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I need a free way to set a route each morning for service technicians in the field, telling them where to go, and perhaps tracking the route.  Is there a good Android app or site that makes this easy to do.

Ideally, I'd like to quickly schedule the route for the day for each technician.

Assistance is greatly appreciated.
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How many techs and how many stops?  
What criteria do you use to assign stops to techs?
Do you have any idea about the time required at each stop?  
And how do you expect to track people?

If you have a list of addresses you could do this manually with MapQuest or Google Maps.
But this is not a trivial optimization problem by any means.
And you want free.
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I'm just looking for a way to give folks 10 or less places to go each day and find a way to make sure they were actually there, and spent at least a few minutes there.  Currently, the addresses and information about each business are in a spreadsheet.
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If you do a Google Search for GPS tracking devices or GPS recorder, you will find a lot of hardware that might work for tracking people.  It is amazingly inexpensive, but not free.

There are also on-line apps to convert addresses to GPS coordinates:
     http://www.mapseasy.com/adress-to-gps-coordinates.php

Free and automatic are still going to be problems.
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thank you
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