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TCA unveils intelligent mass document

Final version developed following industry consultation


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has released the final version of the functional and technical specification for intelligent mass.

Intelligent Mass – Functional and Technical Specification defines the performance requirements for technology providers to combine mass data with other telematics data collected from vehicles.

Intelligent mass responds to a diverse range of needs. Road managers, regulators (across different industry sectors), transport operators and other parties along the supply chain will benefit from the availability of intelligent mass, TCA says.

The specification builds upon the capabilities offered by type-approved on-board mass (OBM) systems which provide high levels of accuracy, reliability and robustness in the measurement of vehicle mass.

The specification enables the collection of vehicle mass and configuration data in a standardised and consistent manner through any application of the National Telematics Framework.

Read more about intelligent mass consultation period, here

Forming part of the National Telematics Framework, the specification references common components of the platform including: Telematics Data Dictionary, Telematics Data Exchange and associated Business Rules.

“Referencing these common components allows the use of intelligent mass within applications administered through the government-endorsed digital business platform, with the appropriate level of assurance sought by stakeholders,” TCA says.

“This includes both existing applications of the National Telematics Framework, as well as new applications – such as Road Infrastructure Management (RIM) and IAP Lite – approved by the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) in November 2018.”

Using these applications with intelligent mass introduces an opportunity to drive the next wave of productivity reforms, TCA notes.

“The Australian Standard for bridge assessment (AS 5100.7:2017), developed in conjunction with Austroads and released in 2017, highlights how collecting mass and configuration data through telematics applications can change the way bridge loading calculations are performed.

“Consistent with the Australian Standard, Intelligent Mass can unlock heavy vehicle access constraints – which are often influenced by the outcomes of bridge assessments – by empowering road managers to make improved access decisions based on the availability of vehicle location, configuration and mass data.

“TCA wishes to acknowledge the contributions of diverse stakeholders, including road managers, regulators, providers, consumers and peak bodies, during the development and finalisation of the specification. “

The Intelligent Mass Functional and Technical Specification contains requirements for: 

  • Device Type-Approval
  • ASP certification
  • Device installation, operation and maintenance
  • ASP system
  • Data handling
  • Enrolment
  • Data reporting
  • Data exchange
  • ASP audit and review, among other things. 

The document can be found here.

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