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201012 Roadmap newsletter - December 2010

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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.

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201012 Roadmap newsletter - December 2010

  1. 1. December 2010Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue New Frotcom Partner Frotcom Lusitana steps in in Portugal New featureEditorial Import cost files automaticallyT his year has been, as we will all agree, full of challenges. Families, companies and ultimately Case study countries are being challenged to rationalize their Marampa Iron Ore (SL) Ltd costs, in a context of fierce global competition and Frotcom helps in mineral debt crisis, where loans are becoming more and extraction projectmore expensive and harder to get.Rationalization is today not only synonymous with good practices. It is a News and eventsfundamental ingredient for survival. Frotcom Cyprus exhibitsFrotcom is a tool to help companies implement that rationalization. Having a fleet This and much more…without a tracking system makes just about as much sense as leaving the office’slights on all night.Until a few years ago, we had to evangelize customers, by explaining to them theadvantages of using Frotcom. In most countries where we’re active today, that is nolonger needed: companies know perfectly well that not to track their fleets is toincur in costs much higher than the cost of ownership of Frotcom.As the global economy relentlessly imposes the need for tighter control of acompany’s costs, Frotcom is ideally positioned to give a hand to fleet managers andcompany boards, in their responsibility to lower costs and improve productivity.That explains why in 2010, a year with so many economic downturns,Frotcom’s network and global turnover continued to grow: cost control isbecoming more and more a priority, and Frotcom is being seen by clients as anexcellent tool to help in this endeavor.Let me end by wishing you a Merry Christmas and a 2011 full of personal andprofessional successes.Valério MarquesCEO - Frotcom InternationalA note from the editor – If you would like to have your own say in the next edition of this newsletterplease 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 678Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.comAngola |Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius |Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 1
  2. 2. Did you knowNew Frotcom Certified PartnerFrotcom LusitanaNew partner for Portugal  What is Silverlight?From October 21st, Frotcom Lusitana became the new Exclusive Distributor forPortugal. You already know that Frotcom SLFrotcom Lusitana (“Lusitana” means “Portuguese”) has already started its activity, was built with Silverlight. But whatsubstituting the former Distributor, Frotcom Portugal, whose distribution contract exactly is it?came now to an end, after 2 years of intense cooperation.Manuel Gomes Mota, CEO of Frotcom Lusitana, Microsoft Silverlight is a webexpressed his whishes that “Frotcom Lusitana will application framework that integratesbe focusing on increasing the Frotcom brand multimedia, computer graphics,awareness in Portugal. Special conditions are being animation and interactivity into acreated in order to fast forward sales, in a maturemarket such is the Portuguese.” single runtime environment. It is compatible with multiple webThe beginning of Frotcom Lusitana’s activitycoincides with the launching of Frotcom SL, which browsers used on Microsoft Windowskeeps receiving great reviews from users and Mac OS X operating systems.worldwide. Mobile devices, starting with Windows Phone 7 and SymbianRoadmap welcomes Manuel and the Frotcom Lusitana team on board, andthanks the Frotcom Portugal team for all the work they provided as previous (Series 60) phones, are likely todistributor. become supported in 2010. For more information on Microsoft Silverlight visit http://www.silverlight.net/.New Features How does it work?Import cost files The first time your web browserWe are pleased to inform that Frotcom’s loads a web page containingCost management module is prepared to Silverlight content, you will be askedImport cost files, which allows users toupload/import cost files from their to authorize the installation of thecomputers to Frotcom. Silverlight Plugin to the web browser.As you probably know, some entities like providers of fuel, highway and parking This happens in a manner identical toservices, among others, give their customers the option to receive files with all of what happens with Flash files. Afterthe fleet’s cost for a certain period (usually one month). Frotcom is now able to downloading and installing theimport these cost files directly, by the user uploading the corresponding file from Silverlight Plugin, your browser willhis/her computer. The file will be validated and the resulting data inserted in theCost management module. be able to download and run Silverlight applications (Silverlight content).Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.comAngola |Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius |Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 2
  3. 3. Tip of the month Take Frotcom Premium SLCase Study for a test driveMarampa Iron Ore (SL) LtdFrotcom helps in mineral extraction projectThe Marampa Iron Ore Project is a brownfields (mineral) exploration project locatednear the township of Lunsar in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Marampa Iron Ore (SL)Ltd is the registered company in Sierra Leone and it is a subsidiary of Australian Recently, Frotcom proudly launchedcompany Cape Lambert Resources Ltd. Frotcom Premium SL (Beta release). This new version of Frotcom’s webThe Marampa Iron Ore Project, in Sierra Leone, could be in production as early as interface, based on a technology2012, the company said last month. “This is a landmark moment for the created by Microsoft, calleddevelopment of the Marampa project, we have made rapid progress in the past 12 Silverlight (SL), is not only muchmonths, and with five rigs now drilling at site, we expect to accelerate the timing of quicker but additionaly uses the fullour first resource update, scheduled for the March 2011 quarter, at which time the width of the computer screen.bulk of the rail and port infrastructure refurbishment associated with the projectwill be completed,” said chairperson Tony Sage. To take this new version for a test drive…He also noted that over the past few months, work has also started on refurbishingthe Marampa infrastructure. Some of the work undertaken included the removal of Click on the icon on the top rightexisting railway lines and sleepers, and the recompacting of the rail formation, as corner. That link will bring you to thewell as replacing missing rail sections, and the start of civil works at Pepel. The Silverlight version of the interface.Marampa Project is connected to an existing deep water port, ship loader andstockpile area at Pepel by approximately 80km of rail infrastructure.Marampa Iron Ore (SL) Ltd has a fleet of vehicles which consist of mainly ToyotaHilux and Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles. These vehicles are responsible for themovement of staff as well as for the collection of core samples from various drillingrigs.The company installed the Frotcom tracking system into numerous vehicles If you are not yet a Frotcom user andand is now in control of the vehicles usage. They are able to monitor vehicle you wish to take Frotcom Premium SLpositions at night which is when most misuse and theft can occur and the system for a test drive, please go toallows them to track their vehicles in remote locations, which is where the drill rigs http://www.frotcom.com and enter are located, with the use of Google Maps. username guestsl and password Marampa Iron Ore (SL) Ltd is looking to frotcom in the login section (top vastly expand their operation in Sierra right). Leone and is relying on Frotcom to give sufficient information and control over You will be able to track some their fleet of vehicles which in turn will vehicles which have been equipped reduce fuel consumption and maintenance with Frotcom, in different parts of the costs. world.ROADMAP congratulates Jason, Penny and the Frotcom Sierra Leone team for Note: This password is only valid forthis great achievement. 7 days. If you later need an extension, please contact Frotcom InternationalRoadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 at support@frotcom.com and justFrotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com request a password extension.Angola |Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius |Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 3
  4. 4. News and events Next, on RoadmapFrotcom’s web site is gettingmore visitors News and events,Alexa (www.alexa.com) is a company specialized in providing information aboutwebsites to the Internet community. Alexa has built a database of information about more new Frotcom featuressites that includes statistics, related links and more. With this information, Alexa isable to provide very interesting information about the companies’ web sites. and tips will be presented.One of Alexa’s most interesting indicators is its Rank. Alexa’s rank is a numberwhich shows the site’s order in the list of most visited sites in the Internet. So, site This and more, so don’t missranked number one is the Internet’s most visited site, and so forth. the next issue of Roadmap.Today, Frotcom’s web site is ranked 635,220. The number has been decreasingsignificantly; for instance, in the beginning of 2010, Frotcom’s site was still rankedabove 1,000,000.India riders’ adventurecontinuesInacio and Leninha continue their Indianadventure with the sidecar motorcycleequiped with a Frotcom device. Greatpictures and descriptions of many pitorescepisodes are available inwww.daravolta.com.The website includes a link to Frotcom, where the vehicle can be tracked. At themoment, it can be spotted traveling south from Goa, on the western coast of India.Frotcom Cyprus showcasesFrotcom Cyprus exhibited in Cyprus’ 7th BoysStuff Show, held in November 27 and28, 2010. The show included presentations of new car models, automotive products and accessories, car audio systems and – according to the organization, the most beautiful cars and motorcycles in Cyprus. Frotcom was present as part of Frotcom Cyprus’ strategy for brand awareness in the country.Roadmap congratulates Michailis and the Frotcom Cyprus team for thisinitiative.Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.comAngola |Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius |Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 4

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