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  • 1. Roadmap monthly newsletter Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Intelligence News February 2014 In this issue Editorial H News and Events ave you heard of V2V? If you haven’t yet, I am sure that in the next few years it will become as common as today it is to listen to other acronyms such as GPS, PDF or HTTP. Road safety in the safe hands of Frotcom East Africa V2V means Vehicle to Vehicle communication and refers to data communication between two nearby vehicles. There are many possible reasons why it is interesting to have vehicles communicating between them, but one of the most compelling reasons regards safety. Frotcom International invests in brand new data centre to maximize service level and performance By exchanging anonymous, vehicle-based data regarding position and speed, V2V communications enable a vehicle to antecipate threats through awareness of the position and movement of other vehicles in the vicinity. It is possible to calculate the risk, issue driver warnings or recommendations; or in some cases even to take control of the vehicle to avoid accidents. The news is that in the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) announced on February 3rd that its “two-year pilot of V2V technology proved that the transmission of basic safety data between cars, such as speed and position, improves the safety of all vehicles on the road”. Therefore, the NHTSA “will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles.” You can see an interesting collision avoidance video with V2V in On a personal note, I wonder how or whether Europe will react to this announcement when eCall is still a little too embarrassing to serve as a model for cooperation between the EC and car manufacturers. PS – Frotcom International closed 2013 with excellent results once again and a turnover growth YoY of around 17%. Very inspiring, in a time when so many countries and companies went through such an economic and financial turmoil. 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 “Dar a Volta” team’s adventure through South America is about to end Case Study EMŠA Šped reduced fuel costs by 10% using Frotcom This and much more…
  • 2. Did you know? News and Events Road safety in the safe hands of Frotcom East Africa Online library of road safety mass media campaigns You probably remember last year’s road safety initiative promoted by Frotcom East Africa, Airtel Kenya and 2NK SACCO, to encourage safe driving of public service vehicles and to reduce accidents on Kenyan roads. To continue to raise awareness of road safety and change driving attitudes and behaviour in Kenya, Frotcom East Africa recently launched a billboard campaign to let businesses know that they can count on Frotcom East Africa as a partner for road safety and fleet profitability. Currently located in 3 strategic locations that capture over 75% of the traffic entering Nairobi, these billboard ads are really grabbing the attention of Kenian fleet owners and managers. The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new tool to support development of strong road safety mass media campaigns around the world. The “Online library of road safety mass media campaigns” is a new resource made available to governments and civil society organizations. Roadmap congratulates Frotcom East Africa for this successful project! Background Frotcom International invests in brand new data centre to maximize service level and performance Frotcom’s Database was recently migrated to a new server hardware which dramatically increases processing power, memory and storage. Based on Dell PowerEdgeTM chassis, and featuring the latest Intel CPU technology, the new infrastructure provides maximum performance, efficiency and stability. The server’s hardware comes with 2 CPU Intel Xeon E5 10-Core 3.0GHz each (total of 20 cores), 256GB RAM and around 5TB of storage, composed of: - Ultrafast enterprise grade Solid State Disks for live data SAS 15K RPM disks for older data SAS 10K RPM for backups At the same time, Frotcom migrated to SQL Server 2012 Enterprise edition. In total, the new infrastructure represents a phased investment of over 180K€ in hardware and software licenses. With this investment, Frotcom International aims at ensuring a maximum performance and stability of operations to scale up with the current growth in the number of clients and vehicles tracked. 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 Worldwide more than 1.2 million people die as a result of a road traffic crash each year, and as many as 50 million are injured. Most of these tragedies can be prevented. Avoiding speeding, drinking and driving and distracted driving, and using motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints are key to saving lives. Such actions can be promoted through the development of comprehensive road safety legislation and rigorous enforcement. To increase public awareness of road safety laws and persuade the public to abide by them, governments complement legislation and enforcement with the broadcasting of mass media campaigns. This library offers a selection of road safety mass media campaigns to encourage and inspire those developing such campaigns. Source: World Health Organization
  • 3. Tip of the month! News and Events “Dar a Volta” team’s adventure through South America is about to end It’s been almost a year since Roadmap reported the new adventure of the “Dar a Volta” team, this time in South America. On March 2013, Inácio and Leninha hit the road in a Volkswagen Camper (baptized “Walentina”) with the intention of visiting 14 countries, travelling more than 40.000 kms, in 13 months. The adventure began in Sao Paulo (Brazil) where the couple bought Walentina and where a Frotcom tracking device was installed, allowing fans to follow their journey. During this exciting adventure, Inácio and Leninha had the chance to meet and experience many different cultures in South America – Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, where they visited Lina Bernal, Director at Frotcom Colombia. Choose alternative units for mileage, speed and fuel consumption Different countries use different units to measure mileage, speed and fuel consumption. Frotcom allows you to select which set of units to use in your account. Options available are: Mileage - km (kilometres); mi (miles) Speed - km/h (kilometres per hour); mph (miles per hour) Fuel consumption - L/100km (litres per 100km); mpg (miles per gallon); km/L (kilometres per litre) By default, the accounts should already have the most adequate units for its country. However, if you want to change the units, do as follows. Go to Administration > Company profile > General. Edit it and choose your preferred units. Mileage and speed units are coupled. If you choose km for mileage you will have km/h for speed. If you choose mi for mileage you will have mph for speed. Inácio, Leninha (Dar a Volta team) and Lina (Frotcom Colombia). As these words are being written, they are leaving Manaus (Brazil) and in April the adventure will end where it began – in Sao Paulo (Brazil). For further information, pictures and videos of the trip, visit their blog or Facebook page (both in Portuguese). Roadmap congratulates the Dar a Volta team for this successful adventure! 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 choose the fuel consumption units independently, although the normal choice when you have km for mileage is to have L/100km for fuel consumption; and the normal choice when you have mi for mileage is to have mpg for fuel consumption. After making the changes, remember to Save the new definitions. Note: when you change the units, you will be logged out after a warning window. Login again to see the effect of the changes you made.
  • 4. Next, on Roadmap Case Study EMŠA Šped reduced fuel costs by 10% using Frotcom EMŠA Šped, one of the Top 200 Macedonian companies, streamlined its processes and managed to reduce fuel costs using Frotcom Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management system. EMŠA Šped is a Macedonian transportation company working all around Europe, since 1999. They have an annual turnover of 15.5M€, own more than 120 trucks and manage their business partners’ fleets in Macedonia and in other European countries. News and events, more new Frotcom features and tips will be presented. This and more, so don’t miss the next issue of Roadmap. In order to improve delivery, planning and the allocation of resources, EMŠA Šped knew that a fleet tracking and fleet management system would be the solution to guarantee a sustainable, well-timed and accountable transport service to its customers. After reviewing the available telematics systems in the market, the company chose Frotcom because it completely covers their tracking needs. Furthermore, they can use this solution not only in Macedonia, but also throughout all Europe without any extra costs. Mr. Emshov Marjan, owner of EMŠA Šped said, “I rely on Frotcom because it’s userfriendly and has complete functionalities. Different clients have different needs and Frotcom has the right solution for each situation. Before implementing Frotcom, with so many activities to keep an eye on, it was easy to lose track of things. We surely benefit from Frotcom to increase productivity – more deliveries in less time. Moreover, Frotcom’s CANBus and Fuel Management modules also enabled us to decrease fuel costs by 10%”. EMŠA Šped has been using Frotcom for almost two years and nowadays they have the system installed on all their vehicles. Roadmap congratulates Frotcom Macedonia 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