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Roadmap - Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Intelligence News - January 2014
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Roadmap - Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Intelligence News - January 2014

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  • 1. Roadmap monthly newsletter Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Intelligence News January 2014 In this issue Editorial O n May 25, 1961, John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of the Congress the very ambitious goal of sending an American to the Moon – and back to Earth – before the end of the decade. This was by no means a small endeavour. The decision involved much consideration as well as enormous human efforts and expenditures to bring it to reality. And on July 20th, 1969, sure enough two Americans landed on the Moon. In an unrelated story, the eCall initiative in Europe is aimed at equipping vehicles with a system which automatically connects to an emergency centre in case of serious accident or when activated manually by vehicle occupants. The goal is to provide a voice channel and also to notify the emergency centre of the precise location of the vehicle. This will create the conditions for a quicker and better assistance to people involved in car accidents, therefore reducing casualties and related costs. The ecall initiative’s roadmap started back in 2002, with a deeper involvement of Europe’s Member States starting 2004, through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding. One decade has gone. It is fair to ask: where is eCall? Well, there is still some doubt about the deadline for the full implementation of the pan-European eCall mandate. October 1st 2015 is the new target. But will it hold? Much worse than that, in my opinion, is the fact that a lot of us are asking whether it still makes sense when so many initiatives from the private sector took off in the meantime. Many car manufacturers are pushing ahead with their own programs and no longer waiting for eCall. Even the technical framework on top of which eCall was designed is outdated now. Is this another case of too little, too late, for Europe? Hope not, but for sure Europe really needs to pull its act together and stop dragging its heavy feet. 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. Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.com 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 News and Events Frotcom and TimoCom team up to make your transport business even more efficient Case Study Badatours is driving down operating costs with Frotcom New Features A convenient way to associate a trailer/asset to a tractor unit (truck) Change the colour code in waypoints according to the speed limits you set Send alarm notifications or nudges to the buzzer This and much more…
  • 2. Did you know? News and Events Frotcom and TimoCom team up to make your transport business even more efficient Frotcom International, global provider of Frotcom®, the award winning GPS Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management solution, has joined forces with TimoCom, the Market leader among Europe’s vehicle and freight exchange, for the integration of Frotcom’s online vehicle tracking service in TimoCom’s TC eMap® tracking platform. “Our teaming up with TimoCom is an excellent opportunity for cooperation as it brings extra added value to the service provided by our mutual clients”, said Valério Marques, Chief Executive Officer of Frotcom International. Financing for transport infrastructure will triple for the period 2014-2020 The new EU infrastructure policy will put in place a powerful European transport network across 28 Member States to promote growth and competitiveness. It will connect East with West and replace today’s transport patchwork with a network that is genuinely European. The core network will be established by 2030. The new core network – key figures The new core network will connect: We’re looking forward to working together with a strong partner like Frotcom. This collaboration mutually benefits three parties: Frotcom, TimoCom and above all: our customers. Our common goal is to bring benefits to our users", said Marcel Frings, Chief Representative of TimoCom.  94 main European ports with rail and Timocom transportation partners, equipped with Frotcom®, will now be able to authorize their vehicle’s positions to be available to their customers through TimoCom’s TC eMap®. Tracking data integration allows information to flow faster and more efficiently between business partners, as all vehicles for which they have granted or received tracking are visible in this platform. The core network will transform East West connections, remove bottlenecks, upgrade infrastructure and streamline cross border transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the EU. road links  38 key airports with rail connections into major cities  15,000 km of railway line upgraded to high speed  35 cross border projects to reduce bottlenecks About Frotcom International Frotcom International is currently present in more than 30 countries worldwide through a network of local Frotcom Certified Partners. Frotcom is used by thousands of companies worldwide for fleet management and GPS vehicle tracking. The solution has been adopted both by small fleets with only one device installed and large fleets with more than one thousand GPS trackers. See more at: www.frotcom.com About TimoCom TimoCom is one of the major European Truck & Cargo market players’s. Present in 44 countries, deals up to 450.000 international vehicles offers and freights daily and moving more than 516 million tons of freight per year. See more at: www.timocom.com Roadmap congratulates Frotcom International and TimoCom for this successful partnership! Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.com 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 Financing for transport infrastructure will triple for the period 2014-2020 to €26 billion. This EU funding will be tightly focused on the core transport network where there is most EU added value. Source: ec.europa.eu
  • 3. Tip of the month! Case Study Badatours is driving down operating costs with Frotcom Configuring arrival messages on Routes Travelling thousands of miles per day, the passenger transportation company Badatours adopted Frotcom - vehicle tracking and fleet management solution to optimize fleet performance and reduce operating costs. In Frotcom Routes’ Notifications folder, you will find some options which may be useful. Badatours is a passenger transportation company, dedicated to frequent transports (for schools and companies), weekend trips and occasional coach service. Based in Barcelona, the company became an important regional operator serving all Spain and Europe. For instance, you can specify a message to be sent to someone when the vehicle is approaching its destination. Select this option when you want to send an email or SMS message to one or several persons, when the vehicle is approaching its destination. You can choose by time or distance. To consolidate management information and reduce operating costs of its fleet, the company was looking for an accurate and real-time monitoring fleet management system. After reviewing the market, Badatours selected Frotcom as the system capable of responding to their needs in a timely and flexible way. According to Mr. Candido Teruel, CEO at Badatours, “In the past we worked with other GPS vehicle tracking systems, but none of them can be compared to Frotcom. Frotcom is giving us accurate information, capturing vehicle performance and monitoring driver performance.” He also stated, “We can closely monitor routes execution and carefully select the most direct routes, reducing operating costs. Frotcom is a must-have to any fleet manager. The service and support are exceptional and the solution is way ahead of many of its competitors.” Roadmap congratulates Frotcom Spain for this successful project! Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.com 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 The message will be sent by email and/or SMS, depending on the selection of contacts. If your destination is a CRM Place (i.e. your customers’ locations), you can select the CRM contacts. This will make it easier to select the contacts of clients when you want to warn them of the arrival of your vehicles. You can also specify your Company contacts or finally any other contacts, in the Other contacts section.
  • 4. Next, on Roadmap New features A convenient way to associate a trailer/asset to a tractor unit (truck) You can have Frotcom execute an action when a form is submitted by a driver, from a Workforce Management terminal (tablet or smartphone). As a first example, you have a very convenient way to associate a trailer/asset to a tractor unit (truck) through the submission of a form. Once a driver submits a form specifying to which trailer his/her truck has been coupled, Frotcom will associate the new trailer and dissociate any previous one. Change the colour code in waypoints according to the speed limits you set Frotcom has added the possibility to change the colour code which represents speed in the waypoints along a vehicle’s trail. Frotcom associates a default set of speed intervals to the colour codes in way points. You can now alter the default configuration and use a personalized set of speed intervals. Send alarm notifications or nudges to the buzzer It is now possible to alert drivers of different occurrences, by configuring Frotcom to send specific commands associated to different buzzing patterns for each alarm type. Or just send a “nudge” to the drivers so they can call back, for instance. Ten different buzzing patterns are possible to be configured. Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.com 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.

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