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Monthly newsletter addressing issues related to Frotcom products and services, customer case studies and success stories of Frotcom, among other interesting issues about our business activity.

Monthly newsletter addressing issues related to Frotcom products and services, customer case studies and success stories of Frotcom, among other interesting issues about our business activity.

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  • January 2010 Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue Case study LKW Walter Editorial W elcome to 2010! New features in Frotcom Extended GPRS coverage Regardless of the economical, financial and political analysis, which tend to show this in Europe new year as the cornerstone for better times, I am personally quite optimistic about what 2010 can bring to the Frotcom project. More than that, I think we are doing a lot This and much more… to make sure that 2010 will be a very good year. In that sense, we have been preparing in advance 2010, which will bring new and better features to the Frotcom vehicle tracking system. In fact, already in the end of 2009 Frotcom had its mapping features increased substantially, with operations such as “Show closest vehicles” being among the preferred by users. What we have in mind for 2010, however, is much more. Indeed, I personally believe that 2010 will be seen as the year when Frotcom became a very serious global player. Not only because the network of Frotcom Certified Partners will continue to grow, but also because this tracking solution will become more and more competitive, bringing the best tracking tools in the market. For this work to be possible, we rely heavily on the feedback received from our Frotcom Certified Partners. Adding to the permanent communication we maintain with all Partners, we recently had a global survey about Frotcom and the market needs. The results will now allow us to fine-tune the solution development plan. Our thanks go to our Partners, for their continuous support and dedication. I hope you can read my optimism in these few lines. That’s how I feel. Valério Marques CEO - Frotcom International A note from the editor – If you would like to have your own say in the next edition of this newsletter please do not hesitate to get in touch at roadmap@frotcom.com. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com Algeria | Angola |Belgium | Bulgaria | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 1
  • Did you know GPS Quiz Case study This time we propose you a quiz Connecting to LKW Walter about GPS. Some of the answers you may know already. Feel free to google the answers if you need to. Some months ago, one of Frotcom Bulgaria’s customers asked how it would be 1. The National Space-Based possible for LKW Walter, the Austrian based full load transport company, to have Positioning, Navigation, and access to its trucks’ positions. As a business partner of this customer, LKW Walter Timing Executive Committee, which manages the GPS system, needed to keep track of the loads, to control the load flows and inform the end was created by which president? customers. a. Ronald Reagan The solution was easy: giving LKW access to the vehicle’s tracking data through b. George Bush Frotcom’s web service. Within a few hours, LKW linked Frotcom’s data to their c. Bill Clinton d. George W. Bush internal IT system. 2. What did the GPS function called Selective Availability, now inactive, do? a. It caused intentional errors designed to keep enemies from using it to launch missiles. b. It only allowed the GPS system to be used in certain areas of the world c. It only allowed specific types of GPS receivers to access the The solution was so successful that soon LKW required other Frotcom Bulgaria and network Frotcom Romania customers to give the same kind of access. And so, today, six d. It would only allow users to access the network if they had Frotcom customers offer LKW a direct link to their trailer’s location. paid a user fee It is very unlikely that this story will end here, for already LKW has certified Frotcom 3. As of 2006, how many times does as one of the tracking systems compatible with their internal load tracking system. each GPS satellite circles the earth in a day? This is not only a confirmation of Frotcom’s powerful webservice interface, but also a sign that similar projects will probably happen in the future. The fact that LKW, a a. Once b. Twice leading transport company with almost 1 million full truck loads per year, has c. Three times approved Frotcom, will hopefully increase our product’s popularity among the d. Four times thousands of LKW’s partnering transportation companies. 4. Where is the GPS Master Control ROADMAP thanks LKW WALTER for their support to Frotcom and also congratulates Station located (as of 2006)? Delyan Kostov and the Frotcom Bulgaria team on these successful projects. a. Washington DC b. Hawaii c. Oklahoma Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 d. Colorado Springs Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com Algeria | Angola |Belgium | Bulgaria | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 2
  • Tip of the month New features in Frotcom Applying vehicle filters to Extended GPRS coverage in Europe automatic reports Frotcom International is proud to announce that new countries have been included in the coverage map. The following is a Let’s suppose you have a big fleet composed of two groups of vehicles: complete list of countries in Europe and Eurasia. In sum, Frotcom now tracks online international transports and national from Portugal in the West, to Russia, including Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey, distribution. For each of those two in the East. groups of vehicles, you have a different fleet manager. Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, How can you send each fleet manager Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, automatic reports with only the group Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom. of vehicles he/she is responsible for? Note: countries in blue were the latest additions. Well, you can. In some of the countries above, Frotcom has the possibility to automatically choose If you haven’t done so yet, create two from more than one operator, depending on the coverage conditions. In total, about vehicle filters: one containing all the vehicles for international transports; 100 operators may be used. This is a great advantage for Frotcom users. Not only and another containing all the vehicles there is international coverage, Frotcom uses as many operators as possible, for distribution. in one country, to maximize GPRS coverage. Now, create the automatic report you want to send out to the fleet manager Extended accessories list responsible for International transports. Select the International transports filter: Frotcom’s accessories list has been upgraded. It is now possible to use, in conjunction with the Bolero Lt or Fox LT tracking devices, the following accessories:  Door open sensor  Temperature sensor  Vehicle immobilizer  Automatic driver identification (RFID) This report will only include the vehicles involved in international  CANBus interface kit (for trucks) transports.  Mobile data terminal for 2-way messaging Proceed similarly to generate the For further information, please consult Frotcom’s Accessory price list. report for distribution, by choosing the corresponding vehicle filter. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com Of course, the main responsible of the Algeria | Angola |Belgium | Bulgaria | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda company would be able to receive both reports and examine them separately. 3
  • News and events The best looking Seat in the world In the next issue “The best looking Seat in the world” – This is how Delyan Kostov of Frotcom Bulgaria entitled News and events, his email to ROADMAP, to which he attached some pictures of their new field services van. more new Frotcom features And you know what? We agree! and tips will be presented. Roadmap congratulates and thanks Frotcom Bulgaria for this initiative and also for helping Frotcom’s brand awareness. This and more, so don’t miss the next issue of Roadmap. Joining us Frotcom Slovenia’s team is expanding… We have a new friend in Frotcom Slovenia. Leon Jakšič is 34 years old and is working as Sales Consultant. Leon’s curriculum includes previous responsibility in sales, managements and motivation areas, in the insurance and financial industry. Used to hard work, Leon will now help Frotcom Slovenia meet its sales objectives. Roadmap welcomes Leon for coming abroad a great project! …and so is Frotcom Bulgaria Frotcom Bulgaria is also expanding. Boyan Ranov, aged 23, is our new friend. Boyan is mainly responsible for device installation and maintenance, as well as customer support. Previous to joining Frotcom Bulgaria, Boyan worked in a Bulgarian vehicle tracking system. We’re sure his previous experience will be very useful. Roadmap welcomes Boyan for joining with the best team! Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com Algeria | Angola |Belgium | Bulgaria | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 4