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Roadmap monthly newsletter - November 2013
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Roadmap monthly newsletter - November 2013
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Roadmap monthly newsletter - November 2013


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  • 1. November 2013 Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue News and Events Editorial Y ou may be asking about when will your own private vehicle be equipped with some sort of telematics system. And what its features will be. Well, chances are most of the cars sold 2 to 5 years from now will be factoryequipped with a telematics system. I’m not just talking of top of line models. Most models will have some sort of telematics technology onboard. In fact, if you look at the list of car manufacturers, you see that the biggest 14 brands account for 80% of the cars sold today. Of those, 13 manufacturers have already disclosed their plans for the inclusion of telematics on board. In other words, they want to provide a really connected car. Now what sort of services will be available? That will clearly vary from brand to brand and even from model to model. But you will probably see some of the following services in a car bought just a few years from now:  Safety Programs like eCall in Europe and Contran 245 in Brazil will make it mandatory for new cars to include an embedded GPS tracker and associated communications modem so that in case of an accident the emergency center will be able to locate the car quicker.  Check-in You will also be able to book an appointment with your garage, from the car’s console. The garage will receive upfront the vehicle’s diagnosis which will be sent wirelessly from the vehicle, with your permission.  Infotainment You will be able to browse the internet and install applications which you commonly associate to your smartphone or tablet. Some apps will even interact with your vehicle (locate your vehicle from a smartphone or turn AC on). Other features include augmented reality (useful to detect and enhance obstacles during the night) or car to car communication (will improve traffic detection), among others. Features like these, in parallel with the increasing adoption of the electric vehicle, will change the way we’ll be looking at cars in the near future. 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 Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cape Verde |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 Frotcom Bulgaria’s CEO guest speaker at the Annual Logistics Business Conference in Bulgaria New features CANBus, graphs and fuel sources New improvements to Frotcom app Case Study Frotcom keeps a traditional milling company on track This and much more…
  • 2. Did you know? Speeding fines to cross borders News and Events Frotcom Bulgaria’s CEO guest speaker at the Annual Logistics Business Conference in Bulgaria The first edition of the Annual Logistics Business Conference took place at Sofia event center in Bulgaria, on the 31st of October 2013. Delyan Kostov, CEO of Frotcom Bulgaria, joined the conference as a Guest Speaker. For European fleet drivers whose work takes them across borders in their vehicles, November marks an important change in inter-country legislation. No longer will it be possible to “get away with” speeding on foreign motorways without fear of being caught. Delyan Kostov, CEO at Frotcom Bulgaria, during his presentation on “Frotcom, Fleet Management and Intelligent Tracking”. The conference focused on “Technology Trends in Logistics: Products and Solutions” and was attended by experts from the Transports & Logistics and IT Sectors. Delyan Kostov’s presentation - “Frotcom, Fleet Management and Intelligent Tracking” - touched on the evolution of the European telematics market, current market trends, the use of Frotcom as a tool to respond to fleet managers’ needs and how Frotcom is leading the way by introducing innovative solutions to the market. The presentation engaged the audience who actively interacted, posing many questions about the subject. From November 7th, 2013, 25 of the 28 member states of the European Union will be exchanging information on cars and drivers, with speeding tickets (along with notifications of other offences) delivered directly to the registered address of the car, regardless of which country this is in. It may well be that “tourist” drivers are more affected by the measure than business drivers. France attracts huge amounts of visitors by car from Germany, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and the UK every year, for example, and one out of every five vehicles “flashed” is foreign. (...) Other offences concerned are nonwearing of seat belts, going through red lights, using a portable telephone, illegal parking… Fleet operators will need to make sure their company car policies are quite clear on these new points. Roadmap congratulates Frotcom Bulgaria for this successful participation! Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cape Verde |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 Source: FLEETEUROPE
  • 3. Tip of the month Track vehicle option available from list of vehicles New features CANBus, graphs and fuel sources A set of enhancements was added in Frotcom, mainly associated to the way CANBus, fuel data and other data is displayed on graphs in Frotcom. This set of improvements is focused on providing a much richer interface for the information displayed in Vehicles > Graphs and also on a better control of fuel. Part of this improvement was done by bringing the graphs from the old CANBus folder, which has now disappeared, to Vehicles > Graphs. Another set of improvements targets fuel control, through better detection of fuel variation and a more flexible selection of fuel information sources, in the case of vehicles with different tanks and different fuel level sensors. New improvements to Frotcom app Some improvements have also been made to the Frotcom application, available for Android smartphones and iPhones, allowing the exchange of messages with your drivers through the Interact option in the menu. This new screen (on the left) displays the messages sent to and received from vehicles, either through SMS, the Garmin Navigator or a Workforce Management terminal. Another improvement is related to Immobilisation. If the selected vehicle has an Immobiliser installed and you have the correct permissions, an Immobiliser button will be visible and tapping it will allow you to send an immobilisation command to the device, to activate or deactivate the immobiliser. Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cape Verde |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 You can right click on the list of vehicles on the left of Fleet > Map and choose the Track vehicle option from the context menu, in a way similar to what you could already do on top of a vehicle, on the map. This option will allow the selection of a vehicle for tracking, from Fleet > Map, even when the corresponding icon is superimposed on the fleet map, or when the vehicle is represented along with others, by a cluster icon.
  • 4. Case Study Next, on Roadmap Frotcom keeps a traditional milling company on track Les Moulins du Maghreb, an old milling company in Morocco, adopted Frotcom to manage day-to-day operations of its distribution fleet. Les Moulins du Maghreb, a family business born in 1927, has a long and unparalleled expertise in modern milling. The company has a daily production capacity of 650 tonnes, distributed over three industrial units with the flexibility to manufacture a wide variety of flours, and thus respond to all requests and tastes of their customers. In the last 10 years the company’s export business increased significantly, now covering the Maghreb and Central Africa area. The proximity to Casablanca’s port and a fleet of 50 vehicles are major assets to guarantee a cost effective distribution of the product. As part of the continued growth, the company began looking for a fleet tracking solution that could improve operational efficiency and help manage their fleet. After analyzing the solutions available in the market, they decided for Frotcom which completely covers their needs. “We were looking for a solution that could help us determine fleet operations on a daily basis. Frotcom presented us a global fleet management solution providing alerts and reports via email so we can run our fleet efficiently and minimize unnecessary travel.” said Amine KORATI, fleet manager at Les Moulins du Maghreb. “With the use of Frotcom we are now able to control costs, enhance customer service and optimize routes and deliveries.” For a complete profile, click here for the company’s official website (in French). Roadmap congratulates Frotcom Morocco for this successful project! Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cape Verde |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 News and events, more new Frotcom features and tips will be presented. This and more, so don’t miss the next issue of Roadmap.