ID technology provider Trüb has won contracts to supply tachograph smart cards to four new countries: Macedonia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The addition of these states brings the number of countries deploying Trüb’s tachograph technology to 12.
Since the introduction of digital tachographs, Trüb says it has manufactured and supplied more than 2.5 million cards.
Digital tachographs were introduced to improve European goods traffic safety. An on-board vehicle unit records the periods of motion and rest of commercial vehicles. In the late 1990s, the EU decided to replace the mechanical tachograph system, which was prone to tampering, with a reliable digital solution. According to Trüb 43 states have adopted the law requiring them to have digital data recorders installed in goods vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes and in buses with more than eight seats by 2006 (EU members), or at the beginning of 2011 (Members of the Accord Européen sur les Transports Routiers – AETR – agreement),respectively.
The central elements of the digital tachograph system are the vehicle unit, the motion sensor and four different smart cards (driver card, company card, workshop card and control card).
The system records periods of work, motion and rest, as well as vehicle speed and the distance covered. Disruptions and events, such as inspection and calibration are also recorded. The data can be shown on the vehicle unit display or printed using the integrated printer.
Trüb’s tachograph smart cards are made from polycarbonate and are equipped with a chip storing the holder’s data as well as PKI certificates. Trüb’s work in this area includes manufacturing tachograph smart cards and – depending on the country – data preparation, card personalisation and lettershop services. The company has also implemented custom-made solutions in various countries for card personalisation based on its own personalisation software package, TrackStar.