Standards Move Telematics Forward


It’s no surprise that in recent years, progress has been made in moving telematics forward. OEMs (original-equipment manufacturers) have been working with aftermarket suppliers to put technology into equipment, and now industry bodies have joined forces to develop standards for data exchange.

This week, the Assn. of Equipment Management Professionals,, and the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers,, came together to define a set of standards for asset data, that when communicated remotely via telematics, can be sent to the end-user of the equipment. As part of the standard, 19 data points will be developed and maintained by the two associations and the memberships.

The benefit of this is the fact the new standard will define a format that will enable the OEMs to deliver fault code information of the data feed. From there, data will be provided via an API (application programming interface) server-to-server data-sharing standard. This means users will be able to transfer the data from the piece of equipment to the business enterprise systems easily.

The original telematics standard developed by the Assn. of Equipment Management Professionals will incorporate this new, wider industry standard. The companies say these protocols will allow end-users to employ their own business software to collect and analyze asset data from mixed equipment fleets.

And this new standard is just the beginning. A developer group is also being formed for industry-wide integration of the standard and another task force will be brought together to set the data transfer and conversion security plans. Additionally, a governance group will also be assembled.

This is the next step toward having telematics on every piece of equipment. As industry bodies continue to work together to develop standard APIs for data collection, it will become easier to gather data from equipment and share with systems in the office.

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