ALK Maps Introduces New Weather Alert Visualization Module

Enables more efficient route planning during inclement weather  

Princeton, N.J. – January 29, 2015 – ALK, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, introduced Weather Alerts, the latest module for its ALK® Maps and PC*MILER® Web Services platforms. With Weather Alerts, fleet managers can quickly and easily identify weather alert information overlaid on the existing ALK Maps route visualization platform to assess the impact on route planning. This can improve driver safety and operational productivity by more efficiently planning routes around inclement weather.

ALK Maps Weather Alerts pulls in severe weather alert information directly from the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). There are over 120 different alert types that will enable fleets to plan for and avoid inclement weather of all types. They include winter storm warnings, wind advisories, hurricanes and flood alerts. These alerts are categorized based on severity, urgency and certainty.

“In addition to providing real-time weather information for planning routes to improve driver safety, this service can also boost productivity and efficiency for fleet managers and dispatchers,” said Rishi Mehra, senior product manager, Enterprise Solutions at ALK. “The Weather Alerts module automates the time-intensive process of actively tracking weather conditions across the U.S. as well as determining which alerts may affect drivers, then rerouting them to avoid hazardous conditions. ALK Maps now does all that heavy lifting and integrates the pertinent information into one tool. Driver and fleet managers can now focus on directing vehicles around problems rather than figuring out what those problems are and where they exist in the first place.”

Weather Alerts are directly displayed on the ALK Maps platform and color coded using recognizable NWS color schemes. Users can easily see if their assets are currently within or routed through alert zones. Organizations can use Web services access to perform route intersections against specific events and analyze assets within the inclement alert zones. Drivers can then be notified of potential danger or routed safely around alert zones.

Weather Alerts is available to purchase as an additional module for the ALK Maps or PC*MILER Web Services platforms.

For more information about ALK Maps, visit: www.alkmaps.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 a 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.