Good day, Astreon clients and partners!
We hope you are all doing well and enjoying this hot summer weather! Internally, Gurtam development efforts have been focusing on changes to our add-on applications for Astreon VAR partners.
This month, we’ve made small changes and nice-to-have features in our applications, with a large feature enhancement to Nimbus.
We improved the Logistics app design and the notification settings. In Hecterra, we added the turning time setting and enhanced the warning system in Fleetrun. Continue reading to see all the enhancements!
In July, a major product update has been done. We encourage you to use the new features if you have not done them yet because these new functionalities will help you save time and costs.
What’s New: New Logic & Auto-assignment
Transit+ uses new logic which continuously calculates ETA’s and early/late arrival times, including which vehicle in on a particular route. It is no longer necessary to manually assign vehicles to routes, the system detects this automatically and makes the assignment from there.
The new method
Automatic assignment of a unit to a route happens when a vehicle enters the route’s first stop geofence.
The new functionality works as described below.
1) Units are assigned to a ride, and the Automatic assignment of the units check box is activated.
2) The rides for these routes will be created upon the ride activation time or entering the stop geofence. In addition, we have also added a new type of ride activation – upon entering a geofence.
3) When creating a ride, the system will assign the unit to the ride from the list of bound units. If there are several active rides, the unit will be assigned to the next ride automatically.
The new automatic assignment option allows you to avoid manual assignment of units when a fixed set of units is bound to a route.
A circular route is a route in which the first stop coincides with the last one but has a different visiting time specified in the schedule.
A route can now be looped in two ways:
a) when creating a route using the Circular route option;
b) when editing a route using the Loop option.
The route can also be looped using the map.
This functionality enables you to use looped routes and use the first stop as the last stop specifying individual visit time in the schedule. Thanks to this, it determines whether the unit is ending the previous ride or simply is approaching the first stop using a different road.
Please note that for reports, the time of visiting such a stop will be recorded twice: at the beginning and the end of the ride.
Additionally, when a unit arrives at the first stop and crosses other stops on the route, the system will not record these visits as a valid stop.
Another change significantly expands the scope of Transit+ implementation, as it allows tracking public transport rides without schedules, which in its turn means effective monitoring of:
- rides that are not bound to a specific schedule;
- transport that departs when there is a sufficient number of passengers;
- public transport in regions where scheduled rides are not possible for various reasons.
The new feature allows the creation of rides upon visiting the first stop of the route just like when units are automatically assigned to a ride, but only without a specific schedule. You can create relative schedules or change the type of schedules you already have.
Please note: relative schedules only work with the automatic unit assignment.
With a relative schedule, a one-time schedule is created where the stops visit time is detected from the start of a ride. A one-time schedule is displayed each time a ride time is displayed. The ride events’ data is also generated according to a one-time schedule: hurry, delay, no-show, etc.
Turning time setting
When Agri+ calculates mileage and fuel consumption, the turning time value defaulted to 2 minutes. However, this 2-minute default doesn’t apply to all businesses. For example, turning time could take longer when machinery is too bulky or terrain is too rough. Some users want to reduce the 2-minute period when a tractor works on two fields and moves between them.
To make mileage and fuel consumption data more accurate, we updated the turning time setting and now users can customize the turning time value in the Search settings section of the Resource tab.
Turning time in the Search settings
The default value is 2 minutes, but the user can select from 1 to 5 minutes in the drop-down list in the settings.
Warning about changes in mileage
In Maintenance+, the values of mileage and engine hours used in the charts are synchronized with the vehicle in LVM Track.
If you update the data in LVM Track, there may be a discrepancy in the cost per 1-kilometer parameter in the charts and in these sections. To avoid the possible error caused by this discrepancy, we have added warnings that will appear when the values of mileage or engine hours were changed in LVM Track.
If you decrease the values of mileage and engine hours in the selected period, you will see a warning icon with a tooltip.
Warning about changes in mileage
Client notification method configuration
We have moved the Notification method option from the Import orders section to the Order parameters section on the General settings tab for all orders you import and create.
Notification method setting in Order parameters
The notification methods have now been relocated to a separate section, where you can configure notification defaults for all orders.
We also added the Show button to notification cards of all types, except for notifications when a route is deleted. After clicking on the button, the order or route is centered and highlighted in the table.
The Show button in notification cards
Login page redesign
We have completely changed the login page design and updated the application logo in the navigation bar. Now the page has a different background, the Dispatch+ icon, and a new simple design.