A spot is a central concept in Frotcom Analytics. Much like a place, a spot is a geographic location where the company's vehicles have stopped in relevant numbers over the last twelve months. These spots are automatically detected by Frotcom and are shaped so that a small "buffer zone" is added around the stopping places. That's why they look a bit like bubbles. The following picture shows a sample spot along with the stopping places.
Spots are not visible through the main Frotcom user interface, only through Frotcom Analytics. Nevertheless, they can be converted to regular Frotcom places using Frotcom Analytics' Place Editor feature.
The spot geographic area is calculated using an advanced algorithm that understands how close the stopping points are to one another and thus is able to determine which points belong to the spot and which do not belong to it. Points that fall outside of a spot either belong to another spot or are considered as irrelevant and thus discarded. This means that a number of the fleet's stopping places will not be represented as spots, but this is not a bad thing:
- If a spot is deemed as irrelevant, that is because during a one year period less than nine other stops have occurred in the near vicinity (50 meters). This surely means that the stop location is not very relevant, so why bother with it?
- Spots are recalculated on a monthly basis, so if one particular stop place is irrelevant in one particular period, it may become relevant in the next. It just needs more neighbors to join in. This means that the set of the fleet's spots is continually evolving, following the fleet's changing behaviors.
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