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Dispatch 5 release notes and discussion

Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:18 pm

Dispatch 5 BETA Release
5.0.0.732


Warning: This is a major BETA update and contains breaking changes and removed features for users of Dispatch 4. It will also contain bugs. Please read all these notes before installing the update. A feature that you rely on for your day to day business might be significantly altered or missing in this BETA update.

Important changes are documented in the Retired Features and Known Issues sections. We will be releasing frequent fixes and features for this BETA update during its life time and encourage you to participate in the trial on your test or staging server to be a part of shaping the final version of Dispatch 5.

New Features

  • User interface is rewritten - This marks the debut of our new design language for Gpsgate Server 5. The current UI is a re-implemented version of the Dispatch 4 UI with a new twist on a card style view for the main Dispatch panel. The underlying UI tech has been completely rewritten and the interface will be updated frequently during the beta and after release as our design team continues their work on transforming the entire GpsGate Server interface.
  • More flexible workflows - Operators now have more control over creating, modifying and dispatching jobs. Drag and drop job and route functionality makes distributing jobs quick and we have less strict rules over what can be done at each stage of the Job life cycle to allow you to work the way you need.
  • Route optimisation improvements - Route optimisation now is much faster and has more accurate results. It also allows various distance optimisation scenarios including pinning the start and end stop, or factoring in returning to the depot at the end of the route. We have enabled this feature with a maximum of 100 jobs for the beta but will be extending the limit as we progress through testing.
  • Dispatch Android and iOS apps - We now have native apps for Dispatch for the two major mobile platforms. Download the app from Google Play or the App Store, scan a QR code generated by your Dispatch operators and have live access to your jobs on the go with integrated turn-by-turn navigation to jobs.
  • Dispatch JSON API - We have a new API available for Dispatch that does not use the SOAP protocol. This API has the same core features but is accessed using HTTP GET or POST with a JSON payload. The functionality of the API remains the same as the SOAP one.
  • Server side redesign - The server side of Dispatch now uses the GpsGate 5 reactive design principles and uses push technology to communicate with the user interface. This should lead to a much more responsive experience for the user, even when handling large quantities of jobs.
  • Dispatch Analytics panel - See graphs of meaningful data on the state of your days jobs. Work toward turning all your dials green to ensure that your fleet's work is done on time.
We have lots more new features planned so keep an eye on our forum and blog for more information about GpsGate Dispatch 5.

Please check out our blog on Dispatch beta 5 for a detailed breakdown of our new UI and features.


Retired Features

  • GpsGate Dispatch SOAP API - This has been retired in favour of the GpsGate Dispatch JSON API. The calls available in the JSON API have the same features as those available in the SOAP API. If you have an integration with the GpsGate Dispatch SOAP API today, you should be able to port your application to the new JSON API with very minimal changes. Switch your networking implementation from SOAP to JSON and almost all of your logic can remain the same. Please contact us with any bugs, issues or missing features you find.
  • GpsGate Dispatch Fleet plugin - The Dispatch Worker UI has been removed from GpsGate Fleet. This has been replaced with our new Dispatch app for Android and iOS. This leaves the Windows platform temporarily with no available Dispatch Worker mobile interface. We will be sharing more information about this in an upcoming release.
  • Garmin TAPI device support - This platform by Garmin is deprecated and devices are no longer manufactured or sold. We recommend that all Garmin TAPI customers check out the new Garmin Fleet 660 and 670 models which are based on Android, are fully integrated with GpsGate Server and provide all TAPI functionality and more.
Known Issues

  • GpsGate Dispatch Worker mobile interface is currently only available for Android and iOS - more details on this will be shared in the coming weeks.
  • Route Optimisation with more than 100 jobs in the route - due to return before beta phase ends.
  • Automatic, easy to schedule route dispatching - due to return before beta phase ends.
  • Batch operations inside Routes - due to return before beta phase ends.
  • Batch operations on the main Dispatch panel - due to return before beta phase ends.
  • Garmin integration - This is currently also in a beta phase. Garmin FMI devices are in beta level support but Garmin TAPI devices are now no longer supported.

Please contact us with any bug reports or feedback you have.
Regards,
Andrew
GpsGate Support

Beau_M
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Re: Dispatch 5 release notes and discussion

Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:14 pm

With the new version and the removal of the web-based dispatch feature, is there going to be any way to modify the dispatch screen anymore? We had placed a custom line of code in job.tpl.html to link the site name for each job to another web page, but now that it is going to an app this doesn't seem possible. We also have several custom apps that run over the top of GpsGate that do not load in the dispatch app. It also breaks routing on IOS if you are running in guided mode as you now must have the dispatch app loaded in-front. Is there a possibility of keeping the old web based dispatch as well?

limyo
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Re: Dispatch 5 release notes and discussion

Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:50 am

Dear Support team,

Dispatch 5 release is more better features.
Even though I have some suggest:
1- Shipment (Dispatch): should have Shipment #, SO#, Route (Job) should have departure place, please see attached sample screen.
2- Shipping (Dispatch) Schedules display as table similar to Airport flight schedule, this information will help logistic team easy manage vehicles and transportation. Please see attached sample picture

I hope you will consider these features.

Thanks
Best regards

Yo Lim
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Sample screen Shipment (Dispatch)
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Sample screen Dispatch Schedules table
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Sample screen airport flight schedule
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slester
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Re: Dispatch 5 release notes and discussion

Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:37 pm

Here comes the first update for the beta of Dispatch 5 plugin.

First, a bunch of fixes:

Fix sql scripts for MS SQL install of the plugin.
The plugin was failing to install on a MSSQL based GpsGate server.

Fix custom fields being available across applications.
The custom fields are no longer being read cross application-wide. Only the current application's custom fields are now shown to the user.

Fix route issue when route is on multiple days.
You can now create routes with jobs on multiple days, and they are not going to be partially deleted anymore when dispatched or when the user is changed.

Fix custom field edit/create view list being reset by new vehicle data coming from server.
The form no longer resets when data comes from the server.

Fix carousel boundaries whilst dragging and dropping.
You can now move a job or a route around without any issues occurring in the view.

Fix job local/universal times issue for date assigning.
The date assigned to a job is now always the good one, meaning the current day you are working on in the Panel.

Fix edit job button being hidden by vertical scrollbar in route form.
The new design of the route form has the edit button visible at all times.

Fix not being able to print a job list for a worker.
You can now print the job list by clicking the Print button on the job list view.

Fix UINT issue with MySQL.NET driver.
Unsigned integers are not supported by the MySQL.NET library drivers, we removed them.

Fix Roundtrip database connection pool
There no more risk for the database access by Dispatch 5 to dry out the connection pool on very busy servers.

Improved security. Upgrade recommended.

Imports now support custom fields values in any order.
The custom fields values can now be in any order when you import them.

It's now possible to drag and drop jobs and routes from one worker to another.
Thanks to this feature, you can now drag and drop your jobs and routes between workers. This lets you assign/reassign them in a more natural way.

Header of dispatch and organize panel is now fixed at the top.
The headers of the Dispatch/Organize panels is now fixed at the very top. The information is now displayed at all times.


Our Design Team's work on GpsGate 5 progresses:


New "Add job" and "Add Route" in the dispatch panel header.
The buttons for job and route creation have returned to the panel header, so adding new ones is easier.

Route form is now easier to use when you have a large amount of jobs thanks to the new accordion design.
We've rethought the design of the route form. The accordion design makes it much easier to use with a large number of jobs in the route.

The settings tab in apps evolves to something more informative.
The settings tab in the apps now display some information (username, app version, build number, server address) in addition to the logout button about the app you are using.

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