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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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    • May 2010 Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue Case study Talos-Attikis Editorial European wide logistics T here have been widespread concerns about the high levels of debt of a number of European New features in Frotcom countries, most notably Greece, but also others New Alarms | CANBus including Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy. In the last weeks, the debt crisis has spread to Spain and Portugal as global markets tested whether Europe was willing Frotcom News to secure the monetary union with muscle rather than just words. Frotcom helps UK police recover stolen truck The answer came on May 2nd, painful but determined. European governments and the International Monetary Fund committed to a 110 billion Euros emergency loan on the condition Athens make painful budget cuts and tax increases. For now, the worst scenarios seem to have faded out. The markets immediately reacted in a This and much more… positive way. I have been asked by some partners about the possibility of a similar situation affecting Portugal and therefore, Frotcom International. It is not very probable that the same situation will hit Portugal. Although the Portuguese public debt is quite high, the Portuguese Government already started a debt reduction program, under scrutiny by Brussels, for the next 3 years. Frotcom International is not too exposed to bank credit operations, meaning that in the scenario of increasing interest rates, there will not be a strong direct impact on our financial performance. Last, but not least, Frotcom International’s business currently comes from many countries from inside and outside the European Union. In that sense, the current depreciation of the Euro benefits exports to countries with the US dollar as a reference for the local currency. In conclusion, although we remain alert, we do not anticipate a significant impact of the European debt crisis on Frotcom International’s ability to proceed with the internationalization plan. 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  About CANBus and J1939 Case study As you may read in this issue of Talos-Attikis Ltd ROADMAP, Frotcom now has an European wide logistics improved CANBus interface, capable of retrieving and displaying data such Talos-Attikis Ltd is a logistics company based in Athens, Greece. Located among as fuel level or tachograph driver some of the best transportation companies in Greece, Talos-Attikis provides their states. clients an excellent local and international networking service. But what is exactly CANBus and how was it created? One of the highlights of the company happened six years ago, CANBus is a message protocol when it received approval from the designed specifically for automotive "International Airport Committee of applications but now also used in Athens" to arrange the moving from other areas such as industrial the old Airport to the new "El. automation and medical equipment. Venizelos". This significant task was accomplished by Talos- Development of CANBus started Attikis in only one night, originally in 1983 at Robert Bosch employing 100 trucks and a work GmbH. It was officially released in force of 200 people. 1986 at the Society of Automotive Engineers congress in Detroit, USA. Today, Talos-Attikis controls approximately 100 trucks, 250 trailers in all Central The first CANBus controller chips, Europe, with weekly departures from Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, produced by Intel and Philips, came Belgium, UK and Portugal. It also controls 200 trucks in Eastern Europe with on the market in 1987. departures from Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey. A modern vehicle may have as many Following Talos-Attikis’ established corporate policy for better quality services, and as 70 electronic control units (ECU) in order to upgrade the management capability and the supervision of loads, the for various subsystems: engine, company decided to install Frotcom to selected transportation partners and load transmission, airbags, cruise control, lines. Using Frotcom’s maps, satellite imagery, automated reports and preset alarms, etc. Communication among these Talos-Attikis is now able to reliably control the vehicles and loads, in real-time, both subsystems is achieved via an nationally and internationally. electronic bus, the CANBus. Bosch holds patents on the According to Talos-Attikis News (http://talosattikisltd.blogspot.com), “Apart from technology, and manufacturers of informing about the vehicles’ locations and having a record of all paths with CANBus-compatible microprocessors their respective speeds, Frotcom works also as a digital tachograph which can pay license fees to Bosch. be monitored by the manager via the internet. Therefore, traffic managers can ensure a more effective and efficient transfer of cargo. Clients can also be On top of CANBus, truck informed about the estimated arrival time of vehicles at the designated manufacturers use a standard for data destination.” communication called J1939. This standard defines exactly how data is ROADMAP congratulates Nasos and the Frotcom Greece team for this written, transmitted and read over successful project. CANBus. Once connected to the CANBus of a vehicle, a CANBus enabled Frotcom Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 device is capable of reading Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com information such as fuel level, engine 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 status or tachograph status. 2
    • Tip of the month Customizable Driver Identification Cards New features in Frotcom New alarms Frotcom was added two new alarms. “Panic button” alarm This alarm is triggered if a driver pushes a panic button inside the vehicle. This can be used as a security option. Once the panic button alarm is received by Frotcom, it can send out one or more SMS alerts to selected destinations, referring the type of alarm and the vehicle’s license plate. Frotcom’s automatic driver identification feature uses an RFID (radio frequency identification) reader in each vehicle and unique RFID tags (cards), given to each driver. Before starting a new trip, the driver will just have to put the tag close to the “Ignition ON with no movement” alarm reader. A unique RFID code will be read This new alarm detects situations when a vehicle’s engine instantly and sent via GPRS to the is kept running for a certain period, without the vehicle moving. In other words, Frotcom can detect situations Frotcom data center. when the vehicle is unnecessarily consuming fuel and That code is then compared with all the polluting the atmosphere. driver identification codes in the The maximum number of minutes for which an engine is database, to determine which driver is allowed to be ON without movement can be configured. starting the trip. That driver is then registered in Frotcom as the one Improved CANBus Interface assigned that specific trip. Launched in April, Frotcom’s new and improved CANBus interface makes it now possible for fleet managers to know the fuel level, fuel consumption, engine RPMs Frotcom’s driver tags are credit card and temperature, as well as tachograph information, for most truck models sized and shaped, easy to hold in a currently available. wallet, for instance. They can be customized by Frotcom International to show the company’s logo, as well as the driver’s name, number, or any other identification. 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 3
    • News and events Billboard in Bulgaria In the next issue Frotcom Bulgaria started a billboard campaign designed with the News and events, purpose of helping disseminate the more new Frotcom features Frotcom brand in the territory. and tips will be presented. If you happen to be travelling in Bulgaria, you might find this billboard next to your road. This and more, so don’t miss the next issue of Roadmap. Truck recovered by English Police… with the help of Frotcom Frotcom again helped recovering a vehicle. This time it happened in UK. A truck’s driver stopped at a gas station to ask for directions (the truck was not equipped with Frotcom’s navigation module). Unfortunately, he left the engine running and the keys in the truck. To his surprise, as he got back from the station he found out that the truck was gone… along with cargo, documentation and the mobile phone. The driver managed to contact the office from the gas station. The police was called and they were told the device had a tracking device. With Frotcom, the office was able to describe to the police exactly where the truck had stopped after being stolen. When the police arrived, they found the truck and trailer. Nothing was stolen. Apparently the thieves were disappointed with the loaded goods. Gooooooooood morning Kenya! Nairobi based Milele Fm has been given the task of executing a radio campaign for Frotcom East Africa. The campaign is aimed at core target customers in Kenya (Fleet Managers/Owners), by promoting Frotcom’s benefits. A competition will be held to reward drivers with good driving practices and work ethics. The promotion started on April 26th and will run for 5 weeks. Frotcom East Africa’s staff will have a representative in studio every Friday to have an on air interview, as the FM station awards the big wins. 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