Routing

This tool helps to quickly make routes from one point to another visiting any number of interstitial points. You can define the sequence of points yourself or the program will optimize it for you. You can indicate key points double-clicking on the map or entering needed addresses. Resulting route can be saved as geofence with control points or without them and used for routes control or geofences control later on.

Choose Tools ⇒ Routing to make use of this feature. Set points and press Calculate.

Selecting Provider

Depending on maps available at your service, different map providers can be used to make a route: WebGIS, Google, Yandex, Visicom. They are chosen in the dropdown list.

WebGIS does not lock routes to roads when making a route, however it can offer optimized sequence order of points (considering the straight distance between them). Other providers make routes along the roads but cannot change points order.

Depending on map provider, more features can become available. For example, if Google is selected, the route can be mapped regarding the way you travel: by car (default option) or walking or avoiding highways (tick the appropriate check box). Yandex adds possibility to take into account traffic jams.

Placing Points

There are two basic ways to set key points for route: with mouse and with address tool.

In the first case it is enough to simply make several double-clicks on the map to mark key points.

In the second case you switch to the address mode with Address mode button. How to use the Address tool was minutely described in the previous section. Briefly, two ways to enter points can be applied here:

  1. You double-click on the map, and the address information for the point appears in the window on the right. These points can be added to the future route automatically if the flag Auto save of points is enabled, or manually (with the Add point button) if this flag is disabled. If the address information is not available, the point is added anyway but without name.
  2. You enter addresses to be visited (city, street, house). At the place found a red marker starts to blink. To add the found point to the future route, press Add point.

:!: Note.
If you are going to use this route for Route Control, it is recommended to enter departing point as the first point of the route.

When all point are set, it is possible already to draw the route (the Calculate button). However, before doing that, you can edit key points, especially if you are going to save this route as geofence with control points.

The list of points is displayed in the window of Routing tool. If you entered point in the address mode, use the Back button to return to the Routing tool window. Here you can edit point name, its radius, and delete unnecessary point.

Route Calculation

If building a route with WebGIS, sequence order of points can be interpreted in two ways:

  • Default option is that the point follow in the order you put them.
  • Point order can be optimized in order to make the route as much short as possible. For this you should enable the flag Optimize points order. The route will be drawn beginning from the first point (without snapping to roads). The last point can be fixed (for example, if a unit lefts the depot and after a while is expected to come back), that is regardless any sequence order offered by the program the last point will be that which was set the last. For this, enable the flag Stick last point.

At the end, press the Calculate button and estimate the result. If you need to change some parameters (for example, add more points), press Back. If you want to built a new route, press Reset.

In addition, you can choose line color as well as view information about route – its length and number of points.

Saving Route

After the route is mapped, it can be saved as a line-shaped geofence. To do this, enter geofence name, choose account, and push Save. If the key points were given manes, the geofence will have control points.

If the map provider was not WebGIS, there are two ways to save the route:

  • the full line (can contain any number of points),
  • only control points with preset sequence order.

The newly created geofence will appear on the Geofences panel where it can be edited and used for different purposes.

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