ALK Technologies celebrates 30-year anniversary

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ALK Technologies is celebrating 2009 as its 30th year of developing transportation and navigation software solutions. Founded in 1979 in Princeton, N.J., ALK originally was focused on creating routing and mileage solutions for the North American railroad and trucking industries. The company says its PC Miler product line is deployed by more than 22,000 motor carriers, shippers and logistics companies worldwide, including the U.S. Department of Defense and the General Services Administration.

ALK says that more recently, it was one of the early pioneers in the GPS navigation market with its CoPilot mobile navigation software, which is sold in more than 20 countries, offering turn-by-turn voice guidance for a wide range of mobile phones, dedicated navigation devices and other mobile platforms.

ALK says CoPilot now enjoys a leadership position in the EMEA Smartphone navigation market and is the partner of choice for leading mobile operators, handset manufacturers and portable navigation device (PND) vendors. CoPilot’s Live services are designed to take advantage of mobile Internet connectivity to obtain useful real-time information such as traffic congestion and local fuel prices that can make every journey more predictable.

“Thirty years is a long time in the software industry, and we are proud that our work over these years has increased the efficiency of freight transportation by road, rail and water,” says Alain Kornhauser, ALK founder and chairman, who is also an operations research and financial engineering professor at Princeton University. “We’re also proud of ALK’s success with our CoPilot products in the GPS navigation industry, which has been one of the fastest-growing and most competitive in the history of consumer electronics. We see tremendous opportunity for further innovation in this market as GPS and mobile Internet connectivity become standard on mobile phones.”