2015 Transportation Technology Summit Recap

Another year… another great ALK Tech Summit!

We were thrilled to have Noël Perry, Founder of Transportation Economics and Mark Rosenker, former Chairman of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as featured speakers at the event. Their perspectives and presentations were not only interesting from a business standpoint, but their industry outlooks and stories were truly captivating.

For those who attended, we hope you enjoyed our agenda. Trying to remember what a presenter said or interested in seeing what we discussed? PDF copies of all of our General Session presentations are now available on the Presentations Page of our Summit website.

Notably our most successful portion of the Summit was our newly introduced Interactive Training Program. Focused on ALK’s suite of solutions, attendees participated in sessions led by ALK Product Managers and experts, discussing the benefits, functionality, and technical aspects of PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, RouteSync, CoPilot FleetPortal and ALK Maps. The descriptive presentations provided information and demos of our products and allowed plenty of time for meaningful Q&A.

ALK will use the information we gathered throughout our Interactive Training Program to continue to enhance our solutions to better meet your needs. Because this new portion of the Summit was so highly regarded by our attendees, we plan on executing it again in 2016. You never know… other changes may be coming as well so make sure to read emails from ALK Tech Summit and follow us @ALKTech!

We encourage you to participate in a quick, 5 minute, post-event survey specifically for Summit attendees. We want to know what you think! We truly value our relationships with our current and prospective customers and sponsors, and want to make this event one you don’t want to miss!

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DAT Keypoint Software Integrates ALK Maps

PORTLAND, O.R. and PRINCETON, N.J.—April 14, 2015—DAT Solutions, a leading provider of actionable information for the transportation industry, and ALK, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, today announced that ALK® Maps is now integrated with DAT Keypoint® broker transportation management software (TMS).

For freight brokers and 3PLs using DAT Keypoint with ALK Maps, data that used to appear as lists is now presented visually on a map. Users can see pick-up and delivery locations of all their current loads, along with total miles and estimated arrival times. The software also can optimize routes based on certain parameters, such as minimizing toll roads or finding routes that allow hazardous materials.

“Knowing the total mileage of a load is important, but seeing on a map that a load has to travel through three major metropolitan areas gives you a much better picture,” said Steve Blair, general manager of DAT Keypoint. Continue reading

Transport America Implements ALK Maps Weather Alerts

Automated weather warnings save Fleet Leaders time, keep drivers and cargo safe and improve fleet utilization

Princeton, N.J. – March 31, 2015 – ALK, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, announced that Transport America has implemented its ALK® Maps platform with the Weather Alerts module. This implementation fully automates Transport America’s process for curating potentially hazardous weather events, alerting Fleet Leaders and drivers of weather alerts and identifying future undispatched loads and projected routes that might also be affected. As a result, Transport America will be able to produce more accurate weather alerts that can empower its team to make educated decisions to help keep drivers and freight safe and optimize fleet utilization in the face of weather disruptions.

 

“After last year’s harsh winter, we were looking for a tool to keep our trucks safer and moving in bad weather,” said Tom Benusa, CIO of Transport America. “We were stuck manually and intermittently reviewing weather information and eyeballing what trucks it might affect. ALK was able to provide us the tools to build exactly what we needed.  Weather information is now systematically automated to meet our three goals: to keep drivers safe, to keep their cargo safe and to ensure that our assets are optimally utilized. We’ve been very impressed with the functionality so far and know that we’ll be able to expand our capabilities as we continue to use the platform.”

 

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). Transport America has integrated this module with its internal alert system. The system runs across Transport America’s entire fleet every 20 minutes and offers Fleet Leaders the real-time data they need to identify new weather related issues for their specific trucks. This information enables them to confidently make critical safety decisions based on where their drivers are and where they are headed. Transport America’s Customer Service team is provided weather-related insight for their projected routes up to three times daily so they can easily assess the impact and decide if a load should be re-routed or held.

 

“Fleet Leaders can now proactively contact their drivers and make sure they are aware of the weather situation and ensure their safe passage,” continued Mr. Benusa. “In addition, we can look further ahead into future routes and project which might be affected by weather. We now have the information far enough in advance to make the decision to re-route ahead of storms or, if needed, reach out to clients to schedule earlier or later pickups and deliveries. It’s a significant enhancement to our customer service as well our fleet logistics.”

 

“The Transport America team has pioneered a new approach to solving an ever-present challenge the entire transportation industry faces, and we’re pleased the Weather Alerts module has enabled them to so,” said Dan Popkin, senior vice president of enterprise solutions at ALK. “We’re looking forward to continued collaboration and innovation with Transport America as they utilize the ALK Maps platform to drive their fleet’s efficiency.”

 

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 Transport America
Transport America is a leading provider of truckload transportation and logistics services throughout much of the US, Mexico and Canada.  Transport America has been in business since 1984 and is headquartered in Eagan, MN.  The company’s broad portfolio of services, which includes Solo and Team over-the-road, Dedicated, Regional, Intermodal and Brokerage, executed by talented professionals with state-of-the-art technology, caters to Fortune 1000 shippers who value Transport America’s customer service focus.

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.

ALK Maps Arrive in Europe

Developers of CoPilot Professional launch a development platform that offers dynamic asset and route visibility to European mobile worker fleets 

Princeton, N.J. – March 1, 2015 – ALK, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, announced today that its ALK Maps asset and route visualization platform is now available in Europe.

Launched in the U.S. in 2012, ALK Maps is a development platform designed to provide high-quality visualizations with precise geocoding and commercial routing for integration within enterprise applications. ALK Maps include flexible layering, which displays the map as a base layer and allows users to overlay routing, geocoding points, weather, traffic or other data as separate controllable layers. External geographic data can also be added as a vector or image layer.

“Our enterprise application partners have seen real success using ALK Maps as a platform for unifying disparate front- and back-office systems and applications,” said Dan Popkin, senior vice president of enterprise solutions at ALK. “Not only does ALK Maps increase productivity for mobile workforces by automating time-intensive tasks such as route planning and calculation of optimal driving directions, but it also empowers end customers to more effectively manage mobile assets and to mentor personnel by comparing the effectiveness of planned versus executed driver routes.”

Using the same mapping data source as its fleet navigation software, CoPilot Professional, ALK Maps can be easily integrated with web applications, mobile apps or desktop products. Its JavaScript APIs allows enterprise application developers to get solutions up and running quickly and with less overhead.

“ALK Maps is highly customizable to fit the needs of individual enterprises,” said Rishi Mehra, senior product manager, Enterprise Solutions at ALK. “Our expansion into Europe, where CoPilot Professional is well established in the Postal, Emergency Services and Utilities sectors, will bring new opportunities within our existing customer base and added value to our channel and other application developers addressing the Enterprise market.”

In addition, ALK also announced that Trimble’s Field Service Management (FSM) solutions will be replacing its current mapping system with ALK Maps globally.

“Location and mapping are vital elements for businesses with vehicles and employees out in the field to run a more efficient fleet and field service organization. We are eager to leverage the rich features and best-in-class mapping and navigation from ALK to bring added value to our customers,” said John Cameron, general manager of Trimble’s Field Service Management Division.

ALK Maps is available for Enterprise Application Developers and Corporate Customers throughout the EMEA regions.

Further information relating to ALK Maps will be available at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, March 2-5, in App Planet – Hall 8 Stand 8.1D59.

Read the release in French, Spanish, Italian or German

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.

ALK Tech Summit’s Interactive Training Programs

ALK’s Transportation Technology Summit takes place May 4-7, 2015 in Princeton, NJ and is again being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This year, there is an exciting new addition to the agenda – Interactive Training Programs. These programs allow ALK to deliver customized learning experiences for participants. The Programs are available to anyone who wishes to develop their knowledge of ALK’s products.

Our Interactive Training Programs provide participants with invaluable information and hands-on guidance, educating them with our latest software updates. The goal is to help further your product knowledge so you can report back to your company with the tools and information that will ultimately cut costs and increase your ROI.

ALK is offering ten Interactive Training Program sessions over the course of two days, all of which are 75 minutes. Major themes include: Route Visualization, Efficiency & Productivity, Route Compliance, and Integrating & Customizing your products to fit your needs. We will dive deeper into the details of ALK’s product lines; CoPilot®, PC*MILER®, & ALK® Maps, through presentations and demos. At the conclusion of the Training Programs, we’ll host an open Q&A session, bringing together the ALK Team of Product and Project Managers, Integration Specialists, Developers, and Senior Management.

Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned executive, ALK’s Interactive Training Programs will add further value to your company in the short-run and will continue to have a lasting effect. The early bird registration deadline is less than two weeks away. By signing up on or before February 20, you save $100 and can be confident that you’ll come away feeling motivated and optimistic about the future.

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Keep Your Drivers Safe and Make Informed Decisions with ALK Maps’ Weather Alerts

The Northeast has already seen their share of ugly winter storms – Knife in Western New York and most recently, Juno along the coast. With the snow falling, questions like, “How will we get our load delivered on time?” and “Is my driver headed straight into a storm?” are being asked frequently. These concerns are minimized with Weather Alerts, the latest module available for the ALK Maps and PC*MILER Web Services platforms.

ALK’s Senior Product Manager, Rishi Mehra explains, “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 reroutes them to avoid hazardous conditions.” There are over 120 different alert types ranging from winter storm warnings to hurricane and flood alerts, which are provided by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

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Weather Alerts provides fleet managers and dispatchers with the tools they need to make informed decisions to keep their drivers safe and out of harm’s way. In turn, safe and happy drivers result in improving fleet productivity. Once the alerts are overlaid on the ALK Maps route-visualization platform, drivers are presented with the impact of the weather on their planned route and eventually rerouted to avoid the forecasted dangers.

ALK Maps’ Weather Alerts helps your fleet stay ahead of the curve, focusing on directing and preparing vehicles around dangerous situations before they happen. We understand the importance of keeping your fleet safe and efficient in unavoidable bad weather. Weather Alerts can help your company accomplish both.

To learn more about Weather Alerts and ALK Maps, click here

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FleetOwner highlights ALK Maps’ Weather Alerts

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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.

ALK Provides TMW Systems Dynamic Route Visualization

Integration of ALK Maps enhances route planning and dispatch operations for TMW customers

Princeton, New Jersey – November 4, 2014 – ALK, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, and TMW Systems, a Trimble Company and leading provider of enterprise transportation management software, today announced the integration of ALK® Maps across a variety of products within TMW’s portfolio of transportation and fleet management solutions, including:

  • Appian DirectRoute™ release 12.0 and DRTrack™ release 6.0
  • Web portal products CarrierHub® and eStat® version 1
  • Mobile communications solution D2Link® 13.0.11
  • Innovative IES®, Access and Access Plus® Web Edition version 2014.1
  • TMWSuite® Fuel Dispatch 15.10and TMW Operations 10
  • TMW Web Enterprise version 2014.1

 

The integration provides TMW customers using these solutions with access to interactive street-level maps with satellite imagery and optional weather overlays, real-time traffic and speed data with enhanced ETAs, hazardous materials routing functionality and more.

“TMW customers can benefit from the new visualization offerings now found within our TMS solutions,” said TMW executive vice president of marketing, Scott Vanselous. “The common Maps user interface across our products provides a means to visualize and obtain critical fleet and asset information in context with street level conditions, increase operational efficiencies and improve customer service.”

With the addition of ALK Maps, TMW customers gain capabilities such as interactive route planning and the modification and re-dispatch of existing routes before and during trips. Additional capabilities include the ability to conduct post trip route analysis for compliance, compare planned versus actual routes, review driver performance and generate out-of-route mileage reports.

“We’re excited about the presence of ALK Maps in a variety of TMW products. The value of leveraging a single source of commercial data across business critical products is substantial and we’re pleased to offer it to TMW customers,” said Dan Popkin, senior vice president, enterprise solutions, ALK.

ALK Maps is a web-based, customizable interactive mapping platform providing high-quality visualizations with precise geocoding and commercial routing for enterprise applications. With the PC*MILER routing engine at the core, ALK Maps is a unique offering tailored specifically for the transportation & logistics industry’s needs.

TMW customers interested in these new visualization tools should contact TMW Sales for more information.

For more information about ALK Maps and TMW System’s solutions, visit: www.alkmaps.com and www.tmwsystems.com.

 

About TMW Systems

TMW Systems is a leading transportation software provider to commercial and private fleets, brokerage and 3PL organizations. Founded in 1983, TMW has focused on providing enterprise software to the transportation industry, including asset-based and non-asset-based operations as well as heavy-duty vehicle service centers. With offices in Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, and Vancouver, the company serves over 2,300 customers, including many of the largest, most sophisticated and complex transportation service companies in North America. TMW Systems is a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB) and part of the international Transportation and Logistics Division. www.tmwsystems.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 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: www.alk.com or follow us at: www.twitter.com/ALKTech.

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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 http://heavydutytrucking.epubxp.com/i/399400  (page 84) or visit truckinginfo.com.

 

 

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.

Summit golf blog       Summit blog

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