TCA-approved telematics IVUs on the rise


Its National Telematics Framework allows 32 commercial and regulatory applications to be co-located in a single unit

TCA-approved telematics IVUs on the rise
Chris Koniditsiotis says TCA-approved telematics reduce costs by avoiding the need to support numerous stand-alone devices.

 

The number of installed telematics in-vehicle units (IVUs) that satisfy Transport Certification Australia (TCA) guidelines has reached 30,480 in case of heavy vehicles and 1,500 for light vehicles.

Intelligent Access Program (IAP) Service Providers reported that there a total of 31,980 telematics IVUs fitted throughout Australia that satisfy TCA requirements including the IAP Functional and Technical Specification and the telematics IVU Functional and Technical Specification, "or are able to meet the requirements with some amendments".

TCA says the figures are indicative of a 22 per cent increase since the end of 2014.

"This increase is significant, given the percentage of truck fleets adopting telematics is trending at 5 per cent to 6 per cent growth year on year according to ACA Research.

"The industry is clearly seeking assurance when making IVU purchasing decisions."

TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis says there are a number of key features that separate these IVUs from others in the market including:

  • Robustness
  • Accuracy
  • Reliability
  • Tamper evidence
  • Data storage
  • Security

"These same requirements are being demanded by industry stakeholders, who have become increasingly knowledgeable and focused on making the right purchasing decisions, to cater for their business needs," Koniditsiotis says.

"The transport industry continues to tell us that the IVU is a central piece of technology which supports a range of functions, such as vehicle performance monitoring, job management, messaging and document keeping of permits, gazettes and dispatch information.

"It is not a surprise, therefore, that transport operators are seeking strong assurances from telematics IVUs."

TCA’s National Telematics Framework allows 32 commercial and regulatory applications in addition to the recently-approved BIGmate ‘type’, to be co-located in a single telematics IVU.

Koniditsiotis  says this means "end-users don’t need to instal separate, stand-alone devices to perform individual functions, significantly reducing costs by avoiding the need to support numerous stand-alone devices".

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