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ALK Icon Mark V. Rosenker & Noël Perry to Speak at ALK Transportation Technology Summit

We are excited to announce the Featured Speakers for our 11th Annual Transportation Technology Summit – The Honorable Mark V. Rosenker and Noël Perry. Both speakers have impressive backgrounds in the transportation, safety and logistics industry. Their perspectives and leadership will be presented on the main stage during the Summit, taking place May 4-7, 2015, here in Princeton, New Jersey.

The Honorable Mark V. Rosenker is currently the President of Transportation Safety Group LLC and a contributing analyst on transportation safety issues for CBS News. While serving as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board from2005-2009, he covered some of the most devastating events including the 2007 collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis and the 2009 crash of a regional airliner near Buffalo, New York.


Noël Perry, Founder of Transportation Economics, has over 40 years of experience in the industry. He focuses on customer logistics economics, carrier competition and truck driver supply and demand. His expertise covers three modes: rail, truck and barge, giving him a unique perspective to share.



View the PR – Featured Speakers Press Release

Learn more about the Summit speakers –  Speaker Bios

Register now – Tech Summit Registration

ALK Icon Precise Mileage & Routing in the Patch


Did you know PC*MILER now offers street-level routing, mileage and mapping specific to the oil and gas industry?

PC*MILER|Energy is a unique new solution that provides industry-critical routing and mileage data to make accurate planning and billing decisions when operating in the patch.  Featuring the most comprehensive map* of oil and gas lease roads available in North America today, it includes both the public road network along with energy-specific access roads and infrastructure coverage in states and provinces where oil and gas wells are actively developed.

Energy Road Route

This integrated map data allows users to seamlessly plan a route, calculate mileage, and generate turn-by-turn directions from the public road network directly to locations in the patch.  It also allows users to plot the lat/long of a well head and route directly to it, display a detailed satellite map view of the patch, and import custom locations of wells and facilities.  Read more about PC*MILER|Energy

Sat View of Well


Want to view a live demo? 

Register for our upcoming webinar for an in-depth overview and live demo of PC*MILER|Energy in action.  

DATE:  Thursday, November 20, 2014

TIME:  1:00 p.m EST

PRESENTED BY:  Kara Jo O’Neil, Senior Product Manager, Enterprise Solutions

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*Oil and gas field mapping powered by GEOTrac Systems Inc.

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:

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.

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CoPilot Media Contact

Adam Curtis
Abel Communications
(443) 869-2197 ext.142

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® (, 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

“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

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: or follow us at:

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


Media contacts:   Adam Curtis at 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  (page 84) or visit



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.