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ALK Icon CoPilot Truck In-Cab Navigation App Updated With New Maps and a Refreshed User Interface

Includes up-to-date truck-specific attributes, POIs and new intelligent ActiveRoutes feature from ALK

Princeton, N.J. – October 30, 2014 – ALK, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, announced today a new update to its CoPilot® Truck™ mobile GPS navigation app for iOS and Android. The update, v9.6.2, includes a revamped and restyled user interface (UI) and a full map update.

CoPilot Truck v9.6.2 is designed to provide professional drivers with comprehensive and accurate truck-specific navigation and is the only navigation app to offer ALK’s PC*MILER® commercial routing. The new version includes updated maps that contain truck-specific attributes not found in standard car GPS navigation apps. These include height restrictions, hazardous materials restrictions, truck-related points of interest (POIs), state mileage calculators and more.

“There is a fundamental difference in the GPS navigation needs of the truck driver as compared to the average commuter or traveler,” said David Quin, vice president of consumer applications at ALK. “CoPilot Truck addresses these differences by providing professional drivers optimal routes that can reduce costly out-of-route mileage, enable improved driver safety and assist in avoiding costly vehicle damage by calculating routes based on the size of vehicle being driven and load being carried.”

CoPilot Truck v9.6.2 also seamlessly integrates with the Drivewyze PreClear mobile-based weigh station bypass app, available separately from Drivewyze, to help drivers save time and money by bypassing weigh stations while following CoPilot Truck guidance. Drivers will also benefit from CoPilot Truck’s new ActiveRoutes™ feature that calculates routes using average road speeds at that exact time of day and day of the week they are scheduled to travel for precise routing.

Additional features include:

  • iOS 8 optimization
  • Improved graphics for iPhone 6
  • Reduced battery consumption
  • Automatic Cloud backup of recent places, favorites and subscriptions
  • Drag-and-drop trip editing to easily reorganize stops along your route
  • Connection settings with offline mode to help control data costs

Read the full list of CoPilot Truck North America and CoPilot Truck Europe features for iOS and Android at: www.copilottruck.com.

The update is available for free to all CoPilot Truck app users in North America and Europe.  CoPilot Truck North America apps are currently on sale for up to 33 percent off the standard price for a limited time and available on Google Play and the App Store.

About ALK
ALK, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics solutions and navigation software, is focused on developing innovative solutions for transportation, logistics, mobile workforces and consumers. Product lines include award-winning CoPilot, a leading source of GPS navigation software for fleets, mobile operators, hardware OEMs, systems integrators, professional drivers and consumers.  ALK’s PC*MILER is widely recognized as the transportation industry standard for routing, mileage and mapping.  ALK Maps is a development platform designed for the transportation industry and provides commercial routing, geocoding and mapping visualization for enterprise applications.

For more information on ALK , visit: www.alk.com or follow us at: www.twitter.com/ALKTech.

CoPilot Media Contact

Adam Curtis
Abel Communications
(443) 869-2197 ext.142
adam@abelcommunications.com

ALK Icon PeopleNet and ALK Provide Track the Tree Technology for the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour

Follow the “People’s Tree” In Real-time Via the Capitol Christmas Tree Website

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 29, 2014 — PeopleNet® (www.peoplenetonline.com), a Trimble company and leading provider of fleet mobility technology, today announced that it is providing real-time tracking of the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree’s cross-country journey to the Nation’s Capitol in conjunction with its sister company ALK, a global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software. Using specialized enterprise solutions for worldwide routing, mileage, mapping and visualization, PeopleNet and ALK will provide real-time tracking of the Capitol Christmas Tree as it travels from the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota to the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. via the website www.capitolchristmastree.com.

“Aiding in the transportation logistics of an 80-foot-tall white spruce on a semi-truck from Minnesota to the Washington DC is an exciting event for PeopleNet and ALK,” said Brian McLaughlin, President of PeopleNet. “We are proud to be a part of a 50-year tradition and are eager to utilize our asset tracking technology in a way that allows everyone to follow along and participate in the delivery of this year’s ‘People’s Tree.’”

“This year’s tour is only possible with the help of strong community partnerships throughout Minnesota and beyond state lines,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors, the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, whose mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations “We’re grateful for the time and resources PeopleNet and ALK are providing to make this the best tour to date.”

The tree will be cut during a public ceremony Oct. 29 and will then be moved to Bemidji State University, where it will be prepared for the nearly 2,000-mile cross-country expedition. With great fanfare, the tree – a whopping 80-foot plus white spruce– will leave the Chippewa National Forest followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. More than 30 celebrations are being planned during the tour, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December. Seventy companion trees also will be provided by the Minnesota Christmas Tree Growers Association to decorate the inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other sites throughout Washington, D.C., in addition to 10,000 ornaments created by children and others from Minnesota communities representing the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”

More information about the People’s Tree events and tour, plus a map of the tree’s travel in real-time will be available at www.capitolchristmastree.com.

About ALK
ALK, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics solutions and navigation software, is focused on developing innovative solutions for transportation, logistics, mobile workforces and consumers. Product lines include award-winning CoPilot, a leading source of GPS navigation software for fleets, mobile operators, hardware OEMs, systems integrators, professional drivers and consumers. ALK’s PC*MILER is widely recognized as the industry standard for routing, mileage and mapping.   ALK Maps is a development platform designed for the transportation industry and provides commercial routing, geocoding and mapping visualization for enterprise applications.
For more information on ALK, visit: www.alk.com or follow us at: www.twitter.com/ALKTech.

About PeopleNet
PeopleNet provides fleet mobility technology for North America’s land transportation industry that enables greater levels of safety, compliance, cost reduction and customer service. The company’s fleet mobility system combines network communications, mobility and analytics to create the next-generation standard in technology-driven fleet performance and decision-making management. Its products are used by more than 2,000 truckload, LTL, private, and energy services fleets in the United States and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. Industry recognition of the company’s leadership includes: Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics’ 100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; and M2M Value Chain Award. PeopleNet is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division. PeopleNet was named as a key factor in Trimble’s top ranking by ABI Research’s 2013 Commercial Fleet Telematics Competitive Assessment. For more information about PeopleNet and its products, call (888) 346-3486, or visit www.peoplenetonline.com.

 

Media contacts:   Adam Curtis at adam@abelcommunications.com or (443) 869- 2197 ext.142

ALK Icon ALK Maps Saves Time and Improves Efficiency for Schilli Transportation

As Lou Wilkinson, software development manager, Schilli Transportation Services put it, “It’s not often in IT when you create something that everyone loves,” but that is exactly the reaction he got from the company’s driver managers after integrating ALK Maps into the company’s proprietary Driver Daily Events management tool.

Read the complete article in the October issue of Heavy Duty Trucking online at http://heavydutytrucking.epubxp.com/i/399400  (page 84) or visit truckinginfo.com.

 

 

ALK Icon ALK Technologies Announces McLeod Software Support of PC*MILER 28

Providing LoadMaster and PowerBroker customers updated nationwide commercial routing, mileage and mapping

Princeton, New Jersey – September 15 – ALK Technologies , a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, and McLeod Software, a leading provider of transportation management and trucking software solutions, today announced that ALK’s PC*MILER® 28 routing, mileage and mapping software has been  now successfully tested and approved for use with McLeod’s LoadMaster® and PowerBroker® products.

McLeod’s LoadMaster and PowerBroker products are industry leading software products for trucking dispatch operations management, freight brokerage management, fleet management, document imaging, workflow, EDI, and business process automation solutions for trucking, freight brokerage, third party logistics, and shipper companies in the U.S. With the integration of PC*MILER 28, McLeod customers have access to up-to-date truck-specific routing and mileage data, including truck restrictions and truck-specific toll costs. PC*MILER’s street-level routing, mapping, multi-version switch and hazmat routing modules have also been tested and approved.

“We are committed to providing comprehensive integration capabilities with the industry’s premier mileage vendor, ALK.  This certification provides assurance that our LoadMaster and PowerBroker customers can take advantage of the latest technologies available,” said Robert Brothers, manager of product development for McLeod Software. Read More…

ALK Icon Mobile Devices Transform Vacations

Mini survey infographic

A new study commissioned by CoPilot highlights the ways in which mobile devices have transformed the American vacation.

The “Vacation Technology Survey” found that 89 percent of people bring a smartphone with them on vacation. Over half of respondents also brought multiple devices with them, the most popular of which being a tablet (54 percent) or laptop computer (53 percent).

The portability and versatility of mobile devices has transformed vacations. Ten or 15 years ago, thick guidebooks and paper maps were required to fully understand and navigate a vacation destination. Today, vacationers are turning to their smartphones to perform these functions.

In fact, local search (93 percent) and GPS directions (77 percent) were the two most cited uses for a smartphone or tablet. GPS apps were also cited as the most popular way to navigate, beating out personal navigation devices (32 percent), paper maps (32 percent) and printed directions (31 percent).

“Mobile devices allow vacationers to travel more like a local than a tourist,” said David Quin, vice president of consumer business at ALK Technologies. “You can discover all the best places to eat, the best sites to see and then get there without getting lost. With CoPilot, you can do both local search and navigation from a single app. Exploring a vacation destination has never been easier or more reliable.”

However, even as most vacationers rely on their devices for navigation and search, they can’t rely on mobile networks to provide adequate coverage. 83 percent of respondents indicated a lack of reliable mobile service while on vacation. Coupled with the fact that only 15 percent check mobile coverage before they leave, there are many people who can’t fully use their mobile devices on vacation.

“While some carriers claim to cover 90 percent of the country, that’s population, not geography,” said Quin. “Vacations are times to go to the mountains, beach, desert or other rural and remote locations. These are precisely the areas with unreliable mobile service.”

This presents an issue for the 80 percent who use mobile devices for GPS directions, as many GPS apps rely on mobile connection to steam map data. No connection, no map. No map, no directions.

However, you can avoid this with CoPilot’s offline navigation. CoPilot downloads all map data to the device. With maps stored on the device, vacationers are never without directions, no matter how remotely they travel.

The survey found that one aspect of vacations wasn’t changed by technology. Men are still less likely to ask for directions, even if it’s from their GPS app. Men used each category of directions (GPS apps, personal navigation devices, paper maps and printed directions) less than women. They were, however, more included to use “Other” methods for directions. What those are will have to be the subject of our next survey.

For more information, please access the full survey brief or survey infographic.

 

CoPilot is available for download on iTunes, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store.

ALK Icon New Tech Makes Weigh Station Bypass Easier

CoPilot Truck users know that cell phones and smart phones are no longer just for staying connected, but are helping truckers reach new heights in productivity.

And now thanks to technology developed by Drivewyze, smartphones and other in-truck devices can now use existing cellular networks to transmit bypass requests at weigh stations. This means that commercial truck drivers now have a choice in bypass programs, beyond the traditional transponder based programs.2 miles

Drivewyze is currently offering its bypass program at 333 fixed weigh stations and mobile inspection sites in 25 states, and works on a driver’s existing smartphone, tablet, or other in-cab device. The service also provides a free “heads-up” alert when approaching other weigh stations across the United States.

How One Owner Operator Saved $8,800 in just 12 months
Mike Shatney, an owner operator since 2006, has witnessed what Drivewyze can offer. Shatney, who hauls milk throughout the eastern seaboard, had a pull-in rate of just 3 percent over the last year – 1,053 bypass opportunities with 1,021 granted – thanks to Drivewyze

On an average, Shatney has had about 60 bypasses a month, and saved nearly $8,800 in time and fuel over the last 12 months. That works out to 85 hours in time savings, and 408 gallons of fuel saved. Despite those numbers, Shatney said the reward in using mobile-based inspection bypass is more than just the fuel he’s saving.

“For me, the reward comes from getting good loads, and the ability to bypass while others are stuck waiting to go through weigh stations,” he added. “It saves me anywhere from 20 minutes to half hour at each weigh station.”

Check out the video to learn more about Mike Shatney’s experience with Drivewyze.

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ALK Icon It has Arrived! PC*MILER 28 Now Available

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Throughout the year ALK’s product, design and development teams look into ways to improve, streamline and fine-tune the usability of PC*MILER’s features.  In Version 28, this year’s annual release, significant usability improvements were made to the importing of custom places.  PC*MILER gives users the capability to assign their own names to locations in the database.  Once a custom place is created, users can enter it as a stop on a route.  In PC*MILER 28, users now have the flexibility to assign a custom place to their own defined category name.  We expect this feature to help users better organize their custom places and make it easier to identify them on the PC*MILER RouteMap.

We also kept usability in mind when we implemented the new Route Profiles Manager, which provides the ability to create and save custom routing profiles.  The new tool enables users to create and save groups of routing options under a name of their choosing.  The profile can then be selected each time a route is run that requires the route options in that profile.  Using this feature will increase efficiency when working with fleets that have multiple modes of transport, all with different routing needs.

ALK continues to search for innovative ways to help our customers with their routing, mileage and mapping needs.  After 15 years here at ALK, I’ve had the opportunity to work with both the PC*MILER routing and map data and its features and functionality within the software to help ensure the value that PC*MILER brings to the process of solving the complex challenges facing the transportation industry today.

For more PC*MILER 28 details, click here.

 KARA JO ONEIL

Kara Jo O’Neil, Senior Product Manager, Enterprise Solutions