Roadmap monthly newsletter - October 2013


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Roadmap monthly newsletter - October 2013

  1. 1. October 2013 Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue Case Study Editorial L Inter-Adaks most satisfied with Frotcom’s support and constant innovation et me ask you: is your company using Frotcom’s API? I can hear you asking “What is an API and why would we use it?” Fair enough, I obviously started on the wrong foot. Let me explain it then. An API (Application Programming Interface) is a way for two or more computer applications to “talk” between them. In other words, it’s a way of extracting data from an application and use it in another application. Once programmed, the process of data transfer requires no human intervention, it’s completely automatic. New features Eco-driving ranking enhancements Information about other Frotcom options - Teasers News and Events Frotcom East Africa and Airtel Kenya implement Road Safety Initiative rewarding good driving behaviour This and much more… A typical example involving Frotcom’s API (we also call it web services) is to have an external application extracting from Frotcom the total mileage of a vehicle in a certain time period, in order to use that information to compute a trip cost and charge it to a client; or another programme extracting the number of driving hours of a driver, in order to calculate the driver’s variable component of a wage. “That’s great, but why should that interest me?” Well, it depends. If your company has software applications which could benefit from reading data from Frotcom – such as in the examples above – you could automatize some of your back office operations. But other typical cases of the use of Frotcom’s API involve sending your vehicle’s tracking data to major clients, forwarding companies or business partners. For example, LKW Walter, a big transportation organisation based in Austria, asks their transportation partners for authorization to use Frotcom’s API to know their vehicles whereabouts. A second example is Timocom, a large freight exchange player in Europe. Transportation partners equipped with Frotcom will be able to authorize their vehicle’s positions to be available for their customers through Timocom’s site. When entering vehicle offers, companies can highlight that their vehicles can be tracked by clients – a big advantage when it comes to getting orders. Plenty of reasons why you should consider Frotcom’s API. 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 Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cape Verde |Colombia |Cyprus |Croatia |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg | Macedonia |Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Namibia |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia | South Africa |Spain | Tanzania |Uganda |UK | 1
  2. 2. Did you know? Traffic laws map in all EU countries Case Study Inter-Adaks most satisfied with Frotcom’s support and constant innovation Inter-Adaks, d.o.o. is a family owned business with more than 3 decades of history. Based in Kočevje, 50km south from the Slovenian capital, the company started the road transportation business with only one vehicle, travelling at the time in former Yugoslavia. The solid reputation established over the years, has been built thanks to a trustworthy relationship with its customers. Adaptation, dynamism, responsibility and competence have also led them to an inevitable growth. Nowadays, the company owns a fleet of ten vehicles travelling not only in Slovenia but also throughout Europe (mostly in Germany and Austria). Mr. Andrej Štajdohar CEO and founder of Inter-Adaks “In 2010 we decided for Frotcom after consulting several GPS vehicle tracking providers in Slovenia. Frotcom offers a quick and simple web interface and has a wide range of reports / statistics that we use on a daily basis. What we appreciate the most is the continuous level of service and the excellent support provided, which is literally always available”, said Mr. Andrej Štajdohar, CEO and founder of Inter-Adaks. “The system is constantly improving and responding to our needs. Since we started using Frotcom we reduced the need to contact drivers, decreased communication fees and increased drivers’ security. We are able to see where our vehicles are and dispatch jobs in a more effective way“. Check the new interactive map listing traffic laws in all European countries. The European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport has launched an interesting and useful interactive map collecting all the traffic regulation in each European country. The map includes information on speed limits, traffic lights and forbidden lanes in different roads valid for each transport category. It also has the rules on the usage of seat belts or the mobile phone while driving. Before travelling abroad, or just to refresh your memory on the rules in your own country, have a look at the map and make sure to travel safe! Source: European Road Safety Charter Roadmap congratulates Frotcom Slovenia’s team for this successful project! Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cape Verde |Colombia |Cyprus |Croatia |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg | Macedonia |Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Namibia |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia | South Africa |Spain | Tanzania |Uganda |UK | 2
  3. 3. Tip of the month Configuring the remote download of tachograph files New features If your trucks travel in Europe, you will be interested in knowing this. Eco-driving ranking enhancements All the features of the tachograph remote download can be found in Administration > Tachograph downloads. Frotcom includes now a set of enhancements to the ranking page in the Ecodriving folder. In order to give a better view over each vehicle’s performance, some columns were added to the Eco-driving ranking page, making possible to sort the information by mileage, driving time, total consumption, average consumption, average speed, percentage of time under max RPM and percentage of idling time over driving time. In addition to these columns, a filter was also added to allow viewing only CANBus equipped vehicles. If you mark one or several vehicles on the leftmost column of the list, under the Tachographs folder, you will be able to configure them. Click on the Configure (marked) button. You will be able to choose between the following two possibilities: Information about other Frotcom options - Teasers Frotcom includes a new small clickable button on the left of the screen, similar to what already exists for the useful links. The purpose of this button is to show you a set of extra features available in Frotcom which you have not activated for your account yet. From there you can request more information about each feature. Every 80 days - Frotcom will download the tachograph data files from the selected vehicles, every 80 days. By European law, you must ensure that you will have such files in your computers, available for inspection by the authorities, up to 90 days after the corresponding recordings. Never - In this case you instruct Frotcom not to proceed with the automatic downloading of the tachograph data files. Click Save to save your changes or Cancel to leave the dialog without saving any changes. Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cape Verde |Colombia |Cyprus |Croatia |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg | Macedonia |Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Namibia |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia | South Africa |Spain | Tanzania |Uganda |UK | 3
  4. 4. News and Events Next, on Roadmap Frotcom East Africa and Airtel Kenya implement a Road Safety Initiative rewarding good driving behaviour Kenya’s National Traffic Commandant joined Frotcom East Africa and Airtel Kenya in a new road safety initiative by rewarding responsible drivers from 2NK Matatu SACCO (cooperative) identified by Frotcom’s web tracking and fleet management system. This new initiative came as a follow up of the “Dereva Chonjo Initiative”, launched early this year by the two organizations, in a bid to encourage safe driving speed in public service vehicles and to reduce road carnage on Kenyan roads. Through the initiative, the National Traffic Commandant, Samuel Kimaru, will identify and reward drivers from 2NK SACCO along a number of busy highways in Kenya. more new Frotcom features and tips will be presented. This and more, so don’t miss the next issue of Roadmap. The National Traffic Commandant rewarding one 2NK SACCO driver with a reflector jacket for observing the recommended speed limits. Frotcom’s vehicle tracking system helps to monitor driving behaviour minute-byminute regardless of where vehicles are in the country and uses the same data generated by the system to identify drivers who need extra training so as to achieve a change of attitude as they handle passengers. The rewarding program will go a long way enforcing compliance to traffic rules rather than evasion. According to Jackson Karisa Fagio, Commercial Director at Frotcom East Africa “Frotcom East Africa, Airtel Kenya and the Traffic Commandant have taken a proactive role to reward the drivers for their good driving behaviour. This initiative is meant to depart from the old traditional practice which has always focused on punishing wrongdoers and totally turning a blind eye on those who are doing right. It is common experience that when you positively recognize good efforts, the end result is motivation. With this initiative, we want to demonstrate that it pays to be good and try to win more investors in the industry to take the initiative of making their drivers recognized.” Airtel and Frotcom have already fitted GPS-tracking systems in more than 550 vehicles in the SACCO’s fleet. Estimated financial benefits show that the SACCO members could save up to Ksh 40 million (US$461,000) annually by sealing revenue leakage loopholes with the use of this solution. This will come along with reduced accident claims to the insurers significantly reducing the cost of risk management. Sources: Business Ghana; Humanipo Roadmap congratulates Frotcom East Africa for this successful initiative! Roadmap Monthly Newsletter News and events, | | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Frotcom - Vehicle Tracking . Fleet Intelligence Angola |Belgium |Brazil |Bulgaria |Cameroon |Cape Verde |Colombia |Cyprus |Croatia |Egypt |Georgia |Greece |Italy |Kenya |Kosova |Luxembourg | Macedonia |Madagascar |Mauritius |Morocco |Namibia |Portugal |Reunion Islands |Romania |Rwanda |Seychelles |Sierra Leone |Slovenia | South Africa |Spain | Tanzania |Uganda |UK | 4