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Roadmap monthly newsletter - November 2011

  1. 1. November 2011Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue New Features Frotcom maps are now usingEditorial Silverlight technologyW e all know that “cheap becomes expensive Case Study in the long run.” APM Transport (Greece) And yet, we have witnessed how Constantly enriching sometimes companies forget this and go for its serviceslow end tracking solutions to save sometimes less than 1€per month in service fees. News and eventsAre they really saving money? Well, a tracking system is supposed to be a tool Promoters of Globalthat lets you control your fleet, reducing costs and increasing productivity, Road Safetyamong other advantages. The difference between Frotcom and many cheapertracking systems is measured not only in the monthly fee you pay, but most of This and much more…all, in the results you get from both systems.The small difference you may save in monthly fees will be lost month aftermonth in the money you could have saved with an intelligent tracking system. Have in mind that the costs related to the use of a fleet vehicle include fuel, maintenance and the driver’s wages. This will easily go up to 2500€ a month. If you have a tool to save you 4% of that money – which any company can easily get from Frotcom – this is equivalent to 100€ a month.You must decide based on the results a tracking system gives you. And thereyou go: this usually means that cheap becomes expensive.In some countries, companies are in their second wave of investments in vehicletracking. The first wave was a first attempt, usually to check what they couldexpect from a tracking system. The second one corresponds to a differentapproach, in which companies know exactly what they need and want.We’re glad to say that Frotcom is becoming a safe harbor for companies in theirsecond wave investments on tracking systems.Valério MarquesCEO - 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 | Fax +351 214 135 678Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.comAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D. R. Congo |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Luxemburg |Macedonia |Madagascar | Mauritius|Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Serbia |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |Spain |Tanzania |Uganda | 1
  2. 2. Did you know?New Features You can change your settingsImprovements in Frotcom maps when you login in FrotcomFrotcom maps are now using Silverlight technology When you login in Frotcom there areSince the beginning of November, Frotcom users have been experiencing a now three options available that allowdeeper level of integration of the maps with the rest of Frotcom, as well as a you to change your account settings:much more user-friendly interface for the manipulation of the maps. Interface; Language; Time zone. To access them, you just need to click on Show options in the Login dialog box: What changed? Interface The interface option allows you to choose between SL (faster and moreMaps New data model General powerful) and HTML (if you prefer thePerformance Frotcom includes now a Productivity and Scalability old version). By default, you will enterThe maps are now better client-side data - With the new integration, using the definition set for you infaster to refresh and model which helps data our R&D team is able to Frotcom.manipulate. editing and reduces create more features usingUsability network activity (lower the same codebase; in LanguageMap animation is now bandwidth – quicker other words, developments If for some reason you want to loginavailable as an option operations and better for new map features will using a language different from your(a smooth transition user defined one, you can choose it usability and be faster to implement.between two zoom here. This may be useful, for instance, if performance).levels). different users of different nationalitiesApplication integration share the same username inside a– Maps are embedded Silverlight is a powerful development the application. As a platform for creating engaging, interactiveresult, this will allow Time zoneyou, for instance, to user experiences for Web, Desktop and Here you can select the time zone foredit a vehicle on top of mobile applications when online or offline. your Frotcom session. You can changethe map. it, for instance, if you are visitingThese improvements highlight the invaluable fact that users can benefit from another country with a different timethe full Silverlight support in all Frotcom’s application. zone.Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678Frotcom vehicle tracking system | Changing your account settings is easy!Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D. R. Congo |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Luxemburg |Macedonia |Madagascar | Mauritius|Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Serbia |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |Spain |Tanzania |Uganda | 2
  3. 3. Tip of the monthCase studyAPM Transport – Constantly enriching its services With the vehicle filters option managers can track their fleet moreLocated in Magoula of Attica, Greece, APM Transport S.A. was established in efficiently.1995 as a transport company with its own truck fleet. The company has managed To see how it works, go toto stand out on the market and meet the clients’ requirements on account of Administration > Vehicle filters. Youthree competitive advantages: truck fleet, low cost and integrated transport will see something like this:solutions. APM Transport is enriching its fleet continuously with all types of trucks and trailers. At the same time the company expands its In the example above, there are 6 filters clientele basis in cooperation with created. Check for instance the third the largest forwarding companies one displaying the Portuguese in Greece and abroad. operations. If you click on top of this filter with theHaving as a top priority the immediate, secure and efficient handling of cargo in right button of the mouse and thencase of any transportation needs, APM has invested into sophisticated, brand select Edit filter, a window like the onenew trucks, system control, innovative software platforms and optimization bellow will pop-up:tools. Additional to this is the expert and technically trained personnel. Then you will see that this filter only shows the vehicles in which the word Portugal is in Free Field 1. You can do any combination of Free Fields and Vehicle Type to generate your ownAccording to Michael Papas, CEO at APM Transport, “We were looking for a filter.reliable and advanced vehicle tracking solution in the Greek market, so our After you create your vehicle filters, youchoice was easy: with FROTCOM we are in command.” can use them in two ways:For more information about the company, you can also visit their website 1. By selecting yourself the view you want in the top right corner.ROADMAP congratulates the Frotcom Hellas team for this successful project! 2. By creating users with access limitedRoadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 by one or more vehicle filters.Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.comAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D. R. Congo |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Luxemburg |Macedonia |Madagascar | Mauritius In a nutshell, vehicle filters ease the|Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Serbia |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |Spain |Tanzania |Uganda | work of any fleet manager. 3
  4. 4. News and events Next, on RoadmapPromoters of Global Road SafetyIn May we brought to your attention one of News and events,the largest and strongest actions for Global more new Frotcom featuresRoad Safety - The Decade of Action for RoadSafety 2011-2020 - a worldwide campaign in and tips will be presented.which leaders and governments,international agencies, civil societyorganizations and private companies frommore than 100 countries are actively This and more, so don’t missinvolved.Frotcom, as a signatory of the European Road Safety Charter, who is a key the next issue of Roadmap.supporter of the Decade, is a loyal promoter of this campaign to ensure thatthe vision of the Decade of action becomes a reality.One of the major events that are part of the Decade will take place in June 2012when world leaders will meet in Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 UN Conference onSustainable Development to identify challenges and agree new priorities for theinternational community. Trends identified in Rio and decisions taken will defineinternational action on the environment, development and public healthpriorities. Tackling global road traffic injury is prioritized too.Safer Roads @ Rio+20 is an initiative led by the Make Roads Safe campaign,building on the momentum of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety tobroaden the coalition supporting action to prevent 5 million road deaths by2020.Here is one useful suggestion for how you can influence the agenda of theevent: Join the debate on the agenda for Rio+20 on Twitter @UN_Rioplus20and on Facebook.In the end, the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 is actuallyeverybody’s Decade.Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.comAngola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cyprus |Croatia |D. R. Congo |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Luxemburg |Macedonia |Madagascar | Mauritius|Morocco |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Senegal |Serbia |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia |Spain |Tanzania |Uganda | 4