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Consultation open on Intelligent Mass application: TCA

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) today released a document on the new Intelligent Mass application for consultation with stakeholders.

Intelligent Mass is being implemented as a new application of the National Telematics Framework that enables vehicle mass and configuration to be linked with other telematics data (such as location, time and speed) for a range of policy and decision making purposes.

“The document we released today is the draft Intelligent Mass Functional and Technical Specification, which contains the performance requirements that need to be met by technology providers – or consumers with their own systems – to deliver the application,” said TCA CEO, Chris Koniditsiotis.

“The Specification also describes the key participants and their interactions in using the Intelligent Mass application,” he said.

The Intelligent Mass application builds upon the capabilities offered by type-approved On-Board Mass (OBM) Systems, which provide high levels of accuracy, reliability and robustness in the measurement of vehicle mass. The possible use of other mass monitoring devices are also accommodated within the application.

As an application of the National Telematics Framework, the Intelligent Mass application references common components of the platform including the Telematics Data Dictionary, the Telematics Data Exchange and associated Business Rules.

“Referencing these common components allows the Intelligent Mass application to co-exist with other telematics applications on the same government-endorsed digital business platform,” said Koniditsiotis.

“The implementation of the Intelligent Mass application responds to a diverse range of stakeholder needs across different industry sectors and regulatory environments. One immediate use of the application is the ability to better operate the road network with knowledge of the actual mass of a vehicle – instead of making assumptions about vehicle loading – to better 'sweat-the-asset'.

“Stakeholder feedback on the draft Specification is important to make sure that the application meets the needs of all stakeholders,” he said.

The Specification also allows the Intelligent Mass application to be customised to meet specific needs.

“Coupled with the ability to apply different levels of assurance, the Intelligent Mass application is intended to cater for a diverse range of stakeholders who need to manage vehicle mass loading by using telematics,” said Koniditsiotis.

TCA invites feedback on the draft Specification to ensure that the document meets the needs of all stakeholders. The consultation period is open until Friday 7 December 2018.

(Image L-R: Loadman Australia Executive Director, Frank Parker, with TCA CEO, Chris Koniditsiotis, receiving OBM System type-approval.)

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