Need for national telematics standard: TCA


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) is pushing for a national standard for telematics in the transport and logistics sector

April 10, 2012

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) is pushing for a national standard for telematics in the transport and logistics sector.

TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis used last week’s Australian Logistics Council (ALC) Forum to raise the profile of the issue with the industry and says the session on information and communications technology was useful in this regard.

It was "a great opportunity to discuss the importance of adopting national standards for in-vehicle telematics as part of a supply chain", Koniditsiotis says.

"The use of telematics can help the supply chain to better manage that risk, and I note the ALC has a standing policy to deploy the use of GPS into all long-haul vehicles.

"However, not all telematics systems are created equal.

"Nor can assurances be provided to other road users if there are no guarantees that telematics systems continue to work in service."

He notes that recent incidents involving speed limiter devices highlight the need for standards, and the need for certification and ongoing audit, to ensure that in-vehicle systems continue to work as expected.

"The market is now recognising the value of national standards, with devices approved by TCA for regulatory purposes increasingly being used in other domains," Koniditsiotis says

"Assurance and integrity through telematics can only be achieved if the right frameworks are put in place to make it happen and a national standard, recognised by governments is central to that."

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