Goodbye Roaming Charges, Hello Europe!

Good news for all Europeans: From mid June onwards, roaming charges for certain mobile plans in the European Union have been dropped. That means there’s a good chance you can now travel across Europe and use your data without worrying about extra charges. Say goodbye to surprise bills from your mobile provider at the end of the month when completing a delivery through several countries.

And the best part for CoPilot Professional and CoPilot Truck users?

  1. You will now be able to use ActiveTraffic when driving abroad without paying a hefty bill at the end of the month if you have a good mobile plan.
  2. You can still take advantage of CoPilot’s offline capability if you’re driving in areas with low data coverage. Say goodbye to interrupted service when crossing borders.
  3. If you have a monthly cap on your data usage, you can still use CoPilot’s offline maps to minimise data usage. Especially if you’re a fleet manager, this will keep costs down across the board.

So check in with your mobile provider and see how your data plan abroad has changed regarding your international shifts!

PS: If you are in the US or other places around the world, roaming charges will likely still apply. So make sure to turn off your data roaming if you want to avoid hefty bills.

Join Us at the Transport & Logistic Trade Show – Munich, Germany

The Transport & Logistic show will kick off in two weeks in Munich, Germany. It is the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management.

Are you ready? We are!

Our German team and German-speaking London-based colleagues will be at the event from May 9-12 to tell you more about ALK. Pop in to our booth in Hall 2, Stand 233 for a live demo of our CoPilot Truck, Advanced Route Optimization, and ALK Maps solutions, and to learn more about how to integrate ALK to your own applications.

Don’t forget to get your visitor pass for the trade show and come meet us to learn more about ALK Maps and CoPilot Truck:

http://www.transportlogistic.de/trade-fair/visitors/purchase-ticket/index.html

 

In the meantime, find out more about CoPilot Truck and ALK Maps here.

ALK Road Closure Alert – I-85 Atlanta, GA

Please be advised I-85 in Atlanta, GA near Piedmont Road has been closed due to a collapse.  If this road closure affects your business or travels:

 

  • ALK Maps, PC*MILER Web Services & PC*MILER|Web customers – We have updated the map data for these products to avoid the road closure.
  • PC*MILER Install customers –  We suggest you use PC*MILER’s Custom Roads Manager feature to avoid the road closure.  For information on how to use the feature, please reference Chapter 12 of the PC*MILER User Guide.

 

If you have additional issues or questions, please contact ALK Support at pcmsupport@alk.com.

 

We will inform you when the road is reopened.

We’re Headed Out to Some of the Transportation Industry’s Biggest Tradeshows!

We’ve got a full schedule this September and October – we’ll be exhibiting at the McLeod Software User Conference, in.sight User Conference and Expo, and the ATA Management Conference.

Stop by our booths and get a demo all of the latest features and functionality of PC*MILER, including the new PC*MILER|WEATHER module, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps by one of our product experts.

We’ll also have dedicated product overview sessions at the McLeod Software User Conference and in.sight User Conference and Expo. Check out the program guides for dates and times.

Hope to see you soon!

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2016 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

 

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On a small scale, the 3.4 million truck drivers of America impact your life on a daily basis. From the delivery of the very food on your plate, the medications in your pharmacies, and the gasoline in your car, virtually all of the items we need would not be readily available without our truckers. On a larger scale, they are the backbone to every national crisis, delivering donations and supplies during national disaster like the recent flood that devastated Louisiana.  Keeping in mind, a day in the life of a trucker is not an easy one. Most truck drivers work 14 hour days with only 90 minutes of personal time and are constantly up against the clock. Time management is one of the most difficult aspects of the trucking industry and that responsibility falls directly on the driver. On average, drivers lose two hours of driving time a day battling parking issues, fatigue and planning uncertainty. Yet they continue on, guaranteeing the delivery of goods that keeps the United States running. We have great dependence on the trucking system working smoothly and our appreciation of those who get that job done should be equally as large.

 

Thankfully, we have an entire week to show our appreciation for the truck drivers of America. From September 11 – 17, 2016, join ALK in acknowledging the men and women who brave harsh weather and sacrifice time away from their loved ones to guarantee the delivery of goods and keep our highways safe.

 

Here at ALK, we would like to #ThankADriver – Not just for the work you’ve done, but for everything you have done and will continue to do.

 

ALK Technologies Celebrates a Milestone with the 30th Release of PC*MILER

Provides innovative weather visualization tool for improved route planning efficiency and enhanced fleet safety

Princeton, N.J. – June 28, 2016 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, today announced that the 30th version of its PC*MILER truck routing, mileage and mapping software is now available. PC*MILER 30 brings a number of pre-trip planning enhancements, including a unique weather visualization tool to enable transportation companies to understand the weather’s direct impact on their business.

“Our goal is to continue to develop technology that empowers our customers to make confident, informed decisions to boost their bottom line and help ensure fleet safety while on the road,” said Kara Jo O’Neil, senior product manager at ALK Technologies. “With access to critical insight into weather conditions during route planning, dispatchers can make knowledgeable decisions to steer drivers on safer routes, if necessary, as well as understand the possible delays due to severe weather conditions.”

In PC*MILER 30, dispatchers can toggle the display of weather radar and alerts as well as visual cloud layer. Current weather-related events are clearly identified on the map and alerts are optionally provided if the generated route plan intersects with an alert zone. Dispatchers can then analyze the alert type, effective and expiration times, certainty, severity and urgency ratings in order to make critical decisions about routing drivers around hazardous areas or notifying customers of potential delays.

PC*MILER 30 also brings the ability to:

  • Set a maximum governor road speed for more accurate ETAs and drive times
  • Factor in new government mandated 60/70-hour-duty limits for Hours of Service (HOS) compliance and to maintain low CSA scores
  • Insert an HOS compliant stop or break location directly into the route with predefined, custom places for quick pre-planning
  • Access the latest street-level maps of North America with updated addresses, roadways, and commercial restrictions
  • Send an optimized stop list from PC*MILER Interactive directly to a driver through ALK’s standalone CoPilot Truck in-cab navigation app, helping to ensure legally compliant executed truck routes that eliminate manual address entry and maximize driver miles per day

“We’re proud that a product created 30 years ago continues to evolve with the industry’s needs while still maintaining its original intention of providing transportation companies a trusted source for reliable and accurate truck routing, mileage and mapping, “said Michael Kornhauser, executive vice president and general manager at ALK Technologies. “PC*MILER’s longevity is a true testament to the importance of building software with a strong foundation and a focus on innovation driven by the voice of our customers.”

PC*MILER runs on Microsoft Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms as well as IBM AS/400 (iSeries) and mainframe computers. PC*MILER is also available as a web-based application for access anywhere, anytime. It can also be seamlessly integrated with leading transportation and supply chain management systems.

For more information on PC*MILER visit: www.pcmiler.com.

For PC*MILER 30 images: Click Here

About ALK Technologies

ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics solution and navigation software, is focused on developing innovative solutions for transportation, logistics, mobile workforces and consumers. Product lines include PC*MILER, CoPilot and ALK Maps. PC*MILER is widely recognized as a transportation industry standard for routing, mileage and mapping in North America. CoPilot is a leading source of GPS navigation software for fleets, mobile operators, hardware OEMs, system integrators, professional drivers and consumers. 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 Technologies, visit: www.alk.com or follow us at: www.twitter.com/ALKTech.

ALK’s Second Annual Field Day

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In honor of the first official day of summer ALK Technologies employees had some fun in the sun at our 2nd Annual Field Day! From trivia to relay races, there was a little something for everyone.
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ALKers arrived to the Princeton Country Club Park to find ALK’s very own executive vice president and general manager, Michael Kornhauser manning the grill. Along with CoPilot project manager, Bill Kott, our grillmasters covered everything from hot-dogs to mac’N’cheese with Michael supplying his very-own extra spicy chicken kebabs (that left many running for the water-bottles).

 

IMG_7712The day continued with a balloon water toss, corn-hole and wiffle ball tournaments, a relay race, trivia and an iced tea ice-cube tray relay, each filled with laughter and excitement. Caroline Connell, marketing specialist, noted how she enjoyed the opportunity these activities gave to bond with everyone from different departments. “It’s not everyday that I get a chance to see or spend quality time with my colleagues. Watching them attempt to hop around in a potato-sack was truly priceless!”

 

This day also marked a special occasion for our vice president of sales, Bill Maddox, who was presented with a plaque of gratitude after 20 years of service with ALK. With many mentions of Bill’s career path beginning as a chicken-wing delivery man, it was truly a heart-felt moment to acknowledge Bill’s many accomplishments. Bill’s has spent his two decades at ALK establishing and growing PC*MILER into the industry standard routing, mileage, and mapping software it is known for today. Thank you, Bill!

Finally, and arguably most importantly, a big thank you to Tina Loftus and Marc Stewart. Without the two of you many spectacular events like Field Day would not exist. All your time and effort is greatly appreciated throughout all of ALK!

2016 ALK Tech Summit Highlights

It was a year of change for the ALK Transportation Technology Summit… a new location in Philadelphia after 11 years in Princeton; a condensed one-day format for programming; and a new invincible attitude for the future of transportation technology.

We really concentrated on developing content for this year’s event that provided not only an industry overview, but also highlighted the current trends, obstacles, and opportunities we face as a collective unit. The ALK Tech Summit prides itself on being an event dedicated to exchanging best practices and networking with transportation leaders, as well as providing actionable takeaways.

With panels on big data, safety, and driver issues, we covered a lot. Download our complete event summary – it gives a great overview of the thoughts expressed by our distinguished panelists and speakers. Also available at www.alktechsummit.com are PDF copies of the ALK product training sessions.

Take a look through the official photo gallery of the 2016 Tech Summit!

A special thank you to Vince Papale, our Keynote Speaker Billy Hupp, our event sponsors, and all attendees – you continue to make this event special and we promise to continue to make it one you don’t want to miss.

 

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Stay tuned for an announcement on our 2017 ALK Transportation Technology Summit!

Dana Petrone
Senior Marketing Manager
ALK Technologies

Keynote Speaker Announced for 2016 ALK Transportation Technology Summit

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Estes Express Lines to deliver keynote on business and technology innovation

 

ALK Technologies will hold its annual Transportation Technology Summit May 23-24 in Philadelphia.

 

Headlining the event will be a keynote address from William T. Hupp (Billy), COO and executive vice president of Estes Express Lines. Hupp has been with Estes, one of the countries premier transportation solutions providers, since 1977. Currently as COO and EVP, he heads the three largest segments of the organization: Sales, Operations and Fleet Services. Hupp is also responsible for launching the newest division for the company, Estes SureMove, a self-service moving solution for households and businesses. In 2005, Billy was named Chairman of the Board for Estes Forwarding Worldwide, a subsidiary of Estes Express Lines. He served as President of the American Trucking Associations Sales and Marketing Association and has been on Estes Board of Directors since 1998.

 

“We’re thrilled to have Mr. Hupp speak to our audience of transportation industry professionals. His perspectives and unique outlooks on the evolution and transformation of the industry, along with the impact of technology, will truly resonate with attendees,” said Dana Petrone, senior marketing manager at ALK Technologies.

 

This will be the first time in the ALK Transportation Technology Summit’s 12-year history that it will be held outside of Princeton, N.J. The Summit will also feature a new, compacted schedule, with all its thought provoking sessions in one day. Four panel sessions covering the transportation and trucking industry’s most pressing issues will highlight its main stage:

 

–          Information Explosion: Tech Perspectives on Data

–          From Cab to Capitol Hill: The State of Safety

–          Trucking’s Next Generation of Leadership

–          The Driver: Our Best Asset

 

Panelist in these discussions will include representative from such leading companies as:

 

–          Celadon Trucking

–          PITT OHIO

–          Pride Transport

–          Roehl Transport

–          Transport America

 

Panel moderators represent top industry publications and associations, including:

 

–          William Cassidy: Journal of Commerce

–          Dave Osiecki: American Trucking Association

–          Aaron Huff: Commercial Carrier Journal

–          Jim Park: Heavy Duty Trucking

 

“Once again, our lineup of panelists and moderators includes some of the premier thinkers and players in the T&L space,” said Petrone. “These are the people who are setting the standard for trucking today and building the future of the industry one technology, driver, safety-feature and story at a time.”

 

View the complete agenda and confirmed speakers online at http://www.alktechsummit.com/agenda.html.

 

Registration for the 2016 ALK Technology Summit is now open. To register, or for more information on the event, please visit https://www.regonline.com/2016alktransportationtechnologysummit.

 

For more information on ALK, visit: www.alk.com or follow us at: www.twitter.com/ALKTech.

 

 

ALK Transportation Technology Summit Media Contact

Adam Curtis

Abel Communications

(443) 869-2197 ext.142

adam@abelcommunications.com