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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.

See for yourself with a 30 day free trial!

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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

ALK Icon Achieving True Route Compliance

Looking to achieve true route compliance?  We can help.

Companies today want their vehicles to drive specific pre-planned routes for billing and operational reasons, but once a driver is behind the wheel that’s not always the case.  That’s why we’ve developed RouteSync, our unique capability that synchronizes the planned route in the back office with the navigated route in the cab.  With RouteSync, dispatchers can send PC*MILER optimized routes directly to drivers to follow through CoPilot Truck in-cab navigation.

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Once the route is driven, you can take it a step further and use our CoPilot FleetPortal tool to visualize routes and generate fleet-wide reports on vehicle compliance to planned routes.  An extremely useful tool for identifying driver coaching opportunities that can lead to reduced fuel usage.

Want to learn more?  Check out our recent webinar from the

PC*MILER Tutorial Series: Achieving True Route Compliance

 

Dwayne Lazarre

Dwayne Lazarre, Manager Fleet Sales – Enterprise Solutions, ALK Technologies.

ALK Icon Generating Hazmat Compliant Routes and Mileage

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Did you know that PC*MILER offers routing, mileage and mapping specific to the needs of hauling hazardous materials and dangerous goods?

PC*MILER|HazMat extends PC*MILER’s features by incorporating federal, state and local routing rules, restrictions and allowances to generate hazmat-compliant routes for general, corrosive, explosive, flammable, inhalant, and radioactive hazmats.  PC*MILER|HazMat enables users to easily compare rating mileage and hazmat mileage, allowing for the creation of compensating rate factors to support short- and long-term rate negotiations and the ability to better estimate actual operating costs. Read More…

ALK Icon The 2014 ALK Transportation Technology Summit – 10th Anniversary!

The 2014 ALK Transportation Technology Summit was truly special this year, as it marked our 10th anniversary of the event.

Although our event remained in Princeton, NJ this year, we switched up both our Golf Outing venue, moving to Springdale Golf Club, as well as our Dinner Reception venue, relocating back to the Nassau Inn, the location of our very first Summit in 2005!  Both venues were a huge success.

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In addition to the events, we hope you enjoyed all of the networking opportunities, and general sessions. It was an honor to have former Secretary of transportation Ray Lahood onboard to share his current views.  Another agenda highlight was the CIO panel discussion focused on critical industry issues and best practices.   Each year we try to improve our content so that attendees leave with actionable information to help streamline their business’ operational efficiencies.

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We encourage you to take our quick, 5 minute, post-event survey. Your feedback allows us to better understand what we can do to make this event more successful for you. Knowing what you want helps us plan for future years.

For a recap of the event and all of our presentations, view our Overview Summary.

PDF versions of the presentations can be found on our website at http://www.alktechsummit.com/presentations.html. Video versions of the presentations will be available in mid-June.

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2014 Summit – details about our 2015 event will be released in late summer.

If you have any additional comments or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at dpetrone@alk.com.

Dana Petrone, Marketing Events Manager

ALK Icon CoPilot Cares: Distracted Driving Awareness

Driver safety has always been and remains a priority for ALK.  Our CoPilot and CoPilot Truck apps for mobile devices were specifically designed with driver safety in mind.  We hope you take advantage of all these distraction-reducing features not only this month but all year round.  Please join us in in urging drivers to recognize Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

At any given moment in America, 660 thousand people are using a cell phone or electronic device while driving. This is why the National Safety Council and others have dedicated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

 Truck-Legal Navigation & Routing

Consumer-based car navigation apps are simply not an option for truck drivers. They need a truck-specific navigation app, such as CoPilot Truck, that routes trucks based on their vehicle size and load type. This not only keeps truck drivers safe, but makes the road safer for all other passenger vehicles as well.

To find out more, check out our video of CoPilot Truck:

Find out more on our CoPilot North America blog.

ALK Icon 5 weeks away from the 10th Annual Tech Summit

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Can you believe we are 5 weeks away from the 10th Annual Tech Summit?

We’re pulling out all of the stops for our milestone event. We’re golfing at a new course, located directly on the Princeton University campus, and going back to where it all began for our Gala on Tuesday evening at the Nassau Inn on Palmer Square.

Did we mention we’ve got a huge lineup of industry expert speakers?

Richie Henderson, Senior Vice President, Administration & Technology, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. is confirmed as our 2014 Keynote Speaker. Part of the organization’s Executive Management Team, Richie plays an integral leadership role in the areas of IT, engineered solutions, and implementation. His thoughts on the industry’s best practices will be centered on the synergy of business strategy and technology.

We’re also excited that former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, will be joining us on Wednesday morning to share his professional experiences and viewpoints on the current trends and issues are shaping the transportation industry.

We’re packed full with 2 days of thought leadership sessions, networking, and events. To view our complete agenda-at-a-glance with abstract and speaker information, click here.

The goal of our event is based around our conference theme, “Defining Best Practices for Productivity & Profitability.” We want our audience of transportation, logistics and manufacturing companies to come away with actionable information on how to deploy operational efficiencies that lead to success in a variety of organizational functions.

Haven’t registered yet? That’s OK, you still have time. Visit www.alktechsummit.com for complete program information and to register online.

ALK Icon CoPilot Truck available through Trimble’s TrimFleet Mobile for Android App

CoPilot Truck’s turn-by-turn, truck-specific GPS navigation will soon be available to Trimble’s Construction Logistics customers through the new Trimble® TrimFleet™ Mobile for Android app.

The mobile app, available for any Android smartphone or tablet, version 4.0 or later, provides vehicle operators within the aggregate and ready-mix industries an easy-to-use interface that enhances the delivery experience and improves business processes.  The Active Navigation feature in TrimFleet Mobile for Android allows users to select CoPilot Truck to take into account truck-restricted and prohibited roads with safe and reliable voice-guided directions on truck-legal roads.

Read the full release here