Vagabond launched an Internet of Things (IoT) network to provide operators with real-time data about their vending machines, whether they’re at a desk or on the road. To complement its powerful web and mobile ERP tools, the company needed a mapping platform to pin-point the precise locations of each machine and to efficiently route drivers.
Operators use this information to determine when machines need to be restocked and to build efficient routing schedules. It’s important that each machine location be precise, so drivers know exactly where they are and when they need to be stocked. When a new machine is installed, an operator uses a mobile app that deploys the Google Places API and Google Maps Geocoding API to determine its location within a building. Operators and drivers can see whether a machine is in a loading dock in a back alley or on the southwest wing of a third-floor dormitory.