ALK salutes America’s professional drivers at GATS

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Princeton, N.J.-based ALK Technologies has announced discounts and promotions in salute to America’s three million-plus truck drivers for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

“America’s very sustenance, prosperity and strength ride with our truck drivers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We understand how important their job is, and ALK solutions help them get the job done,” said Craig Fiander, director of marketing for ALK Technologies.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week began officially on Sunday, Aug. 21 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 27. The week kicked off with the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships held in Tampa, Fla., and ends with the Great American Trucking Show at the Dallas Convention Center, from Thursday, Aug. 25 through Saturday, Aug. 27.

ALK will honor America’s truck drivers at the show (Booth No. 11060) with discounts and demonstrations of ALK’s CoPilot Truck navigation tools. CoPilot Truck provides truck-specific routes and directions that steer drivers clear of low overpasses and notifies them of weight, length and hazardous materials restrictions.

CoPilot Truck’s navigation system combines the truck routing, mileage and mapping capabilities of ALK’s PC*Miler and the in-vehicle GPS technology of the CoPilot product line. CoPilot Truck was the first onboard system specifically designed for owner-operators, leased-operators and company drivers. CoPilot Truck | Laptop 4 turns a laptop or Tablet PC into a complete GPS navigation system, providing spoken dock-to-dock directions and clear, color 3D maps. CoPilot Truck also is available for Pocket PC handhelds and smartphones.

At the Great American Trucking Show, ALK will offer a special Driver Appreciation Week discount of 20 percent on all versions of CoPilot Truck purchased at the show and a 10 percent discount on upgrades for existing customers.

Also at the Great American Trucking Show, ALK will introduce PC*Miler|Mobile, a subscription service available on various Nextel GPS, Java-enabled handsets that provides spoken turn-by-turn, street-level, truck-specific routing information. PC*Miler|Mobile is delivered via select Nextel handsets powered by Motorola’s Viamoto technology.

Using ALK’s PC*Miler|Mobile on Nextel Communications’ all-digital wireless network, truck drivers can access truck-legal directions through the same select Nextel handsets they use for calls, Direct Connect walkie-talkie communication and messaging. PC*Miler|Mobile is available on Motorola i58sr, i88s, i605 and i860 phones. The i355 also will be available in September. Drivers can take advantage of a free 14-day trial.

These Java and assisted GPS-enabled phones also can provide fleet managers with truck location, speed and heading information on a secure website. ALK and Nextel are offering the tracking service free to new customers through September, and Nextel is offering $50 off the purchase of select phones with the required Nextel service plan.

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