Roadmap monthly newsletter - March 2011

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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.

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Roadmap monthly newsletter - March 2011

  1. 1. March 2011Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue New featuresEditorial Alarm sounds, useful links and many othersO n the Carnival holidays, the office of a company nearby was assaulted. Apart from a few Case study laptops, it seems, the gang robbed a vehicle of Fibnet that company, which was parked in the garage. Reducing travel times and costsThe vehicle was gone and – fortunately – was already found by the police. Butnot thanks to any GPS system installed in the vehicle. The vehicle did not have News and eventsone. So, for a series of days, it was not possible to recover the vehicle. Nor the Indian adventureother robbed stuff. If it weren’t for other clues the police obviously had, it would about to endprobably be gone forever. This and much more… I am, of course, biased in saying this: it does not make any sense anymore for companies not to have their entire fleet equipped with a vehicle tracking system. Allow me to explain why.The simple fact that a vehicle may be stolen, as happened with this company,pays off. You may think that’s not a problem as long as insurance covers theft ofthe vehicle. But that insurance adds an extra cost to the company, and this costcould be a lot lower if the vehicle were traceable by GPS. Some insurancecompanies already give discounts in the case of GPS equipped vehicles, andrightly so. Besides, in the case where the vehicle transports goods, tools orvalues, the insurance is not enough, is it? And just because the vehicle is insuredagainst theft doesn’t mean that a new vehicle will be immediately available. Thisoften means a disruption in the service provided to customersBut any justification for not having a GPS tracking system on board becomeseven harder to understand when you think of the great benefits such a systemgenerates in terms of productivity, cost control and customer satisfaction. Thatis usually the primary reason why our customers adopt Frotcom. And vehiclesecurity is simply a great side effect.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 | Serbia | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 1
  2. 2. Did you know?New Features“My Profile” and “Company profile” have changed  As more options are becoming available for users to Source: CNN.com customize their user experience, the My Profile and Company Profile sections in Frotcom’s Administration Japan may have shifted area needed to be redesigned. Users now have a more than 2 meters stronger visual aid helping them select the appropriate options. The powerful earthquake thatStart page choice expanded unleashed a devastating tsunamiUsers can now select from a total of 19 different start pages (landing pages) Friday appears to have moved thewhen they login. Choices are available in the My profile section. main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.Sounds and popups "At this point, we know that one GPSfor messages and station moved (8 feet), and we havealarms seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in JapanIt is now possible to specify popup warnings and sounds when alarms are showing the pattern of shift over a largetriggered or new messages are received. area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S.CANBus report extended Geological Survey (USGS). The CANBus report has been extended to a maximum time period of 31 days. This will Reports from the National Institute of allow users to calculate the total and average Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake consumption of a vehicle, among other data, shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 for a complete month. inches (10 centimeters). The temblor, which struck FridayRequesting support afternoon near the east coast of Japan, Users can now request direct support from their Frotcom Certified Partner killed hundreds of people, caused the(FCP) by simply clicking on the Feedback/Support link in Frotcom. The formation of 30-foot walls of water thatmessage entered will be immediately received by the FCP and support will be swept across rice fields, engulfed entire towns, dragged houses onto highways,quickly provided. and tossed cars and boats like toys. Some waves reached six miles (10Useful links kilometers) inland in Miyagi Prefecture on Japans east coast.A quick button for a list of links to useful websites has been added to Frotcom. Users can editthe list and add their own list of preferred sites. Source: CNN.comRoadmap 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 | Serbia | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 2
  3. 3. Tip of the month Useful LinksCase Study Frotcom has just launched the newFibNet Useful links feature, a quick access to your preferred web sites.Reducing travel times and costs intelecommunication projects The idea is that you can have a list of those useful sites where you normally find information which is important for the management of your fleet’s activity. Here are some examples:  Traffic status report  Emergency phone numbers  Weather forecast  Fuel price comparison and locationFibNet - Engineering and Telecommunications, S.A. emerged in the Portuguese of the corresponding gas stationstelecommunications market in 2000 as a provider of integrated solutions,  Currency conversiondedicated to the design, implementation and construction management of  Freight exchangetelecommunication networks.  NewsWith a recognized team of excellent professionals, FibNet guarantees its To help you start, Frotcom alreadycustomers an efficient management of all resources, focusing on the quality of includes a couple of links. You can addtheir services. your own links by pressing the Edit button and inserting your own choices. FibNet started its activity with the design and construction of a fiber optic ring on a national scale. Later, the company expanded its work to other areas of engineering, such as building telecommunication networks. Currently, FibNet offers turn-key solutions, covering such diverse areas as GSM, FWA and UMTS networks, cable TV and fiber optics. To control its fleet, FibNet adopted Frotcom. According to Susana Dias, Administrator of FibNet "The use of Frotcom has When you select a link, you will open a enabled FibNet a more precise knowledge of the work of field new page with the selected website. staff and thus to better be able to respond to customer Apart from having all fleet requests. As an additional advantage, we are now able to management useful sites together, this manage the vehicles that are allocated to projects abroad“. feature in Frotcom allows you to have FibNet also noticed “a decrease in travel times and mileage, as access to this preferred list from any well as a reduction in fuel cost.” computer connect to the internet. In that sense, it is a better solution than simply using the favourites in your webRoadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com browser.Angola |Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius |Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Serbia | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 3
  4. 4. News and events Next, on RoadmapThe Indian adventure is about to end News and events, more new Frotcom features and tips will be presented.Do you remember the Frotcom sponsored adventure of a couple in a sidecar This and more, so don’t missmotorbike in India? Well, after almost 5 months interacting with the Indianculture, this epic adventure is close to its end. Leninha and Inácio started on the next issue of Roadmap.November 2, 2010, in Delhi, India, and will finish in the same place, after8000km in the roads of this fabulous country.The sidecar motorcycle, a 1966 Royal Enfield Bullet 350cc, was equipped with aFrotcom tracking device, which made it possible to follow up the entire journey.Today, as these words are being written, the couple has left Varanasi and isresting halfway to Allahabad, in the north of India and on the way back to Delhi.For further information and great pictures and videos about this adventure, visitwww.daravolta.com or www.facebook.com/daravolta. According to their logbook, the couple is already considering another trip in another exotic place. Frotcom, of course, will be available to track and trace their vehicle again (whatever that might be!...)Roadmap contratulates Lenhinha and Inácio for this great initiative and wishesboth a safe journey back home.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 | Serbia | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 4

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