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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
Certificate of Conformance – Telematics Device (sample)

Type-Approval

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.

Category Features Can be used with applications of the NTF (RIM, TMA, IAP)
Category A
  • Accuracy
  • Load management
  • Compliance and safety
No
Smart OBM Systems Category B All of the above, plus:
  • Data collection
  • Future-ready
  • Productivity benefits (linked to policies and programs made available by road managers and regulators)
Yes
Category C All of the above, plus:
  • Full interoperability across different service providers
Yes

See also:

  • OBM Factsheet for Transport Operators – coming soon

Type-approved OBM Systems

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Last updated on December 4th, 2019