TCA releases fatigue device interoperability protocol

Document standardises communication with other in-vehicle devices

TCA releases fatigue device interoperability protocol
TCA's interoperability protocol responds to the growing use of fatigue management devices


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has released an interoperability protocol for fatigue management devices, which establishes a standardised way for different in-vehicle devices to exchange information.

The Telematics Device to Drowsiness Device Communications Protocol responds to the growing use of fatigue management devices and the need for them to communicate with other connected telematics devices, and vice versa, in a consistent manner, with TCA working with telematics providers and suppliers of fatigue management devices to develop the document.

A working group was established in May 2018 to ensure the protocol met the functional requirements demanded by technology stakeholders – including telematics device providers and other industry stakeholders – and users of fatigue management devices.

At the time, TCA acting CEO Paul Corkill noted a "lack of interoperability reduces the ability for transport operators and drivers to move seamlessly between the use of different devices and services – restricting flexibility and choice."

Read more about the early stages of this project, here

Three main objectives guided the development of the protocol, including:

• enable standardisation and interoperability

• remove barriers to the use of fatigue management devices

• easy adoption across all technology providers.

The protocol forms part of the National Telematics Framework, and has been designed to provide interoperability for the use of telematics and fatigue management devices across all users and industry sectors, TCA notes.

The full document can be found here.

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