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!


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!


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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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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ALK Blog Series – Stress Less

Recently, we’ve been hearing more and more about the stresses that truck drivers have to face while on the road. Situations like getting lost, being late to a delivery, or driving in unsafe weather conditions, can have a huge impact on a driver’s attitude and stress level. Can you imagine the pressure of getting thousands of dollars worth of goods delivered safely and on time to keep customers satisfied?

Stress is the result when one has to deal with change and can create substantial effects on the body, such as:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Upset stomach
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Loss of sleep

Fact: Approximately 1/4th of U.S. commercial truck drivers on America’s roads report experiencing sleep apnea.

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Alleviating some of the day-to-day stress can lead to increased job satisfaction and better retention overall.  Let technology help! Here’s a few situations where using technology can lead to less stress.

Use in-cab navigation: it’s an instant relief to drivers! Using truck-specific, voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions decreases the likelihood of a driver missing a turn or taking a non-truck legal road. Navigation provides more accurate ETAs and can even go as far as to communicate with the back office for real time updates, eliminating manual calls. Drivers want to drive, not plan!

Pre-plan HOS breaks: With the increased Hours of Service (HOS) mandates the trucking industry has recently seen, there is a heightened focus on when and for how long drivers can schedule breaks. Without proper calculations and insight, some drivers are forced to make these decisions themselves, leading them to choose the wrong location or break for an incorrect amount of time, ultimately impacting their scheduled delivery times. Fleet Managers or dispatchers can utilize pre-planning systems that factor break times directly into the drivers’ planned routes.  This eliminates any pressure the drivers feel on making impactful decisions.

Be aware of impending weather: Driving a vehicle in an area affected by severe weather conditions is stressful for any driver. Using a visualization tool in the back office where weather overlays are displayed directly on a map along with current or future route plans allows fleet managers to accurately assess potential delivery or safety impacts. Recently, Transport America implemented such an alert system, setting up automated emails to be sent directly to Fleet Leaders whose trucks are affected by weather systems and when and if conditions change. This allowed managers to notify drivers ahead of the impact or safely re-route them if necessary, alleviating driver anxiety. (Read Transport America’s Case Study)

In the unpredictable industry of trucking, ALK Technologies strives to create solutions that help drivers navigate, manage their hours of service, and avoid unsafe weather conditions. In decreasing overall driver stress and anxiety, the ultimate payoff is safer roads for all travelers.

Learn more about PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps


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The Return of ALK’s Interactive Training Program

This past Wednesday, October 28th, we hosted our first-ever, off-site Interactive Training Program in Harrisburg, PA. The half-day program was targeted towards current customers and prospective users, focusing on the features and functionality of our products as well as how to most effectively utilize them. The sessions were led by those who know the products best, our Product Managers!

Jeff Sibio, Director of Implementation | Jaspreet Singh, Senior Project Manager | Kara Jo O’Neil, Senior Product Manager 

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Some of the session topics included:

  • Customizing PC*MILER to Improve Your Efficiency and Productivity
  • CoPilot Truck & RouteSync in Depth
  • Solving Compliance Challenges with PC*MILER’s HOS Manager
  • Web-Based Application Options for Specialized Integrations

We’re looking to expand!

ALK is the process of adding additional Interactive Training Programs to various locations around the country for 2016. If you’re interested in learning more about how your company can benefit from from attending and/or using our products, contact Dana Petrone, Senior Marketing Manager at dpetrone@alk.com today!

Do you have any ideas on training topics that would be beneficial? We always want to hear our customer’s feedback. Tell us what you think!



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ALK Technologies Updates CoPilot Truck In-Cab Navigation with Enhanced Routing Profile Management

Improves truck routing profiles and incorporates back office remote management to enhance driver safety and enable compliance

Philadelphia, PA – October 19, 2015 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, today announced the latest release of its CoPilot Truck in-cab navigation solution. With improvements to the truck-specific routing profile feature, the update makes it easier for fleets to create and follow optimized routes based on vehicle size and load, to enable safety and compliance on the road.  It also provides fleet managers with remote configuration capabilities for tighter control over the routes drivers follow and eliminates the need for associated driver interaction.

“We see the connection between the back office and the cab as a key factor in a fleet’s successful deployment of in-cab navigation, and this CoPilot Truck release further supports our objective to align the two in a meaningful way for fleets,” said Dan Titus, vice president, business development –enterprise solutions, ALK Technologies.  “With CoPilot Truck’s Web-based back office tool, CoPilot FleetPortal, we’re providing fleet managers with greater management of the routes executed in-cab so that drivers can stay focused on the road and avoid the risk of costly fines or collisions, which would otherwise negatively impact their CSA scores.  We’ve also come a long way to address the operational requirements of fleets that support multiple vehicle sizes and loads.”

With this update, CoPilot Truck introduces a new set of default vehicle types that better fit the routing needs of Light Duty, Medium Duty, or Heavy Duty trucks.  If multiple profiles are created and saved, CoPilot Truck will alert a driver to select the correct profile for that particular trip, ensuring safety and compliance with regulations.  CoPilot Truck will now also alert drivers if they enter a custom vehicle dimension that may require a permit to help avoid errors and ensure compliance when creating routing profiles.  The software update also debuts a new darker in-cab user interface on the display to further reduce driver distraction and minimize ambient screen glare during the day or night.

New remote configuration settings in CoPilot FleetPortal allow driver managers to specify and send Out-of-Route thresholds by vehicle group, as well as to update custom routing profiles, PC*MILER® Avoids/Favors*, road closures, and custom POI sets used by CoPilot Truck in-cab.  Synchronization of this information can be set to occur as frequently as every 30 minutes to once every 24 hours.   The option to restrict access to routing profiles is also now available, which gives drivers less to worry about and enables fleets to ensure that the correct routing profiles will be used to generate optimal routes as well as to reduce the risk of driving on truck restricted roads.

The CoPilot Truck update also enables small fleets and owner operators using ALK’s back office PC*MILER routing, mileage and mapping software to send planned routes created in PC*MILER directly to ALK’s CoPilot Truck Smartphone and Tablet app for compliant route execution.  The CoPilot Truck app is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows XP and Windows Mobile platforms.

CoPilot Truck, as well as the full suite of ALK Transportation Solutions, will be showcased in Booth #718 at the American Transportation Association Management Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia.

For more information about ALK’s CoPilot Truck navigation solution, visit: www.copilotruck.com.

*Requires PC*MILER|Streets license

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. 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.

Make Booth 18158 Your #1 POI at GATS


We care about drivers and their safety. That’s why we’ve created CoPilot Truck. Our unique offering provides drivers:

  • Safe, reliable, truck-specific navigation
  • Voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions
  • Map data stored directly on your device without the need for a mobile data connection

Our experts are in in Dallas, Texas at GATS from 10AM-5PM today and tomorrow at Booth #18158.

Visit our booth for a CoPilot Truck GPS Navigation app discount code of 33% off and leave with some cool freebies! You can even enter to win the CoPilot Truck app for free while you’re at it!

Sale price is for a limited time only – don’t miss out on connection to real-time ActiveTraffic™ and millions of truck specific POIs.

Want CoPilot Truck? Download Now

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Ask Away at ALK’s Fall Interactive Training Program

Knowledge is Power. 


Get ready for something NEW from ALK this fall. On October 28th, we will be hosting the 2015 Interactive Training Program at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. If this sounds familiar, it should! The Interactive Training Program was introduced during our 11th Annual Transportation Technology Summit this past May. Because of the positive feedback, we decided to continue this program and expand to new locations.

Here are a few reasons why you should schedule us in on October 28th:

  1. Get one-on-one time with the Product Managers for PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps. Come prepared with any questions you have – these are the experts to ask!
  2. There are two tracks to choose from – One track has more of a technical focus and the other is dedicated to product functionality and best practices. Take your pick!
  3. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of how to effectively use our products and ultimately increase ROI, enhance customer relationships, and keep drivers happy!

We’ve also made it flexible for you to attend by offering two Interactive Training sessions. The morning sessions run from 9:00am to 12:15pm and afternoon sessions are from 1:30pm to 4:45pm. The educational session offering will be identical whether you attend in the morning or afternoon.

Check out our complete agenda with detailed session information now!

October 28th is just over two months away (70 days to be exact)! Take a few minutes and complete your registration today.


Contact Dana Petrone, Senior Marketing Manager, with any questions – dpetrone@alk.com

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