TCA calls for telematics unit approval applications

Regulator looks to promote reliability and efficiency to support consumer confidence

TCA calls for telematics unit approval applications
Koniditsiotis: informed procurement decisions are crucial


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has taken another step in efforts towards gaining industry confidence in the national telematics regime.

The regulator is now accepting applications for type-approval of telematics in-vehicle units (IVUs) aimed at supporting informed choice.

"In recent months, we’ve received a strong level of interest from the telematics sector to our Telematics IVU Functional and Technical Specification," TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis says.

"The growing use of telematics across land-based transport applications makes it vital for stakeholders to demand greater confidence in the reliability, accuracy, integrity and security of IVUs."

Since the November 2013 release of the Specification, stakeholders seeking IVUs could use the document when making comparisons between different IVU types and ask IVU providers whether their IVU meets the specification."

"TCA is now providing a third option, stakeholders can make an informed procurement decision to purchase an IVU that has been type-approved by TCA," Koniditsiotis says.

"Through the development of the Specification, TCA is promoting the need for a knowledgeable marketplace."

He pledges consumer "peace of mind" that type-approved and certified IVUs can accommodate the technical and functional prerequisites necessary to meet reliability, accuracy, integrity and security expectations.

"TCA has worked with members of the Telematics Industry Group (TIG) – which consists of manufacturers and suppliers of telematics products and services, (ncluding Service Providers certified by TCA – in finalising the Specification," Koniditsiotis says.

"The availability of type-approval forms part of the National Telematics Framework administered by TCA on behalf of Australian governments, which is now being modelled through the development of international standards for telematics and related technologies."

Details can be found here.

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