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McLeod Software to integrate ALK Maps and PC*MILER web services

The integration will provide enhanced street-level mapping and routing for LoadMaster and PowerBroker customers, McLeod officials said.

The Trucker News Services

3/25/2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas — ALK Technologies, a global provider of GeoLogistics solutions and navigation software, this week announced that ALK Maps and PC*MILER Web Services will be integrated with McLeod Software's Load Master and PowerBroker products.

The announcement came during the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention under way here.

McLeod's LoadMaster provides dispatch software for asset based trucking companies and PowerBroker offers a fully integrated end-to-end brokerage operations management system.

ALK's PC*MILER Web Services and ALK Maps offer the transportation and logistics industry's fully customizable cloud-based interactive mapping platform providing high-quality map visualization with precise geocoding and routing functionality for enterprise applications, according to Robert Brothers, manager of product development for McLeod Software.

These cloud-based solutions can reduce hardware, software and IT resource costs, he said. Technology solution providers can easily integrate ALK Maps and PC*MILER Web Services with a variety of any platforms, Brothers added.

LoadMaster and PowerBroker integrated with ALK Maps and PC*MILER Web Services can provide enhanced interactive street-level maps with satellite imagery, weather overlays, real-time traffic and speed data with enhanced ETAs, and hazardous materials routing functionality. ALK Maps and PC*MILER Web Services offer these powerful capabilities via a flexible software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

"We are pleased to support ALK's SaaS-based solutions that give our customers more options for configuring their mileage functions within PowerBroker and LoadMaster," Brothers said. "The new mapping capabilities can provide McLeod Software customers the ability to use ALK Maps for interactive street level visualization. We will continue to invest in the best integration solutions for our customers with the ALK family of products."

ALK Maps is powered by PC*MILER, the industry standard for routing, mileage and mapping. PC*MILER provides the most comprehensive set of commercial truck restrictions in North America. Hazmat-specific road classes and routing categories, bridge heights and clearances, weight limits and allowances are also provided as well as one-way road designations, left-hand and dangerous turn restrictions, and urban road classifications.

"We are pleased to further strengthen our long-term relationship with McLeod Software," said Dan Popkin, senior vice president of enterprise solutions at ALK Technologies. "This combination can significantly enhance the user experience with high-performance mapping and routing. Our mutual customers can benefit from improved operational consistency and productivity."

For more information regarding ALK Maps and PC*MILER Web Services, visit www.alkmaps.com and www.pcmiler.com/webservices. For LoadMaster or PowerBroker information, visit: www.McLeodSoftware.com.