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August 3, 2017 11:30 AM, EDT

ALK Introduces PC Miler 31

ALK Technologies recently announced the availability of PC Miler 31, the latest version of its flagship truck routing, mileage and mapping software.

The annual release includes new road condition details and wind alerts to improve driver safety, as well as amenity and truck parking information to enhance trip planning.

“Our flagship transportation solution continues to expand with the evolving needs of the industry,” said Dan Popkin, ALK’s senior vice president of enterprise solutions. “More than ever, driver safety is the top-of-mind concern.”

The new road conditions display, which appears directly on the map in PC Miler, enables dispatchers and fleet managers to proactively route their trucks around hazardous conditions. The feature designates road conditions as dry, wet/slippery, water/snow or ice/snow.

The updated software also provides notifications if the generated route passes through an area flagged as a wind alert zone. Wind threats such as gale and hurricane force winds can be a safety threat, especially for trucks hauling lighter loads or higher profile trailers, the company said.

Both road conditions and wind alerts are included with a PC Miler Weather license.

PC Miler 31 also includes authenticated amenity and truck parking information at more than 7,000 rest areas, truck stops and fueling stations. ALK said it added new locations and removed closed ones to ensure accuracy for trip planners. The data can help dispatchers better plan fueling stops or hours-of-service breaks for drivers, ALK said.

For confirmed trucking parking locations, PC Miler also now provides the total number of truck spots available and information on whether 10-hour parking is allowed and if parking reservations are available.

PC Miler runs on Microsoft Windows, IBM AS/400 (iSeries) and mainframe computers. The software also is available as a web-based application and can integrate with transportation and supply chain management systems.

ALK is part of Trimble Inc.’s transportation and logistics division.