After granting its approval in July, ISO has finally published its mixed-fleet telematics standard, formally known as ISO 15143-3.
"Now the whole idea of telematics and the use of data will take on a new meaning," said Stan Orr, FASAE, CAE, president of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals. "I think a lot of smaller manufacturers have been waiting for this standard to come out before they adopted it for themselves. The top manufacturers are on board with it and have been; they're the reason why it happened. But now more manufacturers will start putting telematics on their machines, which is going to provide a richer stream of information for the fleet manager on a broader range of equipment, which in turn is going to encourage adoption," Orr said.
"I think we’ll start seeing more and more fleet managers and fleet-intensive companies turning to telematics for solutions than ever before."
AEMP first began working with major earthmoving OEMs on standards for machine data in 2008; it began working with ISO in late 2014. "I'm pleased and proud of AEMP and our members, getting this thing started back in 2008, and it's been a long journey, but we've still got work to do," Orr said.
Since the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) joined the effort, Orr said that the discussion on standards has included a goal to add equipment such as cranes and aerial work platforms. "Working with AEM, we've always maintained that once we get this standard out, we'll start tackling the next step. Ultimately, everything in construction that's going to be implemented, we'll want it part of the standard," he said.