How To Restrict Automatic Depot Selection To Zone

In addition to the geofencing of stops to a Zone, ElasticRoute allows you to restrict the Automatic Depot Selection to the zone as well.

When this feature is being switched on, ElasticRoute will only consider the depot/s that is within the same as the zone as the stops when using the automatic depot selection feature. Depots that are not within the same zone as the stop will not be considered for the automatic depot selection feature.

Image Of Stops and Depots With A Zone

Following are the images of depot assignment with the feature switched off and on.

With the feature switched off, the stops were assigned to the nearest depots to them.

Stops that are not within a Zone would be tagged with the Unzoned zone for planning. With the feature switched on, the stops can only be assigned to depots that are in the same zone as them, i.e. the Unzoned stops are assigned to Depot 3.

Image Of Stops To Depot Assignment With Feature Switched Off

Image Of Stops To Depot Assignment With Feature Switched On

In the following example, 1 Zone, 3 vehicles and 3 depots were created to show the use of this feature.

How To Setup

There are 4 sections in setting this feature up.

General Settings

Step 1: Navigate to General > General Settings

Step 2: Under the Plan > Depot Selection Section, select either Nearest or Dynamic.

Step 3: The Restrict Depot Selection to Zone feature will appear for you to check.

Step 4: Click Save when done.

Depot Setup

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Depot.

Step 2: Click on Add Depot to create the required depots.

Screenshot Of Depot Setup

3 Depots were being created, with Depot 1 and Depot 2 within Zone 1, and Depot 3 outside of a zone.

Locations Of Depots

Vehicle Setup

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Vehicles.
Step 2: Click on Add Vehicle to add the vehicles.

Table Of Vehicle Setup
Name Zones Depot
Vehicle1 Zone1 West Depot
Vehicle2 Zone1 Central Depot
Vehicle3 Unzoned East Depot

Screenshot Of Vehicle Setup

Zone Setup

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Zones.

Step 2:Create the Zone.

Screenshot Of Zone Setup

How To Use

A list of Stops was created for planning to show and compare the use of this feature.

Before Planning

Table Of Stops For Planning
Name Address Latitude Longitude
Stop1 1 Tuas Avenue 4, Singapore 1.32716707 103.6525726
Stop2 1 Jurong West Street 25, Singapore 1.35313448 103.7037814
Stop3 1 Woodlands Drive 16, Singapore 1.42841799 103.7953949
Stop4 1 Nim Crescent, Singapore 1.38208336 103.866806
Stop5 1 Balmoral Road Singapore 1.31380249 103.8297916
Stop6 1 Flora Drive Singapore 1.35599828 103.9670563
Stop7 1 Kee Choe Avenue Singapore 1.33264267 103.8730341
Stop8 1 West Coast Crescent, Singapore 1.29718784 103.7652254
Stop9 1 Haig Avenue Singapore 1.30828931 103.8989067
Stop10 1 Chu Lin Road, Singapore 1.3579182 103.7597644
Stop11 1 Flanders Square, Singapore 1.31234375 103.8574827
Stop12 1 Airport Road, Singapore 1.35396401 103.8981128

Screenshot Of Stops Before Planning

Screenshot Of Stop Locations Before Planning

After Planning

With the feature switched off, Stop3 was being assigned to East Depot, as it is the nearest to it. Refer to Depot Selection Plan.

When the stop was being assigned the East Depot, it was returning the Unserved exception, as there was no vehicle with both the appropriate zone and depot for it. Refer to Vehicle Setup above.

However, when the feature is switched on, Stop3 was being assigned to Central Depot, as they are within the same zone.

As for Stop11, the depot assignment was not affected by this feature, as it lies outside of a Zone, i.e. an Unzoned stop. It is always being assigned to whichever depot it is closest to, Central Depot; and without any matching vehicle for it, it is returning the Unserved exception.

Hence, this feature is to be used if you wish to confine the stop the depots within the same Zone.

Comparison Of Depot Assignment
Plan Depot
Name Feature Off Feature On
Stop3 East Depot Central Depot
With Feature Switched Off
Name Plan Depot Assign To Run No. Sequence ETA
Stop12 East Depot Vehicle 3 1 1 928
Stop4 East Depot Vehicle 3 1 2 951
Stop7 East Depot Vehicle 3 1 3 1009
Stop9 East Depot Vehicle 3 1 4 1025
Stop6 East Depot Vehicle 3 1 5 1044
Stop5 Central Depot Vehicle 2 2 1 927
Stop8 Central Depot Vehicle 2 2 2 949
Stop1 West Depot Vehicle 1 3 1 928
Stop2 West Depot Vehicle 1 3 2 947
Stop10 West Depot Vehicle 1 3 3 1007
Stop3 East Depot Unserved
Stop11 Central Depot Unserved

Screenshot Of Planned Results

Screenshot Of Planned Results On Map

With Feature Switched On
Name Plan Depot Assign To Run No. Sequence ETA
Stop12 East Depot Vehicle 3 1 1 928
Stop4 East Depot Vehicle 3 1 2 951
Stop7 East Depot Vehicle 3 1 3 1009
Stop9 East Depot Vehicle 3 1 4 1025
Stop6 East Depot Vehicle 3 1 5 1044
Stop5 Central Depot Vehicle 2 2 1 927
Stop8 Central Depot Vehicle 2 2 2 949
Stop3 Central Depot Vehicle 2 2 3 1021
Stop1 West Depot Vehicle 1 3 1 928
Stop2 West Depot Vehicle 1 3 2 947
Stop10 West Depot Vehicle 1 3 3 1007
Stop11 Central Depot Unserved

Screenshot Of Planned Results

Screenshot Of Planned Results On Map