TCA On-Board Mass System program marches on

Koniditsiotis says type-approval promotes industry best practice and choice for end-users

TCA On-Board Mass System program marches on
Koniditsiotis says type-approval creates level playing field across comparable systems.


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has received five applications for type-approval of On-Board Mass (OBM) Systems.

TCA launched the new OBM System program in May, when it released two new performance-based specifications within the National Telematics Framework:

  • the Interconnectivity of Telematics In-Vehicle Unit (IVU) with Other Systems Functional and Technical specification
  • the OBM System Functional and Technical specification.

Suppliers of OBM Systems recognise that TCA type-approval means their product offerings can be recognised across a diverse range of policy areas, regulators and industry sectors, TCA states.

TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis says applications for OBM System type-approval must meet both specifications along with a probity and financial assessment.

"This represents a major step forward in establishing performance-based outcomes for the accuracy, integrity, scalability and interoperability of OBM systems which can satisfy the needs of both industry and government," he says.

"The National Telematics Framework provides for a common platform that permits the OBM system type-approval to support multiple policy outcomes.

"This ensures industry investment is scalable and interoperable to accommodate existing and future needs.

"Type-approval creates a level playing field across comparable systems, but importantly, also allows suppliers to differentiate their product offerings to meet different customer and/or industry needs.

"TCA recognises that there are often many ways to achieve an outcome.

"Thus, type-approval fosters innovation and best practice and importantly it promotes competition and choice for end-users."

"This approach is central to the National Telematics Framework, which provides a marketplace of certified services and type-approved hardware and systems which offer assurance to industry and government alike."

Koniditsiotis says the number of applications received is "significant because it paves the way for establishing an open technology market for the supply of OBM Systems".

"This ensures that end-users will be provided with more choice, competitive pricing and innovative technology."

More information on OBM system type-approval, including the application process can be found on the TCA website.

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