New PCMiler release includes carbon-calculating

June 25, 2009
The 23rd annual release of PCMiler, ALK Technologies’ routing and mileage software, includes carbon emissions and intermodal analysis functionality

The 23rd annual release of PCMiler, ALK Technologies’ routing and mileage software, includes carbon emissions and intermodal analysis functionality. Also included in the update are truck restrictions and truck-specific toll costs are also included in the update.

“ALK is pleased to be the first routing and mileage provider to make environmental impact an optional factor in daily operational choices,” said Kara Jo Witkowski, senior product manager. “The new features allow carriers, shippers and 3PLs to make better multi-modal decisions.”

The intermodal analysis feature calculates alternative rail intermodal routes for truck shipments to run quick comparisons of truck and intermodal mileage, fuel consumption and carbon emissions, said ALK. There is also an updated points of interest database with small, medium and large intermodal ramps throughout the U.S. and Canada listed, ALK said.

PCMiler 23 updates also include toll calculation to include tolls determined by weight and truck axles, weight-based tolls based on specific categories and rates applied by individual toll authorities and 27 discount toll programs and 68,300 unique toll paths.

Other updates include 117,000 new truck restriction and allowances enhancements; weight restrictions, weight allowance and commercial vehicle constraints have been updated for 36 states and cities in the U.S. and Canada; and updated Canadians dangerous goods restrictions.

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