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Roadmap monthly newsletter - July 2013

  1. 1. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Colombia |Cyprus |Croatia |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg | Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Namibia | Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain | Tanzania |Uganda |UK | 1 Roadmapmonthly newsletter Editorial hat future lies ahead of vehicle telematics equipment for the remote control of commercial fleets? Embedded onboard computers, preinstalled from factory? Or brought-in devices, a.k.a. aftermarket devices? For now, aftermarket devices will still take the lead. Here’s why. It is a fact that some truck manufacturers are installing GPS/GPRS devices from factory, along with software applications capable of dealing with the basic needs of tracking and tracing. However, these applications are mainly focused in facilitating remote vehicle diagnosis, therefore improving the quality and effectiveness of maintenance actions. When it comes to fleet management capabilities, these solutions have in general not evolved so much as a dedicated fleet management application. There is, however, other compelling reason why OEM/factory fitted solutions have a hard time convincing customers: in general, fleets are not composed of vehicles of only one brand. There are some explanations to this, but one of the most frequent is that companies do not want to rely on just one truck brand, which would probably make them lose some negotiation power in the moment of buying or leasing more trucks. So, in general, truck fleets are multi-brand. This brings a strong argument against using a fleet management solution offered by a truck manufacturer. Companies would either have a system to control just part of the fleet, or would have to deal with several different software solutions, one per each truck brand on the fleet. This is not, of course, a convenient approach and is usually rejected. On the other hand, makes are still not addressing lighter vehicles such as commercial vans. For those, fleet management must really be achieved through the integration of aftermarket GPS/GPRS devices. Finally, most of the commercial vehicles already on the streets, by and large, including trucks, have not been fitted yet with any vehicle tracking hardware. So there is plenty of room for the integration of aftermarket devices. 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 W July 2013 In this issue New Certified Partner Frotcom now in Namibia News and Events Frotcom Spain exhibited in Seville New Features Notebook now available in Frotcom Case Study Interview with Theodoros Nikolovgenis, Distribution Center Manager at the Papaellinas Group of Companies This and much more…
  2. 2. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Colombia |Cyprus |Croatia |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg | Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Namibia | Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain | Tanzania |Uganda |UK | 2 New Certified Partner Frotcom now in Namibia Frotcom Namibia is Frotcom network’s latest celebration. The partnership with Kaiseb Engineering represents a commitment to optimize fleet management in Namibia. On July 2011, Kaiseb Engineering started operations within the IT area; fleet management constituted the main part of the business. According to Mr. Hiskia Nangolo, Managing Director at Frotcom Namibia, “Frotcom International is known for its vibrant success and professional staff. Teaming up with Frotcom to supply fleet intelligence is a featured development for the Namibian market. We are sure we will benefit from the strong market demand for vehicle tracking systems in Namibia and that this partnership will create an entrance for us to introduce an efficient, user friendly tracking and fleet management system. Frotcom will complement the needs of the Namibian customers and we expect to take over most of the fleet management activities in Namibia in three years.” “I believe that this partnership will be a great success. The experience and expertise of the Frotcom Namibia team will play a key role in our efforts to achieve good results in the Namibian market”, said Nuno Liñan, CMO at Frotcom International. ROADMAP welcomes Hiskia Nangolo and the Frotcom Namibia team on board and wishes them successful operations. About Namibia Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia is a country in southern Africa. Namibia’s economy is tied closely to South Africa’s due to their shared history. The largest economic sectors are mining, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. In 2013, global business and financial news provider, Bloomberg, named Namibia the top emerging market economy in Africa and the 13th best in the world. > Capital Windhoek > Currency Namibian dollar (NAD) > Language English > Population 2,100,000 > Territory 825,418 km 2 > GDP $17.737 billion Source: Wikipedia Hiskia Nangolo Managing Director at Frotcom Namibia Did you know? Frotcom is now available on your Android smartphone and iPhone Frotcom’s application for smartphones is now available, bringing the main tracking features in Frotcom to your smartphone. The supported platforms and minimum requirements are the following:  Android smartphone (2.3.3.)  iPhone (iOS 5.1) You can download the application from the Play Store, in case you have an Android smartphone, or if you have an iPhone, from the App Store. In both cases, search for Frotcom. The application features are divided in the following sections:  Map – it is the entry point to the application and has two distinct display modes (fleet mode and vehicle mode).  Fleet status – this screen displays a list with the summary status of all the vehicles in the fleet.  Vehicle details – you can reach each vehicle’s details from the map, tapping the vehicle’s info box, or from the Fleet status screen, tapping a row. This screen shows detailed information about the vehicle.  Alarms – Shows the alarm occurrences for the day.  More – Displays information about the application, such as the executing version and legal notices. Experience the convenience of tracking your fleet on the go with Frotcom’s application for Android and iOS.
  3. 3. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Colombia |Cyprus |Croatia |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg | Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Namibia | Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain | Tanzania |Uganda |UK | 3 News & Events Frotcom Spain exhibited in Seville On the 1st of June 2013, Frotcom Spain was presented as Volvo’s partner at a new truck model presentation that took place in Seville, alongside brands such as Pirelli and Euro-Colven. Throughout the day, Frotcom Spain had the opportunity to exhibit Frotcom’s solution and its latest updates. Professionals of transport and logistics showed an overwhelming interest in the advanced abilities of Frotcom. Between demonstrations, the presentation of the system’s features and the raffle of a GPS device, Frotcom Spain guaranteed a constant good atmosphere, as referred by David González, who integrates the Sales Department at Frotcom Spain. ROADMAP congratulates Frotcom Spain for the participation in this event! New Features Notebook now available in Frotcom The Notebook is a new feature in Frotcom. It introduces the possibility to add free text notes to the details of vehicles, drivers, places and clients, in addition to creating generic notes. These notes will remain registered until removed by any user with privileges to do so. Besides permitting to search freely for any text, the Notebook allows companies to filter notes by date, type (All / Vehicles / Drivers / Places / Clients / Generic) and user (note author), giving the possibility to access previous notes from any of its details. Tip of the month Extension to Daily summary report The Daily summary report was extended and now allows you to check at once the evolution of several different tracking variables in a period. To generate this report, choose the Daily summary report in the Reports folder: To configure the report, enter the needed parameters: You can choose between two formats: 1. 1. Multiple days - This mode is available for a period up to 1 month. It shows, for each selected variable, its value, day by day. 2. Single day - This mode is only available if you choose a single day. It displays, for that day, a table similar to the one available in Fleet > Daily summary but which also includes the odometer and the information about the last trip executed. The output of the report depends on the format you chose: Multiple days or single day. If you select a period of more than one day, you will also have the possibility to select the variables you want to see in the report, such as beginning, end, number of trips, mileage (km), travel time, average speed (km/h), first driver, last driver, # of different drivers and fuel consumption (when available, i.e. as long as there is a fuel consumption information source such as CANBus or analogue fuel sensor).
  4. 4. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Colombia |Cyprus |Croatia |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg | Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Namibia | Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain | Tanzania |Uganda |UK | 4 Case Study Interview with Theodoros Nikolovgenis, Distribution Center Manager at the Papaellinas Group of Companies Based in Nicosia, Cyprus, with a history that dates back more than 80 years, Papaellinas is one of the biggest and most dynamic organizations on the island nowadays. The organization leads in all areas of its line of work, such as pharmaceutical and fast moving consumer goods distribution; health foods and natural remedies retailing; flagrances and cosmetics distribution and retailing. Roadmap: For which main reason do you use vehicle tracking? Theodoros Nikolovgenis: First and foremost we know where all our vehicles are and how they are behaving. A vehicle tracking / fleet management system can make a big difference to a company managing a fleet made up of 17 trucks and 2 vans by improving customer service, driver and vehicle efficiency, controlling the appointments and deliveries with our customers and providing information that can save us a significant amount of money. R: For how long have you been using vehicle tracking / fleet management? TN: Since 2009. In the last six months we had a trial version of a full operational system with Frotcom and it gave us immediate results, hence the decision of switching to Frotcom. R: What was the main reason for switching providers? TN: The first thing we noticed is that Frotcom is logically designed. We switched for a few reasons, such as routing optimization which provides us not only very accurate directions, but also suggests alternative routes. The reports generated by Frotcom are very simple and useful. We can choose which reports to receive automatically with the most relevant tracking data for our analysis. The other reason associated to our decision is Frotcom's Eco-driving. With this module we can control accelerations and braking, idling, speeding and in some cases over revving (RPMs) and cruise control usage. Frotcom‘s Eco-driving is helping us reduce costs and our carbon footprint. R: Are you happy with the service provided by your current vehicle tracking / fleet management supplier? TN: Of course. Frotcom has an excellent service and from the beginning Frotcom Cyprus showed us the benefits of using Frotcom. Frotcom was so well introduced to drivers that it was quickly accepted. R: What are the key challenges facing your fleet operation? TN: The continuous increase of petroleum prices and spare parts; the ability to integrate new customers to existing routes, optimizing mileage; to have zero accident rates; and last but not the least, to reduce the carbon footprint in our distribution channels, in the context of corporate social responsibility. R: How has Frotcom benefited your business and operational performance? TN: We expect 10% cost reduction with routing optimization and 10% cost reduction with Frotcom’s eco-driving. We would like to come up with real numbers in one year to show that when you have the right human resources culture and the appropriate tools, you can be a model. ROADMAP congratulates the Frotcom Cyprus team for this successful project! Next, on Roadmap News and events, more new Frotcom features and tips will be presented. This and more, so don’t miss the next issue of Roadmap. Theodoros Nikolovgenis