The extensive market footprint of Frotcom
One of Frotcom’s characteristics is its extensive market footprint. You will find vehicles carrying Frotcom technology in the most metropolitan cities and in the wildest plains; you can find it in 18 wheel trucks and in motorbikes; you can find it in jeeps moving along the slopes of the Kilimanjaro and in boats navigating their way through the delta of the Danube; you can find it in long haulage trucks and semitrailers, or on vans involved in local distribution. Naturally, there are many issues faced by fleet managers in all these cases. Some of the issues are common to most of them. Some are quite different. Although it can be said without a shadow of a doubt that most fleet managers are concerned with productivity, cost control, quality of service and security, the importance of each of these factors and – most of all – the way to achieve their optimization will often differ. In some cases, fuel management, involving the control of refuelling operations and the detection of fuel theft, is paramount. Due to their bigger tanks, trucks are a typical target for fuel theft. In the case of lighter vehicles, productivity tends to be one of the most important issues to control. Some requirements tend to be more influenced by the territory, due to either local trends or applicable laws. For instance, protection against vehicle theft is a common requirement in some regions, whereas maximum driving time law enforcement is a concern in other regions of the world. Some other requirements, however, seem to be very universal, even if the reason may be somewhat different. Take Eco-driving, for instance. In some countries, a better driving behaviour is looked after by companies, in order to have lower fuel consumption and the associated costs. In other countries where the cost of fuel is not as high, the main factor to be achieved with an improvement in driving behaviour is the reduction in downtimes, since the inexistence and price of spare parts can hold vehicles off the road for months. Giving an adequate response to these various requirements is Frotcom’s mission.