Smart Tachograph enforcement using remote access

Following a series of meetings that have recently taken place in Brussels, further details have emerged regarding the technical specifications of data that enforcement authorities will be able to access remotely.

The facility for enforcement authorities to remotely download certain elements of data at the roadside is already cause for some debate among drivers and operators that we have spoken with. How will it capture the information? What information will it capture? How will it transmit the information? How will I know if information has been captured?

“In this case, it is fair to say that the term “download” in this context is somewhat misleading, as enforcement authorities will not be able to remotely access any data relating to driving or resting times” commented Marc Caplin, Account Manager at Aquarius IT. The ability to download or ‘blip’ vehicles remotely (within a range of 20 to 50 metres) is designed to assist enforcement officers in deciding which vehicles to carry out roadside checks on further down the road. 
Using a specialist piece of equipment, an enforcement officer can scan passing vehicles which will be fitted with a transmitter linked to the tachograph. This transmitter will be mounted somewhere around the windscreen and will ‘broadcast’ a packet of data that will renew itself every minute. The roadside scanner will detect this broadcast which will contain specific technical data relating to the ‘normal’ running of the vehicle. 
A major point of clarification to emerge from Brussels in the last few weeks is what will be included in this data packet. The following have been confirmed:
1 Vehicle registration plate 
2 Speeding Event 
3 Driving Without Valid Card 
4 Valid Driver Card 
5 Card Insertion while Driving 
6 Motion Data Error 
7 Vehicle Motion Conflict 
8 2nd Driver Card 
9 Current Activity 
10 Last Session Closed 
11 Power Supply Interruption 
12 Sensor Fault 
13 Time Adjustment 
14 Security Breach Attempt 
15 Last Calibration 
16 Previous Calibration 
17 Current Speed 
18 Timestamp

Discussions are ongoing regarding the exact format of some of these eighteen different elements, but most of them will take the form of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ responses. These responses will then determine whether the passing vehicle registers on the enforcement officer’s device as being red or green, in turn informing the officer whether that vehicle will need a more thorough roadside check which would then be carried out by another officer stationed further up the road.

The new tachograph has an implementation date of June 2019 but it remains to be seen if this is achievable, given that discussions on certain technical elements are still ongoing and seem a long way off from being resolved.