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Telematics Standard Moves Forward

February 09, 2010

AEMP's Telematics Data Standard is essentially complete, pending ratification by the participating manufacturers and telematics providers. The AEMP Technology Committee anticipates a January 2010 release of the standard document, with a development kit to follow shortly thereafter. Volunteer developers from McFadyen & Associates, Caterpillar, John Deere Construction & Forestry, Volvo Construction Equipment, Komatsu Americas, and the Caterpillar/Trimble joint venture, Virtual Site Solutions, anticipate an Oct. 1, 2010, launch date for support of the data transfer standard.

Over the past year, this group of volunteers has worked as the standards subcommittee to develop a standard format for the transfer of telematics data from the providers' servers to end-users. The standard was developed to facilitate programmatic retrieval of critical machine data for import into the end-user's database in order to simplify telematics implementation in a mixed-fleet environment. The standard provides basic machine data, such as cumulative operating hours, cumulative miles traveled (for vehicles), cumulative fuel consumed (where supported), and current location in a common xml document.

The provision of this basic information in a common format allows end-users to develop one API to parse the data and import it into their databases for use by the fleet-management application, allowing telematics data to feed the existing reports that equipment managers use to manage their fleets. The same API can be used to retrieve the data from each OEM (using unique authentication credentials and server information for each), greatly reducing implementation expense.

This standard is intended to complement existing telematics web portals, rather than replace them. The data provided by the standard will allow users to automate once- or twice-daily updates to their fleet-level reports, and the data from each manufacturer will coexist with that from other providers and legacy machines whose data is still being entered manually. The telematics providers' web portals will still provide the more detailed information required for deeper inquiries into a particular machine or group of machines.

AEMP thanks everyone who has contributed to this project. The cooperation among team members from various OEMs and telematics providers has been incredible. Although progress has been slow at times, and the Technology Committee has had to constantly revisit details to ensure that all parties could support the resultant standard, everyone stayed engaged and pushed forward. Everyone pulled together to develop a tool that will advance the industry as a whole, benefitting all three sides of the Equipment Triangle: manufacturer, distributor and end-user alike.

AEMP will develop educational materials and training sessions to help end-users implement the standard. Look for workshops and seminars at next fall's Asset Management Symposium, as well as webinars and the release of the development kit, which will act as a user's guide. More information, including blog updates to which you can subscribe via an RSS feed, can be found at www.telematicstandard.org. Although the site is still under development, it will be continuously updated as we move forward. Additional information can be found at www.aemp.org.

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