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Hardware refers to the use of telematics devices and connected systems that generate data from vehicles.

Hardware used in vehicles allows the activation of applications and features of the National Telematics Framework.

This page comprises three sections with details on hardware and systems available through the NTF. Please select each section for more details:

Smart OBM Systems

Smart OBM systems are digitally connected on-board weighing systems that enable new productivity and safety initiatives using applications of the National Telematics Framework.

All Smart OBM systems are type-approved by TCA.

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Telematics Devices

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Approval of telematics devices

TCA grants approval for telematics devices against the Telematics Device Functional and Technical Specification.

Approval may be in the form of type-approval or an equivalent approval mechanism acceptable to TCA. The service provider must meet applicable requirements in the functional and technical specification, irrespective of the approval mechanism.

A telematics device may be approved for use at different levels of assurance in the National Telematics Framework:

  • Level 1: Self-assessment of performance-based requirements (lowest assurance)
  • Level 2: Independent assessment of performance-based requirements, including type-approval of device and certification of service providers (medium assurance)
  • Level 3: Independent assessment of the performance-based requirements, including type-approval of device, certification of service providers and certificate-based evidence (highest assurance).

The Telematics Device Functional and Technical Specification contains requirements for telematics devices used at Level 2 Assurance or Level 3 Assurance. Telematics devices suitable for use only at Level 1 Assurance have minimal requirements and are incorporated in the application functional and technical specification.

A telematics device suitable for use at a higher level of assurance can also be used in applications at lower levels of assurance. For example, a telematics device used in an application at Level 3 Assurance can also be used in applications at Level 2 and Level 1 Assurance.

Certificate of Conformance

A Certificate of Conformance for each TCA-approved telematics device will be made available by the service provider (or associated agent, distributor or retailer) at the point of supply to transport operators of each telematics device.

The current cost to the service provider for each certificate of conformance is AUD 20.

Certificate of Conformance – Telematics Device (sample)


The growing use of telematics makes it vital for stakeholders to demand greater confidence in and assurance of their devices. Type-approved telematics devices have been subjected to independent assessment by TCA, allowing stakeholders to make informed procurement decisions.

The type-approval process provides confidence and assurance in a telematics device’s reliability, accuracy, integrity and security capabilities, and distinguishes those that satisfy the requirements of the specification from others in the market. A certificate of conformance accompanies all type-approved telematics devices.

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On-Board Mass (OBM) Systems

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About OBM Systems

OBM systems are able to measure the mass of axle groups and calculate the gross vehicle mass of a vehicle.

OBM systems are often referred to as on-board weigh scales or electronic weighing systems, and are widely used across the surface transport sector commercial, contractual and regulatory purposes.

TCA grants approval for OBM systems against the On-Board Mass System Functional and Technical Specification.

Type-approved OBM Systems

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See our new OBM Fact Sheet for Transport Operators.

For more information on OBM systems, please contact us.

Smart OBM Systems

Find out more about Smart OBM systems.

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Last updated on 8 January 2021