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TCA announces second certified HDM service provider

Transport Compliant Services (TCS) is now a certified service provider of Hill Descent Monitoring (HDM) – a new application of the National Telematics Framework – according to Transport Certification Australia (TCA).

TCS is a subsidiary of MTData.

The HDM application, according to TCA, manages the risks associated with heavy vehicles travelling down long or steep hill descents. It monitors heavy vehicle speed on descent on a nominated route, and indicates if a driver has performed safety checks before the descent.

Main Roads Western Australia is the first jurisdiction to make use of the HDM application, and results of their initial trial of HDM will inform future network access decisions.

HDM may be applied by road managers or regulators as a condition of road network use for specific kinds of vehicles at high risk locations – they will advise transport operators if HDM is a condition of access.

The application can also be used by transport operators who want to better manage the safe use of their vehicles, and obtain access benefits, for example when transporting primary produce from regional areas across hilly slopes such as Roelands Hill on the Coalfields Highway in Western Australia.

As with all other applications of the National Telematics Framework, HDM references common building blocks including the Telematics Data Exchange and associated Business Rules.

“We are delighted to become certified by TCA to offer the new HDM application,” Head of Operations at MTData/TCS, Dennis Turner.

“We strive to provide excellent service and a seamless integration of telematics for operators,” he said. “HDM is part of our commitment to safety and productivity. We look forward to working with Qube Logistics, and other operators who are seeking to use HDM for trials in Western Australia.”

BlackBox Control was the first service provider to be certified for HDM.

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