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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 2011Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue New feature Frotcom SLEditorial officially launchedT he other day I was reading one of our colleague’s Case study Facebook page. Here’s what he wrote: “In the last Amalia Coffee Grinding Ltd few days I’ve been thinking about how 2011 will Care for a Cyprus coffee? turn out to be. And I’ve decided: it will be anEXCELLENT year.“ News and events Frotcom joinsIsn’t this a great way of looking at a brand new year? It reflects the belief that road safety initiativethe future can be, if not dictated by you, at least strongly influenced by you. This and much more…In Frotcom, we believe in this, too. We know that despite all economical andfinancial crises, in the end, each company’s vision and strategy will largelyinfluence its results.In 2010 Frotcom International’s turnover grew 40%. Operations expanded to 3continents and the Frotcom system is now commonly regarded as a verycompetitive state-of-the-art vehicle tracking and fleet management system.The recent launch of Frotcom SL was the latest cornerstone, contributing totransform Frotcom from a local basic vehicle tracking solution into an emergingglobal player in fleet management.In 2011, we believe, Frotcom will continue togrow. Our network will expand to newcountries and Frotcom users will be givennew functionalities, some of which follow therequests formulated by Frotcom CertifiedPartners and their Clients. Ultimately,Frotcom will become the de facto vehicletracking and fleet management system.We have decided. 2011 will be an EXCELLENT year. What about you?Valério MarquesCEO - 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 | Fax +351 214 135 678Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.comAngola |Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius |Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 1
    • Did you know?New FeaturesFrotcom SL officially launchedAfter a period of beta tests, it is official: Frotcom SL is hereto stay! Based on Silverlight technology, Frotcom SL really is Frotcom unleashed.Waiting for a page to load is a thing of the past. Frotcom SL only downloads Eco-driving" is easy to apply andthe absolutely necessary data, whilst all user interface related data is kept in has significant, long-term effectsthe user’s computer. As a result, idle times are kept to a minimum and the Fuel-efficient driving (Eco-driving) canuser experience is much more interesting. significantly reduce fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. SlightAccording to Renato Ferreira, Frotcom International’s CTO, “Frotcom SL is a changes in driving style enable driversturning point for Frotcom. Not only have we managed to clearly improve the to exploit fully the fuel-efficiencyuser experience; we now have a tool that allows us to respond quicker to the potential of modern technologies.user needs. In fact, Silverlight allows us to develop software quicker and with Eco-driving is easy to apply. Here aresome extra flexibility.” some guidelines:Frotcom International’s CMO, Nuno Liñan, 1. Shift into a higher gear early;added that “We were extremely pleasedwhen we saw that without a single 2. Maintain a steady speed atexception, the feedback received from beta highest possible gear;testers referred that the user experience 3. Look ahead and anticipate trafficwas better than with the previous version.” flow;Some of the comments received from Beta testers: 4. Switch off the engine at short  “Excellent!” stops;  “Quite quick and pleasant!” 5. Check and adjust the tyre  “Bravo!” pressure regularly;  “Hi, I congratulate you on Frotcom SL (beta). Runs faster, 6. Make use of in-car fuel saving graphics are much better and so far no problems.” devices such as on-board  “Easier to work with.” computers and dynamic  “Much more efficient and quicker, an improvement to our navigators to avoid congestion; operation.” 7. Get rid of surplus weight and  “Much quicker…how can I make this my preferred version?” unused roof racks;  “The new Frotcom SL is quite swift. I have tried to move Eco-driving can be highly cost-effective: through a number of screens which used to be slow with the older version and true, SL is faster. I do recommend this Eco-driving training leads to a reduction shift.” in fuel consumption of up to 25 % after training, with a significant long-termGive it a try and send us also your feedback! effects of 7% under every-day drivingRoadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 conditions.Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.comAngola |Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius |Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda Source: www.acea.be 2
    • Tip of the month Tell Frotcom whichCase Study web interface you wantAmalia Coffee Grinding LtdCare for a Cyprus coffee?Founded in 1948 in Larnaca, Cyprus, AmaliaCoffee Grinding Ltd (www.amalia.com.cy) startedto be a grinder and distributer of coffee. Recently, Frotcom launched FrotcomFrom 1963 until today, with new installations and improved equipment, Amalia Premium SL. Now, when you log in, youhas enriched its line of products: syrups made from the distillation of natural will be asked about which version toalmonds, bananas, pomegranates, blackcurrant, black cherries and exotic fruit. use: Silverlight or HTML (legacy):Later, additional products such as dry nuts, rosewater, water with bitter rangeFlavor and a massive variety of Cyprus Delights (loukoumia) of 10 different typeswere introduced into the market. All these products are currently distributed to thousands of professionals all around Cyprus, through the company’s excellent distribution system. In 2010, the company adopted Frotcom to its sales You can choose Silverlight for a faster fleet. and more powerful experience, or opt for HTML, in case your browser is not According to Christos Hionas, Commercial compatible with Silverlight. Manager, “Frotcom has proved very simple to use. Note: please be aware that the html It is a very effective tool which allows us to version may not have access to all the monitor the sales activities throughout Cyprus.” features available in the Silverlight version of Frotcom.Equipped for today’s demanding market needs, Amalia Coffee Grinding Ltd is a If you don’t want to be asked the samefood processing and packaging company which aspires and aims to continue its question again the next time you login,founders’ successful work. just tick option “Save my choice and do not show this message again.” Once you tick the box and choose your preferred interface, you will be automatically logged in, thereafter.ROADMAP congratulates Michalis and Frotcom Cyprus for this successful You can however, at any moment, change your web interface preferencesproject. in Administration > My Profile.Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.comAngola |Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius |Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 3
    • News and events Next, on RoadmapFrotcom’s web site is gettingeven more visitors News and events,In the last issue of Roadmap we told you about Alexa (www.alexa.com), a company more new Frotcom featuresspecialized in providing information about websites to the Internet community. We told th and tips will be presented.you that according to Alexa, Frotcom’s web site was being ranked the 635,220 mostvisited site on the Internet. th This and more, so don’t missWell, things have changed. According to Alexa, today Frotcom is ranked the 525,239most visited site on the Internet. the next issue of Roadmap.An amazing leap which currently puts Frotcom ahead of most of its competitors in termsof number of visits to the website.Frotcom joins the EuropeanRoad Safety CharterIn January 2011 Frotcom International joined theEuropean Road Safety Charter. The objective ofthe Charter is to help reduce road fatalities.The European Road Safety Charter is a European participatory platform made up ofenterprises, associations, research institutions and public authorities. These actorsundertake to carry out concrete actions and share their good practices in order toresolve the road safety problems that they encounter in their day-to-day environments.Soon the European Road Safety Charter logo will be put in Frotcom’s website as a way ofdrwaing attention to road fatalities. Although this is an European initiative, roadfatalities are unfortunately a much wider problem and similar initiatives are taking placeworldwide.Frotcom’s impact on road safety was in fact recognized In October 2010, when FrotcomEast Africa received a Certificate of Achievement from the National Road Safety Agencyin Kenya, as Best Fleet Management Service Provider in 2010.Further information about the European Road Safety Charter can be obtained inwww.escharter.eu.Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.comAngola |Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius |Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 4