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ALK Technologies Partners with IDSC to Offer Optimized Fuel Purchase

March 10, 2007

PRINCETON, N.J. --- ALK Technologies has partnered with Integrated Decision Support Corp. (IDSC) to provide over-the-road fuel purchase optimization through its PC*MILER routing and mileage software. This new function will be demonstrated at the Truckload Carriers Association Annual Convention at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, March 11-13, in ALK's booth 212. IDSC provides planning and execution solutions, including fuel optimization, specifically for truckload carriers. PC*MILER software provides routing and mileage calculation for motor carriers, shippers and logistics providers throughout North America. The IDSC partnership will enable PC*MILER users to incorporate the most cost-effective over-the-road fuel purchases into driving directions without exiting the application. PC*MILER users can access IDSC's fuel-pricing database to generate the most efficient route with detailed fuel-buying instructions along the way. Details include where to make fuel purchases as well as how much to buy at any given location. The application also considers negotiated discounts a customer can enter on a retail-minus or cost-plus basis. Discounts can be entered by fuel chain or by individual fuel stop. IDSC optimization is based on up-to-the minute pump prices of fuel at 8,000 truck stops and fueling locations throughout the United States and Canada. Some PC*MILER customers subscribe separately to IDSC's Fuel Advice Web-based service to access the same optimized data. The new partnership lets ALK customers save a step in the routing process and access IDSC optimization directly through PC*MILER. Similarly, payment can be made directly through ALK as well. IDSC integration will be available in PC*MILER 21, which will be released this spring.
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