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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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    • June 2010 Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue Case study Mikro+Polo Editorial Distributing pharmaceuticals in the former republics of F rotcom is tracking 1,000,000 km a day. We found Yugoslavia this out when preparing a new feature for Frotcom, which will be disclosed soon. New features in Frotcom Master users | Hiding history It’s a lot of kms, when you come to think of it. It means that the added routes of Frotcom tracked vehicles Frotcom News would be enough to complete 25 tours around the earth… a Frotcom exhibits | day. Impressive. Adventure Portugal-China And yet, it comes as no big surprise. Frotcom is growing both as a solution (new features constantly being added) – and in its reach. Through a great network of Frotcom Certified Partners, Frotcom is becoming available in many countries now. As a matter of fact, Frotcom International has sold in the first 5 months of 2010 This and much more… twice as many units as in the same period of 2009. How is this possible, when so many companies are complaining about the negative impact of the international crisis on their businesses? Well, for one, I believe Frotcom can really make a different when it comes to lowering costs in a company. Today, a company with a fleet of vehicles without a tool such as Frotcom is more exposed to the impact of the negative economical cycles or increased fuel costs. That is why selling a vehicle tracking system today does not require explaining to a manager why it is needed and what the benefits are. They know that already. Moreover, our strategy seems to be working ok. Long ago, we decided to create Frotcom as a simple, user-friendly and cost-effective tracking system. Simplicity was paramount, not only for end users, but also because we knew that a complex system would be harder to maintain from our headquarters. That vision allowed us to nourish a network of great Frotcom Certified Partners. Today, most of the features being added to Frotcom are already coming from end users in places such diverse as Mauritius or Slovenia, Angola or Spain. And rightly so. Listening to what clients say is the only way for Frotcom to keep growing in the right direction. 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 | Cameroon | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 1
    • Did you know  GPS is getting an $8-billion Case study upgrade Mikro+Polo Distributing pharmaceuticals in the former republics of Yugoslavia Mikro+Polo emerged in 1990, as the fusion of two factories. Mikro was specialized in processing equipment production and pool technology; Polo was specialized in the production of laboratory equipment. Today, Mikro+Polo’s products are being used in areas such as vast as education, medical institutions, pharmacology and several industries. The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the first GPS IIF satellite carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket at 11:00 p.m. EDT May 27, 2010, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The upgrade will make the system more reliable, more widespread and www.mikro-polo.si much more accurate. Mikro+Polo are Slovenia’s largest supplier of laboratory equipment, tools and This was the first launch of a new generation GPS satellite. The 24 chemicals. With more than 4000 customers spreading throughout Slovenia, Croacia satellites that make up the GPS and Bosnia and Herzegovina, on one hand, and some 300 suppliers on the other, constellation will be replaced one by Mikro+Polo need to have complete control over their vehicle fleet. one. The overhaul will take a decade to complete. That is why the company decided to procure a vehicle tracking system. Three The new system is designed to products were evaluated. In the end, Frotcom was selected “for its user-friendliness pinpoint someone's location within and for giving a complete answer to current and future fleet management an arm's length, compared with a margin of error of 20 feet or more needs”. today. As Mikro+Polo states in their website, “The customer is king. May he or she be The new satellites will also triple the amount of signals available for made to feel that way”. ROADMAP subscribes those words and hopes Mikro+Polo commercial use and will have atomic feels the same about the service provided by Frotcom. clocks that are even more precise — keeping time to a fraction of a ROADMAP congratulates Dusan, Leon and the Frotcom Slovenia team for this billionth of a second. successful project. With this new version, Air Force will also be able to upgrade the satellites' software while they are in space. 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 | Cameroon | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 2
    • Tip of the month Mapping sudden New features in Frotcom fuel variations Master users Note: this tip is only valid for vehicles equipped with a CANBus device. This new feature allows some special users to login in more than one Frotcom account, without having to insert username and password. Some examples of such Frotcom’s CANBus module can read users may be: data such as fuel level in the tank, engine speed, engine temperature and  The administration of a group of companies, where several of them have tachograph information. Frotcom installed in their vehicles. Master users will be able to login to all these accounts without having to enter different usernames and passwords. In the specific case of fuel, two graphs are available: Fuel level (%) and Fuel level variation (%).  A forwarded having access to Frotcom accounts of some transportation companies working for them. The fuel level (%) graph shows the level of fuel as a percentage of the total A combo-box allows the master capacity of the tank. The fuel level user to navigate through all the variation (%) shows very clearly when associated users. To do that, it is there are sharp fuel level variations, only necessary to choose the either positive (refueling operation) or associated user from the combo- negative (sudden fuel level drop in the box. tank). If you take the next graph, for instance, Frotcom will immediately login as the selected associated user, with the access you will see that a refueling operation privileges defined for this user (for instance, vehicle filters, access to only certain tool place (positive peak). By right folders in Frotcom, and so on). It will not be necessary to reenter the username and clicking on the peak, you can now password of that user, which makes this process of transition really quick. choose the Show this moment on map operation. Hiding history This new access control feature in Frotcom allows the administrator of a Frotcom account to specify that a user will not have access to tracking data earlier than the current date. This can be useful, for instance, when Frotcom clients create usernames and Once you choose that option, you will passwords, with limited access, to be able to see the exact place in the some of their main customers (or map where that operation occurred: forwarders). Using a vehicle filter in these cases is useful but may not be enough. It is also necessary not to allow these users to see tracking data from earlier days (because these vehicles were not necessarily working for these customers in earlier days). With this option, you can easily check whether or not this is a valid place for Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com loading/unloading fuel. Algeria | Angola |Belgium | Bulgaria | Cameroon | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 3
    • News and events Frotcom exhibits in Bulgaria… In the next issue From 26th to 29th of May 2010, Frotcom Bulgaria was present at this News and events, year’s TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS fair, in more new Frotcom features Sofia, Bulgaria. In a smart stand, Delyan and his teammates received visitors and and tips will be presented. showed them the latest features in Frotcom, including the brand new integration with a navigator. This and more, so don’t miss the next issue of Roadmap. We wish Frotcom Bulgaria a lot of enquiries and sales after the show. …and Romania. For Frotcom Romania it was a premiere. For the first time, Ciprian took Frotcom Romania to face the Romanian public in a fair: the Salon Auto Bacau 2010, held from May 6 to 9, in Bacau, was chosen. The word is that the miniature truck was again a success… We wish Frotcom Romania a lot of enquiries and sales after the show. From Portugal to China Frotcom Portugal sponsored another adventure. With the theme “So far but so close,” the expedition team set off on May 2nd on its journey of some 16,000 km, traveling across a total of 13 countries. Riding in two sport utility vehicles (SUV), four people will drive along the route taken by Italian traveler Marco Polo during his odyssey to China in the late 13th century. They are scheduled to get to the World Expo in Shanghai by June 6 after a brief stay in Beijing, making it possible for them to celebrate the Portugal Pavilion Day. Visit www.leiriashanghai2010.com for real time tracking powered by Frotcom. 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 | Cameroon | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 4