Consider a situation where nurses must visit a number of home-care patients, each of whom requires a very particular kind of care during the visit. Perhaps the problem is one where milk must be collected from a number of farms, and you have a number of different types of tanker truck, each with different capacities. This general type of problem is known as “the travelling salesman”, and real-world constraints make these problems very difficult to solve. With rising fuel and staff costs, it makes sense to create the best possible routes.
Overall, this tool considers problems where a server must visit a number of places and perform some sort of activity. It might be dropping something off, picking something up, performing an activity on site, or maybe some combination of all of those things.
Now consider adding in some complexity:
All of these issues can add up to a very difficult problem to solve.
The key to saving money in this area is to have a tool that will optimise the routes as much as possible. These problems are really too difficult for a person to solve manually. Orbit Systems has created a tool that solves the route planning problem very quickly.
Problems that could be solved by the tool include:
Of course, there are many more potential applications for a tool like this.
The route planner provides multiple benefits:
When problems arise (and they always do), the route planner can re-balance workload and come up with a new plan. We often see examples of a good base plan that is undermined when changes are dealt with by calling in high-cost emergency servers. This is easy for the planner, but causes costs to mount quickly.