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What’s new in telematics?

27 April 2023

With over thirty different technology providers exhibiting at the next month’s Brisbane Truck Show, a reasonable question from any attendee might be ‘What’s New in Telematics?’

Recent changes by Australia’s road agencies are changing the way we think about telematics, and the broader public value which can be derived from the sharing of data in a transparent, structured and standardised way. 

To de-mystify the complexity and the opportunities telematics present, TCA is collaborating with Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) to present a series of informative sessions at the show, where you can learn about the latest changes around heavy vehicle telematics and mass monitoring requirements.

Sessions will run on from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th May, in the Plaza Seminar Room at the top of the escalators. Heavy vehicle drivers, transport operators, manufacturers and other stakeholders in the transport industry are invited to join, either in person or online.

A significant development is the wider use of the Telematics Monitoring Application (TMA) and Smart On-Board Mass (OBM). When combined, TMA and Smart OBM are providing road managers with new ways of understanding the use of road networks, to better inform forward planning and investment.

Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania have worked with the transport industry to adopt the use of TMA and Smart OBM systems for specific kinds of restricted access vehicles.

  • In Victoria, the Department of Transport and Planning Victoria has announced 30 June 2023 as the final deadline to have Smart OBM fitted to certain High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFVs).
  • In Tasmania, specific Performance-Based Standards (PBS) vehicles require Smart OBM for some road access arrangements.
  • In Queensland, operators of certain Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles have been given until 1 June 2024 to transition from IAP to TMA and from Interim OBM to Smart OBM.
  • In New South Wales, all new and existing eligible PBS vehicles must be enrolled in the TMA PBS Level 1-4 Vehicle Monitoring scheme of the TMA application by 1 June 2024.

In the ‘What’s New in Telematics’ sessions, we’ll aim to answer some of the pressing questions the transport industry may be faced with in light of the latest changes.

Greg Forbes, HVIA’s National Manager for Policy and Government Relations, will address some of the emerging challenges for transport operators and what they can expect from the latest changes in telematics requirements.

Gavin Hill, the General Manager of Strategy for Transport Certification Australia will outline the latest jurisdictional developments with TMA and Smart OBM and how they benefit the transport industry.

David McIntosh, Telstra’s National Sales Specialist IoT – Telematics will provide some information on 3G and the pending close-out arrangements and their implications for telematics users.

There will be Q&A sessions at the end of each session, where the speakers and the government representatives present can respond to your queries.

The first session on 18 May will be hybrid, so you can join either online or in person. Attendance in the following two sessions will be in-person only.

To join us either in person or online, please register here.