ALK Technologies Announces 2016 Transportation Technology Summit Dates and Speakers

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Transportation leaders will gather May 23-24 in Philadelphia to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues

ALK Technologies will hold its annual Transportation Technology Summit May 23-24 in Philadelphia. This marks the first time in the event’s 12-year history that it will be held outside of Princeton, N.J.

In conjunction with the new location, the ALK Transportation Technology Summit will feature a new, compacted schedule. All of its thought provoking main-stage and focused breakout sessions will take place over a single day.

“It was important to us to make our content more impactful and have a more convenient location for our attendees,” said Dana Petrone, senior marketing manager at ALK. “We’re 15 minutes to a major transportation hub in Philly, making it easier to get to the event. And by streamlining the schedule to one day, we’re able to pack in just as much content while limiting the interruptions to peoples’ busy schedules. We’re really excited about these changes and the new energy they’ll bring to the Summit.”

The ALK Transportation Technology Summit will feature four panel sessions covering the transportation and trucking industry’s most pressing issues:

  • 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
  • Roadrunner Transportation Systems
  • Roehl Transport

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.”

CarrierDirect will also give a special presentation on the increasing collaborative efforts between shippers and carriers, and how both sides of the equation can benefit from such relationships.

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

HighJump and ALK Technologies Announce Enhanced Integration of PC*MILER

Minneapolis, MN – Feb. 22, 2016—HighJump, a global provider of supply chain management software and ALK Technologies, a global leader in GeoLogistics® and navigation software, today announced that HighJump transportation solutions are integrated with PC*MILER 29, the latest version of the industry-standard truck routing, mileage and mapping software.

HighJump’s suite of transportation solutions, including Prophesy DispatchSeries Software, Prophesy Transport, and HighJump TMS, have been enhanced to integrate seamlessly with PC*MILER 29.

“ALK offers a truly unprecedented level of mapping and routing functionality within their PC*MILER product,” said HighJump CMO/SVP, William Ashburn.  “We are pleased to build upon our longstanding collaboration with ALK, and provide leading-edge geologistics integration to our valued ProphesySeries users.”

With PC*MILER 29, HighJump customers receive the most enhanced and updated map data with truck restrictions to provide accurate truck-specific routing capabilities for realistic ETAs and overall cost management.  PC*MILER’s latest street-level, toll and hazmat routing modules are also available as an optional add-on for enhanced customization and increased cost savings.

“We are thrilled to continue to bring the most accurate and industry recognized routing, mapping and mileage to HighJump’s customer base,” said Bill Maddox, vice president, sales, ALK Technologies.  “With this integration we are confident that HighJump’s customers have the proper tools they need for operational success and overall cost savings.”

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

About HighJump Prophesy Transportation Solutions
Prophesy Transportation Solutions are powerful and affordable transportation software solutions available for today’s trucking companies. They streamline and integrates dispatch and accounting departments, allowing users to quickly quote rates, schedule trips, broker loads, assign equipment and drivers, pay bills, collect payments, as well as create, process and send invoices.

Prophesy features the simplicity of single point data entry so, once entered, data flows smoothly throughout the system in real-time, from dispatching to accounting, from maintenance to compliance, from billing to driver pay, and everything in between. This means less manual data entry for employees and a significant reduction in clerical errors. Users will spend more time generating potential business, quoting rates, booking loads and therefore improving the company’s bottom line.

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.

About HighJump
HighJump is a global provider of supply chain management software and trading partner network technology that streamlines the flow of inventory and information from supplier to store shelf. We support more than 15,000 customers in 77 countries, ranging from small businesses to global enterprises. Our functionally rich and highly adaptable solutions efficiently manage customers’ warehousing, manufacturing, transportation, distribution, trading partner integration, delivery routes, retail stores, and eCommerce. For more information, visit http://www.highjump.com

 

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Last year, President Obama signed a proclamation, designating January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. With millions of people still victimized by modern-day slavery practices, his declaration was intended to raise awareness of human trafficking which still persists around the world.

One group of people who are uniquely positioned to have heightened awareness of the problem is our nation’s truckers. The men and women responsible for the flow of goods and services in our country are also the inherit guardians of our transportation network. When the sun sets and most of the world is asleep, truckers are still out there, keeping our economy flowing. In doing so, they are undoubtedly a witness to the dark side of night, especially to those using the very same highways to exploit and transport human beings.

There is an organization that understands very well the power that the trucking industry possesses in combating human exploitation. Truckers Against Trafficking is a non-profit organization that “exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking.” They provide invaluable support, training and resources for truckers and law enforcement agencies. TAT helps identify signs of human trafficking at crucial gathering locations for truckers and in turn, provide hope for victims that may come in contact with them. In the grim state of things, it is great to know that there are excellent organizations such as TAT making a real difference in the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable people.

Through awareness and action, we can make strides towards helping eliminate this problem.

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To learn more about human trafficking and how you can help, visit these websites:

https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/what-is-human-trafficking.html

https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/human_trafficking

https://polarisproject.org/human-trafficking

By: Ezgi Bilici, Associate Product Manager

Code Local with ALK

We’re hiring developers who love building great software products.

ALK is dedicated to developing best-in-class solutions and services that power many of the industry’s largest transportation fleets. As we continue to expand our portfolio and customer base, our need for passionate, talented developers grows as well. CODE LOCAL WITH US!

“At ALK, we work with motivated individuals who care about what they’re doing. It’s a place where developers don’t have the schedule or stress of a startup, but we’re still small enough where no one becomes a nameless employee.”


Meet Tim, a Senior Software Engineer who has been with ALK for 3 years.

tim sseWe asked Tim what he likes best about ALK and he said it’s the opportunities given to developers to impact our products. When he first started, he realized he had the knowledge and expertise to significantly improve the rendering performance in our CoPilot mobile navigation app. Even though it wasn’t related to his work at the time, he brought it up with his team lead, and was given time to prototype his idea and propose the project. They let him do it, and he has been leading the charge on graphics ever since.

Tim specifically chose ALK after commuting to NYC from Central Jersey. He couldn’t stand all the crowds, sounds, smells, and how much time he lost every day just to traveling. Since then he has lived both North and South of Princeton, and both commutes are short and relaxing. Driving country roads with trees and rivers to work through Princeton every morning, while having the option to visit the city via mass transit nearby, is the best of both worlds.

ALK’s culture and commitment is to ensure that its engineers work on problems they are passionate about, creating pride and enjoyment in the job, as well as true accomplishment in the project.  Tim’s most recent project was the challenge of re-writing how ALK renders UI elements to the screen, a yearlong endeavor. The end result was a huge increase in FPS for OpenGL enabled devices, much greater than he could have ever hoped. The project also made the codebase easier to read, easier to write new UI elements for, and provides a great foundation for future optimization work.

We’re looking for talented and dedicated engineers to join us in creating innovative software for GPS navigation, mapping, and solutions that enable transportation of goods around the world.

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We’re Going Places

…To Philadelphia and Beyond!

The 2016 ALK Transportation Technology Summit (May 23-24, 2016) has moved from Princeton, NJ to Philadelphia, PA after almost 12 years. No more renting cars or long taxi rides. We’re now just 15 minutes from the airport at our new, modern, and centrally located event facility, The Westin.

Our industry expert speakers will fill panels and breakout sessions on today’s leading safety, driver, and operational issues. You’re guaranteed to take away actionable information you won’t get anywhere else. The Summit is also a great place to network and providers to develop strategic partnerships and future business opportunities. See all the benefits of attending!

Registration is open now! Take advantage of $100 off the regular registration price if you sign up by Friday, February 26!


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…We’re Also on the Road!

Throughout the year, we send ALK product experts to nearly 50 global tradeshows to spend time with customers, build partnerships, and educate industry personnel on the latest and greatest PC*MILER, CoPilot, and ALK Maps functionality.

Get a personalized demo of any of our products, or just swing by to say hi, at any of the 2016 tradeshows and events we participate in. Check out our current schedule.

 

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ALK’s Big Successes in 2015

In 2015, ALK excelled in all areas of product, data, development and design. Together we executed a year of new product features, functionality and capabilities to provide solutions for safe, more compliant and efficient routing, mileage mapping and navigation.


We kicked off the year by introducing a new Weather Alerts module for ALK Maps, which not only notifies fleet managers or dispatchers when impending weather systems may impact current or future routes, but allows for visualization of those weather conditions overlaid on a map of the route plans. Since then, we’ve deployed ALK Maps in Europe and integrated ALK Maps into numerous partner platforms. As ALK Maps continued to expand, we also developed our CoPilot Truck in-cab navigation solution with additional functionality.

We now have support for vehicles of all sizes that provide optimal routing for Light, Medium, or Heavy Duty vehicles.  Drivers can enter their custom vehicle dimensions and will be alerted if those dimensions require a permit to help avoid errors and ensure compliance when creating routing profiles. Keeping driver safety as a main focus, we also added a new darker in-cab user interface on the display to minimize ambient screen glare during the day or night, reducing distraction.

Mid-year we introduced PC*MILER 29, and took into consideration industry-wide issues, trends and regulations to ensure we’re delivering a product that meets the needs of our customer base. PC*MILER 29 introduced a new HOS Manager, which factors in required breaks and stops directly into your route plan helping to stay compliant with government regulations and allowing our customers to maximize revenue by getting the most of out every mile driven.

Our CoPilot Professional integrated navigation and advanced routing optimization platform continues to expand into new vertical markets as fleets from Agriculture to Emergency Services adopt it as part of their mobile workforce strategy.

We ended 2015 by announcing ALK Maps new platform features, including traffic incidents and drive time polygons, as well as CoPilot Truck’s remote configuration capabilities for tighter control over the routes drivers follow, eliminating the need for associated driver interaction.

We’re also excited to continue to deliver safe, reliable navigation to consumer drivers worldwide. This year we celebrated 16 million downloads of our CoPilot mobile navigation apps.

Our goal is to provide customers with streamlined solutions that provide efficiency, productivity, and overall asset utilization. ALK’s customer-first mentality allows us to achieve this goal year after year.

 Here’s to another successful year in 2016!

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ALK Blog Series #2: Staying Safe in Winter Weather Driving Conditions

Some parts of the country and world have already seen their fair share of unpleasant weather recently. Whether it’s snow, rain, sleet, or a wintry mix, it’s important to stay informed and make appropriate decisions when traveling this winter season. Safety is essential. As we enter the unpredictable winter months, consider how using technology can help you stay safe for the roads ahead.

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Consider this: You’re driving along in your semi, transporting XYZ across the Midwest, when all of a sudden you’re in the midst of a fury of freezing rain. You know you shouldn’t continue driving since the roads are now getting slippery and dangerous, but where can you stop and park until the storm passes? Mapping and in-cab navigation technology can help you locate and navigate to nearby Points of Interest (POIs), such as rest areas, truck stops, and parking locations on safe, truck-legal roads. Drivers can also be notified of traffic buildups caused by weather-related accidents and select an alternate route to avoid high-risk areas.

Knowledge is Power: For back office planners, technology is available that allows for real-time weather alerting, notifying dispatchers if planned or future routes will be affected by impending weather conditions. With this insight, decisions can be made to re-route, delay or modify plans to keep drivers safe and customers up-to-date on delivery times.

Technology plays a key role in the transportation industry and provides powerful data insight for better decision making. Using technology to address weather-related issues during the winter is key for operational success. It also ensures we keep our precious commodities safe, the most important being our drivers.

And for everyone traveling on the road this winter, here are some helpful winter driving tips to keep in mind to avoid any surprises in your travels.

Safe travels!

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New ALK Maps Overlays Increase Data Insights and Improve Decision Making

Visualization provides better understanding of asset utilization, safety and service

Princeton, N.J. – November 30, 2015 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, today announced that ALK® Maps, a web-based, customizable interactive mapping platform providing high-quality visualization, has added new map overlays that provide superior route planning and data insight for increased operational efficiency.

“ALK Maps continues to expand its product offerings to meet customer demand for map visualization across all industries,” said Rishi Mehra, director of web products at ALK Technologies. “Our new capabilities provide tools not only for enhanced transportation route planning, but also for improved strategic decision making.  By transforming operational data from numbers to visual, actionable intelligence, ALK Maps can enable businesses to improve their efficiency, productivity and decision making.”

Enhancing its already robust set of features and functionality, ALK Maps’ new visualization overlays include:

Traffic Incidents

View traffic occurrences, including accidents, roadwork and weather-related events, identified by an icon directly on the map. The new traffic incident layer provides visibility of potential impacts or delays for current or future routes to improve asset utilization and operational efficiency with more accurate ETAs and re-routing of affected drivers.

Drive Time Polygons

Generate and display polygon boundaries showing how far a driver can travel within an indicated length of time (maximum 120 minutes) from a specified origin or location. Drive time capacity insight within a given geographic area allows companies to ensure appointment times and service commitments are met. It also can increase mobile workforce efficiency by providing data that allows companies to complete more jobs per day or locate truck stops and maintenance facilities in a specific area.

Elevation Routing

Elevation routing helps to ensure pressure-sensitive goods are delivered safely, and prevents cargo damage by avoiding roads above a certain elevation. Fewer gradient road changes may also result in fuel efficiency and lessen environmental impact with reduced gas emissions.

Boundary Polygons

Highlight U.S. state and Canadian provincial boundaries, as well as U.S. county and zip code boundaries, allowing users to analyze regional data or view assets in localized groupings.

For more information on ALK Maps visit: www.alkmaps.com.

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, visit: www.alk.com or follow us at: www.twitter.com/ALKTech.