TCA releases updated telematics IVU specification

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has released an update to the Telematics In-Vehicle Unit (IVU) Functional and Technical Specification.

“The updated Specification reflects changes in national and international standards, feedback from industry, and the growing number of apps supported by Telematics IVUs,” said TCA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis.

“Telematics IVUs, be they built into a vehicle or aftermarket, are increasingly being used as a technical and communications ‘hub’ within a vehicle, which connect and support multiple systems and driver devices.

“The Specification can be used across transport modes, supports multiple uses consistent ISO 15638/TARV and enables interoperability.

“It means end-users don’t need to install separate, stand-alone devices to perform individual functions, significantly reducing costs by avoiding the need to support numerous stand-alone devices.

“Critically, the Specification meets the requirements of regulatory telematics apps which can improve productivity and safety.

“Despite the expectations of stakeholders, not all in-vehicle devices deliver when it comes to accuracy, security and integrity.

“Put simply, not all telematics hardware is created equal.”

For this reason, TCA says the Telematics In-Vehicle Unit (IVU) Functional and Technical Specification is not intended only for technology providers, but can be used in different ways depending on stakeholder needs.

For example, the end-user can use the Specification to establish whether their current in-vehicle technologies meet the requirement, or to make better-informed decisions when procuring Telematics IVUs.

“TCA is happy to assist purchasers and end-users with any queries they may have with respect to the Specification, or in comparing different IVU types,” Koniditsiotis said.

A copy of the Specification can be obtained by visiting

TCA will take an active involvement in driving intelligent multimodal technology solutions across the integrated exhibition and conference of MEGATRANS2018.

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