TCA approves BIGmate telematics unit

The Telematics IVU has been tested and approved by the national government body


Australian telematics company BIGmate has gained type-approval from Transport Certification Australia (TCA) for one of its in-vehicle units (IVU).

Acknowledging its compliance with government and industry standards of accuracy, security and reliability, the TCA approval makes BIGmate the first telematics provider in Australia that isn’t already certified as an official Intelligent Access Program (IAP) Service Provider to be able to offer a stand-alone, type-approved Telematics IVU.

According to the company, its newly-approved product offers a "future-ready hardware solution" thanks to its ability to install "a variety of applications that can be updated, changed and removed in line with changing legislation and varying company needs".

That ability to individualise the solution means its application can be seen across industries, BIGmate managing director Mark Shield says, a move that has been eased by the TCA approval.

"The benefits of our type-approved Telematics IVU will be made available across a range of industry sectors that BIGmate supports," he says.

"Besides the freight and logistics sector, BIGmate will also promote the benefits of its type-approved Telematics IVU in the mining, insurance and marine sectors, as well as to fleet managers."

Shield says the company is targeting the IAP approval as its next step.

"BIGmate’s Telematics IVU has been designed with the future in mind, and not only signals our plan to seek type-approval of Telematics IVUs, but to obtain subsequent endorsement from TCA for those Telematics IVUs to support regulatory applications such as the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) – and On-Board Mass (OBM) linked to the IAP – as well as the forthcoming introduction of the Electronic Work Diary (EWD)," he says.

BIGmate is also looking longer term and keeping an eye on developing technologies, general manager of regulatory applications Rohan De Silva says.

"Our type-approved Telematics IVU has been designed to support future needs, including the rapid emergence of Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS), Vehicle to Vehicle (VtoV), Vehicle to Infrastructure (VtoI) and Vehicle to Elsewhere (V2X) applications."

Applauding BIGmate for its decision to put its Telematics IVU product up for independent assessment, TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis says "BIGmate can now clearly distinguish its Telematics IVU offering from others in the market".



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