CoPilot Truck Has a New Home

We’re proud to announce the launch of www.copilottruck.com – our brand new North American website completely dedicated to everything CoPilot Truck!

 

 

 

Here you’ll find how CoPilot Truck navigation works for fleets of all sizes, integration partners, and individual drivers.  Gain insight into our back-office enterprise fleet management tools, read up on commercial navigation best practices, and dive into our in-cab navigation features. Don’t forget to check out the resource library that includes training videos and in-depth feature sheets.

 

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ALK November Round-Up

As always, November has also gone by very quickly in Europe, with our participation in several shows and events throughout the month.

From a business point of view, we have taken part in two events across the continent: Trimble ITT  in Germany and the SOLUTRANS trade show in France.

 

We’ve also kept everyone cheered up during this cold period thanks to a Bowling night in London at the beginning of the month.

 

 

Last but not least, we carry on doing our best to give back to the community and undertake charitable activities.

 

 

The London team after planting trees at Horsenden Farm.

 

 

For this occasion, we organized our very first ALK Day of Service in London with the Trees for Cities charity.

 

On that day, the entire team went tree planting at the Horsenden Farm, in the outskirts of the city, in an effort to help creating greener cities and regrow urban forests. We planted around 300 small trees in total and had a lot of fun spending the day outside together!

 

 

 

 

As the year begins to come to an end, our ALKers still found themselves busy in Princeton!

North America wrapped up the year with two shows: NAPT Annual Conference and ISAAC Conference.

 

Our London Marketing team flew over to the states for a week visit in Princeton this month. The team enjoyed sight-seeing in New York City and evenings out to dinner with the team. The Marketing Teams also experienced The Amazing Escape Room! Though the mission was not accomplished, there were still lots of laughs.

 

 

The Princeton Fall Festival also took place this month. This year, the Princeton ALKers got to enjoy different types of mac and cheese, tater-tots, and pie!    

 

 

 

Throughout the month the Princeton office also had their 11th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to help those locally in need. There was a huge showing this year for everyone, however, group 4 came out on top with a total of 425 items! What’s even better? The Princeton office collected 1,611 altogether, surpassing the total of 1,567 items from last year! Great job everyone!

 

 

Forecast the Road Ahead with Real-Time and Predictive Weather

Hurricanes along the gulf and eastern coasts, blizzards in the upper Midwest, tornadoes in the Great Plains, and severe heat waves in the west. No matter where your assets are, or what time of year it is, weather can have a serious impact on travel.

 

Did you know that traffic speeds on freeways can reduce as much as 13% with simply light rain and snow, and up to 40% with heavy snow?¹ Precipitation can also cause reduced visibility and slippery road surface conditions, resulting in vehicle traction issues, significantly increasing accident risk.

 

Weather conditions are constant – and constantly changing. Using real-time information and displays directly on a map can significantly reduce time spent manually researching using multiple systems to get the latest data, delays due to traffic as a result of weather conditions, and risks to driver safety.

 

Here are some of the weather overlays that can be deployed in various ALK solutions that will help you make the best business decision possible, while keeping drivers safe, and customers satisfied:

 

  • View real-time radar, color coded by severity, for areas affected by precipitation
  • Display a road surface condition layer, color coded by type, showing if roadways are wet, snow covered, or have ice
  • Weather alert areas, identified by colored polygons, showing winter weather advisories, severe wind, thunderstorms, flood warnings, etc. Alert details, including a short summary, effective and expiration times, and severity levels, are also provided

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, all of these overlays can be used on top of your route plans, so you can see the direct impact. From this information, you can decide how to best proceed.

 

The benefits of using weather data and display are clear as day… but here is a quick list, just in case:

 

  • Proactively detour drivers on safe, legal roads
  • Avoid costly delivery delays
  • Keep assets safe, drivers informed, and customers notified

Want more? Check out a detailed benefits list below:

After all, you can control your trucks, not the weather!

 

1 Road Weather Management Program,  US DOT FHA – https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm
2 http://atri-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ATRI-Cost-of-Congestion-05-2017.pdf

Princeton GIS Team Members Visit Chennai

Members from our Princeton GIS team had the opportunity to fly to our Chennai, India office for a two week visit.

 

Street in Chennai, India.
Erin, Mike and Mia with Jaghadesh, Chennai GIS Manager.

Since the Chennai team was created two years ago, managers both in the Princeton and Chennai office have been persistent about creating a more cohesive feel between both offices. And what better way to do that than to have team visits to the office! Mike, Mia and Erin can attest that this trip met it’s goal of getting to know our team on the other side of the world.

 

As one can imagine, not all roads are built like American roads and highways. Mike, Mia and Erin wanted to give the Chennai team a better understanding of what the road systems are like in North America. They also worked extensively on the conflation tool, which was designed in house and has been evolving over the last few years. 

 

Getting to know everyone in the Chennai office was also a vital objective of this trip. Will Bogetti and Andrew Singer were the first GIS members to visit the Chennai office when it only consisted of 15 members. They immediately saw the importance of having close ties among everyone on the team and wanted to ensure that they established and cultivated a strong relationship between both offices.

 

 

This trip accomplished just that! The Chennai team were very hospitable and made our Princeton GIS team feel right at home. Adarsh, GIS Lead of Alpha team at the Chennai office, even invited Mike, Mia and Erin over for dinner where him and his wife prepared a traditional south Indian meal served on a banana leaf.

 

 

 

Chennai’s smokey streets after a day of fireworks from Diwali.
Rangoli art lit with candles in the streets of Chennai during Diwali.

The Princeton team also happened to be visiting during Diwali, one of the most celebrated times of the year for India. Most people in India travel during this holiday to be with family and go to temple. However, Mike, Mia and Erin were able to celebrate the holiday with some GIS team members in Chennai and experience the culture it brings.

 

Throughout the day there were lots of fireworks, food, sweets and gifts. There was also a lot of Rangoli displayed on the streets of Chennai, which is sand art that decorates the streets during Diwali.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Princeton GIS team thoroughly enjoyed themselves visiting our India office! The experience was one of a kind and it was due to the great hospitality that was provided from our Chennai team. We look forward to hosting members of our Chennai office in the near future!

How Mapping & Navigation Tools Ensure Every Child Gets to and from School Safely

Did you know that school bus carriers operate the largest mass transportation fleet in the country with an estimated 480,000 yellow school buses traveling across the U.S. daily? In fact, the average school bus fleet is 2.5 times the size of all other forms of mass transportation combined! With 26 million students being transported on school buses everyday,  mapping and navigation for fleets and drivers is critical1.

 

Fleets with buses have a unique set of challenges:

  • Specific pick-up and drop off time windows
  • Need for efficient routing for bus utilization and quick, real-time route recalculation if a detour is required
  • Quick response  when a maintenance issue or emergency arises
  • Staying on-time by avoiding traffic and unsafe road conditions
  • Substitute driver learning curve
  • Parents or guardians wanting current location information or school arrival confirmation for their child(ren)

 

Mapping and navigation technology can have a significant positive impact on fleets who need to address these challenges in order to make their operations more efficient. From live visualization of bus locations to giving drivers voice guided turn-by-turn directions, fleets can build customized solutions that route and monitor buses or integrate navigation for efficiency, safety, and compliance.

We’ve worked with fleets and partners who specialize in K-12. Here are some of ALK’s mapping and routing features that have been built and incorporated to create a custom solution:

 

Mapping & Routing Examples

  • Build multi-stop route plans with advanced route optimization that incorporates stop time windows as well as side of street routing
  • Real-time tracking and monitoring of vehicles that include ETAs
  • Current traffic and weather display, including actual road surface conditions (wet, slippery, etc.) for advanced planning around potential delays and dangerous areas
  • Street-level satellite map views
  • Geofencing boundaries and locations for alerts when a driver enters or exits a pre-defined area
  • Route compliance and performance analysis, down to each bus

 

A companion solution to our web-based mapping and routing platform is CoPilot Professional, ALK’s voice guided, turn-by-turn GPS navigation. Built using the same location engine at its core, CoPilot will generate the same route plans with vehicle-specific restrictions, notify drivers of upcoming traffic congestion, and provide realistic ETAs.

 

  • Improved driver adoption and overall safety with a driver friendly user interface designed to reduce driver distraction
  • Seamless integration with leading fleet management solutions providing accurate ETAs to parents, schools or driver managers
  • Ideal for substitute drivers, new drivers and field trips
  • On-board maps stored locally on the device, providing offline navigation with quick route calculation and automatic re-route calculation

 

Our K-12 expert, Jon Spiewak, is currently at the NAPT (National Association for Pupil Transportation) 43rd Annual Summit. Get a guided tour of our mapping and navigation solutions on Tuesday, November 7 at booth 338.

 

1Source: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nsta/6571/Yellow-School-Bus-Industry-White-Paper.pdf

Operation Safe Driving Week – What YOU can do to help

Today kicks off Operation Safe Driving Week in North America and we have compiled a few tips on how you can do your part improving road safety!

 

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA, started Operation Safe Driver Week in 2014. Since it has started, the number of vehicles law enforcement have pulled over has gone down, speeding has decreased by 6.3% and this all results in less accidents on the road [source].

 

However, there is still one big piece that the CVSA wants to highlight to all driver’s that would help decrease the amount of accidents on the road for both commercial and passenger vehicles.

 

The single largest factor of traffic crashes are due to distracted driving. The CVSA shared that driver behavior is the critical reason for more than 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of private passenger-vehicle crashes. The main focus of Safe Driving Week is to educate all drivers on ways to improve road safety and that starts with managing or eliminating distractions while on the road.

 

So, how can you help?

Help defeat distracted driving and improve not only your safety on the road but also the other driver’s around you.

Here are some tips:

  • Adjust mirrors and lighting before entering the traffic flow. Maybe even before leaving your driveway.
  • Program directions into the GPS before putting your vehicle into gear.
  • Eat a healthy meal before you get on the road to avoid eating while driving.
  • Turn your cell phone off or put it on silent so it does not distract you while driving (Texting while driving had 23 times more the risk of being involved in an accident )

 

While we are only recognizing it this week, we hope that everyone practices every time you get on the road.

Blue Dot and ALK Technologies Partner to Deliver Driver Workflow Innovation

Unified mobile app brings a revolutionized driver experience

Denver, Colorado – October 11, 2017 – Blue Dot and ALK Technologies® have joined forces to deliver a new innovative driver workflow solution that enables fleets to improve the driver experience, reduce driver turnover and enforce fleet-wide driver standard operating procedures.

Distinctly Different Driver Centric Mobile App

Blue Dot’s MilesAhead™ DRIVE app uses the powerful ALK® Maps mapping platform as its foundation for commercial vehicle route and map visualization. MilesAhead overlays a LEAN Six Sigma-optimized driver circle-of-service workflow that manages the wide range of driver job tasks that occur both inside and outside the cab for planned and unplanned stops alike. Implementing a comprehensive driver-centric mobile app that is distinctively different from the “grid-of-apps” design approach that is so commonplace in the market today will positively impact drivers’ lives on the road both professionally and personally, said Mick Milnark, co-founder of Blue Dot.

Seamless Tablet Application

Leveraging ALK’s suite of integration tools, Blue Dot has embedded the CoPilot Truck application directly into its MilesAhead Drive unified application for seamless access to voice-guided navigation and industry standard routing. Blue Dot is the first ALK partner to incorporate the ALK Maps platform with real-time traffic display, street-level satellite view and weather and radar overlays into a tablet application.

Capitalizing on Shared Technologies

“Teaming with an innovative company like Blue Dot accelerates our shared strategy to capitalize on and bring to market our unique and compelling technologies,” said Dan Popkin, senior vice president, enterprise solutions, ALK Technologies.  “We’re thrilled that our first project together involves delivering an unprecedented solution that combines advanced driver workflow concepts with deeply integrated routing and mapping capabilities.”

See it today: Watch the Video.

For more information: Join Blue Dot & ALK for a webinar on the Driver Experience Revolutionized:

http://www.bluedotsolutions.com/trucking-technology-carriers/.

Press Contact: Gary Blohm Cell 303 359-9960

gblohm@bluedotsolutions.com

About Blue Dot

Blue Dot is a global enterprise mobile software, products and services company that delivers innovative mobile technology and solutions along with an IoT platform strategy to fleet transportation organizations. At the core, Blue Dot helps fleet transportation organizations move on from their costly technical debt, so they can both survive and evolve in the changing industry competitive landscape. Visit: www.bluedotsolutions.com.

About ALK

ALK Technologies is a transportation technology company dedicated to defining the optimal route to success through innovative routing, mileage, mapping and mobile navigation solutions. From trusted industry standard data to seamless integration, ALK solutions are developed for a broad range of industries, workforces, and everyday drivers on the road. For over 35 years, its suite of powerful solutions, including PC*MILER, CoPilot, and ALK Maps, have set the foundation for safe and efficient journeys worldwide – one mile, one driver, one vehicle at a time. ALK is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division, visit: www.alk.com.

Haul without Hassle: The Need for Hazmat & Energy Specific Routing, Mapping and Navigation

In the trucking industry, there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to route planning and daily operations. Roads have varying height, weight and load restrictions, and delivery locations can be complicated with non-addressed roads and some stop locations not even on the map!

 

And that’s just the beginning for those hauling hazardous material or oil and gas. There are compliance issues with numerous state and federal regulations and fear of hefty fines, as well as driver, public and environmental safety issues.

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regulates the transport of hazardous materials and has recently increased penalties for violations. As of June 2015, fines for violations associated with the transport of hazmat are up to $75,000, an increase of $25,000 prior to that date1.

 

Can you afford the risk?  Utilize routing, mileage, mapping, and navigation software that incorporates road restrictions and planning tools to keep precious cargo safe.

 

Still unsure routing with specific parameters matters?  See the difference! The orange line depicts a route that was planned without hazmat parameters, taking you directly through Baltimore, MD. However, look at all of the red roads throughout the city – those are hazmat restricted roads – and you’re traveling on them.

 

The blue line is a route planned using hazmat parameters, based on the type of load you are hauling. It intelligently takes you around the entire city, keeping your load, driver, and the public, safe.

Is your business operating in the patch? You’re probably working in remote areas, under extreme conditions, with very specific location needs. You have multi stop routing planning and need efficient ways to get from place to place, or well to well.

 

Mapping with industry-critical data is a necessity for effective operations. Using the street-level satellite view on a map can help identify, locate, and geocode well heads. Store the exact coordinates and save these custom places for quick, easy routing. Here’s a sample of a patch with numerous well heads on a satellite map2:

For even more precise planning, set custom road speeds on rural roads. The terrain can be rough, causing the need for slower truck speeds. By factoring the set truck speeds, you’ll generate true travel times and ETAs.

Now that the plans are in place, get your drivers and vehicles on the road!

 

Rest easy that the compliant route planned is the route driven, by incorporating navigation that uses the same routing algorithm and data.  Drivers can set their routing profiles to match their specific hauling dimensions, so they can focus on the road ahead and not worry about going off route.  Eliminate distracted driving with turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions, and accurately navigate even in the most remote areas with maps stored directly on the device.

 

Learn more about how ALK’s routing, mileage, mapping and navigation solutions for Hamzat and Energy industries at www.alk.com/solutions.

 

Additional licensing applies.

 

1 http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/safety-compliance/article/story/2015/06/price-tag-for-violating-regulations-just-went-up.aspx

2 At ALK Technologies, data coverage across the U.S. and Canada is available through a partnership with GEOTrac Systems, Inc, a leading provider of wireless fleet management and worker safety solutions for the oil and gas industry.