Route4Me recently announced that it has added an auto check-in feature for drivers to its cloud-based route sequencing and optimization platform.
The new feature uses dynamic geo-fencing to eliminate the need for drivers to check in and out of multiple locations manually every day.
“When combined with our high-speed route sequencing and optimization capabilities, the new feature enhances an already powerful tool by showing users a planned versus actual route in real-time,” says George Shchegolev, Route4Me’s co-founder and vice president of operations. “Auto check-in also provides tighter control over field personnel, virtually eliminating
the need for more training and hours of non-billable wasted time.”
Route4Me’s new auto check-in feature lets businesses specify a proximity shape and size for stops on their
route and the amount of time it takes to trigger an automatic check in either in seconds or as a percentage of the
expected time on site.
In addition, the feature updates dynamic estimated arrival times in the manifest and log when a driver deviates from a planned route, enabling businesses to detect when drivers are “freestyling.” Drivers can still manually enter their arrival and departure time, and both data sets are stored and available for analysis.
“The more drivers a business has, the bigger the savings,” says Shchegolev. “Businesses with 100 drivers
visiting 100 locations a day each will save about 55 hours per day using this feature. Productivity-wise, it’s like
adding seven drivers to a fleet at no additional cost.”
The new feature also improves safety on the road, because drivers using Route4Me do not have to look at their
phone to manually “check in.” Route4Me plans to link its geo-fencing capability with its forthcoming customer
messaging and notification module. The module will automatically notify customers by text message or phone
call when a driver is approaching or is going to be late.