Magellan Ingénierie of France, a specialist in fleet-management technology, has launched a new version of its multi-vehicle scheduling and route optimisation software – TourSolver 3. Using TourSolver to plan vehicle routes can save businesses up to 40% of their total logistics costs, providing an affordable and simple solution to complex problems. Magellan Ingénierie will be present at the SITL 2006 trade fair (International Transport and Logistics Week) from 7 to 10 March 2006 in Paris.Magellan Ingénierie of France, a specialist in fleet-management technology, has launched a new version of its multi-vehicle scheduling and route optimisation software – TourSolver 3. Using TourSolver to plan vehicle routes can save businesses up to 40% of their total logistics costs, providing an affordable and simple solution to complex problems. Magellan Ingénierie will be present at the SITL 2006 trade fair (International Transport and Logistics Week) from 7 to 10 March 2006 in Paris.

Magellan Ingénierie of France, a specialist in fleet-management technology, has launched a new version of its multi-vehicle scheduling and route optimisation software – TourSolver 3. Using TourSolver to plan vehicle routes can save businesses up to 40% of their total logistics costs, providing an affordable and simple solution to complex problems. Magellan Ingénierie will be present at the SITL 2006 trade fair (International Transport and Logistics Week) from 7 to 10 March 2006 in Paris.

Benoît Quévy, the company's CEO, points out that, “If you can use Microsoft Excel, you can use TourSolver.” Low prices combined with ease of use allow companies to recoup their investment quickly and painlessly. “By reducing mileage, planning time and maybe even some unnecessary vehicles, our customers can quickly put the savings right back into the bottom line,” adds Quévy.

Magellan Ingénierie has won the Oséo Anvar Innovating Company certificate (awarded by Anvar, the French National Agency for Promoting Research) for technology which it has successfully used in the UK to handle predicted traffic on the basis of road statistics. The variations in journey times will influence the order in which customers are visited, taking into account the greater or lesser degree of fluidity in traffic flow depending on the time of visiting. In addition, there is no longer any need to calibrate speeds as per the type of road as TourSolver manages all this data itself.

In the present era of continual increases in fuel prices and low economic growth, TourSolver route-planning software can reduce mileage, planning time, and the number of vehicles used for delivery or customer visits. Taking into account an array of constraints – including enhanced management of delivery days and time slots, frequency of visits, distinct places of departure and arrival, variable mileage costs, new regulations and speed weighting – TourSolver is invaluable for reducing transport costs. A cost of under €4,000 (£2,500) for a 10-vehicle fleet makes it much more affordable than rival products, particularly for small businesses.

Companies worldwide rely on TourSolver to improve their operations. Recently, La Normande, a subsidiary of Sodexho (a world leader in the mass catering market), reduced its fleet from 30 to 25 vehicles. In concrete terms, this reduction saved more than €65,000 (£40,000) on vehicle rental contracts and over €40,000 (£25,000) on fuel costs compared to the previous year. “Since TourSolver handles and complies with the customer-mandated delivery-time slots, the quality of customer service has considerably improved,” explained Yves Foutrel, who managed the implementation.

About Magellan Ingénierie

Magellan Ingénierie is based near Grenoble, in south-east France. The company’s technology enables users to leverage road network data for route optimisation, location intelligence and geo-marketing applications. These solutions calculate access times, distances and costs, generate directions and optimise vehicle routes, whilst also taking the means of transport and the types of roads into account. Business-to-business, business-to-customer, commercial fleet management, transport and geo-marketing professionals worldwide rely on Magellan Ingénierie’s technology.

The company’s range of products is available either as turnkey solutions (TourSolver, ChronoMap), or programming components (TourSolver Developer Kit, ChronoMap Developer Kit, ChronoX Routing Engine, ChronoX TourSolver and ChronoJ). TourSolver software is also available as an add-on for Microsoft MapPoint or for MapInfo Professional.
Magellan Ingénierie will be present at the SITL 2006 trade fair (International Transport and Logistics Week) held from 7 to 10 March 2006 in Paris, France (Booth M63).

For further information, please go to: www.toursolver.com