Omnitracs and ALK Technologies Continue Collaboration to Help Fleets Reduce Out-of-Route Miles and Fuel Usage to Improve Load Profitability
Truckload Carriers Association 2014 Annual Convention (Booth #243), Grapevine, Texas—(March 23, 2014)—Omnitracs, LLC, a leading provider of integrated wireless systems, applications and services to transportation and logistics companies, and ALK Technologies, a global leader in GeoLogistics™ solutions and navigation software, today announced that ALK’s RouteSync® and CoPilot® FleetPortal™ applications will be available in future for ALK’s CoPilot® Truck on-board in-cab navigation software via Omnitracs Mobile Computing Platforms (MCPs). Fleets using Omnitracs fleet management technology and ALK’s CoPilot Truck will benefit from the new add-ons, which can help boost route compliance and reduce operational costs, both of which contribute to improved margins.
RouteSync, an add-on to CoPilot Truck navigation software, seamlessly integrates with the fleet's back office and onboard systems to ensure consistency between the planned route in the back office and the navigated route in the cab. Drivers receive and follow the planned route from the back office and are provided with voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions via the MCP so they can better adhere to the planned route. These features allow fleets using ALK’s CoPilot Truck and Omnitracs MCPs to improve route compliance, reduce non-revenue mileage, and create operational consistency among variables such as planned versus actual miles, driver pay, billing, load planning and fuel tax reporting.
Further reducing out-of-route miles, CoPilot FleetPortal application allows fleets to visualize routes and generate fleet-wide reports on vehicles’ compliance to planned routes. By allowing fleets to analyze their route compliance data and measure driver performance, CoPilot FleetPortal helps carriers better identify driver coaching opportunities that can lead to reduced fuel usage.
"Fuel usage and out-of-route miles are business critical concerns for fleets today," said Dan Popkin, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at ALK Technologies. "RouteSync and CoPilot FleetPortal are designed to alleviate non-revenue mileage, giving fleets the tools to reduce wasted time and fuel, while improving the bottom line."
"In collaboration with ALK Technologies, we aim to continuously add value to our shared customers by offering technology that is fleet-centric—empowering drivers to be safe and efficient," said Vikas Jain, vice president and general manager of software as a service at Omnitracs. "With these new CoPilot Truck features, fleets can further enhance operational efficiency and profitability, while also improving driver satisfaction and retention."
ALK’s RouteSync is expected to be available to Omnitracs MCP200, MCP110 and MCP50 equipped fleets using ALK’s CoPilot Truck in the summer of 2014. ALK's CoPilot FleetPortal is expected to be available to Omnitracs MCP200 and MCP110 equipped fleets using ALK’s CoPilot Truck in the summer of 2014 and to MCP50 equipped fleets using CoPilot Truck in the first half of 2015. For more information, visit Omnitracs at booth #243 at the Truckload Carriers Association 76th Annual Convention, March 23-26, in Grapevine, Texas.
The partnership with ALK provides LLamasoft Supply Chain Guru and LLamasoft Transportation Guru customers an industry-recognized means to accurately calculate distance and transit times for all global regions, as well as determine geocoding and detailed road routes. LLamasoft transportation customers particularly, including 3PLs, carriers and private fleets will benefit from the PC*MILER solution, as will the LLamasoft solutions services team.
"ALK is pleased to partner with LLamasoft and offer PC*MILER, recognized as the industry leader in truck routing, mileage and mapping," said Michael Kornhauser, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, ALK Technologies. "With PC*MILER integration, LLamasoft customers can strategically model their supply chain and transportation networks precisely to understand true costs, enhancing business decisions."
"As the market leader in supply chain design technology, LLamasoft has a responsibility to provide our customers with accurate information with which to make important decisions," said Toby Brzoznowski, Executive Vice President of LLamasoft. "By integrating our products with PC*MILER, we are providing access to the industry's most trusted source for truck routing, mileage and mapping."
About ALK Technologies ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics solutions and navigation software, is focused on developing innovative solutions for transportation, logistics, mobile workforces and consumers. For 30 years, ALK has led the transportation industry with high-quality routing, mileage and mapping solutions. Product lines include award-winning CoPilot, the GPS navigation software of choice for fleets, mobile operators, hardware OEMs, systems integrators, professional drivers and consumers. ALK's PC*MILER is widely recognized as the industry standard and is depended on by transportation, logistics and manufacturing companies worldwide. ALK Maps is a development platform designed for the transportation industry and provides commercial routing, geocoding and mapping visualization for enterprise applications. For more information on ALK Technologies, visit: www.alk.com or follow us at:
About Omnitracs, LLC
Omnitracs is the leading provider of fleet management solutions including software applications, information services, and hardware platforms for private and for-hire fleets. The company's intuitive technologies including solutions for safety and compliance, fuel efficiency, driver retention, fleet productivity, GPS fleet tracking, and fleet maintenance, enable customers to solve common fleet problems and achieve their business objectives. Having pioneered the telematics industry more than 25 years ago as a business unit of Qualcomm, today, Omnitracs continues to serve more than 2,500 private and for-hire fleet customers and 270,000 vehicles throughout North American and Latin America. For more information, please visit www.Omnitracs.com