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Applications for OBM type-approval open

  • Posted on Monday 12th, June 2017.

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) is now accepting applications for type-approval of OBM Systems.

Following the recent release of the OBM System Functional and Technical Specification, type-approval will make available to end users OBM Systems which have been independently assessed, and can deliver the assurance sought to underpin productivity and safety gains.

TCA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis, said, “TCA type-approval is more than just a technical assessment of OBM Systems, and extends to an assessment of the business standing of OBM System suppliers. This holistic approach to type-approval delivers assurance in two critical ways.

"Firstly, a probity and financial assessment ensures the legitimacy and financial standing of suppliers seeking type-approval of their OBM System. The outcomes of the probity and financial assessment are critical indicators of OBM System suppliers’ ability to deliver the level of business continuity and support expected by stakeholders.

“Secondly, by performing an independent assessment of OBM System ‘types’, type-approval ensures that each of the performance-based requirements contained in the OBM System Functional and Technical Specification are satisfied.

“The functional and technical assessment of OBM System ‘types’ focuses on performance-based outcomes, rather than prescribing technological approaches. TCA recognises that there are often many different ways to achieve an outcome, fostering innovation and best practice, and importantly, promoting competition and choice for end-users.

“This approach is a hallmark of the National Telematics Framework, which provides a marketplace of certified services and type-approved hardware and systems which offer assurance to industry and government alike.

“Over time, we expect a variety of type-approved OBM Systems to become available in the marketplace,” said Koniditsiotis.

“With OBM System suppliers having provided valuable input and feedback on the OBM System Functional and Technical Specification, I expect many OBM System suppliers are ready to commence the type-approval process with TCA.”

“With our focus on promoting competition and choice, the Board of TCA has approved a discount on the full cost of type-approval for OBM System suppliers where all the documentation necessary for type-approval is completed and received by TCA within 60 calendar days of today’s date.”

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