April 2010 - Roadmap Newsletter

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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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April 2010 - Roadmap Newsletter

  1. 1. April 2010 Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue Case study HM Rawat Sales and support in Mauritius Editorial New features in Frotcom I think our R&D team outdid themselves in March. Integrated Navigation This has been a hectic month for all of us. As you can read later in this issue of Roadmap, two new major New Certified Partner Frotcom Senegal improvements were added to Frotcom: Integrated Navigation and Google Maps. Both features had been widely considered as “must haves” in Frotcom and were This and much more… selected to be developed in 1Q2010. Not easy tasks, though. In both cases, we had to struggle with some unexpected technical hurdles. But in the end, the goal was reached and the features are out there. Frotcom now includes the Integrated Navigation as one of its optional features. A fleet manager can send the destination place directly to the driver’s navigator, along with any necessary instructions. Having international road transportation in mind, where voice communications can represent a significant cost, text messages were also added. They will show up in the navigator and can be replied directly using the touch screen. Another major requirement we got from some of our Certified Partners also came to life in March: Google Maps. The addition of Google Maps to Frotcom increased the map coverage at street level in many countries. Top of the line map coverage is now provided wherever Frotcom is available with both Bing Maps and Google Maps. It comes as no surprise that Frotcom is being ever more frequently chosen by companies who need a trustworthy, professional vehicle tracking system. 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. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com Algeria | Angola |Belgium | Bulgaria | Cameroon | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 1
  2. 2. Did you know  Frotcom uses over 100 Case study GSM operators in the world HM RAWAT Sales and support in Mauritius Since the opening of his own business back in 1959, Mr. Hassam Moussa Rawat has been intensively involved regionally in import – distribution – installation – export of industrial equipment, furniture and many others, from world class suppliers. Today, the HM Rawat group is Frotcom communicates over GPRS. ranked 21st amongst the top For that, the SIM card inserted in each companies in Mauritius and 51st device must be able to communicate amongst topic companies of the in all the territories the vehicles may Indian Ocean Islands. With offices overseas, HM Rawat is a 100% roam to. privately and family owned self financed company. In most European countries, Frotcom is actually able to communicate through 2 or more operators. HM Rawat currently distributes a wide range of products in areas so diverse as industrial equipment, telecommunications, vehicles, domestic appliances, sports and Why? By doing this, Frotcom’s lifestyle gear. HM Rawat presents a competitive edge based on factors such as coverage is the best possible. If a customer excellence, core business values, quality products and timely delivery. This last point drove HM Rawat to install Frotcom in its vehicles. vehicle drives out of one operator’s coverage, another operator with a better coverage in that area can be With 250 selling points throughout used. Mauritius, a fleet of 12 sales and distribution vehicles ensures an island wide service. Frotcom is This is a great competitive advantage helping control the fleet’s usage and for Frotcom. Not only it provides improve the route planning and international coverage, but when visits to customers by salespeople and technicians, therefore competing with other, local solutions improving efficiency. with only one GSM operator, Frotcom’s coverage can actually be better. ROADMAP congratulates Fawzy and the Frotcom Indian Ocean team for this successful project. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com Algeria | Angola |Belgium | Bulgaria | Cameroon | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 2
  3. 3. Tip of the month New features in Frotcom Sending a destination from the office to a driver Integrated Navigation Imagine this situation. Your fleet of 200 Frotcom is now fully integrated with Garmin’s FMI trucks is spread all over Europe. A enabled Navigators. The Integrated Navigation customer calls in. They want to hire module allows the interaction of fleet managers and your transportation services to load drivers through Navigators. today from their wine cellar in Bordeaux and unload later in Drivers can receive jobs from the office, in the form of a Barcelona. destination and associated instructions. By simply pressing the Go! key, drivers can then navigate to the You open Frotcom’s fleet map and destination. center it on Bordeaux. Drivers can also exchange text messages with the office, therefore improving efficiency and reducing voice communication costs, specially in the case of international transportation, where roaming communication costs can be higher. Frotcom International has already certified two Garmin models, the nüvi 1250 and the nüvi 1300, to work with Frotcom. Other You see there are two vehicles near models will be announced in the future. Bordeaux. One of them is currently stopped. According to your records, you see it is available for a new job. Google Maps option This vehicle is equipped with a Frotcom is currently used in many countries in Europe and Africa. Since one of the navigator. You simply right click on the most important tools in vehicle tracking is the map on top of which vehicles are vehicle icon and choose option “Send displayed, it is paramount to have a good map coverage in all the territories where destination to this navigator” from Frotcom controlled vehicles travel. the context menu. Bing Maps is an excellent mapping tool which clearly leverages Frotcom’s tracking potential. However, in some regions of the world, Bing’s map coverage does not yet provide the level of coverage needed by local Frotcom Certified Partners and end users. For that reason, Frotcom International has licensed Google Maps to be used in Then, select the Place in Frotcom territories where its coverage corresponding to your client’s wine exceeds Bing Maps’ (most of cellar, attach a text message with Africa and some European instructions and send it to your driver. countries). The driver will receive your instructions along with a destination coordinate. By simply selecting that Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 destination and pressing Go!, the driver Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com will be able to start navigation to your Algeria | Angola |Belgium | Bulgaria | Cameroon | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | customer’s wine cellar. Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda Simple and efficient. 3
  4. 4. New Certified Partner Frotcom in Senegal In the next issue SKY CONCEPT Senegal, a subsidiary of SKY BOARDING France, is a Senegalese company specialized in Information and Communication Technologies. In March News and events, 2010, SKY CONCEPT Senegal and Frotcom International signed an agreement for the constitution of Frotcom Senegal. Operations will start immediately. more new Frotcom features and tips will be presented. According to Amy Koné and Chakir Assoumani, respectively President and CEO of Sky Concept Senegal, “We are very proud of this This and more, so don’t miss new partnership with Frotcom the next issue of Roadmap. International, a specialist in vehicle tracking solutions. We do believe that collaborating with Frotcom in Senegal is the best way to provide the best service, at the best price!” Valério Marques, CEO of Frotcom International, referred that “Senegal is the first country in Western Africa to have a Frotcom Certified Partner. Sky Concept’s clear vision of the Senegalese market will certainly be a great advantage and results will start to happen. We expect Frotcom Senegal to become a reference for vehicle tracking in the whole region.” ROADMAP welcomes Amy Koné, Chakir Assoumani and the FROTCOM Senegal team on board and wishes them successful operations. Some words about Senegal The Republic of Senegal (République du Sénégal), is a country south of the Sénégal River in western Africa. It owes its name to the river that borders it to the East and North. The climate is tropical with two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. Facts and Figures about Cameroon Official Name République du Sénégal Capital City Dakar Land Area 197k sq km Official Lang French Religions Islam (95%) and Christian (5%) Population 14 million Official Currency Communaute Financière Africaine franc or CFA franc in short Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com Algeria | Angola |Belgium | Bulgaria | Cameroon | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 4

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