201010 Roadmap newsletter - October 2010

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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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201010 Roadmap newsletter - October 2010

  1. 1. October 2010 Roadmap monthly newsletter In this issue Frotcom Sierra Leone Building up momentum in West Africa. Case study Editorial Controlling cement mixer A re vehicle tracking requirements for fleet trucks management the same everywhere? News and events In other words, is a Slovenian fleet manager Frotcom Greece worried about the same things as his Tanzanian has new office counterpart? Is it the same problem both managers are trying …and to address when they use Frotcom? Frotcom Bulgaria At a fundamental level, the answer is yes. Fleet management is all about optimizing exhibits the resources associated to a fleet: vehicles, drivers, time, mileage and consumption. This and much more… And this is common to all the countries where Frotcom is sold. Clearly, the factors which lead to those resources not being optimized in a fleet may vary. However, according to our experience, those factors seem to be more related to each company’s activity and culture than to the country’s culture. For instance, door-to-door distribution companies are usually more concerned about route optimization than long haulage companies, for the simple reason that to optimize the path between Paris and Milan, for instance, is much simpler than to daily optimize distribution routes with 30 delivery points spread out through a city. So, the company’s activity determines a lot which factors need to be optimized in a fleet. Also, company culture can strongly impact the concerns of fleet managers when it comes to the optimization of the available resources. For instance, the more drivers are aligned with the management, the less driving behavior is a concern. Inversely, if there is not a good alignment between one and the other, then distrust sets in and driving behavior control becomes a priority. Hence, the answer to whether or not the Slovenian and the Tanzanian fleet managers share the exact same problem is fundamentally yes, but the company’s activity and culture will determine the priority of each optimization factor to which Frotcom is to be applied. 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 | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 1
  2. 2. Did you know Where does the name New Frotcom Certified Partner Frotcom come from? Frotcom Sierra Leone We have heard this question many Building up momentum in West Africa times: what does Frotcom stand for? Frotcom International and One Sierra Leone Ltd signed an agreement for the Does it have any meaning? creation of Frotcom Sierra Leone. One Sierra Leone was formed in 2009. The company’s goal is to be established as In fact, it does. Sierra Leone’s premiere transportation company within five years. Initially, One Sierra Leone was looking for a Frotcom is a composition of two simple tracking solution that would work in the country. According to Jason Hancock, Portuguese words: frota (fleet) and Managing Director of Frotcom Sierra Leone comunicações (communications). Ltd, “I travel extensively and the fact that Frotcom is web based and gives me remote access from anywhere in the world really was a When Frotcom was born, big plus. Once we had tested the system in Sierra communication between the office Leone and seen the user friendly interface we and the vehicles of a fleet was still in realised that there must be many more companies, just like us, who would benefit from having access to a professional well its early days. In fact, the first version developed system like Frotcom. The state of the art devices, well designed software and of Frotcom used satellite excellent support we receive from Lisbon will give us a distinct advantage over our communications (Standard-C, competitors.” implemented by Inmarsat’s About Frotcom Sierra Leone’s perspectives, Penny Doyle, Marketing Director of geostationary satellites.) Frotcom Sierra Leone adds: “We expect and believe that Sierra Leone will develop rapidly over the coming years mainly due to the emerging mining projects and foreign investment. Along with foreign investment comes accountability and it will become Being able to communicate with essential for all investors to locate their assets for optimum control and efficiency. vehicles was a great breakthrough There will also be opportunity to establish within the local business community as they for fleet management, and so it was try to improve their service levels and try to curb the current rampant vehicle misuse that currently haunts the country.“ only natural to think of the name Frotcom for a vehicle tracking ROADMAP welcomes Jason Hancocks and the Frotcom Sierra Leone team and system. wishes them great success. A few words about Sierra Leone It is fair to say that back in 1996, The Republic of Sierra Leone is located in West Africa. It is very Frotcom’s target were the Portuguese rich in mineral resources, possessing most of the known mineral transportation companies, So, the types of the world, many of which in significant quantities. The association of those two Portuguese country is among the top 10 diamond producing nations in the words was all that was needed. world, and mineral exports remain the main foreign currency earner. > Capital: Freetown > Language: English, Bangla, Krio > Territory: 71,740 sq km Little did we know that 10 years later Frotcom would start expanding to so > Population: 6.5 million > Currency: Leone (SLL) > GDP: 1.7 billion USD (2009) many other countries. 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 | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 2
  3. 3. Tip of the month Frotcom on the iPAD Case Study Controlling cement mixer Note: this tip is only valid for vehicles trucks equipped with a CANBus device. Frotcom’s CANBus module can read Pampoukkas Brothers Cement Ltd belongs to “Pampoukka Group of Companies”” data such as fuel level in the tank, which includes three main sections: Cement, Prefabricated Materials and engine speed, engine temperature and Construction Projects & Separations plots. The company, founded in 1985 and tachograph information. based in Nicosia, Cyprus, successfully addresses the Cypriot market of ready-mixed cement offering high In the specific case of fuel, two graphs quality ready-mixed concrete to meet all kinds of projects. Have you thought level (%) the iPAD are available: Fuel of using and Fuel level variation (%). to control your fleet? You can, with Pampoukkas Brothers Cement Ltd produces and supplies Frotcom. level (%) graph shows the The fuel ready mixed concrete all over Cyprus, with a modern fleet level of fuel as a percentage of the total of mixer trucks with pump. capacity of the tank. The fuel level variationknow,shows very clearly when As you (%) Frotcom’s Smartphone In order to constantly provide the best quality of service offered to their customers, there areissharp convenient variations, interface quite fuel level when you the management of the company has decided to use Frotcom. According to Michalis either positive (refueling operation) or Christodoulides , CEO of Frotcom Cyprus, “The main reason why Frotcom was need to control your fleet from a place negative (sudden fuel level drop in the chosen was because it’s an all-inclusive solution, so there is no hidden or extra where tank). a computer is not at hand. cost, for its simplicity, friendly user interface, easiness in operating application and last, but not the least, the competitive price.” If you take the next graph, for instance, you will see that a refueling operation The iPAD is yet another alternative. Not ROADMAP congratulates Michalis and the Frotcom Cyprus team for this first took place (positive peak). By right as smallon the Smartphone,can now clicking as a peak, you it has, case study. Many others will follow, for sure. choose theaShow this moment ongreat however, larger screen and a map operation. user-friendly interface. Mapping sudden Joining us fuel variations Frotcom’s web interface is fully Gonçalo Gomes joins Technical compatible with the iPAD and its Safari Support web browser. Gonçalo is the latest member of Frotcom International’s Technical Support team. If you have a 3G-enabled iPAD, you can Throughout his career, Gonçalo managed several Technical Support teams in Once you choose that option, you will easily control your fleet from any place: multinational companies and projects. His professional career brought him be able to see the exact place in the home, the local pub or the hotel pool. map where that operation occurred: experience in a wide area of operations and vast knowledge of helpdesk support environments. Your choice! By the way, for those of you not familiar with Portuguese accented letters, letter “Ç” has basically the same sound of “S” in the english word “Set”. ROADMAP welcomes Gonçalo on board. With this option, you can easily check whether or not this is a valid place for Roadmap Monthly Newsletter | roadmap@frotcom.com | Tel + 351 214 135 670 | Fax +351 214 135 678 Frotcom vehicle tracking system | www.frotcom.com loading/unloading fuel. Algeria | Angola |Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 3
  4. 4. News and events Next, on Roadmap Frotcom Hellas opens new office in Artemis Attiki, Athens News and events, Frotcom Hellas (Greece) is growing. In September, it had to move to a bigger office. more new Frotcom features The new office, conveniently located in the city and tips will be presented. of Artemis Attiki, is 10 mns from Athens international airport and 30 mns from central Athens. This and more, so don’t miss The new office has perfect conditions to the next issue of Roadmap. receive customers, make demos and host meetings. ROADMAP congratulates Nasos Sideris and Frotcom Hellas for this important step. Frotcom Bulgaria exhibits in Plovdiv’s International Technical Fair Every autumn the International Technical Fair of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, exhibits the latest developments of the world's leading companies in machine building, automobiles, transport, information technologies, software, electronics and other technical fields. This year, from September 27 to October 2, Frotcom Bulgaria is exhibiting in this event. Dragan Kostovski, CEO of Frotcom Macedonia, visited the exhibition and had the chance to talk to Frotcom Bulgaria’s CEO, Delyan Kostov. ROADMAP congratulates Delyan and the Frotcom Bulgaria team for this initiative. 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 | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Cyprus | D. R. Congo | Greece | Kenya | Luxemburg | Macedonia | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco | Portugal | Reunion Islands | Romania | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovenia | Spain | Tanzania | Uganda 4

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