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Roadmap monthly newsletter - January 2013

  1. 1. January 2013Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue Case StudyEditorial Transport sacco adopts IT system to enhance the control of vehiclesI ts now official! Frotcom is preparing the launch of a new Workforce Management module. The launch is scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2013, following a period of field tests which has already begun. New and Events Frotcom International has strengthened the team Frotcom Romania sponsors The new module will allow companies to interact The Roadmanians Team with their mobile workforce – drivers, technicians in the Budapest – Bamako or salespeople, for instance – by sending to their Rally 2013 tablets, over-the-air, service orders (jobs) and collecting the corresponding job statuses. The system also allows the workers to fill in the This and much more… necessary forms at each step of the way, according to the instructions set by the company. As examples of such forms, think of an unloading form or of a refuelling form. The new module can be completely integrated, by linking Frotcom to the company’s backoffice (linking to ERP software, for example). Therefore, the job statuses and forms can be processed by the company’s backoffice, after being collected from the workers by Frotcom.Additionally, the onboard system includes features such as sending and receivingmessages, integrated navigation – including truck mode as option – and thetriggering of alerts (driving behaviour related or other alerts generated by Frotcom),among other features.The on-board system is completely autonomous and can be used even out of thevehicle, optionally, which can be quite convenient to collect signatures fromcustomers, for instance, as a proof of delivery or service acceptance.A great advantage of the new system is that it can be configured for eachcompany’s needs. Not only the forms can be defined for each company, but theworkflow for each type of job is also configurable, taking the driver, technician orsalesperson through a very controlled workflow. The status of each job can befollowed in Frotcom’s web interface in real time.If you’d like to be among the first companies to try the new module, as soon as it isavailable, please contact your Frotcom Certified Partner. We believe you’ll be aspleased as we are.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 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 | 1
  2. 2. Did you know? It’s on the news! New technical changes to the Directive on driving licencesCase study (Kenya)Transport sacco1 adopts IT system to enhance the control of vehiclesKenya’s leading transport sacco, 2NK, is set to adopt a new Fleet Management Systemin a bid to gain more control of its 550 vehicles. In order for the transition to the new driving licence regime, the European The sacco which pioneered parcel Commission adopted technical 2 delivery by matatu vehicles is set to changes to the Directive on driving launch the new system in January licences. The improvement intention 2013. “We want to reduce accidents tries to avoid unnecessary on our roads and to manage our administrative charge to citizens or vehicles professionally,” said the industry. With around 300 million sacco’s chairman James Kahiro. European citizens having a driver’s Estimates show that the sacco’s license, most of them will be members will save nearly 40 million concerned about this new Directive. Kenyan Schillings annually by sealing “The new system which is being fitted by Frotcom loopholes through which money is East Africa Ltd and Airtel Kenya will allow the From 19 January 2013, a single lost. management to track all vehicles within the country.” European driving licence model and JOSEPH KANYI new driving licence categories will be introduced with DirectiveThe new system which is being fitted by Frotcom East Africa Ltd and Airtel 2006/126/EC. The amendment todayKenya will allow the management to track all vehicles within the country. covers four areas, which you canThe system will involve insertion of a gadget that will allow geo-tracking of the more consult here.than 550 vehicles in the sacco’s fleet. […] According to the chairman, one of its mainadvantages is the ability to notify the sacco management in case of over-speeding. “It With this Directive instead of havingwill enable us to see the way the vehicle is moving and in case of over-speeding we will over 100 driving licence models, allbe able to contact the driver. This will help us to manage over-speeding which is the driving licences issued from 19biggest cause of carnage on our roads,” said Mr Kahiro. January 2013 onwards by Member States shall follow a EU model, whichThe system will also help the sacco management to track petrol consumption in their is in form of a plastic card. This newvehicles, minimizing possibility of theft by drivers. It will also give alerts when a vehicle card intends to reduce thediverts from its intended route. This is expected to assist in cases of carjacking or vehicle possibilities of fraud, introducingtheft. The system will also keep performance records of each vehicle for a long duration security features and administrativewhich can later be retrieved for assessment. Through the system, the management will validity periods. Category A and B willknow at what time the driver started working and what time he spent on the road. have an administrative validity between 10 years and 15 years andAccording to the chairman, the sacco is embracing the new system to help it enforce the category C and D have one of 5 traffic regulations. “ICT is the way to go in business today and we want to do this toenforce compliance to traffic rules rather than evasion,” said Mr Kahiro. The 2NK The Third Driving Licence Directivechairman has urged other transport saccos in the country to follow suit and acquiresimilar management systems. 2NK sacco was formed in 1993 as one of the first The new European driving licence willtransport saccos in the country by a few matatu owners plying the Nyeri-Nairobi route. also protect vulnerable road users by introducing progressive access for[...] to read the full content of the article, click here. powered two-wheelers. The progressive access system implies Source: Business Daily. By NGONDI MBURU. that driving experience with a less powerful motorcycle is requiredROADMAP congratulates the Frotcom East Africa team for this successful project! before driving a more powerful one.1 Saving and Credit Co-operative Society, a type of cooperative society common in Kenya. Source: European Comission2 Form of minibus very popular in KenyaRoadmap 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 | 2
  3. 3. Tip of the month Using Frotcom stickersNews and events Frotcom International has strengthened the team to ensure it’s always at its best.Know Frotcom International’s team. Together with all Frotcom Certified Partnersaround the world, we will continue to improve Frotcom’s service in 2013. Valério Marques Renato Ferreira Why is it that when you install an alarm in your house, you put a big Chief Executive Chief Technical Officer Officer sticker on the outside, to warn thieves “This house is protected with an alarm system.”? Filipe Castelo Nuno Liñan Because you want to dissuade the Chief Financial Chief Marketing thief of even trying to invade your Officer Officer house. In fact, the warning sticker is probably as important as the alarm itself, wouldn’t you say? João Paulo Figueira Joana Mouzaco Why putting a Frotcom sticker? Marketing Software Team Communications Dissuasion is one of the answers. Manager Manager The Frotcom “GPS controlled” sticker is designed to have the same effect on thieves trying to get their Gonçalo Oliveira Paulo Mateus hands on a trailer’s cargo or robbing a van, for instance. Software Project Technical Support Manager A second good reason is that companies with a vehicle control system are usually better equipped Jorge Moreira José Maurício to face their customers’ demands. Senior Software Senior Software Therefore, using the “GPS Developer Developer controlled” sticker is a bit like presenting a quality assurance seal. Paulo Costa David Mourato And finally, it should also be noted that some countries’ legislation on Senior Software Software Quality privacy request that drivers of Developer Assurance vehicles under GPS control be informed of it. The presence of this sticker helps disseminating that“This team will strive to overcome all challenges in order to guarantee the information among all the driverssuccess of our Partners and Clients. I am sure that 2013 will again be a verysuccessful year for Frotcom!” said Nuno Liñan, CMO at Frotcom International. of the fleet, including new drivers who may have not been informed in>> Frotcom team – going full speed ahead! the course of their contracting.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 | 3
  4. 4. Next, on RoadmapFrotcom Romania sponsors The Roadmanians Teamin the Budapest – Bamako Rally 20133 friends in Africa. 20,000 km. A charitable mission… News and events, Vlad Peptu, Cristian Andrei and more new Frotcom features Bogdan Baian, also known as and tips will be presented. The Roadmanians, will join this January the largest charity rally in the world – Budapest / This and more, so don’t miss Bamako – where 150 teams from around the world will the next issue of Roadmap. undertake charity for communities in West Africa.Frotcom Romania has decided to join in, by sponsoring The RoadmaniansTeam.What is Budapest-Bamako about?Budapest-Bamako is a charity rally, competition and a crazy driving adventurefrom Budapest (Hungary) to Bamako (Mali). This rally is for those who’vedreamed about the Dakar, Africa, the Sahara and hitting the open dirt underextreme circumstances.You can read more about this rally here. Follow us on frotcom To follow The Roadmanians trip on Frotcom click here.ROADMAP wishes Frotcom Romania and “The Roadmanians” all the best ofluck in this adventure!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 | 4