How flexible is your truck GPS software?
When it comes to navigation and mapping tools, the only constant is change. Something that is up-to-date now will be obsolete in the near future as roads change, new highways are built or vehicle restrictions change.
These changes affect how you navigate from one point to the next, and if you’re stuck with outdated GPS software then it’ll quickly lose its effectiveness. You need to know whoever is providing the software, and the data it uses, has a keen interest in your industry and is responsive to both mapping changes and new technology.
GPS hardware not as important as the stuff that runs it
In a recent post we talked about the best truck GPS and reviewed a few units that are on the market. While these units are built for truckers, the actual hardware is only one part of the equation. Some would argue a small part too.
What’s important is the software that runs the device understands navigation, routing and the heavy demands of fleet management, whether you’re an OTR driver or drive around town doing pest control, you need to know that the software is built to accommodate the day to day requirements of both drivers and managers.
Telogis GeoBase – Software that works for trucking companies
A well-known geospatial mapping engine SDK, Telogis GeoBase is available to everyone as a downloadable SDK that then becomes the foundation for routing applications to suit all kinds of navigation needs.
The diagram below shows how GeoBase can use a variety of data inputs (such as up-to-date supply of road restrictions affecting truck drivers including HAZMAT) and then output that to a number of different displays, for example a PND in the cab of a truck.
The power of GeoBase lies in its flexible API. An API allows programmers to customize how GeoBase interacts with other software, and means it is much more than just routing from one destination to another.
Some customers have used the powerful integration options to work it in with their product ordering systems, automatically tagging orders as delivered when a truck visits the customer location.
Flexible is the name of the game
It’s outside the scope of this article to talk about all the features a developer would find in GeoBase but here are a few popular options that can be used to build a completely customized mapping solution for today’s modern fleets.
GeoBase caters for a range of navigation applications such as:
- Routing & Route Optimization
- Reverse Geocoding & Rule Processing
- Geocoding / Address Lookup
- Navigation SDK
Dealing with road restrictions
An area of special interest for trucking companies is road restrictions. GeoBase is well-equipped to deal with restricted routes, using advanced NAVTEQ transport data to calculate safe and legal journeys for truck drivers. Knowing which routes are available is essential to being able to effectively plan your fleet’s operations and manage logistics efficiently. Restrictions can include a range of truck-specific limitations such as:
- Legal restrictions due to state and federal guidelines
- Height restrictions such as overpasses and tunnels
- Weight restrictions such as bridges
- Width restrictions such as tunnels
- Length restrictions
Driver applications developed using GeoBase can tap into its native ability to calculate the best route, complying with any relevant road restrictions.
But I’m not a developer!
Ok, so what if you’re not versed in programming and you just want a solution delivered, ready to use. Then Telogis Fleet and Mobile are the perfect option. They use the power and flexibility of GeoBase, coming together as a complete fleet management and driver navigation solution.
Because Telogis develop GeoBase and Fleet they make sure they are kept up-to-date with both the latest technology available as well as the needs of fleet managers and truck drivers who demand the best.