Transport Certification Australia (TCA) Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis has been elected President of the International Society for Weigh-In-Motion (ISWIM).
ISWIM has over 700 individual members from 70 countries, and 16 vendors as corporate members.
The ISWIM is an international non-profit organisation, founded in 2007, and legally incorporated in Switzerland. It is an international network of people and organisations active in the field of Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) (inclusive of on-road and on-vehicle systems).
Having served on the Board since the inception of the ISWIM in 2007, the Board – which consists of 15 International Directors – elected Mr Koniditsiotis as President in November. Mr Koniditsiotis said, “I am honoured to accept this position and to support ISWIM in its goal to advance WIM technologies, standardisation and the application and use of WIM data.”
“The goals of ISWIM align closely with TCA’s established role in providing assurance in the use of telematics and related intelligent technologies, and in particular, TCA’s internationally leading work in using On-Board Mass (OBM) systems.”
In Australia, road managers and regulators are recognising the value of OBM systems fitted to heavy vehicle combinations to further advance productivity and safety, by leveraging the National Telematics Framework (which has been adopted as international standard ISO 15638).
The importance of ISWIM, and the growing use of OBM systems, should not be underestimated.
In February 2016, the Australian Infrastructure Plan highlighted the importance of being able to remotely monitor truck mass, to satisfy road owners that higher productivity vehicles can operate safely on the network. In addition, the technology allows road managers to allow heavy vehicles to be used on roads that, previously, they would not have been able to use.
“The link between on-road and in-vehicle is an increasingly co-dependent relationship. With the technology now available, we can connect the two in new and innovative ways, all to produce better safety and productivity outcomes. Traditional WIM systems and modern OBM systems can be used together to produce the most accurate and reliable data. This in turn is creating better connections between infrastructure stakeholders and in-vehicle system developers.”
“As President, I will continue to actively lead ISWIM to ensure that these diverse groups continue to take a collaborative approach to advance the use and application of WIM.”
“It is relationships such as these that ensure information is shared, that technology is compatible and reduces duplication on an international scale,” Mr Koniditsiotis said.
“TCA facilitates innovation by working closely with both the telematics and transport industries and other stakeholders. I very much look forward to working with the ISWIM Board and Members to advance the application and use of WIM,” Mr Koniditsiotis concluded.