Vaisala Launches Route Manager

Vaisala Launches Route Manager: Web-Based Automation for Winter Road Maintenance Treatment Design

Launching today, Vaisala Route Manager enables winter road maintenance supervisors to ensure the road network is treated in the most efficient way possible.

Vaisala, a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurement, including weather instrumentation and systems, today introduced Vaisala Route Manager, a web-based route optimization service that significantly reduces the time and effort involved to create treatment routes based on weather hazards, network priorities and available resources. Increased road usage, budget limitations, increasing driver expectations, and a rise in severe
weather events combine to present winter road maintenance operators with challenges in keeping roads clear and safe. Route Manager helps road authorities ensure their network is treated in the most efficient way possible. The web-based route optimization service significantly reduces the time and effort involved to create and update treatment routes based on network priorities and available resources.

Vaisala Route Manager allows details of the road network to be imported, along with available resources – for example, depot locations and vehicle capacity – to produce fully optimized routes with turn-by-turn instructions and can be easily uploaded to vehicles. Through automation and advanced algorithms, Vaisala Route Manager dramatically reduces the time and effort needed to optimize and update treatment plans.

Better Outcomes Through Network Prioritization and Automation Since different weather events often require different routes, traditional manual route planning is limiting because it only covers one or two weather situations. Route Manager allows planners to create unlimited sets of routes, each based on different amounts of required treatment material with different treatment routes and actions to effectively address any weather situation.

“Treating the road network in the most efficient way possible enables winter maintenance supervisors to maintain promised service levels and save costs. Route Manager couples our experience in delivering route optimization services for 25 years with advanced algorithms to significantly reduce the time and effort required to create treatment routes. We will bring even more innovation to the solutions in the future, this is only the beginning,” said Markus Melin, Vice President of Digital Solutions, Vaisala’s Weather and Environment business area.

Manager allows users to assign ranking and priority values to every part of a road network. The system then incorporates these priorities when creating new routes to ensure the most important parts of every network are given the priority they deserve. Additionally, Route Manager allows users to quickly and easily change the resources available, add new roads or account for details like construction projects, parked cars, or low overpasses. Route Manager makes sure the right equipment is dispatched to the right priority areas quickly and efficiently.

Vaisala has a proven track record in providing route optimization services, as Stephen Smyth, Senior Manager, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, explained: “Vaisala has developed a better way to plan winter maintenance service and treatment routes. Identifying areas for increased efficiency and precise resource requirements to facilitate this has enabled me to plan effectively going forward.”

Over time, Route Manager will drive continual savings and improvements by adapting to individual operations to ensure continuously improved efficiency.

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Vaisala is a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurement. Building on over 80 years of experience, Vaisala provides observations for a better world. We are a reliable partner for customers around the world, offering a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs approximately 1,850 professionals worldwide and is listed on the NASDAQ Helsinki stock exchange.