TCA's administration of telematics and intelligent technology applications and programs provides assurance to governments, industry sectors and end-users. This includes:

  • Type-approval of hardware
  • Certification and audit of Service Providers
  • Development of standards
  • The operational, end-to-end management of government programs and applications which utilise telematics and related intelligent technologies.

TCA performs a critical role in supporting the appropriate adoption of telematics and related intelligent technologies - from a whole-of-government perspective - limiting the potential for government and policy makers from pursuing initiatives which can:

  • Delay progress
  • Create duplication
  • Stifle innovation
  • Multiply costs
  • Contribute to a fragmented approach to telematics and related intelligent technologies.

TCA administers the IAP – a technical, functional and regulatory framework to manage heavy vehicle access through the use of telematics – on behalf of Australian Governments to advance productivity, asset sustainability, road safety and environmental outcomes together.

The IAP provides a 21st century solution to ensure 'the right truck is on the right road at the right time'.

TCA has implemented a package of reforms to make the IAP more flexible and cost effective for transport operators.
Two key reforms include:

  • Entry Options initiative – which allows transport operators to present their existing in-vehicle technology for assessment by TCA
  • Flexible Pricing – which provides a reduction in TCA’s operational fees for transport operators with an infrequent or occasional need to load to Higher Mass Limits (HML).

These reforms have provided renewed opportunities for a wider range of transport operators to take advantage of the productivity benefits available through the IAP.

The pilot of the IAP in Sweden follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Administration) and TCA in 2012.

The IAP was identified by Swedish Government and industry representatives as a low-cost, 21st century approach to the management of heavy vehicle access and compliance.

TCA has worked closely with Trafikverket and a consortium of stakeholders, including Transportstyrelsen (Swedish Transport Agency), Lund University, CLOSER, the forest research institute Skogforsk, and heavy vehicle manufacturers and active participants Scania and Volvo.

The pilot is demonstrating the IAP's ability to increase access entitlements for High Capacity Transports on the Swedish road network, by ensuring that productivity, safety and environmental outcomes are advanced in unison.

TCA type-approves IVUs against the Telematics In-Vehicle Unit Functional and Technical Specification.

The growing use of telematics makes it vital for stakeholders to demand greater confidence in and assurance of their devices. Type-Approved IVUs have been subjected to independent assessment by TCA, allowing stakeholders to
make informed procurement decisions.

The type-approval process provides confidence and assurance in an IVU’s reliability, accuracy, integrity and security capabilities, and distinguishes those that satisfy the requirements of the Specification from others in the market. All
Type-Approved IVU’s are accompanied by a certificate of conformance.

TCA managed a Pilot with Main Roads Western Australia to improve the safety and productivity of heavy-vehicle drivers operating in remote areas. The Pilot enabled providers of telematics services to access accurate, reliable and
real-time traveller information, and to transmit it to drivers operating in areas where communication is often unreliable.

By informing drivers of road congestion, closures and disruptions to their routes, such as flooding and road accidents, the Pilot saw an improvement in the ability of heavy-vehicle drivers to plan their journeys and to respond to road events
as they occur, without investing in new roadside infrastructure.

The Pilot’s operational and technical infrastructure is highly flexible, and is available to all Jurisdictions.

ISC is a TCA Certified service which utilises a Global Navigation Satellite System to independently monitor the speed of a heavy vehicle.

Speed is continuously measured and calculated on a rolling average through ISC.

ISC can be used by regulators to obtain assurance that heavy vehicles are not exceeding a set speed threshold, and/or to detect faulty speed limiter devices.

TCA nationally administers the use of OBM systems linked to the IAP, allowing road managers to grant access to routes that may have previously been unavailable for certain vehicle types. This has unlocked significant productivity gains for transport operators, without necessitating capital intensive infrastructure upgrades.

Expanding the IAP to include OBM monitoring provides road managers with the strongest assurance of route and mass compliance. It has helped to reduce the number of necessary trips for freight tasks, saving fuel and time, and lessened the industry’s impact on the environment.

OBM systems linked to the IAP are now a requirement for specific vehicle combinations and loads in Queensland and New South Wales.

TCA administers a Certified Telematics Service (CTS) which is available to provide independently certified and audited telematics and related intelligent technologies.

CTS references a nationally agreed suite of technical, functional, business and legal requirements, and leverages TCA’s established certification and audit program for telematics for Australian Governments.

Services certified as a CTS by TCA can include a combination of components form the CTS Framework to satisfy different business and user needs, where public purpose outcomes are sought.

The Tasmanian Department of State Growth (DSG) operates a CTS to manage school buses in Tasmania.

The program has improved data collection for fare-paying school bus contracts throughout Tasmania.

TCA type-approved IVUs are fitted to buses to monitor each school route from origin to destination.

The CTS allows DSG to monitor the operation of buses against agreed routes and timetables, as well as how many students travel to and from school within each fare zone.

TCA administers a nationally agreed audit program for Certified services, which ensures that the suite of technical, functional, business and legal requirements which have been Certified by TCA continue to meet expectations.

The TCA audit program comprises assessments that are undertaken:

  • Continuously (i.e. 24/7/365)
  • Periodically (i.e. weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, annually)
  • When triggered.

In administering the National Telematics Framework, TCA continually monitors the performance of the GPS network to identify anomalies or patterns in the strength and quality of signals from satellites, which may influence the accuracy of telematics systems and services.