[Sticky] AIS 140 - Scam by manufacturers and Distributors - India  

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jaimzj
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01/04/2019 12:38 pm  

With the recent progress in implementation of ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) policies by the Government of India, AIS 140 (Automotive Industry Standard 140) has gained traction. This is the standard and guidelines set for Vehicle tracking and surveillance systems.

In order to adhere with AIS 140 guidelines manufacturers of GPS tracking devices are expected to make changes to their existing product line or release new hardware.

AIS 140 guidelines and standards Include regulations and policies that define the requirements for the hardware components and architecture of these tracking devices, the firmware on the device, and the protocol for communication between the device and servers.

Many GPS tracking device manufacturers have released and adhered to AIS 140 standards.

And based on multiple devices from various manufacturers that we have independently tested to date, It has been observed that few known manufacturers have released devices that do not meet the AIS 140 standards both on Hardware, Firmware & Protocol Level and yet are distributing these devices claiming for it to be AIS 140 standards compliant.

It is uncanny how these manufacturers manage to get their devices certified ! (This is an overall different topic we intend to cover in the near future).

Many GPS tracking service providers who source their hardware from manufacturers and distributors will eventually end up taking a huge financial hit. Having sourced and deployed Non AIS 140 compliant devices, it is obvious that in the near future as the government and agencies involved activate the dependent components that complement ITS (Intelligent transporting system) infrastructure, these non compliant devices will need to be replaced thus impacting businesses who already invested in these devices.

If you are a GPS Tracking service provider our advise is that you invest a good amount of time studying the AIS140 document and comparing key features with the device that you have in hand.

If you are a business or vehicle owner who intend to install AIS 140 devices on your vehicles, the initial advise we have to offer is that you research well and buy from well known and established businesses. Buying from smaller local businesses can be a huge risk as the chances of them shutting shop is higher given the unwilling financial risk they have invested in.

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jaimzj
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09/04/2019 5:09 pm  

Update : 9th April 2019

Following are some of the points we have investigated in our lab and found out about some of the devices that are being sold in large volumes as AIS140 compatible.

1. Devices do not transfer data to servers as specified by AIS140 protocol, some devices use totally different protocols.

2. Devices do not have the option for OTA updates and configuration.

3. Incompatible eSIM's (Inability to configure eSIM's) OTA.

4. Device hardware does not meet AIS140 standards/requirements.

5. Device does not have the option to configure multiple servers or IP

6. Device does not fall back to secondary operator on primary operator coverage non availability.

There are many more issues that we have seen on multiple devices. 

With that being said, we would also like to point out that there are genuine devices which work absolutely at par with the AIS140 standards as well.

At the infant stage AIS140 implementation has been a headache to everyone from businesses to vehicle owners. 

 

As a conclusion I feel that the government and agencies involved over complicated something that could have been achieved with a minimalist yet secure approach.

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jaimzj
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15/04/2019 11:35 pm  

Update : 15th April 2019

Another recent investigation has brought out some more interesting findings.

 

Many of these devices do not have support for NAVIC/IRNSS  (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite). Which is one of the capabilities all AIS140 devices installed after 1st April 2018 is expected to have.

Another expected feature in devices are that the Device shall support GAGAN, the Indian SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System).

However at this moment we doubt on how many of these devices support the hardware specs and connectivity requirements established by the AIS140 standard.

 

We are now considering adding a section with list of devices that at-least support or does adhere to the AIS 140 Standards. We are working on implementing a system to collaborate with manufacturers to list their devices that adhere to the AIS 140 standards.

 

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