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Become an Application Service Provider

TCA approves providers wanting to offer applications through the National Telematics Framework. A provider may offer multiple applications, and these are approved according to the level of assurance.

The following table gives a summary of the areas of assessments by TCA, based on the level of assurance being sought.

I’m a new service provider and would like to offer an application through the National Telematics Framework

There are a few things service providers need to know.

If you are a new provider seeking to offer an application/s of the National Telematics Framework, you’ll be assessed against specific areas, including:

  • Data transfer
  • Business capability
  • Functional and technical capability.

The level of assessment performed by TCA will depend on the level of assurance (LoA) that may apply to the application/s.

Assessment for different Levels of Assurance

TCA’s type of assessment will depend on the level of assurance (LoA) you’re seeking as a provider:

  Areas of assessment
Level of Assurance Data transfer Business capability Functional and technical capability
LoA 1 Assessment by TCA Self-assessment by Service Provider Self-assessment by Service Provider
LoA 2 Assessment by TCA A combination of self-assessment by the Service Provider, and assessment by TCA A combination of self-assessment by the Service Provider, and assessment by TCA
LoA 3 Assessment by TCA Assessment by TCA for extensive capability Assessment by TCA for extensive capability

The following are details of each area of assessment:

Data transfer

We’ll assess data transfer requirements, based on the Telematics Data Exchange (TDE) that describes the standard methods and mechanisms for the transfer of telematics data between entities. For example, we’ll assess:

  • Your ability to send and receive data in the specified format
  • Secure transfer of data.

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Business capabilities

We’ll perform a risk-based assessment of your business capabilities (depending on the level assurance), which may include a review of your:

  • Financial stability
  • Reputability
  • Governance
  • Integrity
  • Any conflicts of interest.

Functional and technical capabilities

We’ll perform a risk-based assessment of your capability to meet our functional and technical requirements (depending on the level of assurance). For example, we may assess your:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Business processes
  • Quality systems.

What are the costs associated with each level of assurance?

TCA charges application service providers (ASPs) for assessment and approval processes at Level 2 and 3 assurance.

Costs are influenced by:

  1. Approvals already granted to an ASP through the National Telematics Framework, including approved telematics devices
  2. The preparation of information by the ASP so that TCA can perform an assessment (the better prepared a provider is, the more streamlined the process).

Note: Some applications may include features which require Type-approved on-board mass (OBM) systems.

  Level of Assurance 1  >>> *Level of Assurance 2 >>> **Level of Assurance 3
Application fees [See Note 1] $0 $3,000 $7,000
Review and testing N/A $5,000
[See Note 2]
[See Note 3]
Approval 0 $2,000 $3,000

* Level 2 assurance applications need to use telematics devices type-approved for Level 2 (or greater).

** Level 3 assurance applications need to use telematics devices type-approved for Level 3.

Note 1: The costs TCA applies are for ASPs intending to commercialise their service and product offerings to consumers. These costs do not apply to assessments of transport operator systems that are not commercialised.

Note 2: Costs are subject to evaluation by TCA for each service provider request. A firm estimate be provided during the application and checklist stage, based on the complexity of assessment required.

Note 3: The review and testing stage will be determined according to the specific application/s that the service providers seeks to offer.

Moving to higher levels of assurance – what’s assessed?

The following table summarises what is assessed when moving to higher levels of assurance:

 

Moving from LoA 1 to LoA 2

What’s assessed?

Business capabilities
Probity and financial assessment by TCA
Functional and technical capabilities
Risk-based assessment of functional and technical requirements of application
Specific testing of critical requirements

Moving from LoA 2 to LoA 3

Functional and technical capabilities
Risk-based assessment of functional and technical requirements of application
Specific testing of critical requirements

Costs to existing providers in offering an additional application, or moving to a higher level of assurance, will be subject to evaluation by TCA.

I’m an existing Level 3 service provider and want to offer an application with a lower level of assurance

As an existing service provider of a level 3 application (for example the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) or Intelligent Speed Compliance (ISC) through the National Telematics Framework, you are automatically eligible to offer:

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