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Routing software providers ready for Olympics challenge

  • 08 November 2011
  • By Chris Tindall

Routing and scheduling software providers say they are ensuring operators delivering into London during the Olympics don’t face a logistical nightmare by providing them with map updates and training.

With the Olympic Route Network severely hampering normal freight operations and Transport for London encouraging firms to consider delivering at night, hauliers are facing a scheduling headache.

However, software providers say simple updates to their existing products will solve delivery problems.

“We have been able to provide some filters and functionality to allow customers to identify delivery points affected by the various events,” says Paragon MD Will Salter. “They can edit the road network to reflect a lot of the road closures, congestion and carry out strategic analysis on the various effects of road closures.”

Tim Pigden, MD at Optrak, says its updated map data will take into account congestion and how much slower deliveries could take:

“One of our map suppliers has collected all the Olympic route and Alternative routes [showing] the hotspots likely to occur. They can supplement standard map data with relevant data we feed into our software.”

MJC2 says its React system can be used to deal with route changes in the Capital: “Our systems can model the anticipated route restrictions, but more importantly, can react in real-time to what actually happens,” explains MJC2 technical development manager Julian Stephens. “We have incorporated new tools that allow the routing constraints such as those relating to the Olympics to be modelled.”

Mary Short, chairwoman at MapMechanics, which provides TruckStops routing software, says it will offer three options: a digital map, software or a bespoke profiling service. “I think option three will be very popular at the strategy stage,” she says. “We want to support our customers to work smarter, not harder.”

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Article source: http://www.roadtransport.com/Articles/2011/11/08/139705/routing-software-providers-ready-for-olympics-challenge.htm