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Electronic weigh scales included in National Telematics Framework

March 29, 2018

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has advised that type-approved electronic weigh scales (technically known as onboard mass systems or OBM Systems) will soon be available through the National Telematics Framework.

TCA says that OBM Systems are widely used to manage vehicle loading and to demonstrate conformance to other parties along the chain of responsibility that mass limits are being met. OBM Systems are said to enable higher productivity access to the road network, manage loading practices and therefore improve road safety.

TCA type-approval is not just a technical assessment – it also assesses the business standing of suppliers to deliver to users a two-fold level of assurance:

  • firstly, TCA conducts a probit and financial assessment of suppliers seeking type-approval; and
  • secondly, an independent assessment of ‘types’ ensures that each of the performance-based requirements contained in the Functional and Technical Specification are satisfied.

“The inclusion of OBM Systems within the National Telematics Framework digital platform ensures the collection of mass information is not a ‘one trick pony’ and can be used seamlessly across different industries, policy areas and regulators,” said TCA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis.

TCA says one of the most prominent differentiators between OBM Systems is the way mass information is presented and recorded – from the provision of electronic displays, through to mass information collection, and interconnectivity with telematics devices.

OBM System type-approval are divided into three levels of sophistication, according to their functional capabilities.

Category A: mass information is electronically displayed to drivers and/or loaders.

Category B: also collect and transmit mass information.

Category C: collect and transmit mass information in a standardised way to telematics devices (in accordance with TCA’s Interconnectivity Specification) permitting the ability to ‘plug and play’.

Mr Koniditsiotis says that being part of the National Telematics Framework provides the scalability and interconnectivity to suit stakeholder needs.

“This fusing of data collected from different devices and systems – in a standardised way through the National Telematics Framework – opens the door for new opportunities for industry and government to do business.”

Mr Koniditsiotis says the TCA would keep industry updated with type-approval developments and that suppliers of OBM Systems seeking type-approval should contact the organisation.

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