- ALK Technologies, Inc., a global leader in GeoLogistics™ and navigation software today announced the release of PC*MILER|Rail 19, the latest version of the transportation and logistics industry's leading rail routing, mileage and mapping software solution. The latest version now provides new data updates to keep track of continuous rail changes and additions on a quarterly basis.
PC*MILER|Rail is used by railroads, most large rail shippers, and railcar lessors in transportation management and in revenue applications. Key applications include fuel surcharge calculation, car hire, equipment management, rail car mileage auditing, rate determination and negotiation, carrier selection, and ad valorem tax reporting. Motor carriers and logistics providers with intermodal operations use PC*MILER|Rail to determine routing options, rail mileage, and freight rates.
A long-time customer of PC*MILER, R&L Carriers also uses PC*MILER|Rail for researching terminals for multi-modal routing allowing them to make the most cost effective and efficient route choices. R&L Carriers operates a fleet of 13,000 tractors and trailers. Based in Fort Myers, Florida, R&L Truckload Services operates 500 power units.
"PC*MILER|Rail helps our operations a great deal by keeping up with our customer needs," said Rob Bowman, Vice President of Operations at R&L Truckload Services. "Having both ALK's rail and truck routing products at our finger tips significantly speeds up bid response time. This is a competitive advantage that also provides instant gratification for customers on rate quote turnarounds. PC*MILER|Rail allows us to pull together a complete truck/rail solution for the customer."
"The growth of intermodal has caused us to expand our operations and PC*MILER|Rail is an important tool to help us grow that business," said Rob Bowman, Vice President of Operations at R&L Truckload Services. "It's the only product of its kind and has allowed us to more effectively discuss customer needs with the Class 1 railroads. We were previously using paper maps which just doesn't cut it anymore."
PC*MILER|Rail 19 includes over 240,000 miles of rail line in North America. This new version is current with 49,500 active freight stations, thousands of unique junction interchanges, and over 750 railroads including 20 new carriers. Rail networks have been revised to incorporate recent track abandonments.
Additional features in PC*MILER|Rail 19 include the ability to avoid or favor junction interchanges in AutoRouter, a tool that simplifies route entry by suggesting the junctions and railroad connections to use between origin and destination points. PC*MILER|Rail-Connect includes the ability to extract mileage breakdown by railroad and state combinations, and obtaining latitude-longitude information for the generated routes.
ALK offers customers several licensing options and value-added solutions to access PC*MILER|Rail routing, mileage and mapping functionality. The standard Windows-based interactive single or multi-user installation allows users to manually run and analyze routes, while PC*MILER|Rail-BatchPro quickly processes large volumes of origin-destination pairs and interline routes with specific origin and destination railroads. PC*MILER|Rail-Connect integrates with custom or third-party applications and includes Microsoft Excel Add Ins to compute routes via spreadsheet formulas. A TCP/IP add-on is available for interfacing with other platforms including UNIX, IBM iSeries, and CICS Mainframe. PC*MILER|Rail map data files can be licensed to use with ALK's routing network model or other GIS software.
About ALK Technologies
ALK Technologies, a global leader in GeoLogistics™ 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 Live, 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. Our newest product, ALK Maps is a development platform designed for the transportation industry and provides commercial routing, geocoding and mapping visualization for enterprise applications.
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