ALK Technologies, Inc., a GeoLogistics and navigation software company, announced the release of the PC*MILER 26 product line. The transportation industry's leading routing, mileage and mapping software now includes new interactive map features, Fastest routing, RouteSync functionality for route compliance, and more.

PC*MILER 26 provides an increased ability to interact with the PC*MILER RouteMap for more effective route visualization and customization. New features enabling this enhanced visualization include the option to view satellite imagery, new map styles to customize the look and feel of the maps, and additional zoom levels to allow for more granular framing of the map window. Drag Routing and via point management make the route easy to customize and enable the creation of preferred routes.

The new Fastest routing type allows users to take advantage of real-time and historical traffic information, provided by INRIX, to find the fastest route to the destination. These routes may be longer in distance but are less congested compared to the standard PC*MILER Practical and Shortest routes. PC*MILER|Traffic real-time, predictive and historical traffic speed data can also be used for more accurate transit times and ETAs with all routing types. Users can set the time of departure, or desired time of arrival, day-of-week and time-of-day, to calculate more accurate ETAs. For additional optimization, Fastest routes are considered when Least Cost routing is generated. Traffic data is available through ALK's partnership with INRIX, a leading international provider of traffic information and driving services.

RouteSync is a powerful, new capability that ensures operational consistency between dispatched routes and actual routes, delivering the guidance to drive the miles that are being billed. With RouteSync, routes and preferences are sent from PC*MILER in the back office directly to the latest version of ALK's CoPilot Truck navigation software in the cab. In addition to maintaining route compliance, RouteSync reduces non-revenue mileage, improves load profitability and increases driver satisfaction. 

"We're excited about what has been accomplished with the release of PC*MILER 26," said Michael Bodden, Chief Technology Officer, ALK Technologies. "Our two core products that were separate historically have been connected with RouteSync. This is a milestone that will, along with the powerful RouteMatrix functionality in PC*MILER|Connect, significantly benefit our customers and partners."

Further enhancements in PC*MILER 26 include new tools for interactively verifying and editing imported custom places using the map, and four new toll discount programs in PC*MILER|Tolls. Time zone designations in the route entry window and the ability to generate custom road and geofencing reports are additional new features. 

ALK continues to be the leading provider of truck-specific routing and tolls data. Routing improvements are a major part of each annual PC*MILER release. PC*MILER 26 integrates nationwide improvements including the verification of truck routing attributes and the addition of newly constructed roads along with their exit interchanges. Throughout Canada, the accuracy of street-level data in major metropolitan areas has been improved.
The comprehensive suite of PC*MILER 26 integration tools has also been updated and enhanced. PC*MILER interfaces with all leading transportation, logistics and fleet management systems. These products include PC*MILER|Connect, PC*MILER|TCP/IP, PC*MILER|Mapping, PC*MILER|Spreadsheets, PC*MILER|Batchpro and Multi-Version Switch.  

A significant development in the integration product portfolio is the new PC*MILER|RouteMatrix functionality in PC*MILER|Connect. PC*MILER|RouteMatrix lets users generate a matrix of distance and time information from a group of origin/destination pairs without making individual route calls, setting up individual O/D pairs, or being restricted to a single route type. This functionality gives partners and customers an efficient way to process large numbers of North American origin/destination pairs.

PC*MILER runs on Microsoft Windows, UNIX, and Linux platforms, as well as IBM AS/400 and mainframe computers. PC*MILER is also available as a web-based application.  

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