If you need to ship 600 labeled boxes or packages each day, how long does it take you to plan routes if you manually type in the addresses one by one in your multi-stop route planner?
It’ll take longer than a couple of minutes, right?
Yet, you’re busy and can’t spend hours either. Furthermore, it’s a tiring and error-prone task.
So, Route4Me has come up with a solution to the problem: An in-app address scanner for Android users. We explain this new feature in detail below.
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What Does the In-App Address Scanner Do?
Route4Me’s in-app address scanner comes with optical character recognition (OCR) technology. This helps you scan the address on each package within minutes, suggests geocoded address options to choose from, and lets you instantly add scanned addresses to new or planned routes.
What Benefits Does the In-App Address Scanner Offer?
There are many benefits to this feature. Here’s a quick rundown.
- You don’t need another scanner app, OCR software, came scanners, or document scanner apps for mobile scanning and text recognition. So, no more hassles juggling a route planner and a scanner app.
- It can scan any alphanumeric code and even converts handwriting into digital text just like a dedicated OCR app would do.
- The in-app address scanner can pick up and scan addresses from any surface as well as in different fonts or even from handwritten text.
- It helps you scan incorrect or incomplete addresses and automatically geocodes the scanned data and provides multiple address options for you to choose from.
This means that you can scan an address with only the street number, and the route planner app will process the scanned text and suggest all the available geocoded addresses.
How Do You Use the In-App Address Scanner?
You can use the OCR address scanner with ease by following the steps below.
1. Go to My Routes from the navigation menu and tap on the Add Route button.
2. Specify the preferred route optimization settings, schedule the route, and add a route name. Tap on the checkmark icon in the top right corner of the route planner to save the route settings, and then tap on the Add Destination button to start adding addresses with the in-app OCR scanner.
3. To use the address cam scanner, tap on the camera icon in the top right corner of the Android route planner. Next, adjust the address scanner setting to your preference:
a. Manual Scanning Mode: Point your camera at the address and tap on the capture button once the address has been recognized.
b. Automatic Scanning Mode: Point your camera at the address and hold until the address is automatically recognized.
4. To scan the address, point the OCR scanner at the address and make sure that the address fits within the cam scanner frame. Next, tap on the capture button, or (depending on your settings) the address will automatically be scanned and captured.
5. Once the address is scanned, select one of the suggested geocoded address options and tap on the checkmark icon to save the scanned address.
To edit a scanned address, tap on the Edit button, make the preferred changes and select one of the suggested geocoded addresses to add to the route.
Route4Me’s address scanner can pick up and recognize addresses from different types of surfaces, texts, lists, maps, etc.
For example, you can scan a spreadsheet with multiple addresses and other route details, and the app will automatically pick up all recognizable addresses.
After scanning a surface with multiple addresses, the app will allow you to choose already geocode addresses from all recognized addresses.
How Do You Plan a Route Using the Scanned Address?
Planning the fastest route to work, using the scanned addresses, is a cakewalk.
To add the scanned address to the route, tap on the Finish Scanning button and then go back to the route to see the scanned address in the route. The first scanned address is added to the route as the start, stop, or depot (the route’s start address).
You can scan multiple addresses at a time to simultaneously add multiple scanned addresses to the route. The total number of all the addresses scanned in one session is displayed in the bottom left corner of the scanned address.
After you have scanned and added the preferred addresses, tap on the Optimize button to optimize all the scanned addresses into a route.
Once the route has been planned, you can start navigating this route, using the in-app voice-guided navigation.
How Can You Scan and Add Addresses to Already Planned Routes?
You can use the OCR address scanner to scan and add addresses to already planned and add them to dispatched routes. To add addresses to a planned route, using the address scanner, follow the steps below:
1. On the Stops screen of a planned route, tap on the Plus button in the top right corner of the route planner.
2. Tap on the camera icon in the top right corner of the app, and then scan and add the preferred addresses to the route.
All new scanned addresses are added to the planned route as the last stops, in the same sequence as they are added.
After you’ve added the new addresses to the planned route, you can optimize the route to get the most efficient turn-by-turn driving directions and visitation sequence.
To re-optimize, the planned route with the new addresses, tap on the Optimize button. Once the route has been reoptimized, all new scanned addresses will be placed in the most efficient position on the route.
Long story short, get rid of your scanner apps and start using Route4Me’s in-app address scanner today. After all, why would you use multiple apps when you can get everything in one route planner app?