AEMP Telematics Standard Developed for Mixed Fleet Environments

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals has released its telematics data standard, which will allow basic telematics data to be delivered to end-user databases, according to Construction Equipment. AEMP has been working with OEMs since 2007 to write the standard, including McFadyen & Associates, Caterpillar, Trimble, John Deere, Volvo Construction Equipment, and Komatsu, and participating OEMs could begin supporting delivery of data using the standard format by October 2010.

The standard facilitates programmatic retrieval of critical machine data for import into the end-user's database to simplify telematics implementation in a mixed-fleet environment, and end users will be able to transfer telematics data from a provider’s server to their own systems. In a common XML document, the standard provides basic machine data, such as cumulative operating hours, cumulative miles traveled for vehicles, cumulative fuel consumed where supported, and current location.

Providing this basic information in a common format allows end users to develop one API to parse the data and import it into their databases for use by the fleet management application, allowing telematics data to feed the existing reports that equipment managers use to manage their fleets. The same API can be used to retrieve the data from each OEM using unique authentication credentials and server information for each, which reduces implementation expense.

Rather than replacing existing telematics web portals, the AEMP telematics standard is intended to complement them. The data provided by the standard will allow users to automate once- or twice-daily updates to their fleet-level reports, and data from each manufacturer will coexist with that information from other providers, as well as legacy machines that’s data is still being entered manually. The telematics providers’ web portals will still provide the more detailed information required for deeper inquiries into a particular machine or group of machines.

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