AEMP, AEM Agree to Telematics Data Standard

New standard will have 19 data points and define a format that enables OEM’s to deliver fault code information as part of the data feed

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A global contingent of fleet managers, heavy equipment manufacturers and two leading industry associations have agreed on a defined set of asset data that, when communicated remotely via telematics, can be sent to the end user of the equipment. The standard reporting protocol for reporting telematics data -- such as machine position, condition, performance and fault codes -- will allow construction professionals to manage mixed fleets of monitored equipment form a single web site or application.

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) have announced that 19 data points will be part of a standard being developed and maintained by the two associations and their memberships. In addition, the new standard defines a format that enables OEM’s to deliver fault code information as part of the data feed.

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A joint news conference with AEM and AEMP to answer questions about telematics and this defined set of data is scheduled for CONEXPO-CON/AGG, Thursday, March 6, at 9:15 a.m., room N252 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The original telematics data standard developed by AEMP will incorporate this new, wider industry standard. Telematics data related to crane operations are excluded from the agreement and possibly other niche products.

Data will be provided to the end user via an Application Program Interface (API) server to server data sharing standard. The data sharing standard will include standardized server to server communication protocols for the transfer of telematics information in mixed equipment fleets to end user business enterprise systems.

These protocols will allow end-users to employ their own business software to collect and analyze asset data from mixed equipment fleets without the need for customization work across multiple telematics provider applications.

This wider standard is just the first step. A developer group will work together on industry-wide integration of the standard, future versions and introduction dates. Another task force will be brought together to set the data transfer/conversion security plans and a governance group will also be assembled.
The governance group’s mission is to provide review and oversight of the telematics connection between fleets, manufacturers and end users system management to ensure adherence to technical specifications. Part of the governance efforts will also include version updates and control of the standard and a certification program for OEM, end users and system management firms.

“The new AEM/AEMP Telematics Standard represents a watershed moment for heavy equipment fleet management,” according to Stan Orr, CAE, President and CSO of AEMP, “the expansion from the original AEMP Standard will provide fleet managers additional tools to more effectively manage their fleets. This also demonstrates what can be accomplished when two industry-leading organizations work together for the greater good of the industry.”