The mixed-fleet telematics standard from the US Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) has received approval from the ISO - the International Organisation for Standardisation.

The new ISO mixed-fleet telematics standard is said to enable equipment users to gather more data into their preferred business or fleet management software.

The standard was designed to provide easier access, improved ability to manage and analyse information across fleets, and to help save time and money on the job site or within operations.

While ISO is preparing the standard for final posting to its website, AEM and AEMP suggested steps equipment users can take now to prepare for final publication of the ISO mixed-fleets standard.

First, equipment users are advised to check with their manufacturer(s) to determine when/if they plan to comply with the standard and offer data through the standard’s API (Application Programming Interface) format.

Second, equipment users are advised to also check with the supplier of their preferred business or fleet management software for its plan to support integration of the new API to enable retrieval of their machine data. A helpful reference source is the AEMP Telematics for Fleet Managers primer.

The ISO mixed-fleet telematics standard will be part of IS0 15143 (Earthmoving machinery and mobile road construction machinery – Worksite Data Exchange) as a new section – “Part 3: Machine Data.”

While the standard focuses on earthmoving equipment, data can apply to other types of machinery (data points include location, operating hours, fuel usage, distance travelled, caution codes, idle time, engine operating data and a variety of diagnostic codes). Future plans include expanding the standard’s coverage beyond earthmoving.

Domenic Ruccolo, senior vice president of sales and marketing at the worldwide construction and forestry division of Deere & Company, and also a director on AEM’s CE sector board, said, “Manufacturers are continually working to help machinery users achieve the greatest benefits from their equipment.

“The telematics standard is a significant step to enable OEMs to provide more value. The standard’s common format allows end users to access telematics data from any machine in their fleet and aggregate it in one place.

“Seeing their fleet and data in one spot makes them more productive and allows them to generate insights and improve decision-making.”

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