported. To simulate this in any routing software, the routing system needs to cater to various characteristics based on load size, vehicle size, loaded material, and more.

Figure 1: CVR Options (Routing Demo Page)

The routing engine in Pitney Bowes software is designed to handle commercial vehicle dimensions such as weight, height, length of the vehicle and adhere to the restrictions on the network as captured in the routing data. This feature enables transport/logistics companies to optimize the cost and time for the business. It helps the route planner in identifying the correct vehicle and the optimal route. Below are the parameters for commercial vehicle restrictions.

LooseningBarrierRestrictions - Specifies that barriers will be removed when determining the route. These restrictions are most often applied when a commercial vehicle is prohibited from traversing a segment due to a local ordinance, or a commercial vehicle is allowed on the segment but only when it must (for example, last mile access or local delivery) Routes where a barrier has been removed will still have a higher route cost even if the route is shorter/faster than a route with no barrier.

Vehicle Attributes Supported

  • Vehicle Type
  • Vehicle Height
  • Vehicle Width
  • Vehicle Length
  • Vehicle Weight

Figure 2: Comparison of vehicle route with and without CVR options

CVR features can help clients save in the following ways;

  • Cost Optimization for Business: The CVR feature will help business in optimizing the cost by selecting right kind of vehicles
  • Emergency Vehicle Planning: A fire station and other emergency services can plan the vehicle size based on various restrictions of the network.
  • Travel Cost Optimization: The fleet management company can optimize the navigation cost
  • Travel Time Optimization: Selection of right vehicle will optimize the travel time.
  • Compliance: Avoid expensive fines for violating restrictions.
  • Fuel and vehicle maintenance savings.

For more information about how Pitney Bowes software includes CVR features, visit Spectrum Enterprise Routing Module