When we envision mobile applications, efficiency is usually a top consideration. We want to help people process and organize all of the information that comes at them throughout the day without pause. With this in mind, Vensi has created the map overlay application. This app provides a visual display that shows where all of your day’s stops fall on the map. It even updates the status of the jobs to eliminate redundancy.
One of the best parts of rolling out a new feature is taking it for a spin. Imagine your delivery driver opening up his phone and seeing, at a glance, the different locations he needs to go, along with his tasks at each stop. The map overlay has automatic routing set up through Google Maps, so the driver always knows the nearest location and most direct route. This gives the driver a full view of the day ahead, so he can better manage his time around traffic and stops that take longer than expected. Better visibility helps people prepare for what’s ahead.
The map overlay app with automatic routing does more than help people find their way. By seeing every leg on a delivery route at once, you can make a more accurate estimate on how long the route will take; delivery and installation-based businesses can give their customers a more precise time arrival window. These benefits extend to managers’ desks as well. For instance, seeing real time job status updates, particularly when there are multiple cars or trucks on the road, positions the office to respond to last minute customer requests effectively.
While many of the advantages to the map overlay and automatic routing are apparent the moment you put them into use, other benefits are more subtle. The best apps in the world are useless without power, and most people don’t appreciate a charged battery until it’s gone. For this reason, we built this application with push instead of pull functionality. Many apps still use pull notifications, which drain the battery because the phone has to check in with a server every few minutes. With the push functionality, your battery stays charged longer because updates are literally pushed to the phone.
Our goal in building the Map Overlap application was to create a tool that would help drivers and managers optimize routes in order to better serve customers and maximize time savings. At Vensi, we’re confident that happier customers and more productive workers result in measurable business growth.