ALK Technologies — a worldwide developer of routing, mileage and mapping software — announced the release of version 22 of ALK|FleetSuite. The Princeton, N.J.-based company says the latest release harnesses PC Miler 22 map data to provide critical visibility and control of fleet operations, including in-cab truck-specific directions in real time for drivers, street-level fleet location displays for managers, and arrival time notification for customers.
“Faced with the challenges of today’s transportation industry, our customers depend on our quarterly map data updates to ensure valuable changes are reflected to better manage operations and analyze their performance,” says Rachel Blair, ALK|FleetSuite product manager. “Overall, it gives them a competitive edge to improve their bottom line.”
The company says ALK|FleetSuite 22 has been updated with the latest street-level data, including information provided by state and local municipalities. According to the company, improvements were made across the United States and Canada, including an additional 391,500 miles of truck-restricted roadway for a total of 853,500 miles. ALK|FleetSuite 22 also includes 1.8 million weight restrictions and allowances, and also features more than 2,800 new height restrictions. Updates include critical changes in Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, West Virginia, North Dakota, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Using ALK|FleetSuite Directions, drivers can generate truck-specific turn-by-turn driving directions to their final destination; these directions can be transmitted with varying degrees of detail to conserve bandwidth and minimize messaging costs. ALK says directions are transmitted in XML and delivered in real time over the fleets’ mobile communications systems.
With ALK|FleetSuite Mapping, managers can pinpoint the exact location of their fleet based on real-time latitude/longitude information, according to the company; they can zoom out to any selected point of view — from a city, a county, a state, a region or virtually all of North America.
While a truck is en route, ALK|FleetSuite Estimated Time of Arrival/Out of Route (ETA/OoR) can issue an alert when a truck deviates by a user-defined distance from the assigned route. Similarly, ALK|FleetSuite ETA/OoR can maintain an ongoing estimate of a truck’s arrival time at a specific destination and generate a revised ETA as conditions change.
ALK|FleetSuite’s modules can be licensed separately so fleets can find the solution best fitting their needs. The software installs on a PC Web server running Microsoft Internet Information Services.