Paragon Software Systems has announced a new low bridge avoidance mapping option for all GB versions of its routing and scheduling optimisation software. The new optional NAVTEQ mapping functionality eliminates the need to enter bridge height data into Paragon manually, which simplifies and streamlines the creation of cost-effective, feasible transport plans that avoid low bridges on British roads when using high vehicles.
The new vector mapping functionality reduces the reliance on driver feedback, which can vary in quality and may not improve the accuracy of the plans. Customers can still enter their own bridge height data if necessary, but with this new option, Paragon makes it much easier to create practical routes using the latest accurate information from the outset.
The software shows low bridge locations on the digital maps and users can define the height of each vehicle and trailer type in their fleet. This enables the Paragon system to create routes that avoid low bridges according to the height of the vehicle or trailer being used and prevents drivers having to take detours that can add more mileage to the route.
"Low bridge restrictions can have a significant impact on routing accuracy for rigid and articulated fleets and so we are offering this new data option to make it easier for users to take account of them," says Paragon Support Director, Phil Ingham. "As a result, more accurate routing will mean more acceptable routes for drivers, fewer unplanned driver detours and less mileage discrepancies during driver debrief."