Adds improved satellite imagery and new user functionality
Princeton, New Jersey – August 19, 2014 – ALK Technologies, Inc., a global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, announced the release of its ALK® Maps interactive visualization platform version 1.2. The new version focuses on product advancements for improved interactive visualization and responds to customer feedback for additional customization options.
ALK Maps version 1.2 enhancements include:
Satellite imagery from MapBox with an overlay of the Street network providing much higher resolution and faster performance
Spherical Mercator as the default mapping projection bringing it in line with industry standards for Web mapping applications
New zoom level to view street-level details with or without satellite imagery
Clustering of point features based on user rules and attributes
Ability to create Geodesic polygons
Option to customize color and opacity of route lines on the map for better visualizations
Vacationers use them most for GPS directions and local search but encounter unreliable mobile service that robs devices of full capabilities
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.
BURLINGAME, Calif., August 14, 2014 – ALK Technologies and Drivewyze™ announced today a collaboration to integrate their mobile app technologies for professional truck drivers.
ALK Technologies offers CoPilot® Truck™, a GPS navigation app designed specifically for professional truck drivers. Drivewyze provides PreClear, a mobile-based weigh station bypass service.
“The Drivewyze and CoPilot Truck apps already complement each other very well, enabling drivers to enjoy both navigation and bypass services directly on a single smartphone or tablet, saving them time and money. By integrating the two applications, Drivewyze and CoPilot Truck users can enjoy an even more seamless experience when the apps are used in tandem, offering truck and fleet operators even more benefits,” said Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze. “We’re excited about what’s in store for CoPilot Truck app users.”
“We’re delighted to be partnering with such an innovative company in the transportation space,” said David Quin, vice president at ALK Technologies. “The Drivewyze PreClear app provides significant value to professional drivers and we’re eager to share their technology with our customers to help them safely move more freight and be successful in their jobs.” Read More…
Providing a complete view of compliance and performance to Encompass Premium Edition customers to manage fleet safety
Princeton, New Jersey – July 28, 2014 — ALK Technologies, Inc., a global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, today announced that ALK® Maps and PC*MILER Web Services are now available as part of J.J. Keller’s Encompass® with E-Logs Premium Edition online tool. The Encompass Premium Edition is an online dashboard that enables fleet operators to effectively manage compliance and performance.
ALK’s PC*MILER Web Services and ALK Maps offer the transportation and logistics industry a fully customizable cloud-based interactive mapping platform providing high-quality visualization of routing and mapping with precise geocoding. These cloud-based solutions can reduce hardware, software and IT resource costs typically associated with enterprise applications
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: