Telematics standard adds key features
By Andrew Macklin
December 7, 2015) – The new construction equipment telematics standard from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) has added key features to facilitate data gathering, and a test database and manufacturer verification system will be offered.
The AEM/AEMP standard enables equipment users to gather more OEM equipment data into their preferred business or fleet management software, providing easier access, improved ability to manage and analyze information across their fleets, and to help save time and money on the job site or within their operations.
The standard is currently going through the approval process with ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, to be accepted as a global standard.
New Features Improve Scope, Ease of Data Gathering
While original data points and their desired intent have not changed, the ISO review and drafting process to date for the AEM/AEMP standard has resulted in several key changes, including:
- More frequent data polling
- More data flexibility
- Better security
- Faster API load time
- More options for customers’ integrators
- Unit of measures standardized to metric
- More data per customers’ requests
New Test Database and System Verification Program in Development
In addition, AEM will offer a test database that allows third parties, software developers and major fleet owner developers to verify that their business systems are functioning correctly to pull in their desired information. The test database will help them to more efficiently create their new reporting systems by minimizing the need to contact multiple manufacturers directly.
And, AEMP will offer a program for OEMs and other telematics providers to verify that their feeds are functioning correctly, that each value is flowing into the correct data field. The verification program will help end users be assured they will be able to access the data in the new standard format.
The two test programs from AEM and AEMP will be designed to work together, as the two organizations work together to provide systematic checks to allow the industry to smoothly address the next generation of efficiency and coordination through mixed fleet data collection and management.
ISO Acceptance Will Offer Global Governance and Maintenance Process
The AEM/AEMP telematics standard is based on the Draft API (Application Programming Interface) standard developed by the two industry trade groups. It was submitted for acceptance to ISO to provide manufacturers, equipment users, fleet managers and all industry stakeholders with a standard they can use confidently across all market areas globally.
“ISO acceptance also provides a global governance and maintenance process that can refresh the standard as technology changes or end-users request new data,” stated Nick Bollweg, engineering manager, WorkSight/ForestSight at Deere & Co. and liaison between the ISO working group and AEM/AEMP telematics committee. “This allows the standard to remain responsive to user needs and helps reap maximum efficiencies and productivity from the machines.”
“This ISO standard gives fleet intensive companies confidence the format of the data being gathered from multiple OEMs conforms to an international standard, which in turn eases the implementation process to utilize the telematics data in making better informed business decisions,” stated Tim Truex, CEM, Kokosing Construction Company and AEMP technology committee chairman.
The AEM/AEMP telematics requirements will be part of ISO 15143 (Earthmoving machinery and mobile road construction machinery – Worksite Data Exchange) as a new section – “Part 3: Machine Data.” Future plans include expanding the standard’s coverage beyond earthmoving.