Industry agrees telematics data deal

Industry associations and manufacturers have reached an agreement on telematics data. A large group off heavy equipment manufacturers, fleet managers and two leading industry associations have agreed on unified communications for telematics.
February 25, 2014
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Industry associations and manufacturers have reached an agreement on telematics data. A large group off heavy equipment manufacturers, fleet managers and two leading industry associations have agreed on unified communications for telematics. This Deal will mean that asset data from any kind of machine can be communicated remotely using telematics to the end user.

It will allow customers with equipment fleets made up from different brands to use a single system for recovering the telematics data, as the manufacturers will use a common architecture.

The 1100 Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the 6469 Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) have announced that 19 data points will be part of a standard being developed and maintained by the two Associations and their memberships. In addition, the new standard defines a format that enables OEMs to deliver fault code information as part of the data feed. The original telematics data standard developed by AEMP will incorporate this new, wider industry standard. But telematics data related to crane operations are excluded from the agreement and possibly other niche products.

Data will be provided to the end user via an Application Program Interface (API) server to server data sharing standard. The data sharing standard will include standardised server to server communication protocols for the transfer of telematics information in mixed equipment fleets to end user business ENTERPRISE systems. These protocols will allow end-users to employ their own business software to collect and analyse asset data from mixed equipment fleets without the need for customisation work across multiple telematics provider applications. This wider standard is just the first step. A developer group will work together on industry-wide integration of the standard, future versions and introduction dates.  Another task force will be brought together to set the data transfer/conversion security plans and a governance group will also be assembled. The governance group’s mission is to provide review and oversight of the telematics connection between fleets, manufacturers and end users system management to ensure adherence to technical specifications.  Part of the governance efforts will also include version updates and control of the standard and a certification program for OEM, end users and system management firms.
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