Paragon has launched the latest version of its advanced routing and scheduling software. Version 6.0 will include a number of significant enhancements across both the Planning and Paragon Live modules to provide customers with the highest quality transport plans and operational insight. With over 1,100 transport businesses in 59 countries already using Paragon’s software, this latest update takes advantage of the company’s unrivalled expertise within the marketplace to help deliver continuous operational improvements.

“We are committed to designing innovative routing and scheduling solutions to enable transport operators to dramatically reduce costs, improve service levels and boost operational performance,” explains William Salter, Managing Director of Paragon Software Systems. “Our proven track record based on more than 30 years of experience solving complex transport challenges, means we are best placed to respond to the latest industry developments. Version 6.0 includes more than 60 enhancements to address the evolving challenges that our customers face.”

Version 6.0 will be the first Paragon system to feature the ground-breaking planning tool Route Control, which helps mitigate the impact of time-sensitive route restrictions on routing and scheduling. This unique software functionality makes it possible to build routes to comply with legislation such as the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) and major public events. This will allow transport planners to cut the time spent on manual planning, avoid unnecessary operational delays, and lower the risk of incurring costly fines.

Meanwhile, transport businesses looking to integrate their vehicle tracking system with routing and scheduling software can now benefit from improvements to Paragon Live, the suite of modules designed to improve planned versus actual performance.  This includes an auto correction tool that will refine the exact positions of delivery locations, based on actual tracking events, to automatically improve the accuracy of plans and arrival times communicated to customers. In addition, Paragon has further increased the number of telematics systems that the software interfaces with including the addition of partners in Singapore and China.

Users of Paragon Live that already track planned versus actual transport performance will now be able to benefit from additional reporting functionality.  KPIs such as percentage of deliveries on time can be shared across the business in an effective manner with a new automated report generation tool. This will provide immediate visibility of performance data beyond the transport office, as well as reducing administration by streamlining back-office functions.

William Salter, Managing Director of Paragon Software Systems commented: “In a time of challenging trading conditions, it is essential that our customers can rely on Paragon’s routing and scheduling software to drive continuous improvement within their transport operations. By investing one third of our revenue in R&D each year, our experienced team of developers is able to build innovative functionality that helps them create more accurate transport plans and deliver a superior experience to our clients.

As a result, we have seen strong growth in the first half of 2016. Demand for advanced routing and scheduling solutions both in the UK and internationally has led to a 70 per cent increase in the number of organisations that have purchased our software compared to the same period last year.”