AEM/AEMP Draft Telematics API Standard Now Available

This new industrywide draft standard provides end-users with more OEM equipment data and more convenient access.

Tue September 09, 2014 - National Edition
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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 industrywide 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 Manufacturers (AEM) and the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP), 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).

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 Draft 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 AEM or AEMP Web sites to be sent the draft standard and to receive any future updates or additional documentation.

AEMP and AEM also encourage participation in the API developer group to ask questions and receive any clarification that is needed. Request access here:

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 Web sites - or

Up Next: Cranes, Mobile Elevating Work Platforms and Air Compressors

Currently telematics data related to crane operations as well as other niche products are excluded from the Draft API standard. Next steps include working on inclusion of crane data fields, followed by mobile elevating work platforms and air compressors. Also, the Draft API standard has not had ag equipment input and therefore cannot be considered an ag equipment-utilized draft standard at this point. AEM is evaluating next steps from an ag sector perspective.

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