Compliance requires a consistent and reliable source of information at all times to help govern its complexities. Telematics is very often written into its regulations, encouraging its use for the benefits it provides.
Most transport operators are now investing in technology to meet compliance requirements and operational goals. Telematics has been forecasted to grow at an annual compound rate of 25% by 20201. In today’s modern world, there are many different providers available that supply varying types of telematics. How do you make the right decision and where do you begin looking?
Considering approved telematics, which has been thoroughly validated and tested by an independent body to provide assurance, is a smart first step. But what makes regulatory telematics Certified?
Government bodies, such as the Transport Certification Australia (TCA), formulate specifications for regulatory telematics to be built against, which are specific for intended applications or compliance programs such as the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) or broader industry applications. Telematics providers are then able to design, develop and construct technology for regulatory use. In turn, these technological solutions are rigorously tested prior to being given the tick of approval. This ensures the applicable Compliance Program and the associated telematics will provide the highest possible level of quality information, reliability of use and potentially serving as evidentiary-level data.
There is a very distinct difference between Certified and Uncertified Telematics. Uncertified telematics is often the cheaper, off-the-shelf solution that can be used to monitor or capture non-specific information. A smartphone placed in a vehicle that has a data capturing application can be considered in-vehicle telematics. But what level of accuracy, certainty and reliability can that provide?
Certified Telematics is the tested and proven technology, which provides a guaranteed level of security, accuracy and dependability for the information it is specifically designed to capture within the environment it is developed to operate in. It provides assurance to both the transport operator and the jurisdiction, that vehicles and drivers are fulfilling compliance laws and regulations.
Compliance programs are regulated with technology, from the current IAP and Interim OBM program to the legislation of the impending Electronic Work Diaries. These programs all specifically require operating vehicles to utilise Certified Telematics – this will be a baseline requirement. Why? Because Certified Telematics are proven to provide surety in the data they provides.
Investing in non-compliant technology can be costly, confusing and dangerous.
Costly. When adopting a compliance program down the track, you will require a second In-Vehicle Unit (IVU) for every operating vehicle, possibly even a second in-cabin screen. The purchase costs of two independent systems can hurt.
Confusing. A driver will have to complete separate tasks on each device, which could have easily been avoided in having one Certified device that is capable of completing multiple tasks. Also, back-office staff will have to log in to multiple portals to find different information to piece together.
Dangerous. Two, sometimes more, monitors in the vehicle’s cabin and within the driver’s line of sight can be extremely distracting and unnecessarily dangerous. A quality Certified device is capable of completing most tasks a driver would be required to complete, whilst providing the right level of alerting to distract less.
Transtech’s Certified technology.
Transtech’s In-Vehicle Units (IVU) have been compliant telematics solutions since being approved for the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) in 2008. TIn 2010, they were further approved for the Interim On-Board Mass (OBM) Program for Queensland, which has further since expanded to New South Wales and Victoria. Recently, Transtech’s IVUs have been type-approved by the Transport Certification Australia (TCA), which further cements Transtech’s commitment to the industry and compliant technology solutions, adding to the existing IAP program.
The IVU is the Certified heart of a vehicle. When paired with the iFace, it becomes a singular hub for operational success. It gives the driver the power to manage their own role and obligation to the business operation and the Chain of Responsibility. Most importantly, it provides peace of mind and surety to the operator.
Investing in Certified Telematics does not mean you must sign up for a compliance program. The approved technology means you, the operator, can trust in the information it can provide within the operation today and tomorrow. It’s about future proofing, to ensure an efficient and cost effective solution.
For the freedom of operational information Certified Telematics can provide, get in touch with Transtech’s customer service representatives on 1300 427 123 today or book an appointment to find exactly how your operation can benefit from Certified Telematics.
1 Frost & Sullivan Strategic Analysis of Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market in Australia. http://images.discover.frost.com/Web/FrostSullivan/APAC_PR_AChia_P809-18_29Oct14.pdf