The Entry Options initiative allows transport operators to present their existing telematics devices for assessment by TCA, for use in the IAP.
TCA will assess telematics devices already in use by transport operators against the national IAP Functional and Technical Specification.
The Desktop Assessment is offered by TCA at no cost to transport operators.
A Desktop Assessment does not constitute the telematics devices being recognised for IAP Services.
Frequently asked questions
The Entry Options initiative responds to industry’s concerns that the IAP does not recognise existing in-vehicle technologies used by transport operators.
Transport Operators interested in being part of the Entry Options initiative can contact TCA here.
There are two stages involved in assessing telematics devices through Entry Options:
Stage 1: Desktop Assessment
- Participating transport operators will present their telematics device(s) and corresponding telematics device documentation to TCA
- TCA will assess the documentation associated with the telematics device(s) against the national IAP Functional and Technical Specification and provide a written report.
TCA does not perform testing, and bases its assessment on the claims made in the documentation and representation made by the transport operator and/or IVU vendor/supplier.
The Desktop Assessment will result in the following possible outcomes:
- The telematics device can meet the required standard for delivering IAP Services
- The telematics device does not meet the required standard for delivering IAP Services, but appropriate amendments can be made to deliver IAP Services
- The telematics device does not meet the required standard for delivering IAP Services, and no changes can be made to deliver IAP Services.
The results of the assessment report and discussions with TCA will determine whether transport operators should progress to Stage 2 (below).
Stage 2: IAP Service Provider engagement
Subject to a positive outcome of Stage 1 (i.e. outcomes i or ii of the Desktop Assessment), and pending approval from the telematics device vendor/supplier (if applicable), transport operators may elect to engage and formally submit an telematics device to an IAP Service Provider, who agrees to integrate the selected telematics device into their system.
The IAP Service Provider engagement will confirm:
- the representations made in the Desktop Assessment
- the ability of the engaged IAP Service Provider/s to interface with the selected telematics device
- the ability to deliver IAP Services.
TCA will assess telematics devices against the national IAP Functional and Technical Specification.
Participating transport operators will not have to pay TCA for the Stage 1 Desktop Assessment of the telematics device.
However, IAP Service Providers may incur costs in progressing transport operator telematics devices through Stage 2.
This will depend on a number of factors, including the availability of telematics device documentation and the responsiveness of the telematics device vendor/supplier in providing information as needed to TCA.
TCA will assess telematics devices presented by participating transport operators on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.
The Entry Options initiative is specifically targeted to benefit transport operators with existing telematics devices.
Therefore, should TCA establish that an telematics device selected by a participating transport operator be able to provide IAP Services (i.e. outcomes i or ii of the Stage 1 Desktop Assessment), any approval granted by TCA to utilise the telematics device will be limited only to that specific transport operator.
Should the vendor/supplier of an telematics device seek to market the use of their telematics device to provide IAP Services more broadly to other transport operators, the vendor/supplier will need to formally engage an IAP Service Provider to lodge a request with TCA for type-approval of the telematics device.