GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COMembers of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) and representatives from across a wide spectrum of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) put their heads together to develop key fleet management information and an automation plan to standardize how it is migrated into maintenance management or enterprise software, according to Construction Equipment.

The aim of the AEMP Technology Committee is to allow fleet managers an easier, more efficient way to access basic fleet information from multiple OEMs and to integrate their telematics systems data into their business management software.

Twelve manufacturers, 6 telematics suppliers, and 6 end users met together at a Technology Summit held February 24-25. The meeting revealed that customers, OEMs, and regulatory bodies all define idle differently. Attendees agreed that one way in which AEMP could deploy this metric at a future date would be to create a common, industry acceptable definition. Ideally, end users could then establish performance metrics to help them reduce the percentage of idle time, thereby increasing efficiency while reducing emissions.

The summit yielded a tentative agreement on the computer interface: data will be delivered in a standard XML format. The initial delivery method will be HTTP, although the Telematics Standards Subcommittee hopes to add support for other delivery methods in order to improve interoperability with a variety of legacy software systems.