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  • 1. December 2012Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue Case Study Interview with Rok Suhadolc,Editorial owner of the Slovenian company, Suhadolc TransI was looking at this newsletter’s editorial of December 2010, exactly 2 years New features ago. Interesting how things did not change that much! Take a look: Converting circular places and zones to polygonal zones “December 2010 Editorial - This year has been, as we will all agree, full of challenges. Families, companies and ultimately countries are being challenged to rationalize their News and events costs, in a context of fierce global competition and debt crisis, where loans are More than 1000 people took becoming more and more expensive and harder to get. the pledge of saving 30 000 lives Rationalization is today not only synonymous with good practices. It is a fundamental ingredient for survival. This and much more… Frotcom is a tool to help companies implement that rationalization. Having a fleet without a tracking system makes just about as much sense as leaving the office’s lights on all night. […] As the global economy relentlessly imposes the need for tighter control of a company’s costs, Frotcom is ideally positioned to give a hand to fleet managers and company boards, in their responsibility to lower costs and improve productivity. That explains why in 2010, a year with so many economic downturns, Frotcom’s network and global turnover continued to grow: cost control is becoming more and more a priority, and Frotcom is being seen by clients as an excellent tool to help in this endeavor. […]”Could have been written today, right? Unfortunately the debt crisis is becomingalso a serious economic crisis in several parts of the world. With the decline in GDPin the Eurozone, for instance, the 17-member bloc just slipped into recession in thethird quarter, for the second time in three years.Frotcom is mainly a tool to control costs and increase productivity. Customersknow that. And that’s why Frotcom International is closing this fiscal year with yetanother growth in revenues estimated to be close to 30%. Let me wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a 2013 full of personal and professional successes. Valério Marques, CEO - Frotcom InternationalA note from the editor – If you would like to have your own say in the next edition of this newsletter please donot hesitate to get in touch at roadmap@frotcom.com.Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.comFrotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet IntelligenceAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D.R.Congo |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg |Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain|Tanzania |Uganda |UK | 1
  • 2. Did you know?Case studyInterview with Rok Suhadolc, owner of "Connect to Compete" isthe Slovenian company, Suhadolc Trans Rok Suhadolc - Suhadolc Trans the latest conferenceQ: When did you first start using Frotcom? organised by EuropeanA: We have been using Frotcom since 2009, for already 3 years now. CommissionQ: How does Frotcom make your life easier?A: Frotcom is of great help at any given time to inform the customer about the The European transport businessvehicle location and time of arrival or when goods are to be loaded. We avoid summit – connect to compete,unnecessary chain dialing (party-carrier-driver-carrier-customer). The information is was held in Brussels on 27always at our fingertips. November 2012. In an innovative setting, the event broughtQ: Why are you satisfied with Frotcom’s services? together transport serviceA: Frotcom is logically designed; view displays are easy to use. It is also providers and users, policycommendable, which allows many different data output options, such as travelled makers, along with 300 otherdistance with the vehicle in arbitrary intervals, real-time view of the cost of a vehicle, participants and the media.fuel consumption, which is converted into an Excel file and further processed. Theafter-sales service is also 100% accurate and professional. The response time is Business leaders and majoralways immediate. I am extremely satisfied! players in industry and theQ: What can you tell us about Frotcom’s cost economy, gathered to debate thebenefits? importance transport plays forA: Frotcom’s monthly savings are growth and jobs, the role ofapproximately 500.00€, which is considerable European transport policy and thecomparing to the situation before we started challenges for promoting Europesusing Frotcom. global competitiveness.Q: What would it be like a working day without Frotcom? The event was structured in threeA: On any given day Frotcom is the first application that runs on my computer. It is roundtables:at hand to have a quick run through the map to see who is where. Thecommunication, OFFICE - DRIVER, DRIVER – OFFICE is simple and very useful. This 1. Transport that serves businesspart of Frotcom is the most helpful to me. Drivers got used very quickly to the new needs in a competitive internalway of communication and the success is mutual. In summary, I simply cannot market;imagine a workday without Frotcom. I recommend it to anyone who wants to have 2. Green and innovative transportfull control, reduce labor costs and work more efficiently! to reduce Europes dependency on oil;Q: From the video you participated with in Frotcom’s 2012 video contest, Sharethe Experience, we understand that you have recently “travelled” with Frotcom to 3. Keeping European industrythe Nord Kap. Can you tell us more about Frotcom’s contribution to the event? competitive on a global scale.A: As you already know, we traveled for 22 days, a 10,278 km-long journey, fromLjubljana up until the most Northern place of Europe, Norwegian NORD KAP, andback. Frotcom device was installed in a vehicle to establish a communicationbetween the base and the vehicle. The vehicle sent all the necessary information,such as where the closest pumps with cheaper fuel were on the map, informationabout hotels, ferries, etc. In this respect, Frotcom has proved to be an affordableand simple solution for monitoring vehicles on the road in real time. Thanks to Transport matters! Discover someFrotcom’s support, we successfully carried out the LJUBLJANA - NORD KAP - fascinating facts on how transportLJUBLJANA project. allows Europe to Connect toROADMAP congratulates the Frotcom Slovenia team for this successful project! compete.Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.comFrotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet IntelligenceAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D.R.Congo |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg |Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain|Tanzania |Uganda |UK | Source: http://ec.europa.eu/ 2
  • 3. Tip of the monthNew featuresConverting circular places and zones to polygonal zones Forwarding incoming messagesIf the last change to zones was about the possibility of creating polygonal zones,now you can also convert the circular zones to polygonal zones and then edit to Sometimes you may need to leavemake them overlap exactly as you want. Supposing you want to convert a your workspace and still be able to know if a message comes from acircular place to a polygon, you need to go to Administration > Places and right driver. In that case, you canclick on the circular place you want to convert to polygon. Choose Convert to configure Frotcom to forwardpolygon. Now, you can click the lock and start editing the vertices of the incoming messages to you.octagon. You can also add and remove vertices. Go to Administration > My profile > Interact and click Edit. Tick the appropriate box.Different trail colours for different vehiclesYou can visually distinguish Then, select the vehicles for whichbetween vehicles by choosing a you want message forwarding.different trail colour for each of You can also specify when youthem. First, edit the vehicle in want message forwarding:Administration > Vehicles.Then, choose the colour youwant. You can create your owncolour or select one of the pre-set colours. Once applied, youwill be able to see the trails ofeach vehicle in a different Finally, select the email addressescolour, in Fleet > Map, as long and/or mobile phones you wish toas you activate the trails option redirect the messages to. Have in mind that in the case of SMS onlyin Map options. The trails are the first 120 characters of thealso displayed in the original message will becorresponding colours, in forwarded. The rest of the 160Vehicles > Map. characters are used to describeRoadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.com the origin of the message.Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet IntelligenceAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D.R.Congo |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg |Macedonia Don’t forget to Save before|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain|Tanzania |Uganda |UK | leaving. 3
  • 4. New vehicle iconsThe possibility of choosing from a multitude Next, on Roadmapof vehicle icons is now possible. Go toAdministration > Vehicles and open the News and events,details of the vehicle which icon you wish tochange. Then, click on the icon selector. You more new Frotcom featurescan select from the more generic Frotcomstyle icons to other more specialized icons. and tips will be presented.Click on the little triangle to see the contentof each category. For example, here aresome options for Heavy equipment. This and more, so don’t miss the next issue of Roadmap.News and eventsMore than 1000 people took the pledge of saving 30 000 livesIn September Roadmap made a call to action to save30 000 lives. It was about No more victims on theroad campaign launched by European Road SafetyCharter. There is great news! So far there are morethan 1000 people who believe that road safetyshould remain a priority and have actively showntheir support towards the awareness raising campaign. On the left side you can watch the promotional video of the campaign. If you haven’t taken the pledge yet, just click on the picture and show that you care!Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.comFrotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet IntelligenceAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D.R.Congo |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg |Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain|Tanzania |Uganda |UK | 4