TCA gives confidence to governments in the use of telematics and related intelligent technologies by working with stakeholders to provide assurance through the deployment of quality systems in an operational environment.

TCA's accreditation services include:

  • Development of functional and technical specifications
  • Assessment of conformance against functional, technical and business requirements
  • Development of standards
  • Management of government pilots, initiatives and reforms that utilise telematics and related intelligent technologies.

TCA's Functional and Technical Specifications – some of which are the only of their type in the world – set out the core requirements to ensure reliability, integrity and security of telematics and related devices and Service Providers. Specifications set the standard for certification and type-approval, and provide the reference point for the rigorous testing of hardware and software. They are performance based, and guided by a focus on required outcomes and alignment with policy intent.

Specifications are informed by stakeholder engagement and the outcomes of operational pilots, and encourage innovative ways of meeting their requirements.
  • Intelligent Access Program Functional and Technical Specification
  • Telematics In-Vehicle Unit Functional and Technical Specification
  • Electronic Work Diary Functional and Technical Specification (Draft)
  • Fare Device Functional and Technical Specification
  • Functional and Technical Specification for Alcohol Interlock.

EWDs use telematics to better manage the fatigue and working hours of heavy-vehicle drivers, and TCA is working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to progress their implementation.

As the EWD System Manager, TCA will be responsible for the type-approval, certification and auditing of EWD Service Providers, and administering the technical and operational environment.

The TCA-managed national Operational Pilot of Electronic Work Diaries and Speed Monitoring Systems showed that EWDs are technically feasible within an operational setting.

The outcomes of the Pilot demonstrate the valuable safety benefits of EWDs, with their potential to save lives and reduce road trauma where fatigue and/or speed is involved.

TCA’s final report to government highlights the technical and operational readiness of EWDs, opening the way to progress legislative and policy reform.

TCA has also released the Electronic Work Diary Functional and Technical Specification (Draft), aligned with ISO standards.

TCA introduced ISM after it was found there can be major discrepancies in the way speed is measured between different telematics systems.


ISM specifies the technical and operating requirements necessary to obtain accurate speed measurements from GPS-based telematics systems. With obligations placed on all parties along the transport and logistics supply chain to manage heavy vehicle compliance, ISM gives transport operators the right tools to measure vehicle speed with a high degree of accuracy.

TCA's work with the Victorian Taxi Services Commission (TSC) supports the implementation of its In-Taxi Technology Reform Program.

This program will see the implementation of the next generation of taximeters (fare devices) with new functions and capabilities to improve customer experience, as recommended in the final report from the inquiry into Victoria's taxi and hire car industry, led by Professor Allan Fels AO.

These improvements – which leverage the National Telematics Framework and the Policy Framework for Intelligent Transport Systems in Australia – include:

  • Real-time GPS monitoring
  • Audio announcements (for the vision impaired)
  • Processing Multi Purpose Transport Program fares (subsidies for those with disabilities)
  • Supporting different, discounted or flat fares
  • Automatically applying a toll amount to the fare.

The Fare Device Functional and Technical Specification makes provision for the growing use of smartphone apps, making it the first specification of its kind anywhere in the world.

Working with Transport for New South Wales, TCA’s Functional and Technical Specification for Alcohol Interlocks set the requirements for devices operating under the MAIP. The Specification is informed by extensive research into the latest international standards.

By auditing approved providers and independently reviewing devices, TCA provides the necessary assurance that they comply with the MAIP’s Specification, legislation, policies and procedures.

This work builds on TCA’s market research on the latest alcohol interlocks to support the MAIP’s policy objectives.

Analysis was performed on a range of interlock devices, and how they were installed, serviced and supported by suppliers in Australia, North America, Africa and Europe.

The research – which paid special attention to global trends, user identification and real-time data reporting – informed the development of the Specification.

The Victorian Freight and Logistics Plan (2013) provides a clear vision for ensuring Victoria remains Australia’s freight and logistics capital, and aims to develop and run freight technology demonstration projects that improve road use and management.

To further the Plan, VicRoads and TCA’s Industry Framework sought innovative proposals from heavy vehicle, freight and ITS industries to trial technologies that can improve the operation of heavy vehicles on the Victorian road network.

TCA and VicRoads will assess proposals, and work with proponents to better understand their ideas before showcasing their ingenuity at the 23rd ITS World Conference 2016, which will be a critical outcome of the Framework. This work builds on TCA’s market research on the latest alcohol interlocks to support the MAIP’s policy objectives.

Analysis was performed on a range of interlock devices, and how they were installed, serviced and supported by suppliers in Australia, North America, Africa and Europe.

The research – which paid special attention to global trends, user identification and real-time data reporting – informed the development of the Specification.