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Localion B is the solution for you if your location data is sensitive, for example where GDPR, your service levels or non-disclosure clauses require a map-screen solution – for finding locations, routing or distance matrices – which is fully integrated into your own infrastructure. Another reason may be that you have to use special map material to actually enable your solution. Regardless of your motivation, localion B is a tool for the future of automated transport of people and goods, as IoT and digitisation continue their onward march.

Selected Features

Routing
Flexible route profile – from pedestrians to cars and emergency service vehicles, right through to trucks and combine harvesters
Individual routes
Route calculations for any number of destinations
Detailed route statistics
Route geometry and turn-by-turn instructions
Optimisation
Matrix calculations – whether 10x10 or 1,000x1,000
Optimisation of routes – also with more than 1,000 destinations
Ideal positioning of customers on existing routes allowing spontaneous orders to be fulfilled without affecting costs, as far as possible
Journey time and route-based optimisation options
Mapping
Detailed map presentation
Map design can be configured to any requirements
Map tiles for display in GIS systems and web apps
Geocoding overview maps for whole regions
Geocoding
Find coordinates for an address
Addresses for a coordinate
Addresses in a postcode district
Free text and form-based search
Infrastructure
LOGIBALL xMaps can be used
Flexibly scalable in order to be able to meet high performance and parallelism requirements
Self-hosted or hosted by LOGIBALL
Central management of the entire infrastructure

Use Cases

LOCALION B INTELLIGENTLY CONTROLS THOUSANDS OF DISTRIBUTION VEHICLES IN EUROPE

200,000 routes per second for the best route to the customer

Benefits

+ Easy integration via service API ensures availability in all areas of the company
+ Meets any special routing requirements (driveby, quadrant matrices, etc.)
+ Customer’s sensitive location data remains in the private cloud (GDPR)
+ Scalable solution with excellent availability, 10 million transactions every month
+ Editable map, can be updated within 1 second
+ Price model not linked to transaction

Starting point

The customer needs a routing solution for intelligent control of its fleet, which numbers several thousand vehicles, for a wide variety of company applications. Using localion B covers various planning levels, for example unscheduled customer appointments in the call centre and in the online shop, creation of framework delivery run schedules, delivery area planning, daily, weekly and monthly planning. At the same time, there is considerable stress upon response times, because more than 200,000 routes per second must be calculated during peak periods.

Solution

The API service enables the customer to access a range of different services in the localion B backend. localion B instances are distributed in a Citrix-based VPN with 20 servers, in order to ensure that the required response times and availabilities are met even during peak periods. Load distribution is controlled on several levels, in order that matrices with up to 16 million
elements, for example, can be calculated quickly. A special routing process, including tailored optimisation services, was set up for the customer. The sequence optimisation of up to 2,000 stops, for instance, must take into consideration the journey to the customer.

Service package

LOGIBALL fully tailored the localion B solution to customer requirements. The system was installed, the functionality tested under simulated load, and then commissioned in collaboration with the cloud provider and the customer.
LOGIBALL is now monitoring the system’s operation.
The previous system was replaced on schedule through a seamless migration process and without affecting day-to-day operations.

FREIGHT COST BILLING WITH SAP CONNECTION FOR A LEADING TIMBER COMPANY

Exact calculation of freight costs for routes with off-road sections

Benefits

+ Correct billing of kilometre-based transport costs across all road categories, including private roads
+ Easy system integration via Service API
+ One-off annual payment for use of localion B, regardless of the number of transactions

Starting point

The timber industry commissions transport providers on an ongoing basis, to transport timber from forest to plant. Transport services are billed by the service providers through SAP based on the number of kilometres. Calculating the kilometres covered by the transport company is a real challenge, as the loading point is rarely on public roads, and generally in forests. This means that vehicles must often travel for several kilometres on private roads and routes only suitable for trucks. These are not covered by conventional routing solutions, but still have to be billed.

Solution

Start point and end point are transferred from the SAP system via a service API, and the kilometres covered according to road category then returned to SAP. A localion B backend was created for the customer in the cloud. A special navigation map for the timber industry ensures that the routing is correct. This navigation map will also be used a thousand times over in the LOGIBALL Business Navigator Forestry system, which is why the solution was so readily accepted by transport companies.

Service package

The system was installed, tested and supplied to the customer by LOGIBALL. Access to the service is provided via the service API.

ROUTE PLANNING WITH AD HOC MAP EDITING

Web app allows easy editing of the map for route calculation benefits

Benefits

+ Planning based on real-world scenarios, and therefore properly cost-optimised
+ Route planning can react flexibly to changes in the actual situation
+ User-friendly and self-explanatory map editing
+ Planning system readily accepted

Starting point

Good planning of optimal routes for delivery runs to private customers is absolutely vital due to the cost situation. The key factor here is how well the data basis – in this case the road map – reflects reality. Every day there are changes to the road network, whether through roadworks, road blocks, diversions, etc. Company-specific issues can also affect the selected route, for example through roads not being used because of risk factors. It is crucial here that these changes are integrated into the planning systems as quickly as possible.

Solution

Various changes to the European road network can be made for around 200 employees through a web application. After registering and reviewing these changes, they are factored into the localion B backend for all future queries via the service API. If the base map, in this case TomTom, needs to be updated, these changes are automatically reconciled and taken into consideration once more.

Service package

The solution has been developed, installed, tested and provided by LOGIBALL. Access is provided through a web application, which is extremely user-friendly. LOGIBALL also monitors system operation.

FAQ


Why localion B? Why not Google Maps or OSM?

There are many reasons why localion B is preferred over Google Maps:

  • Handling of sensitive data – GDPR, security policy
  • Performance in the private cloud
  • Special requirements of routing
  • Persistence of API call results
  • Special quality requirements
  • Business processes which do not burden consumers
  • Direct points of contact in service and support
  • Adaptability of web services
  • Control of the update process
  • Full source code transparency
  • Self-hosting as a paradigm in critical applications
  • Specification of the data supplier, even several at the same time: TomTom, Here, OSM
  • Use of special industry-specific navigation maps for forestry, emergency services, rail networks, indoor scenarios, site maps and much more
  • Availability of an offline mobile component (localion M)
  • Competition aspects
  • Industry-related aspects
  • Billing model

 

For OSM, there are other points to consider in addition to the above:

  • Infection risk to data, arising from special licensing terms
  • Highly heterogenous surface data
  • Missing content

 

Come and talk to us. If we feel that an alternative such as Google Maps or Here offers a better solution, we will tell you. That’s a promise!
 
 

Are the ongoing costs for localion B much higher?
The lower the transaction volume and the special requirements, the more probable it is that the ongoing costs of Google Maps will be lower. That changes very quickly however with increasing requirements and higher transaction volumes.

 

The costs for installing a localion B solution start from €10,000.
High-performance installations can run to six figures (in euros) per year as a complete package with data, service and support depending on the application.

 
 

Is an investment in localion B future-proof?
We work hard to support the development of the fully automated transportation of people and goods with our solutions.

 

We add substance to that industry watchword – digitisation.

We offer a long-term service solution to our customers, some of whom have benefited from our expertise for more than 15 years.