ALK & Trimble UK Ride For a Cause

image (3)BrinaTrimbleRain or shine, ALK and Trimble’s UK pro cycle team made it out on June 23, 2016 to bike for a cause. Joining forces to take part in a series of challenges to raise money for a variety of charities, they kicked it all off with the CBRE Property Bike Ride. Twelve riders from the UK including three of ALK’s very own, David Quin, VP Consumer Applications; Giovanni Cattani, Support Manager; and Brina Watkins, Senior Accountant, tackled challenging routes around the Surrey Hills to raise money for the Mind charity.

The Mind charity is a UK based charity created to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Through their campaigning they are able to offer support to those in need as well as raise awareness across the UK and Wales for a better understanding of mental illness.

With the Mind charity in the front of their thoughts, the ALK and Trimble UK team hit the road following a horrific night of torrential rain and winds. The roads were in appalling condition with parts of the course completely submerged or covered in slippery debris. However, when the chips are down and the sky darkened, the ‘can do’ attitude of the team shone through.

All of the team members (with the exception of one who experienced 4 tire punctures) completed the ride and were elated to hear their efforts raised over £1000.
Interested in getting involved? Donations are still being accepted here.

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:

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: or follow us at:

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.

Stress on Warning Road Sign on Sunset Sky Background.

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


Follow Us

Like Us

Connect with Us

A Lesson in Sustainability by One of ALK’s Own

We’re excited to announce that ALK’s own Director of Implementation & Support, Jeff Sibio, has a feature chapter in Peter Bakker’s book, Reinventing the Post: Building a Sustainable Future. Jeff’s chapter, Efficiency Provides Many Gains and Multiple Winners, demonstrates his expertise and passion for the industry. He covers topics including the challenges facing the transportation and delivery industry and provides solutions on how to achieve efficiency and sustainability.


Here’s an excerpt from Jeff’s Chapter, Efficiency Provides Many Gains and Multiple Winners:

“Becoming more sustainable can seem like an impossible goal. Especially with managing the expansive demands of today’s delivery environment, labor turnover and customer expectations while also reducing costs, and serving a continuously growing customer base. Similarly with our facilities, which are constantly space-challenged with the changes in mail and parcel flow, our assets and resources are equally strained. Where does sustainability possibly get added on?”

Want to continue reading?

Get your own copy of Reinventing the Post: Building a Sustainable Future here.


Jeff is known for his innovative, customer-first approach and his deep expertise in transportation and logistics. With over 25 years of experience, he is considered a thought-leader in the T&L industry and has spoken and published widely on transportation technology topics. Throughout his career, Jeff has been sought out for his unique ability to bridge the gap between operations and technology.

Follow Us

Friend Us

Connect with Us

Come Visit Us at These Upcoming Fall Events

Throughout the year, we send our experts to nearly 70 tradeshows around North American and Europe to spend time with customers, build partnerships, and spread the word of our products: PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps. It’s during these shows that we get to spend quality time with customers and partners, where we open the floor to any questions and/or comments they may have. It is always a pleasure to visit with attendees and showcase our products through demos and candid conversations.

We hope to see you at the following events:

mcleod small

– McLeod Users’ Conference • October 4-7 Booth 101

Birmingham, AL

Plan on attending? Don’t miss our presentation on True Route Compliance on October 6 @ 3PM!


Mobility for Business October 6-8

Paris, France


FreitRater User Group Conference • October 11-13

New Orleans, LA

We’re presenting about PC*MILER’s new features and benefits of the latest release, PC*MILER 29! 


– American Trucking Association Management Conference & Exhibition • October 17-20 Booth 718

Philadelphia, PA


NEW! ALK Interactive Training Program • October 28

Harrisburg, PA


– PeopleNet Canada Transportation Symposium • November 9-10

Toronto, ON


– Truckstop Connected • November 9-11

Dallas, TX


To further enhance our relationships with customers, we created our own Interactive Training Program, taking place on October 28, 2015 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where our team of product experts will take turns leading training sessions. Some of the topics include:

  • Solving Compliance Challenges with the new HOS Manager in PC*MILER
  • Maximizing Revenue and Assets with Improved ETAs
  • Ensuring True Route Compliance with CoPilot Truck
  • Cloud Services: Web-Based Application Options for Specialized Integrations
  • And more!

For your convenience, there are two available tracks to choose from: the first is the morning session, running from 9AM – 12:15PM and the second is the afternoon session, running from 1:30PM – 4:45PM. The programs will be identical in terms of session offerings.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about our suite of solutions! With a hands-on, one-on-one approach, you’ll come away with more knowledge of our products, confidence in your company, and connections you can count on. Register today – we’d love to see you and teach you how you can improve your fleets’ efficiency, compliance, and ROI.

For more information, contact Dana Petrone, Senior Marketing Manager, at

Follow Us

Friend Us

Connect with Us

APPFORUM 2015 Sponsor Series: Mapping the Journey from Navigation to Advanced Route Solutions with ALK Technologies

As a sponsor of APPFORUM 2015, ALK is eager to meet application developers to swap ideas about practical, commercial approaches to enterprise challenges in the key areas of fleet navigation, mapping and route optimization.  We will be sending one of our experts to Las Vegas to give you hands-on experience with some of the software solutions we offer, so that he may take your praise (and your constructive criticism) directly back to our development team.


As the enterprise continues to digitize its business processes, it has become essential to maintain a constant rapport with key channel partners to see market developments in advance. This approach enables ALK to timely adapt existing products and leverage opportunities to bring new products to market. With an eye always focused on how mobility and the Internet of Things is constantly impacting the enterprise, it has become possible to harness the power of transportation and travel technology to enhance mobility and IoT in revolutionary ways.  ALK’s solutions now enable the enterprise to:

  • Allow web-based customers to review vehicle restrictions (including Hazmat) and use map overlays for fuel and truck stops, weigh stations and toll roads;
  • Implement Weather Alerts for a positive impact on route planning, efficiency and driver safety;
  • Maintain operational consistency between the planned back office routes and actual routes driven among multiple products; and
  • Manage driver efficiency, save miles and fuel costs, and improve customer service by combining mapping software with customized driver-management tools to track assets and plan vehicle-specific routes.

And let’s not forget the huge impact that the rise of the consumer is having on the industry’s evolution. Quite simply, the tech savvy individual now wants the technology they use in a business context to match the simplicity and convenience of the technology they use in their daily lives. In the context of mapping and navigation, this emerging breed of consumer has come to expect clear, detailed and accurate voice directions (with spoken street names if you please), traffic and parking data, and high quality, downloadable maps of the entire nation that are regularly updated, easily manageable and pleasant to look at. These opinionated consumers are regularly voicing their many demands to increasingly mobile and digitized enterprise employers.

ALK has sponsored the APPFORUM for several years now, because we consider it a key influencer in ensuring that both experienced and new developers are aware of our expanding portfolio of business solutions.  During the event, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the mapping, route optimization and navigation software in which ALK specializes, especially ALK Maps, a toolset for routing visualization and asset management that includes commercial routing and Geocoding as standard features. We can also explore the many features of CoPilot Professional and CoPilot Truck, which is navigation software that has been verified and certified for a broad range of Zebra mobile computers and is currently installed on over 250,000 Zebra devices world-wide.

The enterprise will be earnest in drawing upon the experience of developers who may have new ideas or concepts for improving current products. In order to become relevant to the enterprise, development teams must poise themselves to deliver wherever there is a requirement for innovation in any aspect of a company’s professional portfolio that makes commercial sense. The market will drive these requirements, and developers must keep their eye on the market.  Developers would also do well to develop a footprint in the social media space (which has proved to be one of the key ways to interact) and to be adaptable and open-minded to new emerging technologies.

It will be great to have a chat about all of these topics and more at APPFORUM. We look forward to seeing you there.

By: David Morris, Business Development Manager with ALK  

Dave Morris is a Business Development Manager with ALK, working out of its London office. Dave combines an analytical development background with a practical, commercial approach to the challenges faced by enterprise level organizations in the key areas of fleet navigation, mapping and route optimization. Prior to joining ALK, Dave worked with Capgemini on a range of projects including systems to improve the efficiency of processes at the launch of Terminal 5 at Europe’s busiest airport, London Heathrow.

Thank You to America’s 3.4 Million Truck Drivers!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week may be coming to an end, but don’t let that stop you from tipping your hats and thanking these hardworking men and women any chance you get. Truckers dedicate their time to safely transporting the necessities of life to Americans, keeping us happy and also acting as a critical factor to our economy. Who knows what life would be like without them!

Next time you see a truck driving alongside you, think about these incredible facts, presented by Trucking Moves America Forward:

The Impact of Professional Truck Drivers on the American Economy                         

  • The 3.4 million American professional truck drivers drove over 421 billion miles in 2014.
  • Most individual long-haul drivers average 100,000 to 110,000 miles of driving per year; regional and city drivers will drive an average of 48,000 miles.
  • Trucking is still the dominant mode of freight transportation, hauling over 68% of domestic freight in 2014.
  • 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.


ALK Technologies  proudly honors each and every truck driver across the country

and thanks them for their service and dedication.




Have You Thanked a Trucker This Week?

Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 13-19, 2015.

Did you know there are 3.4 million professional truck drivers working day in and day out to provide Americans with the goods and services they need? Think about what you’re wearing, what you brought for lunch, or the furniture you’re sitting in. Such items (and millions more!) are transported by the hard-working, dedicated truck drivers that this week is ALL about! September 13-19 is Truck Driver Appreciation Week, so when you see a trucker on your travels, show your appreciation for everything they do for you and this country.

It’s our pleasure to help America’s professional trucker get to their destinations safely by providing them with the best routing, mileage and mapping software in the industry. PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps proudly support and thank our truck drivers.

Thank You

Follow Us

Friend Us

Connect with Us

Take a Break for Brake Safety

September 6-12 is all about Brake Safety Awareness, thanks to an initiative brought forward by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in 1998. Throughout the week, the CVSA has been conducting inspections as part of their Operation Airbrake program. Even though this week is coming to a close, we always encourage you to maintain your brakes and make sure they’re in good, working condition for the roads ahead!


The certified inspectors, who can be found in various locations around North America, take several things into consideration, including the air brake mechanical components, the tractor protection system, and the brake adjustment. Last year, the CVSA reported 2,162 trucks out of the total 13,305 inspected were in violation of brake standards. Trucks can be forced out of service until fixed when they’re found to be in violation, causing problems for more than just the driver!


You can easily “inspect” the condition of your brakes each time you drive. The CVSA recommends you listen for air leaks, check low air signals, and look for component damage. Furthermore, you can be observant of other warning signs, for instance, if you have to apply extreme pressure to the brakes before they engage or if the vehicle pulls to one side when applying the brakes. Driving while your vehicle is in this condition poses a threat to both yourself and fellow motorists, which is never worth the risk.

No matter your destination, we want you to get there safely. Be observant while driving and make sure to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these indicators of damaged brakes. Take the responsibility and keep yourself and others safe on the road by inspecting your brakes today.

More on brake inspections and safety here.

Follow Us

Friend Us

Connect with Us

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

Follow Us | Like Us