Monday, November 16, 2009

ALK Technologies offers new Graphical User Interface

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Princeton, N.J.-based ALKTechnologies, Inc. says it has designed a new Graphical User Interface (GUI) for its users to easily access PC*MILER mileage, toll costs, map data, drivingdirections, and reporting functionality.

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Web Services enables ALK customers to access an interface to PC*MILER over the Internet through their own websites and networks. Routing and map data is hosted by ALK on Tier 1 data center servers and is delivered to users as though it is installed locally. Some key benefits ofthe service include reducing IT infrastructure investments, the ability to ensure server scalability, and optimizing resources.

Traditionally, PC*MILER Web Services features have been integrated into customer websites by programmers through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to preserve the look and feel of the customer site. Now providers offering hosted transportation management software, for example, which use these APIs to deliver accurate routing, mileage and mapping, need not take this extra design step, ALK says. The new GUI can be accessed through a web browser where ALK has completed the design work for the customer/user.

The new graphical user interface is written in HTML(Hyper Text Markup Language) and is independent of PC*MILER Web Services data and programming which are provided in universally accessible XML (Extensible Markup Language). The interface also helps those customers who are integrating PC*MILER Web Services into their own applications. Using the new GUI, programmers can better visualize how to incorporate PC*MILER Web Services for maximum efficiency.

"We've made PC*MILER Web Services more accessible to more customers," said Roy Schijns, vice president, Sales, for PC*MILER Solutions. "Now the interface can be put to work simply and quickly by virtually any company. With minimal IT support, users with multiple locations, multiple versions of PC*MILER, or mixed computer systems can bring PC*MILER tomore end-users through the new GUI."