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ALK Maps Offers New Development Platform

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

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LAS VEGAS - ALK Technologies announced the availability of ALK Maps, a new development platform that provides commercial routing, geocoding and mapping visualization for transportation apps.


ALK Maps, introduced at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, is a JavaScript API designed exclusively for the transportation industry, as a customized alternative to web-based consumer mapping APIs.

In addition to powerful and flexible interactive mapping capabilities, ALK Maps allows transportation companies to generate multiple commercial routes and geocode locations with only a few lines of code.

At the core of ALK Maps is the PC*Miler routing engine, a leading platform for commercial routing, mileage, and mapping.

The ALK Maps APIs can be used in web applications, mobile apps, or desktop products, offering complete flexibility in product offerings. The APIs are designed to get transportation and logistics companies up and running quickly and with less overhead.

The ALK Maps JavaScript library provides key functionality for the transportation industry that goes well beyond what a consumer mapping platform can offer. ALK Maps includes flexible layering which displays ALK's commercial maps as a base layer and allows users to overlay routing, geocoding points, traffic, weather, or other data as separate controllable layers. External geographic data can also be added as a vector or image layer.

"We have just completed a three-month ALK Maps Beta program and have seen strong initial interest from partners and customers who are creating some very compelling integrations," said Michael Kornhauser, senior vice president of Enterprise Solutions at ALK.

"Just as truck drivers should not be using consumer GPS software; fleets, shippers, and logistics companies realize the safety value and benefits of using a truck-specific mapping solution."

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