Congratulations! You have just received Frotcom’s FCP Kit. In this kit, you will find two* models of GPS trackers that will collect information from a vehicle and send it to Frotcom’s Data Center, to then be processed and displayed in many different ways in our web platform or smartphone app.
This document will guide you through all the components of the kit, how to use them, and how to see the collected data in Frotcom.
* Note - One of the GPS trackers is already installed inside the Test box, as will be explained later.
The FCP Kit comes inside a protective briefcase ideal for transportation and demonstrations to customers. The kit includes the following items:
Test box including a GPS tracker inside
The Test box simulates a vehicle with a GPS tracker already installed. It’s with this box that we will run our first indoor tests.
The box, however, is not only for testing purposes - when you complete the introduction to Frotcom, you will be able to remove the GPS tracker from inside the box and install it in a vehicle, as a tracking device.
The Test box is equipped with the following accessories:
There are two power cables included in this kit - one for powering the device indoors ( 110-240VAC / 12VDC / 2000mAh adapter) and one for powering the device in a vehicle (Cigarette Lighter Adapter).
Additional GPS tracker
The GV65 is an additional GPS tracker (also with SIM card included). It is a price-competitive standard tracker with fewer functionalities than the one already installed in the Test box but can be used the same way.
The additional Powerbox allows you to perform extra tests using other devices.
It contains all the manuals, materials, and documentation for the tools provided by Frotcom.
3 Installation (indoors)
To start using your kit, find the Test box and the power cable in the briefcase.
Connect the cable to the Test box using the 12v input, and plug the other end of the cable to a power source.
This kit is already pre-activated by Frotcom, so once it’s connected to a power source, it’s ready for use, as you can read below.
4 The test box
4.1 Driver identification
The Test box simulates a vehicle equipped with a driver identification device (we call it iButton). This device is required for some functionalities in Frotcom, such as driver identification and vehicle immobilizer.
In this example, if a driver switches the ignition on without previously identifying himself or herself, the Test box’s buzzer will trigger, sounding a loud beep for a couple of minutes.
Tip: In case you accidentally activated the buzzer, turn the ignition off and remove the power cable from the Test box until the buzzer is over.
So, in order to avoid the buzzer and identify the driver, you must put the iButton in contact with the iButton reader in the Test box, until you hear a short, loud beep.
Once the driver is identified, you can turn the ignition on (see below).
To turn the ignition on, just turn the switch to the On position.
For now, let’s see what we already have in our Frotcom account.
5 Frotcom web
Let’s access Frotcom’s web interface and check your device’s data, as well as other basic functionalities.
On a web browser, access https://web.frotcom.com/
You will be prompted with a login page. Use the credentials provided to you on your email to access your account:
You can see the Map view, with your devices listed in the Vehicle list on the left and the device’s location indicated on the map:
5.1 - License Plate
Let's start by changing the License plate of your device (Test box).
On the top-right corner, click on the user icon and then on Administration:
Now click on Vehicles, and then on the vehicle which IMEI corresponds to the one in the Test box:
Now change the License plate as you wish.
To help you see the evolution of the device/vehicle, let’s create some alarms for it.
In the Administration area, click on Alarms, and then on Add new:
On the field Type, select Panic Button, then give this new alarm a name of choice and select your vehicle from the vehicle list. Click Apply to validate the selection.
Now click on Destinations (list on the left side) and add your phone number (do not forget country code, e.g., +351). This way, when an alarm is triggered, you’ll receive an SMS with the notification. Click on Save:
With the alarm set, let’s force it to trigger. Press the Panic button of your box.
You should receive a notification of an alarm on Frotcom. Click on the alarm icon on the top-right corner to see all the alarms triggered by your vehicles.
Also, you should receive an SMS on the phone that you configured in the alarm, stating that the Panic button alarm was triggered for your vehicle:
Now let’s create a driver, and associate the driver identification element (iButton) to this driver.
On Frotcom, navigate to Administration and click on Drivers. Click on Add new:
Give your driver a name, and then click on Save.
With the driver created, let’s associate the iButton ID with this driver.
You can find the ID of your iButton under its metallic area. It's a sequence of 16 characters.
In the example below, the full iButton ID would be 7D000002CFCDCA14. Note that 7D and 14, in the upper line, are the beginning and the end of the ID, respectively:
Copy the ID of your iButton into the RFID field:
Now let’s create a Place in Frotcom. Places are points of interest to your business. They can be a customer's location, your own office’s location, etc. For this example, let’s create a Place for your office.
To create a Place, go to Administration > Areas, and click on Add new:
Give the Place a name. You can also change other parameters if you wish. Finally, click on Next, and you will be taken to the Map view where you will be able to position the place:
Now use the search box to find the address of your office. Using the drawing tool, draw the Place on the map, and then click on Save:
To finish this initial setup, let’s use our new Place to create an Area exit alarm. This way, when the vehicle leaves said Place (your office), you will receive an Alarm notification.
Go back again to Administration and click on Alarms. Create a new Area exit alarm:
Now click on Restrictions, and in the Geographical restrictions, select the Place you just created:
Configure the Destinations the same way you did for the Panic button alarm and click on Save.
You can also do the same for an Area entrance alarm.
We have now finished the first setups in your Frotcom account. To see how these configurations will have an effect on your daily routine, we will now place the GPS tracker and accessories in a vehicle. For that, let’s move into the Installation outdoors.
6 Installation outdoors
If you install your start kit outdoors (i.e., connect it to a vehicle) you will be able to see not only the information above but also the GPS data sent by the tracking device to Frotcom.
To do so, connect the Cigarette Lighter Adapter (CLA) to the Test box using the 12v input:
Go to your vehicle and connect the CLA to the cigarette lighter plug.
Then, make sure the Test box and cable are placed in a location where they will not block your vision of the road or hinder your operation of the vehicle. Ideally, the Test box should be located somewhere near the windshield so that GPS signals can easily be captured by the GPS tracker inside the Test box.
Now let’s do the following, so we can see the results when you’re back in the office.
- Identify yourself using the iButton
- Turn the Ignition switch on
- Take your vehicle for a ride outside of the limits of the Place you have defined
- Turn the Ignition switch off
Now, let’s head back to the office and see the results of your tests.
7 Back in the office
By now, you must have noticed that you have received an Area exit notification by SMS on your phone. This happened because you took your vehicle out of the limits of your office, as specified in the Alarm configuration.
You can also see the occurrence if you go back to the Alarms panel:
Another thing to notice is that, as you used the iButton to identify the driver, Frotcom automatically associated the driver with that iButton to the vehicle.
You can check this out in Administration > Drivers. Select your driver and check the associated vehicle:
If you go back to the Map view and click on your vehicle in the Vehicle list, you will be able to see the trip you just executed. Navigate through the Vehicle infobox and the Bottom panel to see such information:
If these panels are not visible for you, click on the arrows on the right side of the Map to show them:
Finally, you can see the progress of your vehicle in a graphic view. Click on the menu option Graphs and check the results of your first steps in the sample graphs:
Congratulations! You have now finished your first project with Frotcom.
Remember that inside the FCP Kit you also have another GPS tracker, the GV65. The next step is for you to use that device (and also the GV300CAN inside the Test box, if you want) and install it in vehicles, without the use of the Test box. All the documentation necessary for that is available in your Frotcom pen drive.
Remember to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any doubt or need assistance.
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