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Cover of Development of Product Acceptance Techniques for Road Network Devices
Development of Product Acceptance Techniques for Road Network Devices
  • Publication no: AP-R471-15
  • ISBN: 978-1-925037-98-2
  • Published: 12 January 2015

This report documents a harmonised Austroads product acceptance process for ITS products in the road network. The process covers six steps including determination of performance requirements based on agreed key performance indicators (KPIs), preliminary product assessment, desktop audit, laboratory test, field evaluation and reporting and entering into an Austroads register. The process should be transparent, rigorous, collaborative and defensible. The process is applicable to both current and emerging technologies.

In due course any product that successfully passes the process conducted by a road agency would be entered into an Austroads assessed product register. Austroads would publish and maintain a list of assessed products on its website.

Key players and activities included in each step of the process have been discussed and agreed to by the Austroads project team. Details of the testing regimes and results would only be shared amongst Austroads members.

  • Summary
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Background
    • 2.1. Priorities for Future Product Acceptance
      • 2.1.1. High Priority Products
      • 2.1.2. Medium and Low Priority Products
    • 2.2. Product Assessment Practice Case Studies
      • 2.2.1. Product Assessment Terminologies
      • 2.2.2. Current Product Type Approval Processes
      • 2.2.3. Issues Identified from Current Type Approval Processes
      • 2.2.4. A Generic Type Approval Process Flow
  • 3. Proposed Austroads Product Acceptance Process
    • 3.1. Framework for the Process
      • 3.1.1. Step 1: Determination of Performance Requirements
      • 3.1.2. Step 2: Preliminary Product Assessment
      • 3.1.3. Step 3: Desktop Audit
      • 3.1.4. Step 4: Laboratory Tests
      • 3.1.5. Step 5: Field Evaluation
      • 3.1.6. Step 6: Reporting and Entering into the Austroads Register
      • 3.1.7. Other Considerations
      • 3.1.8. Summary of Key Players and Activities
    • 3.2. Austroads Product Acceptance Process for Previously Type Approved Products
  • 4. Conclusions and Recommendations
  • References
  • AS/NZ Standards
  • Appendix A Prioritised List of ITS Field Devices
  • Appendix B Comparison of Existing Type Approval Processes
  • Appendix C Product Assessment Examples
  • C.1 Product Evaluation of a Wireless Detector
  • C.2 Harmonised Product Specifications for Portable VMS
  • C.3 Type Approval of Field Cabinets
  • C.4 Product Implementation via Performance Contracts
  • C.5 Discussion
  • Appendix D RMS (Austroads) National Safety Barrier Assessment Process
  • Appendix E Generic KPI Checklist with Requirement Examples