IVMS – time for an Australian standard

We are called almost on a daily basis with requests to supply IVMS/ GPS Tracking– some sub-contractor typically has won a contract with a mine and was instructed to get IVMS/ GPS Tracking.

But what is IVMS?

Often enough very little detail is given. Of all IVMS/ GPS Tracking aspects the only two that are always included are speed violations and seatbelt usage. But IVMS can go a lot further – most of its value actually lies in overnight IVMS reports that show driving violations. By acting on this information lives are saved and vehicles are protected against damage.

Aspects of IVMS/ GPS Tracking that are often vaguely addressed, if at all, include fatigue management, harsh driving style, over-revving and excessive idling. These aspects of IVMS/ GPS Tracking are normally left open to interpretation and DigiCore Australia firmly believes that a single Australian body should set a national standard for what exactly constitutes Australian IVMS/ GPS Tracking.

Another aspect that is rarely qualified is the immediacy of data: where vehicles go outside mobile phone coverage data would usually be stored and forwarded later on. The problem with this is that a duress button (another vaguely defined IVMS concept) will not work when out of coverage so the alert may come through only when the vehicle is towed back into mobile phone coverage after an accident. So the IVMS/ GPS Tracking system may or may not need a satellite radio depending on the coverage in the area it is operating.

By setting a national, standard definition of IVMS/ GPS Tracking, Australian mines and other businesses will also break the grip IVMS suppliers typically have on them. If all hardware and all reports comply with a single IVMS/ GPS Tracking standard, then buyers of IVMS/ GPS Tracking would be free to shop around and get the best deal every time they need a new IVMS/ GPS Tracking installed.

DigiCore Australia is for an open, competitive IVMS/ GPS Tracking market, free of the fragmented and often poorly defined specifications we currently find ourselves in – standardisation brings conformity and ultimately makes any market more competitive and more cost effective – the IVMS/ GPS Tracking market should be no exception.