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SkyBitz integrates Alk maps with asset tracker

Steve Rogerson
June 30, 2015
Virginia-based SkyBitz has integrated Alk Maps with its InSight asset tracking and management web application. The combination provides SkyBitz’s customers with real-time visualisations of interactive street-level maps with satellite imagery.
“We are pleased to offer SkyBitz customers enhanced North American maps with common industry-specific information that will help them to improve their operations,” said Henry Popplewell, senior vice president and general manager of SkyBitz. “The new mapping integration can help customers to visualise their assets with more contextualised information.”
Offering industry-standard commercial mapping and accurate class eight vehicle restriction information, Alk Maps enhances InSight with relevant, transportation-specific data missing from consumer mapping applications. InSight users can now benefit from truck-specific map overlays for fuel and truck stops, weigh stations, toll roads and landmarks, in addition to commercial restrictions and hazmat designations.
These enhanced map layers can apply to the multiple industry segments SkyBitz serves including trucking, oil, gas and intermodal. Customers will also have the ability to set up geo-fencing for class eight vehicles, clustered layers and benefit from other enhancements to landmark creation and editing. These capabilities can save fleet dispatchers and driver managers time and improve productivity, allowing them to focus more closely on drivers and assets.
“Unlike other mapping solutions that were originally created for automobile travel, Alk Maps is designed from the ground up for the trucking and logistics industry,” said Dan Popkin, senior vice president at New Jersey based Alk Technologies – famous for its CoPilot GPS software. “Alk Maps will complement SkyBitz’s leading remote asset tracking capabilities by allowing customers a greater level of control over finding the closest available resources to their assets. This includes visibility not only of where they are, but also how they got there. All of this can be accomplished from a single, integrated solution.”
More than 800 enterprises rely on SkyBitz, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telular, to achieve total asset visibility, improved security, lower operating and capital expenses, and enhanced customer service. Alk Technologies is a Trimble company focused on developing products for transportation, logistics, mobile workforces and consumers.