Roadmap - Vehicle tracking and fleet intelligence news - March 2014


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Roadmap - Vehicle tracking and fleet intelligence news - March 2014

  1. 1. 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 | Roadmapmonthly newsletter 1 Vehic le T ra cking and F leet Int elligence N ews Editorial s I write these lines, the search continues for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Nobody knows where it is, what happened, or if there are survivors. Nothing. The search perimeter was expanded over a total area of 7.68 million square kilometres and 26 countries are reportedly involved in the search and rescue operation. The airplane which disappeared is a Boeing 777 with the most advanced technology there is. And yet, it simply got lost without leaving a trace. The sad irony of the situation is that this plane, with state-of-the-art communication, navigation and all sorts of security systems in place, was missing a rather simple piece of equipment which is a common commodity nowadays: a GPS tracking device, transmitting its position in real time. We’re not talking about science fiction here. Frotcom has installed thousands of such devices in trucks, vans, even boats. The only semi-challenge here is to send this information in real time to a data centre, without relying on cellular communications. Cellular signals simply do not reach the high altitudes, but for that there’s satellite communications. Again, nothing new, I used them in the 90’s to track trucks before GSM was available. So why aren’t all planes sending their positions over satellite communication, in real time? It can’t be about communication costs, as all it would need to send out would be simple positioning information: not the full data recorded in the black box. Full data would be a challenge because of the bandwidth required from satellites. But to send a simple position every minute, which would be enough to almost pinpoint the last known location of a plane? That would be kid’s stuff for any of the engineers who helped build the amazing systems available in current aircrafts. That is why this is so ironic. Because an exorbitantly expensive aircraft does not have a basic piece of equipment used in hundreds of thousands of trucks and cars, nobody knows where it is – and many millions are being spent daily, by all the search and rescue crews and equipment, for more than week. Not to mention the terrible agony this means for the families and friends of the passengers and crew. It is a strange world, wouldn’t you say? 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 A In this issue Case Study Frotcom is helping Sharrcem to keep high standards of customer service. News and Events Frotcom Cyprus has moved into a new office. Bus recovered by the police… with Frotcom’s help. Frotcom Sierra Leone exhibited at “Le Pop-Up Marche” event. This and much more… March 2014
  2. 2. 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 News and Events Frotcom is helping Sharrcem to keep a high standard of customer service Sharrcem has adopted Frotcom as an easy way to monitor its assets while assuring customer satisfaction. Operating since 1936, Sharrcem is the leading producer and supplier of cement in Kosovo. After being acquired by TITAN Group in 2010, Sharrcem has significantly upgraded its technology and techniques for the production of raw materials and cement and initiated the application of high standards, integrated at all operating levels. In order to keep up with the high standards demands, Sharrcem needed a way to track their cement trailers, ensuring the customer receives the correct amount of product at the right time and place. Mr. Arian Qamili, Sales Representative at Sharrcem TITAN Group was responsible for researching the available solutions for trailers tracking, carefully analysing the existing options. After all the analysis, Frotcom was chosen as the best solution to provide the company with a clear view of the monitored trailers and a set of comprehensive reports designed to help better manage the trailers’ operations. “Frotcom is new to us, but we are very satisfied. The full training and support were excellent. I’m impressed with how easy the training process was. Additionally, Frotcom is helping us to monitor our trailers while improving the transport process to the clients and ensuring that drivers are arriving on time.” said Mr. Arian Qamili. Sharrcem is looking at utilizing more Frotcom’s features and modules in the whole fleet. For a complete profile, click here for the company’s official website. Roadmap congratulates Frotcom Kosova for this successful project! The music you play in your vehicle says more about your driving style than you think! During your daily commute, it is common for many of you to spend a lot of time stuck in busy traffic or, alternatively, to be driving long distances. You have no other escape than to turn on the radio and listen to some music. Depending on the song in question, music can act as a distraction, or as an assistance to concentration. The main point is that listening to music at a high volume and with a faster tempo influences driver arousal levels, making them speed up to match the beat of the song. Songs with a smoother beat, however, have a calming effect, make people feel less stressed and thus safer drivers on the road. Based on various research studies, the optimum tempo for driving music should mimic the human heartbeat – at around 60 to 80 beats per minute. Source: Road Safety GB Did you know?
  3. 3. 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 News and Events Frotcom Cyprus has moved into a new office Frotcom Cyprus continues to grow and announced the relocation into a new and larger office in Lefkosia (Nicosia), to target the growing opportunities on the island. A new office was a logical next step, enabling the team to collaborate more effectively and to provide even better service to their customers. They have a more spacious office, with a great location and with training room facilities, in the heart of Lefkosia. Michalis Chistodoulides, Chief Operations Officer at Frotcom Cyprus, said “This will enable us to be closer to our customers, allowing us to better serve their needs. The final goal being to provide a better and faster response to customers’ requirements”. Frotcom Cyprus undertook its first project, Amalia Coffee Grinding Ltd, in November 2010 and has worked on several landmark projects in the country, including C.A Papaellinas Ltd, TNT (Cyprus) Express Ltd, Kone Elevators (Cyprus) Ltd, MTN (Cyprus) Ltd, Cybarco Ltd, Phanos Epiphaniou Ltd, among others. Roadmap congratulates Frotcom Cyprus for this important step! Bus recovered by the police… with Frotcom’s help! Although not marketed as a security product, this is not the first time Frotcom has helped a company recover a stolen vehicle. In the early hours of March 3, the owner of Romà Bus – a client of Frotcom Spain - received a “daily activity start alarm”, sent by sms to his cell phone. He knew immediately that someone was stealing one of his buses. He quickly reported the occurrence to the police authorities in Catalonia. The thieves crossed the border into France, driving the stolen vehicle, but they were caught near Cannes, on March 4, by the French police. The vehicle was returned to Romà Bus. Thanks to Frotcom the bus was recovered within a few hours, despite attempts by the thieves to sabotage the system. Notifications sent to buzzer Make the buzzer installed on a vehicle sound through an alarm triggered in Frotcom or a nudge sent from Frotcom to the driver, by you. Set an alarm to sound the buzzer Choose the alarm you want to configure with the buzzer alert, clicking on Administration > Alarms and editing it. You will find the following possibilities: Select Sound buzzer in field Terminal. You will be able to select from 10 different buzzing sequences. Sending a nudge to the driver Another way of using the buzzing sound in the vehicle is by selecting the nudge command in Frotcom, which sounds the buzzer in one of 10 possible sequences. To send a nudge, right click on a vehicle on the map, or on a vehicle on the vehicle’s list. From the context menu choose Nudge driver. A panel will pop up asking you to select the specific buzzing sequence you intend to use. After you send the nudge, a second panel will notify you that the nudge was sent. Tip of the month!
  4. 4. 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 Frotcom Sierra Leone exhibited at “Le Pop-Up Marche” event With new businesses emerging every day in Sierra Leone and new products being introduced in the market, a creative event - Le Pop-Up Marche - took place in Freetown on February 8th , 2014, giving the opportunity to Sierra Leone’s companies to promote their products and services. “Frotcom Sierra Leone took this opportunity to showcase Frotcom in a new environment. The venue is visited by a diverse range of Sierra Leone’s business professionals from industries such as mining, transportation, sales forces and NGO’s amongst others”, said Penny Doyle, Director at Frotcom Sierra Leone. During Le Pop-Up Marche, Frotcom Sierra Leone’s team had the chance to demonstrate how Frotcom works and all its features. Visitors left the event with an abundance of information about the product. Frotcom Sierra Leone believes that it has fulfilled its purpose: Frotcom’s promotion in Sierra Leone. Roadmap congratulates Frotcom Sierra Leone for this successful event! Next, on Roadmap News and events, more new Frotcom features and tips will be presented. This and more, so don’t miss the next issue of Roadmap. Frotcom Sierra Leone’s team at Le Pop-Up Marche: Cyrilyah West (Sales and Marketing Manager), Penny Doyle (Director) and Julian Tower (Marketing Officer). Penny Doyle, Director at Frotcom Sierra Leone