Paragon Software Systems has introduced a zoning tool in the latest version of its routing and scheduling software.

Using 'Zone Editor', operators will now be able to automatically factor in geographic restrictions such as Low Emission Zones.

The new functionality aims to allow geographic zones to be specified and stored within Paragon’s routing and scheduling software to help manage the increasing complexity of urban distribution plans.

Transport planners will have the ability to create areas where low emission vehicles must be used for all deliveries. The tool includes pre-configured zones for London’s Congestion Charge, Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) and all red routes to support deliveries within the capital.

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Zone Editor also aims to simplify planning for regions where transport requirements are handled by a subcontracted logistics partner. By placing a zone around these areas, it will enable any deliveries that fall within them to be automatically allocated to appropriate third-party vehicles, without the need for these requirements to be manually managed.

Commented Paragon MD William Salter: “Our customers are faced with ever more complicated transport planning requirements. Paragon’s software development roadmap aims to provide solutions that simplify the planning process, making life easier. The latest functionality means that bespoke zones, of all shapes and sizes, can be drawn, stored and then displayed over the maps within the routing and scheduling software, giving customers another layer to their transport planning. This will help reduce planning time and create the most accurate and achievable routes possible.”