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

But what is IVMS?

Often enough very little detail is give. Of all IVMS 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 that are often vaguely addressed, if at all, include fatigue management, harsh driving style, over-revving and excessive idling. These aspects of IVMS are normally left open to interpretation and Digicore firmly believes that a single Australian body should set a national standard for what exactly constitutes Australian IVMS.

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 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, 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 standard, then buyers of IVMS would be free to shop around and get the best deal every time they need a new IVMS installed.

Digicore is for an open, competitive IVMS 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 market should be no exception.