Telematics data has a new reporting standard designed to unify how that data is presented regardless of machine manufacturer.

Significance of the Telematics Data Reporting Standard

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) have developed a standard of reporting this data, which ultimately means a more unified approach to how equipment is tracked, analyzed, and maintained. The telematics data comes from GPS or cellular boxes on machines that monitor and deliver data to another location remotely.

The standard will have 19 data points and 42 fault codes to allow fleets to be managed and reported on consistently and in real-time. Some of the data points include serial number, asset ID, hours, location, GPS distance traveled, idle time, and machine odometer.

Why is a telematics standard significant?

A common standard would allow manufacturers to standardize how they report data on their equipment, which benefits the end users as well. The new telematics-data standard will allow end users to transmit telematics data into their chosen ERP system or into a data warehouse so they can access real time information regardless of where the equipment is.

Organizations operating a mixed fleet made up of machines from different manufacturers stand to gain the most from a standard reporting structure. Currently, each manufacturer has their own proprietary system of telematics, which means that accessing information can become time consuming as individuals must go to each manufacturer’s website to gather the necessary data. Organizations would much rather have all the data automatically integrate into their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and create their own operational reports with their own IT staff and systems already in place.

The end user can use the data standards to develop a third party system to compile that information, partner with a company that can create a system for them, or utilize an ERP system that is capable of receiving that data and reporting on it.

A third party supplier can use the data standard to enhance their product offerings as companies purchasing equipment and software solutions will be looking for that compatibility so they can see information in the same file format as some of the major manufacturers.

This data can be used to reduce waste from machine operations and improve productivity by right-sizing fleets and coaching operators.

By Malcolm Roach, CEO of Open Door Technology, provider of Open Door Rental Software