ALK Technologies Introduces PC*MILER 31, the Latest Version of its Flagship Transportation Solution

Annual software release showcases the company’s focus on driver safety and data visualization for improved decision making

 

Princeton, N.J. – July 19, 2017 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in transportation technology and mobility solutions, today announced the availability of its latest version of PC*MILER truck routing, mileage and mapping software.

“Our flagship transportation solution continues to expand with the evolving needs of the industry,” said Dan Popkin, senior vice president, enterprise solutions, ALK Technologies. “More than ever, driver safety is the top of mind concern. With our continued focus on providing the industry’s most accurate routing functionality and offering new data visualization capabilities, we feel confident PC*MILER empowers dispatchers and fleet managers to make the best proactive decisions to improve driver safety and productivity.”

 

Visualization of Current Road Conditions and Wind Advisory Alerts
For any vehicle, especially trucks, slippery or snow covered roads can be incredibly dangerous. Knowing the condition of the road surface, whether it is dry, wet, or ice covered, can enable a dispatcher or fleet manager to determine the safest way to get their assets to a destination. With the new Road Conditions display directly on the map in PC*MILER, users can gauge potential impacts on the route plan and proactively route around hazardous conditions. Road conditions are designated as dry, wet/slippery, water/snow and ice/snow.

Similar to road conditions, wind threats, such as gale and hurricane force winds, can cause serious safety risks to trucks pulling lighter loads or those with higher profile trailers. Now, dispatchers and fleet managers will receive a notification in the route plan if the generated route intersects an area flagged as a Wind Alert zone.

Both road conditions and wind alerts functionalities are included with a current PC*MILER|Weather license.


Upgraded POIs with Validated Amenities for Hours of Service Planning and Safety
Having the most accurate data to schedule fueling or Hours of Service (HOS) breaks for drivers has become increasingly important for dispatchers and fleet managers. PC*MILER 31 provides authenticated amenity and truck parking information at over 7,000 rest areas, truck stops, and truck fueling stations. New locations were added and closed locations were removed to ensure accuracy for planners.

Additionally, where truck parking has been confirmed at a location, PC*MILER will now provide the total number of truck spots available, if 10 hour parking is allowed, and if parking reservations are offered.

PC*MILER runs on Microsoft Windows, IBM AS/400 (iSeries), and mainframe computers. PC*MILER is also available as a web-based application or can be seamlessly integrated with transportation and supply chain management systems.

For more information on PC*MILER visit our new website: www.pcmiler.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 35 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.

PC*MILER Tutorial on HOS Manager

Check out our latest PC*MILER Tutorial on HOS Manager.  Ideal for someone who is brand new to PC*MILER, or even an experienced user who wants to learn about different functionality they may be overlooking. Our expert Kara Jo O’Neil, Senior Product Manager, thoughtfully guides the viewer with easy step by step instructions.

See for yourself how easy it is to factor HOS breaks directly into the route, helping you stay safe and compliant.

  • Topics include HOS Manager, practical and shortest routing, route entry basics and avoid and favors.  
  • All tutorials are under 10 minutes, allowing for viewers to get the most impact in a short time!

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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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PC*MILER Fall Freebie Contest

Retweet & Enter to Win!

The PC*MILER® Fall Freebie Contest has officially begun! The contest will run from August 26 –October 2 on our Facebook and Twitter.

How do I win?

If you’re not already, you’ll need to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Pretty simple, right?

facebook Enter to Win by simply submitting the basics – first & last name and email address

twitter-1024x1024 Retweet our posts that mention PC*MILER or #TrusttoGuide #RelytoComply #DependtoPlan*

We’ll keep a tab of your entries and retweets and will randomly select winners in October. One winner from both Facebook and Twitter will receive a Bose® speaker set, valued at $250. We’ve got plenty of other prizes too, including t-shirts, headphones, Amazon gift cards, and car chargers.

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*Retweets will only be recognized if they’re posts from August 26-October 2

*Contestants are limited to one prize only

For PC*MILER product demonstrations, webinars, and product spotlights visit our Vimeo page

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Ask Away at ALK’s Fall Interactive Training Program

Knowledge is Power. 

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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.

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

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Latest from our Webinar Series: PC*MILER 29 with HOS Manager

Kara Jo O’Neil, Senior Product Manager, recently presented a webinar on the latest features and enhancements in PC*MILER. If you missed it, or want to watch it again, click the video below.

Learn How To:

star Protect pressure sensitive goods by avoiding roads above a certain elevation

star Search for and display POIs along a route

star Visualize temporary road closures directly on the map

star Determine live diesel fuel prices from Pilot Flying J

Interested in trying PC*MILER 29?

Receive a free 15-day trial!

Allows you to access PC*MILER’s highway-level map data with an option to upgrade* to street-level and hazardous map data, along with toll costs.
*Additional licenses may apply

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Driving the Future of Cohesive Solutions: ALK’s One-Stop Shop

We’re thrilled to announce our first-ever integration of ALK Maps and our Transportation Solutions suite with Cargas Systems, a company known for its cloud accounting, ERP & CRM software, consulting, and application development. The integration includes four of our core products:

  • ALK®Maps with PC*MILER® Web Services for high-quality map and route visualization with industry-specific commercial routing and restrictions;
  • CoPilot® TruckTM for safe, accurate, load-specific navigation; and
  • RouteSync® for sending planned routes in the back office directly to CoPilot Truck in the vehicle for route compliance

The integration is within Cargas’ Energy software, specifically designed for fuel delivery and HVAC service companies. ALK provided Cargas a specialized solution that would not only provide industry-specific routing, navigation and map visualization capabilities, but also allowed for communication between its Route Builder and Real-Time Mobile applications.

Our suite of solutions provides the consistency between planned and driven routes that is vital to business success.”  – ALK’s Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Dan Popkin

The ALK Advantage

ALK Maps, powered by PC*MILER, is the foundation of the solution, providing map visualization for real time vehicle and asset tracking, as well as commercial and hazardous materials routing vital to their business planning.

Cargas also integrated CoPilot Truck, which provides voice-guided turn-by-turn directions based on vehicle dimensions and load. If  a driver accidentally strays from the planned route, CoPilot Truck automatically re-calculates and safety guides them back to the route.

True route compliance is achieved with the final addition, RouteSync. With RouteSync, planned routes created in Route Builder are sent directly to drivers’ Real Time Mobile Application running CoPilot Truck. This piece is critical, as it produces operational consistency between dispatch and navigation , while reducing out-of-route mileage.

In an industry that thrives and depends on the latest technology innovation, our goal is to provide cohesive solutions that help your fleet achieve operational consistency, efficiency, and productivity. Learn more about the ALK Advantage and our suite of solutions or speak with one of our product experts 800-377-6453.

 

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ALK is Pleased to Present PC*MILER 29

Now with the HOS Manager

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ALK’s product, data, development and design teams work diligently together throughout the year to execute a roadmap of new features and functionality for our annual PC*MILER release. Using valued feedback from users, as well as our support and sales teams, we’ve expanded PC*MILER’s capabilities to provide tools for safer, more compliant and cost-effective routing, mileage and mapping.

User feedback is always essential. We also take into consideration issues regarding industry trends and regulations to ensure we’re delivering a product that meets those demands.

In PC*MILER 29 we’re really excited about the new Hours of Service (HOS) Manager to help route plans stay compliant. HOS regulations have become a national industry issue and therefore, became our primary focus for PC*MILER 29. Now, users are able to factor in and save HOS rest break and stop duration times directly into planned routes. With this precision, it becomes easier to achieve operational consistency, convey realistic ETAs, and ultimately increase ROI. Additionally, we enhanced our route planning tools to allow users to search and display Points of Interest (POIs) along a scheduled route.

PC*MILER’s Powerful Enhancements *

poi-icon  Accurate toll cost data, predictive traffic routing, and least cost routing options*

poi-icon  Live fuel prices  from Pilot Flying J updated every 30 minutes

poi-icon  Search and display POIs along a route for improved route planning

poi-icon  Protect pressure sensitive goods by avoiding roads above a certain elevation

poi-icon  Send PC*MILER planned routes directly* to CoPilot Truck Navigation

When it comes down to it, our goal is to provide customers with a safe and reliable routing, mileage and mapping solution. ALK’s customer-first mentality allows us to achieve this goal year after year. Learn more about how PC*MILER 29 can empower your company or schedule a demo today!

*additional licenses and fees may apply

KARA JO ONEIL

Kara Jo O’Neil, ALK Technologies, Senior Product Manager, Enterprise Solutions

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