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.

The Trade Show Season Begins in Europe

 

Last week was a busy one for our European team with two events happening in France and Germany: SITL Paris and LogiMAT (Stuttgart).

SITL Paris (International Week of Transport and Logistics) is the largest international exhibition of transport and logistic. It brings together all the innovative products and services dedicated to the transport of goods, freight forwarding and the logistics chain. This year, we demonstrated our products and solutions together with our partners Zebra Technologies and Rayonnance.

Our French colleagues worked hard to strengthen our relationships with partners and clients, throughout the entire week and further develop our business on the French market.

                

 

LogiMAT, the International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling and Information Flow, was on at the same time in Stuttgart, Germany.

​We had a wonderful opportunity to join forces with our partners Scansource and Honeywell to sponsor a networking dinner​. ​Many of our German partners were present, which gave us a chance to catch up with everyone and see how we could move forward together.

        

The entire ALK team is very happy with what we achieved last week in Europe and is looking forward to taking part in the upcoming trade shows and partner events!

Compliance Counts – How CoPilot Truck Keeps Fleets Ahead of the Curve

Adhering to ever changing regulations can prove to be a headache for any driver manager or driver. Staying complaint on the road isn’t a goal anymore, it’s a necessity. By incorporating truck-specific navigation into your fleet, ensure that the regulations needed to stay compliant on the road are factored into your route from the beginning.

Help keep your drivers compliant on the road ahead:

  • Detour function quickly identifies an alternate safe truck-legal route
  • Posted speed limit display, plus audio and visual alerts, notify a driver when they’ve been speeding
  • Safely maneuver between lane changes with real road signage and lane assist guidance
  • Save multiple pre-defined and custom truck routing profiles based on vehicle size and class to ensure safety and compliance to regulations

 

For information on how to keep your drivers compliant visit copilottruck.com.

 

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Protecting the Driver & Others on the Road – How CoPilot Truck Puts Safety First

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Safety is one of the top concerns for any fleet – knowing that how safe a driver is on the road impacts far beyond the road itself. Minimizing driver distraction and interaction with technology in the cab is a huge piece of the puzzle.  By using a navigation software that is specifically designed for guiding trucks, drivers can stay safe each trip and every mile.  

With CoPilot Truck, keep your drivers safe above all else:

  • Reliable, and accurate industry standard PC*MILER routing
  • Familiar, driver-friendly designed UI featuring visual and audio guidance
  • Voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names from origin to destination
  • Clear, non-distracting 3D and 2D map views and a Driver Safety View for at-a-glance instructions
  • Motion Lock control to prevent a driver from making changes while the cab is in motion
  • Advance notice of upcoming lane changes with lane assist guidance

For information on how you can ensure safety for your fleet visit copilottruck.com

 

 

ALK Technologies Partners with Delta Valley Ag to Provide Routing, Navigation and Map Visualization for Agribusiness Applications

Integration provides a complete mobile solution that improves logistics and operations for farmers, shippers and drivers

Princeton, N.J. – November 7, 2016 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, today announced that Delta Valley Ag LLC has incorporated ALK’s routing, mileage, mapping and navigation solutions into its AgLoads™ mobile application. Delta Valley Ag provides agriculture industry professionals with innovative solutions to simplify the workday of agribusinesses and farmers with easy-to-use technology.

“Logistics execution is the foundation for business growth and success in the agriculture industry. AgLoads wants to disrupt the current inefficiency and disorganization of today’s processes with a simple, easy-to-use app that provides customers with more time to focus on the bottom line,” said Chris Spurlock, Co-founder and CEO, Delta Valley Ag.

To achieve the goal of streamlining efficiency for farmers, shippers and drivers across the complete agriculture supply chain, the AgLoads mobile dispatch application features:

  • ALK® Maps with PC*MILER® Web Services for route planning with commercial vehicle routing and restrictions and high-quality map visualization for real-time fleet tracking and load assignment
  • CoPilot® Truck™ in-cab navigation, for safe, commercial vehicle specific voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions

By combining ALK Maps with Delta Valley’s AgLoads, farmers can visualize loads and grade information (including test weight and moisture levels) as well as receive precise estimated times of arrival of trucks, while shippers can view their fleet location information, all in real-time. To assist large and small truck fleet drivers, as well as owner/operators, CoPilot Truck offers reliable, paperless on board navigation with map data stored directly on the device, allowing for constant access to routing and mapping in any out of coverage area.

“Smart planning and efficient operations in farming is vital to business productivity and success,” said Dan Popkin, senior vice president, enterprise solutions, ALK Technologies. “Our routing, mapping, and navigation features and functionality can be applied across various industries, and we are excited to integrate with Delta Valley Ag who is offering an innovative mobile dispatch application built specifically for agriculture.”

Built on the same source of commercial map data, ALK Maps and CoPilot Truck generate the same optimized routes for both the dispatcher and the driver, ensuring consistency between the planned and driven routes. The AgLoads application can be set with pre-defined and custom commercial vehicle routing profiles based on vehicle size and class to ensure safety and compliance during planning and execution.

For more information on ALK Maps, PC*MILER, and CoPilot Truck, visit www.alk.com.

About Delta Valley Ag LLC

Delta Valley Ag, LLC is an agriculture-focused technology company dedicated to simplifying the workdays of shippers and farmers in agribusiness. By creating simple, easy-to-use applications, DVA plans to help shippers and farmers streamline daily processes so they can focus on business growth. As long time agriculture professionals, DVA sees a need to propel agribusiness to current times by utilizing well-built technology solutions for every person involved in the supply chain. This includes real-time communication between parties, accurate record logging and load information in the palm of your hand. For more information about Delta Valley Ag’s newest application or to be a part of the free Beta test, visit www.agloads.com.

About ALK Technologies

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 30 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.

Top 5 Reasons Truck Navigation is Essential for Fleets

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Everyday we are faced with decisions.  One of the toughest decisions is how to weed through so much technology constantly thrown in our laps.  With an app for almost every daily thought and task, it can be overwhelming.  In a time where so much is out there, it’s easy to think that some technology in our everyday life isn’t necessary.  But when your daily life exists on the road as a truck driver, your decisions are impacted by safety, compliance and cost savings.  If you think truck specific navigation isn’t for you – guess again.  Here’s a breakdown on why ALK’s CoPilot Truck is essential for success.

 

  1. Truck Legal Routing

 

By providing your drivers with truck-specific navigation, you can rest assured they will only be navigated to truck legal roadways.  By adhering to routes tailored to your load and trailer specifications, your drivers will avoid fines, low bridges, and potential out of route mileage.  

 

  1. Safety First

Truck specific navigation is designed with the driver’s safety in mind. CoPilot Truck offers voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names from origin to destination.  Reduce driver distraction in the cab with clear 3D and 2D map views plus Driver Safety Views for at-a-glance instructions.  Know your driver is focused solely on the road ahead, by using Motion Lock to prevent interaction by the driver when the vehicle is in motion.

 

  1. Stay Compliant

Ensuring your drivers are driving a compliant route saves you both time and precious money.  Set parameters and custom truck routing profiles based on vehicle size and class to ensure safety and compliance to government regulations.  Connect your back office to the cab with RouteSync – which allows you to send a HOS compliant route directly to CoPilot Truck.  

 

  1. Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency

 

By providing your drivers reliable, on-board navigation, you’ll lower miles and maintain optimal fuel usage by maximizing the time spent on the road.  CoPilot Truck also equips drivers with fast, automatic re-calculation, when needed, directly on the device.  Easily understand a true cost and the most optimal route by viewing alternate routes.  With the flexibility to build single or multiple destination routes and ability to optimize up to 50 stops, you know you are supplying your driver with the optimal route.  The focus can then be on what’s most important –  making the planned route the actual.

 

  1. Cost Savings

 

You’ve seen the videos.  A 53 foot trailer hitting a low bridge.  You think, “Why was that driver even routed there in the first place?” The likely answer – they were following a generic, non-truck specific navigation system, designed for use by drivers of smaller, lighter passenger vehicles.  The result?  Costly damages to the truck and any goods being hauled, potential harm to the driver and countless other drivers on the road, and fines for driving on a truck-restricted road.  The other impact to the bottom line is the fact that the driver is then either delayed or never makes it to the next stop.  Suddenly, you have a major cost issue and an unhappy customer.  With CoPilot Truck, fleet managers ultimately control the route the driver is supposed to follow.   If that driver had been provided a truck-legal road, this costly expense potentially could have been avoided.  It pays to have truck specific navigation.

 

If you aren’t running CoPilot Truck navigation, you’re missing out on key factors that help to fuel success on the road.  To learn more, please visit: copilottruck.com

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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Aspray24 Next Day Delivery – Utilizing CoPilot Truck and Advanced Route Optimization to Improve Driver Efficiency

 

 

Aspray24, a specialized next day delivery company operating a fleet of more than 400 trucks out of 14 depots, tasked ALK partner Kelgray, with a project to revise their total end to end mobility worker solution with a particular focus on route efficiency and navigation.

Kelgray took on the challenge by first implementing ALK’s Advanced Route Optimization technology which provides the ability to input specified arrival time windows directly into the routing algorithm, generating an optimized route plan that has allowed Aspray24 to increase the number of deliveries achieved per driver, per day, while decreasing the cases of failed first time deliveries.

To address the need for navigation, ALK offered its safe, legal, vehicle-specific routing and navigation solution, CoPilot Truck, which can be utilized across a varied fleet.

Working together, Kelgray successfully enhanced its Route Companion Pro for Asprey 24, providing a solution that manages all aspects of the driver’s workday, including pre-drive vehicle checks, loading, routing, efficient driving and customer signature, directly on the driver’s Honeywell hand held.

ALK is Headed to Dallas for an Interactive Training Program!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dallas Marriott Las Colinas ⋅ Irving, TX

9:00am – 12:00pm

Our products have it all, but do you know all about our products? Targeted to current users of ALK Technologies’ products, these in-depth product training sessions will provide useful and practical information about how to effectively utilize PC*MILER and CoPilot Truck.

Not a current customer? That’s OK. Join us anyway to learn how our solutions can benefit your operations.

Get one-on-one time with experts. We’ll have ALK product and implementation specialists available to answer your specific questions.

It’s only a half-day commitment.  We’ll have two concurrent tracks, each filled with four educational training sessions, so we’re only asking you to join us in the morning. We’ll have breakfast beginning at 9:00am, followed by sessions, and closing with lunch at 12:00pm.

For complete program information and session abstracts, check out our training website.

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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