ALK Technologies Inc. announced that it has won the Project of the Year in Freight Management Award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of New York at the 18th annual ITS-NY Meeting and Technology Exhibition in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ALK contributed insights and technology to the “Integrative Freight Demand Management in the New York City Metropolitan Area” project, one of six to receive an ITS-NY award.
“These winning projects feature Intelligent Transportation Systems and technologies at work in New York State to improve traveler mobility and safety, as well as the efficiency of New York State’s transportation system across all modes of travel,” says Dr. Isaac Takyi, chair of the ITS-NY Awards Committee.
ALK – along with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers University, New York University, New York City Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation – implemented an off-hours freight delivery program to create an urban freight management system that fights congestion by combining Global Positioning System technology with traffic management.
The program explored the impact of commercial trucks making their deliveries during off-peak hours by utilizing participating businesses’ GPS-equipped vehicles to capture data about how these off-peak deliveries impacted traffic patterns and saved businesses time and money. In Manhattan alone, there are more than 100,000 freight deliveries each day. Much of those are wholesale, retail and food shipments, which may not require daytime delivery.