Why optimization of routes is the great hope of the Smart Cities?

Black Friday, one of those sweet moments of the year for all eCommerce and for the whole chain of shipments later, the visits to the landing page soar and the conversion ratios are triggered like the cork of the cava of some trades celebrating the metrics. All that volume of packages has to reach our customers in some way, it is no longer enough to be happy to confirm the purchase, we must make sure that your experience is the best possible and everything starts because your purchase arrives on time to its destination.

A relatively short time ago it was quite simple to make the deals, but with the rise of online purchases and shipments in a few hours, the logistics sector, and specifically the last mile, is

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beginning to collapse. If the fact that delivery vehicles currently have to visit the same building more than once a day, we add the increase in fuel prices and the restrictions that are being imposed on the circulation of vehicles in urban centers, today more That intelligent route planning is never of crucial importance. Why?

  • Reduced travel distance, which leads to a significant reduction in costs associated with fuel and maintenance.
  • Reduction of the carbon footprint. Linked to the previous point, if we do the same work with less trips, the fuel consumption decreases and with it, the emissions of the vehicles.
  • Better use of space in vehicles
  • Re-planning of routes based on incidents.
  • Strategic organization. Taking into account situations known as the closing of certain streets by a popular race, the algorithms of route planning can anticipate to what will happen.

Dàmaris Coll

These are just some of the advantages of route optimization and that is why there are many companies in the market that offer similar services. However at Sparsity Technologies we have gathered all the talent of the DAMA UPC of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya to create CIGO, the intelligent mobility platform that is in the process of changing the current paradigm of route optimization last mile.

Adrià Díaz

This technology was conceived and tested thanks to the funding of frontierCities, a European project aimed at improving the services that will offer its citizens the cities of the future. CIGO is based on graph technology, a high-performance storage system that allows you to perform complex calculations in seconds and generate the best possible routes for each vehicle. The graph makes the platform can operate both online, transferring data directly to the mobile device, and offline. The versatility of CIGO becomes the ideal tool for small and medium-sized logistics and transport companies, allowing an operator to download the mobility guidelines for a working day and not having to connect again to continue working. Thus, CIGO allows savings in all areas related to route optimization, from the calculation of routes to integration in the workday of its users.

Dàmaris Coll & Adrià Díaz
Researchers of DAMA UPC

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