Sigtec in a rush to install IAP technology as soon as possible

By: Jason Whittaker


Mobile computing solutions firm Sigtec wants to begin installing Intelligence Access Program (IAP) technology, and hopes to start monitoring drivers

Mobile computing solutions firm Sigtec wants to begin installing Intelligence Access Program (IAP) technology, and hopes to start monitoring drivers by May.

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) last week announced Sigtec as the first IAP provider, and the firm is not wasting any time in getting as many operators and owner-drivers onboard before more companies are announced.

Sigtec, which deals in real-time wireless data and GPS location-based solutions, is calling on operators to contact it immediately to discuss their needs.

Following this, it will then begin installing the relevant technology and setting up its monitoring service.

According to Sigtec Managing Director John Thompson, the company is ideally suited as an IAP provider, having marketed GPS solutions for transport, government and taxi industries.

The company is based in Brisbane and Melbourne and provides services to countries such as New Zealand, the UK, the United Arab Emirates and South East Asia, with more than 50,000 vehicles worldwide using Sigtec’s technology.

"In the past, transport operators have used a range of telematics providers, so we’re keen to point out to the industry that we’ve been providing these sorts of services to mission-critical environments for many years," Thompson says.

Thompson expects industry support for IAP to grow based on the fact the freight task is expected to double by 2020.

"We’ve already seen a huge number of transport operators express interest in IAP and, as they see the benefits, no doubt more operators will come online," he says.

Sigtec will remotely monitor heavy vehicles through GPS and in-vehicle sensors, with information being sent to a host computer for downloading and analysis.

Under IAP, information is only to be sent to the relevant road authorities in the event of heavy vehicle non-compliance.

By signing up to IAP, drivers will be granted improved access to Australia’s higher mass limits (HML) network.

The New South Wales Government last week announced an expansion of its HML network.

The industry has repeatedly voiced opposition to the program, calling it a policing tool which is unnecessary because drivers already comply with road regulations.

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