QPaths calculates the shortest walking routes between multiple origins and destinations in one go. The user can also tell QPaths which paths should be avoided in the calculation.

QPaths is particularly useful for local authorities performing school admission and/or school transport eligibility checks.


  • Fast, automated calculation of walking routes & distances
  • Calculation of many routes & distances in batch mode
  • Accurate calculation using Ordnance Survey data
  • Up-to-date calculation using Ordnance Survey data
  • Mark path and road segments as unsuitable for walking
  • Map-based interface showing calculated routes
  • Ability to set either/or destinations, e.g. multiple school gates
  • View any point on a path using Google Street View
  • Address validation using Ordnance Survey's Address Base
  • Automated calculation of school transport eligibility


  • Produces highly accurate results - better than Google Maps
  • Produces consistent results - because they are so accurate
  • QPaths finds paths not included in Google Maps
  • Batch processing significantly reduces human processing time
  • Stores path and road segments deemed not safe for walking
  • Informs the business case for infrastructure improvements
  • Reduces the number of people eligible for transport, saving money
  • Setting multiple school gates further reduces entitlement
  • Speeds up the response to client queries
  • Speeds up the response to appeals


£6,700 to £8,700 a licence a year

  • Education pricing available
  • Free trial available

Service documents

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QRoutes David Stewart
Telephone: 0117 4285780
Email: david.stewart@qroutes.co.uk

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Cloud deployment model
Private cloud
Service constraints
Some older browsers, e.g. Internet Explorer version 10 and below, which can't support the latest data in transit protection (TLS 1.2 and above) are not supported.
System requirements
  • A web browser supporting security standard TLS 1.2 or above
  • A program to view and edit CSV files (e.g. Excel)

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Email support is at support@qroutes.co.uk.

Tickets can be raised at qroutes.zendesk.com.

QRoutes will reply to all emails and tickets within 1 normal working day.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Online ticketing support accessibility
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Onsite support
Onsite support
Support levels
QRoutes prides itself in working closely with customers. The subscription price includes example processing of the customer's data, tailored training for all users and unlimited online support.
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
Training is typically provided online (although onsite can be arranged) using wherever possible, the customer's own data. QPaths is a relatively straightforward product and most users find it intuitive and easy to use. It also has user documentation built into the application.
Service documentation
Documentation formats
End-of-contract data extraction
The application does not retain any customer data with respect to walking route calculations. The customer uploads their data, processes it and downloads the output.

The application does store which path and road segments have been marked as unsuitable for walking. These can be downloaded at any time in a CSV file of unique Ordnance Survey identifiers.
End-of-contract process
The customer simply decides whether to re-subcribe or not. There is no tie-in of any sort.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 9+
  • Opera
Application to install
Designed for use on mobile devices
Service interface
What users can and can't do using the API
Users first create a log-in account on the cloud software. They then use those same authentication details to begin a session via the API. The core batch calculation of exact walking route distances (according to Ordnance Survey) is provided. In each case the walking distance is the minimum walking distance avoiding any path or road segments identified by the customer as unsuitable in the cloud software GUI.
API documentation
API documentation formats
API sandbox or test environment
Customisation available
Description of customisation
Users can mark segments of paths or roads as unsuitable for walking by clicking on them on the map view. Subsequent walking route calculations and transport eligibility assessments will not use these unsuitable sections.

Note unsuitable segments are set at the account level, i.e. they are common across all users from the same customer organisation, including any API calls.


Independence of resources
QPaths has a scalable hosting architecture, whereby multiple servers are available for back-end computations if required. Customer processing requests are allocated to free resource, meaning no one customer's usage affects another.


Service usage metrics


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance
Up to Security Clearance (SC)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency
At least once a year
Penetration testing approach
Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
Physical access control, complying with another standard
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
Equipment disposal approach
A third-party destruction service

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
Users download their processed data directly from the application as CSV files.
Data export formats
Data import formats

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
TLS (version 1.2 or above)
Data protection within supplier network
IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
QRoutes uses commercially reasonable endeavours to make its services available to users at qroutes.co.uk 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for planned maintenance carried out between 10.00 pm to 2.00 am UK time.
Approach to resilience
QRoutes' services are hosted by iomart (https://www.iomart.com). Each application is backed up at two of iomart’s UK datacentres. QRoutes has one or more application servers at each datacentre, each of which can be used for another server’s disaster recovery.

QRoutes has a SLA with iomart. It will establish the severity and impact of any outage within 15 minutes and troubleshoot the cause within 30 minutes. It also provides mission critical hardware replacement.
Outage reporting
QRoutes notifies all its users by email of any scheduled service down time 2 weeks, and again at 1 day, prior to the down time.

QRoutes emails users as soon as there is any unexpected outage and keeps users updated with the reasons for the outage and the likely time for resumption of service thereafter.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
User authentication
Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Access to all user accounts is controlled by username and password. Users must all use an email address from their organisation's domain.

There are two levels of customer user: User and Administrator. Only an Administrator can view the audit history logs of usage.

Passwords must be at least eight characters long; not contain the user name, real name, or company name and contain characters from at least three of: Uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numerals, symbols.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
The iomart Statement of Applicability (SOA) defines how iomart implement Information Security. This details what is in scope and out of scope in relation to ISO27001. This document is iomart company confidential but can be provided under NDA for auditing purposes.
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Other security certifications
Any other security certifications
  • Cyber Essentials, verified by Indelible data
  • Data Protection, verified by ICO

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes
QRoutes' services are hosted by iomart (https://www.iomart.com)

The iomart Information Security Management System (ISMS) determines and outlines how iomart organises and manages the company’s information security in relation to internal information systems, operation and support including the provision of complex managed and cloud computing services for customer. The verifying body is ISOQAR.

iomart is also accredited as Cyber Essentials. Its business ICT defenses have been assessed as satisfactorily protected against commodity cyber threats, i.e. attacks using identified capabilities and techniques freely available on the internet. The verifying body is Indelible data.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Configuration and change management approach
Software updates are evaluated on a test server hosted by the same data centre company as the live servers. Change requests are processed in the support site (https://www.qroutes.zendesk.com) and the corresponding workflow, along with new feature development, is managed in JIRA.

New versions are triple-blind tested manually for functionality, usability and security before their release to the live servers. An automated test suite is also run prior to deployment on the test server and after deployment on the live servers. It contains functional, regression, performance and stress tests.
Vulnerability management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach
The iomart vulnerability management process is aligned with ISO27001:2013 control A12.6.1 which addresses 3 key areas:
Timely identification of vulnerabilities; Assessment of or exposure to a vulnerability; Defined measures to address the risk.

QRoutes also runs regular externally sourced penetration testing of its applications.
Protective monitoring type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach
Iomart Protective Monitoring process is aligned with ISO27001:2013 control A.12.4 which details: Event Logging; Protection of log information; Admin & operator logs; Clock synchronisation; Incident Management.

QRoutes operational staff also monitor account log-in attempts and usage for abnormal activity on a daily basis.
Incident management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach
Iomart incident management process is aligned with ISO27001:2013 control A.16.1 which details: The full incident management procedure; Responsibilities & procedures; Assessment of and decision on security events; Response process; Evidence collection; Learning from incidents.

QRoutes reviews any incidents at its monthly management and board meetings.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Conforms to a recognised standard, but self-assessed

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks


£6,700 to £8,700 a licence a year
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available
Description of free trial
QPaths will be provided to interested organisations free of charge for one week (longer periods are possible upon request).

The free version of the service will be limited to calculating walking routes to a single destination e.g. one school.
Link to free trial
Please contact info@qroutes.co.uk for a free trial account.

Service documents

Request an accessible format
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need versions of these documents in a more accessible format, email the supplier at david.stewart@qroutes.co.uk. Tell them what format you need. It will help if you say what assistive technology you use.