ALK Technologies says its new PC*Miler 26 provides an increased ability to interact with the system’s RouteMap program for more effective route visualization and customization. New features 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.
Users can take advantage of real-time and historical traffic information to find the fastest route to the destination. These routes may be longer in distance but are less congested compared to the standard ‘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.
RouteSync is a new function 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 aims to reduce non-revenue mileage, improve load profitability, and increase driver satisfaction.
Other 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. Time-zone designations in the route entry window and the ability to generate custom road and geofencing reports are additional new features.
The accuracy of street-level data in major metropolitan areas throughout Canada has also been improved.
The suite of PC*Miler 26 integration tools has also been updated and enhanced. It interfaces with all leading transportation, logistics, and fleet management systems.
PC*Miler runs on Microsoft Windows, UNIX, and Linux platforms, as well as IBM AS/400 and mainframe computers. It’s also available as a web-based application.
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