With the mandate of government applicable from April 2018, to essentially follow the AIS 140 standard, it becomes necessary for all commercial vehicle owners to equip their vehicle with the latest modules available. While equipping the vehicle with the AIS 140 certified devices, vehicle owners must keep in mind certain guidelines that have been laid by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) to safeguard their vehicles from being blacklisted on the roads. These guidelines include all following vehicles:
• State and government-owned buses and vehicles
• Ambulances and all emergency response vehicles
• All educational institutions vehicles
• Rented cars and vehicles
All the above-mentioned vehicles must adhere to AIS 140 guidelines and in order to do so most of the vehicle owners equip their vehicles with GPS devices capable of proffering tracking ability. Although many companies are available in the market which claims to manufacture AIS 140 certified devices owners must be careful while buying them and seek expert advice if needed.
Guidelines for a device to be AIS 140 approved:
For a device to be registered as an AIS 140 approved device, it must follow certain parameters:
• The device must necessarily include tracking ability using the GPS navigation.
• There must be at least one emergency button output available within the device.
• The device must be able to transmit data to two different IP addresses. One to the native regulatory body and other to the emergency contact listed.
• This particular device must be able to transmit data related to speed, distance covered and other performance aspects related to the vehicle.
• The minimum battery backup required to operate as per expectations is 4 hours.
• The device must have an embedded SIM.
• The device needs to be water and tamper proof for availability in any conditions.
• The device must have the ability to utilize the GSM/GPRS signals and in case of no availability of the network, it must store all the alerts to be transmitted on reception of the network.
• The device must have the ability to receive ‘Over the air’ transmissions.
These are certain parameters which define the approval of any device to be AIS 140 certified and thereby enhancing the overall traveling experience!