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Roadmap monthly newsletter - April 2013

  1. 1. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.comFrotcom - Vehicle Tracking.Fleet IntelligenceAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D.R.Congo |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg |Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain|Tanzania |Uganda |UK |1Roadmapmonthly newsletterEditorialrobably the biggest misconception when it comes to adopting a vehicletracking system for fleet management, is that the company drivers willstrongly oppose it. We have always known this was not the case in mostcircumstances, from the numerous cases where Frotcom was implemented.But now there is clear evidence that we were right.Arval, one of the leading vehicle leasing and fleet management companies,interviewed thousands of European fleet managers of companies where vehicletracking systems had been installed.One of the questions was about theacceptance by drivers of the gatheringof driving behaviour data. The replieswere quite interesting. In the case ofsmall companies, 85% of the managersreported that drivers were open or hadno opinion about the system. Only 8%were reluctant and 7% were stronglyopposed. In the case of medium andlarge companies, 81% of the managersreported that drivers were open or hadno opinion. 14% were reluctant and 5%were strongly opposed.In sum, in the majority of companies where vehicle tracking systems are installed,drivers have a positive or neutral view of it.Why so, when in fact this type of system undeniably increases the control over thedriving behaviour? We believe that a vehicle tracking system is seen by the gooddrivers as the chance to finally provide evidence to their hierarchies of that gooddriving behaviour. For them, it is finally the possibility to see their skills andbehaviour duly recognized by the company. Naturally, for the not so consciousdrivers, the feeling is not so positive.This is good news also for the companies thinking of adopting a system such asFrotcom. In fact, in the same study, Arval found that the number of both small andmedium/large size companies which have telematics systems – vehicle tracking andfleet management systems – is bound to continue to increase.Frotcom always recommends that the company inform upfront the drivers of theimplementation of the new system, explaining how it works and what it does (anddoes not). This normally reduces misconceptions and increases acceptance.Valério Marques, CEO - Frotcom InternationalA note from the editor – If you would like to have your own say in the next edition of this newsletter please donot hesitate to get in touch at this issueNew featuresJob dispatchinghas never been SO EASY!Case StudyDauti Transportshpedhas complete confidencein FrotcomNews and eventsFrotcom sponsored“Dar a Volta” Teamon their new adventurethrough South AmericaThis and much more…
  2. 2. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.comFrotcom - Vehicle Tracking.Fleet IntelligenceAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D.R.Congo |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg |Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain|Tanzania |Uganda |UK |2New FeaturesJob dispatching has never been SO EASY!Frotcom announces the launch of the new Workforce Management module.At the beginning of this year Frotcom announced the development of a newWorkforce Management module (see January 2013’s newsletter). After the finaltouches, April 2013 is the month that marks the official launch of the WorkforceManagement module.The module is designed for companies needing to dispatch jobs to their mobileworkforce, at the same time maximizing their productivity and keeping a realtime control of the operations.With the new module, based on Android 3G tablets and smartphones,companies are now able to better control their mobile workforce.The Workforce Management module in Frotcom improves the communicationbetween the office and drivers or workforces, by allowing companies to interactwith them in several different ways and managing closely the assignment of jobsand their execution. Companies can track in real time how each job isprogressing.Benefits Dispatch jobs easily and keep them undercontrol – Assign jobs to the most suitedvehicle/drivers and then monitor theprogression of each job against the plan forthe day; Minimize fuel consumption and get thereon time – Drivers can navigate directly totheir destinations using the integratednavigator; no more driving around; Increase productivity – Drivers will beable to complete more orders without extrastrain – and use their time in a better way; Document every step of the way – collectforms from the field at each milestone:proof of delivery, refused jobs, refuelling,waiting, etc.If you’d like to know more about the new Workforce Management, pleasecontact your Frotcom Certified Partner.Did you know?Only 28 countries have goodroad safety lawsA new report on road safety issuedon March, 2013, by the WorldHealth Organization (WHO) calls formore comprehensive legislation toaddress all the key risk factors toreduce fatalities and injuries.The Global status report on roadsafety 2013 states that only 28countries, covering 7% of the world’spopulation have comprehensiveroad safety laws on:- Drinking and driving;- Speeding;- Failing to use motorcycle helmets;- Seat-belts;- Child restraints.It also shows that while 88 MemberStates were able to reduce thenumber of road accidents thatnumber increased in 87 othercountries.Etienne Krug, Director at the WHO’sDepartment of Violence and InjuryPrevention and Disability says, “Roadaccidents are man-made and whatneed to be done is known. I amtalking about driving, speeding, thewearing of seat belts or motorcyclehelmets and the use of child seats.These are five key behavioural riskfactors”.Source: World Health Organization
  3. 3. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.comFrotcom - Vehicle Tracking.Fleet IntelligenceAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D.R.Congo |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg |Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain|Tanzania |Uganda |UK |3Case StudyDauti Transportshped has complete confidence inFrotcomDauti Transportshped is an international transportation company, based inSkopje, Macedonia, that works all around Europe. The company adoptedFrotcom to improve the connection between the office and the drivers and tooffer real time freight tracking to all clients.Behind every successful manager there is a successful team - this basic saying fromthe business world completely corresponds to the success of Dauti Transportshped.Their real treasure is the enthusiasm, determination, knowledge and team’s hardwork which, along with the use of modern technology, are an excellent guaranteefor the company’s development.Dauti Transportshped started using Frotcom inSeptember 2010. They currently have a fleet of 30vehicles equipped with Frotcom and 15 more areon the way.According to Mr. Daim Ramadani, GeneralManager at Dauti Transportshped, “Frotcomsolution helped us to reduce costs in the past 2.5years and to manage our fleet more effectivelyand efficiently. The use of Frotcom has enabledDauti Transportshped to execute more jobs ontime and thus, to increase productivity. There aremany tools in Frotcom that are of great value tous, such as real time tracking of the freight,CANBus information and control of fuelconsumption. One other big advantage of Frotcomis the easiness of receiving the informationthrough automatic reports and alarms.”Mr. Irfan Ramadabi, Transport Manager at DautiTransportshped also added, “After analysing thesolutions available in the market, we certainly didthe right thing choosing Frotcom. We can say thatFrotcom satisfies our needs and we can count on24/7 support when needed. We would like tohighlight that our investment has paid off.”For a complete profile of Dauti Transportshped visit their website here.Roadmap congratulates the Frotcom Macedonia team for this successful project!Tip of the monthHow to see thefrequency chart in Frotcom?In every graph in Frotcom you willfind two symbols at the right endcorner:By default, the graphs will show youthe evolution with time, as shownabove for ignition and speed. But, ifyou click on the right symbol, the piechart, you will be able to see thesame data, under pie chart form. Forexample, if you choose the pie chartfor the speed graph, here is what yousee:If you put the mouse on top of thepie chart, you can see informationabout each section.You can try the same in severalgraphs in Frotcom: Ignition; Speed; Door open status (optional,requires sensor); Temperature (optional,requires temperature sensor); Fuel level in tank (optional,requires CANBus or fuel levelsensor); Engine RPM (optional,requires CANBus); Engine temperature (optional,requires CANBus).
  4. 4. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | www.frotcom.comFrotcom - Vehicle Tracking.Fleet IntelligenceAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D.R.Congo |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg |Macedonia|Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |South Africa |Spain|Tanzania |Uganda |UK |4News and EventsFrotcom sponsored “Dar a Volta” Team on their newadventure through South AmericaDo you remember the Frotcom sponsored adventure of a couple in a sidecarmotorbike in India? Well, after 21 months they embarked on a new adventurethrough South America. This time the whole course is done, not on a sidecarmotorcycle, but on a Volkswagen Camper (baptized with the name Walentina).In 13 months they will visit 14 countries, travelling more than 40.000 kms.Inácio, Leninha and “Walentina” havestarted this adventure on March 25th,2013, and they plan to travel fromBrazil through Paraguay, Uruguay,Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Equator,Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad andTobago, Suriname, French Guiana andfinish the journey where it begun.Once again, Frotcom joined in,sponsoring the trip. “Walentina” isequipped with a Frotcom trackingdevice, which will help visitors to follow the twoadventurers as the trip progresses. Tocheck the current location, click the“Onde está a Walentina” (Where isWalentina) link.ROADMAP wishes to Inácio and Leninha all the luck in this new adventure!Next, on RoadmapNews and events,more new Frotcom featuresand tips will be presented.This and more, so don’t missthe next issue of Roadmap.