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AEM / AEMP Draft Telematics API Standard now availabl

AEM LogoAEMPISO global acceptance sought for industry-wide data sharing standard

The AEM / AEMP Draft Telematics API (Application Programming Interface) Standard is now available to end-users, including contractors, fleet managers, rental managers and dealers/distributors, as well as OEMs, systems management firms and other interested construction/industrial and related industry professionals.

This new industry-wide draft standard provides end-users with more OEM equipment data and more convenient access, which allows them to better manage and analyze information across their fleets, and helps them save time and money on the job site or within their operations.

The standard is a collaborative effort of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), working on behalf of their members and the industry.

To achieve a globally recognized standard for conformity worldwide, the AEM/AEMP Draft Telematics API Standard will be submitted for acceptance by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

“The release of this Draft API Standard is a significant achievement and will be of great benefit to all heavy equipment fleet management professionals as the association continues its efforts to encourage integration to telematics into today’s modern fleets. It clearly demonstrates AEMP’s Equipment Triangle approach to solving industry issues. AEMP is pleased have played a key role in advancing this critical industry initiative,” said Thad Pirtle, VP of Equipment for Traylor Bros, Inc and Chairman of the Board of AEMP.

Expanded equipment data, one program to manage mixed fleets

The AEM/AEMP Draft Telematics API Standard expands the original AEMP Telematics Standard to include 19 data fields (with fault code capability).

The Draft API standard also changes how the data is accessed: via an Application Programming Interface (API) with standardized server-to-server communication protocols, so end users with mixed equipment fleets can use their own business systems and software without the need to work across multiple telematics provider applications.

The API standard’s secure Internet protocol allows for manufacturer protection of proprietary information; disclosure to third-party companies for the purpose of aggregation is not permitted.

Must sign up online to receive Draft API standard

While access to the AEM/AEMP Draft Telematics API Standard is free, industry professionals must sign up directly via the or AEMP or AEM websites to be sent the Draft API Standard and to receive any future updates or additional documentation. Anyone who has previously signed up should receive the draft standard during the first week in September.

AEMP and AEM also encourage participation in the API developer group to ask questions and receive any clarification that is needed. Request access here: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/telematics-standard.
The associations caution that while they are making the draft standard available now to help companies become familiar with its contents for business planning purposes, the document is still a work in progress. Final language is dependent upon completion of the ISO acceptance process.

More information is available on the AEM and AEMP websites – http://www.aem.org/SRT/Technical/Telematics/ or http://www.aemp.org/aemaemp-telematics-standard/.


AEM, AEMP Ramp Up Work On Industry Telematics Data Standard

End-users will get more convenient access to machine data as result of cooperative effort

Task forces representing equipment manufacturers and fleet managers have cleared the way to work on details of an industry telematics data standard, to provide machinery end-users with a standard machine data communication feed.

Representatives from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) have approved a proposal under which manufacturers would make telematics data available to end-user customers through a secure internet protocol. End-user customers would agree to only use telematics data to support their operational needs and not disclose it to third-party companies for the purpose of aggregation.

Equipment Professionals and Manufacturers Surveyed Members

As part of the joint initiative, the AEMP and AEM task forces had both conducted confidential member surveys, AEM to help determine manufacturer types and level of data to release to end-users and AEMP to help assess the barriers to telematics usage and determine what types of data end-users need to effectively manage their fleets. The two groups shared survey results and will continue to clarify and define data parameters as they work toward a final standard.  The task forces will now appoint technical experts to more fully tackle issues such as how to measure performance-related data in a standard, meaningful format.

AEM LogoAEMP“AEMP successfully lead the industry’s first telematics initiative in 2008, and this is a natural next step in its evolution.  It will benefit every end user who manages and maintains heavy equipment. It demonstrates AEMP’s commitment to the Equipment Triangle philosophy we embrace by building upon our mutual trust and respect for each party’s proprietary information.” said Bob Merritt, CEM, AEMP’s CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director of Equipment, URS Energy & Construction Division.

“AEM established its task force to help its members reach consensus on an industry telematics data standard that will enable equipment manufacturers to support the needs of their customers,” said Steve Gosselin, AEM’s telematics task force chair and Vice President Customer Services Support, Caterpillar, Inc.

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – www.aem.org

AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 850 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.


About the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) – www.aemp.org   

AEMP represents more than 500 fleet management professionals in more than 350 companies who work in construction, government, utilities, energy, mining and more.  A cornerstone of the association is its Equipment Triangle philosophy, whereby a balanced relationship must exist between the End User, Distributor, and OEM in the life cycle of a piece of heavy equipment.  AEMP advances this philosophy through its world class education and industry-leading certification programs.

ICUEE-The Demo Expo Sponsors New Diesel Technician Scholarship – Partners with AEMP to advance quality industry workforce, increase fleet management presence at show

ICUEEICUEE-The Demo Expo announces a new ICUEE Scholarship in partnership with the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) through the AEMP Foundation. To help alleviate the critical technician shortage facing the heavy equipment industry, the foundation offers scholarships to students attending qualified schools with a two-year diesel technician program.

For 2012, the ICUEE Technician Scholarship for $2000 went to John R. Kulsa, who is majoring in diesel and heavy equipment at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology; ICUEE also provided an additional $500 in support of the AEMP Foundation’s general scholarship fund.

AEMP works to foster industry professionalism and growth and to advance the asset management profession and those working in the heavy equipment industry. In addition to scholarships, AEMP offers professional development education opportunities along with three accreditation programs.

“ICUEE showcases the latest product innovations in the utility/construction industry, so we are very aware of the need for qualified technicians with the skills necessary to maintain this sophisticated equipment; AEMP is an industry leader and we are very pleased to support its educational efforts,” stated ICUEE Show Director Sara Truesdale Mooney.

“Properly trained diesel technicians are vital for keeping the equipment in top operating condition; partnering with ICUEE helps us extend the reach of our scholarship program and build the future workforce,” stated Stan Orr, CAE, AEMP president and chief strategy officer.

The next edition of the biennial ICUEE, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, will be held October 1-3, 2013 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The show features the latest equipment, technologies, products and services targeted to utility professionals and utility construction contractors in the electric, telecommunications, cable, sewer/water, and natural gas sectors.

AEMP fleet management exhibits pavilion and asset management symposium broaden show scope

AEMP will again bring a Fleet Management Exhibits Pavilion to the ICUEE show floor with a focus on the latest fleet management software, products and services. And the association is co-locating its popular Asset Management Symposium with ICUEE for the first time. The symposium targets key industry issues that can include equipment finance, telematics, fleet metrics, and Tier 4 engine emissions. Professional certification courses will also be held.

“Fleet managers are an important customer segment for ICUEE exhibiting companies; AEMP’s support helps us more efficiently connect buyers and sellers and enhance the show experience for all participants,” stated Mooney.

“By working with ICUEE, we can offer our members and other industry workers more professional development opportunities and convenient access to the latest technology advances to help them and their businesses succeed,” stated Orr.

For more information on attending or exhibiting at ICUEE 2013, go online to www.icuee.com.

AEMP’s 5th Annual Fall Asset Management Symposium Scheduled for November in Nashville


The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP), the premier organization for asset management professionals of off-road fleets, will present its annual Asset Management Symposium Nov. 1-2 in Nashville, Tenn. AEMP members and other qualified industry professionals will share their expertise on current fleet-asset issues and management tactics, all based on the symposium’s theme “Making Yellow Safe, Green and Profitable”. Additional details, including the conference schedule and cost and registration info can be found at http://aemp.org/education/meetings/2011_ams.html.

This year’s event marks the 5th anniversary of the symposium and will feature keynote speaker Pat Quinn, President of the American Trucking Association, and co-founder of U.S. Xpress. The symposium’s sessions will focus on AEMP’s executive tract, providing insight to fleet owners, managers and other executive-level members.

Opening day events will begin with a welcome from AEMP’s President and CSO Stan Orr, CAE, and continue on with seminars. A diverse range of topics will be featured, highlighting areas from financial and telematics information to hazardous material safety.

Philip C. LaGatta, Director of Construction and Forestry Sales for John Deere Financial in the U.S. and Canada, along with Neil Ariano, Sales Manager for John Deere Corporate Accounts, will speak on “Financial Options for the Equipment Industry”. This session will help attendees understand decisions affecting the financial impact of equipment purchases. Attendees can expect to learn about the role of IRS and FASB, as well as common types of depreciation. Lagatta and Ariano will also explore the tax considerations when acquiring new equipment, and will help attendees learn how to weigh which acquisition method – cash, loan, lease or rent – is the best option for their fleet.

Financial planning and cost savings will also be addressed in a session titled “Where’s The Money?” presented by Peter Causer, Vice President of National Accounts and David Nus, Customer Solutions Director for Global Mining, Quarry and Aggregates, both of Volvo Construction Company. Their seminar will outline practical cost reduction strategies by analyzing examples of how small steps like operator training and utilization can affect the bottom line.

Additionally, updates on AEMP’s Green Fleet Initiatives, Telematics Standard and AEMP University will be presented. According to Orr, “There has been some exciting progress for our initiatives already this year. We’ve achieved some significant milestones, from the official launch of AEMP University to certifying our very first Green Fleet Company. We’re really looking forward to sharing what’s on the horizon at the symposium.”

Following the first day’s seminars, AEMP will host an evening reception and dinner, at which time Quinn will deliver the keynote address. Quinn has spent his entire career in the transportation industry, beginning by focusing on transportation law at a firm where he was a partner. He then moved into the equipment and manufacturing side, serving in various roles before founding U.S. Xpress with Max L. Fuller in 1985. Under the direction of Quinn and Fuller, U.S. Xpress grew to annual revenues of $1 billion and is now the third largest privately owned truckload carrier in the nation. Their approach has always been to be early adopters of technology to grow their company and enhance their level of service to their customers. Quinn will share some of his experiences and lessons learned in his keynote address.

Quinn will contribute again to the second day of the symposium with a seminar offering practical tips on integrating telematics in fleet operations. He will touch on the challenges faced by the trucking industry when it first implemented its own telematics system and will speak to how his and other companies were able to overcome these obstacles to successfully implement the standard. Additionally, he will offer specific tips for implementing a telematics standard in order to maximize efficiency and make better fleet management decisions. The Symposium’s second day will also feature seminar topics on leveraging partner agreements and repair/replace decisions.

Guy Gordon, CEM, Director of Asset Management for Insituform Technologies, Inc. and current AEMP President-elect will present on “Life Cycle Analysis – Applications for Upper-level Management” within the construction and fleet management industry. Gordon has more than 25 years of experience in equipment management. In his current position, he is responsible for all asset management activity including equipment, transportation and fabrication operations.

In addition to seminars, discussions, and peer-to-peer networking, attendees will also have the opportunity to take advantage of AEMP’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Through the PDI, participants will be able to attend classes relevant to AEMP’s professional certifications: Certified Equipment Manager (CEM), Equipment Manager Specialist (EMS) or Certified Equipment Support Professional (CESP). Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 and last throughout the day, wrapping at 5:20 p.m. The PDI will resume on Nov. 2, again at 8:30 a.m. and finish with the final competency class ending at 5:45 p.m. Each class will cover one of the 17 core competencies identified by AEMP as necessary for a successful career in equipment management. Though strongly encouraged, attending the PDI is not a prerequisite to take the exam.

Those wishing to take a certification exam must submit the appropriate application, and purchase and study the Career Equipment Fleet Manager Manual. Application deadline for this year’s event is Oct. 14, and reduced-cost, early bird registration ends Sept. 1. Exams will be administered on Nov. 3 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

In addition to the symposium and PDI, AEMP committee meetings will be held on Nov. 2 from 1:35-6:00 p.m., while both committee and board meetings are scheduled on Nov. 3, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. These meeting are open to all symposium attendees; those interested in becoming active committee or board members are encouraged to attend.

Registration for the 2011 Fall Asset Management Symposium is now open. Contact Vice-President of Education, Jim Phillips, at 970-384-0510, ext. 202 or email jim@aemp.org, or visit http://aemp.org/education/meetings/2011_ams.html for more information or register online. Those looking for more information on AEMP’s PDI and certification opportunities, or wishing to apply for the certification program may also contact Phillips.