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SmartCap fatigue monitoring solution

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SmartCap Technologies is now offering a cloud-based version of its SmartCap solution, a predictive technology that provides operators with fatigue monitoring, alerting operations when they are at risk of a micro sleep. The technology can be used in the transport, freight, construction and mining industries in both the private and public sectors.

The companies using SmartCap rely on the technology as part of a comprehensive fatigue risk management solution to improve safety and expand strategies to support operators to proactively manage their own fatigue.

Driver fatigue is considered a major contributor to road accidents. SmartCap provides a range of options allowing individual operators to manage their own fatigue, as well as offering large organisations the ability to manage multiple vehicles in real time.

The developments SmartCap Technologies are making provided many advantages for operators and carries, for example to store fatigue data in one central location regardless of where the trucks are operating. This has the potential to enable national or interactional carriers to monitor whole fleets from numerous locations.

“SmartCap provides all the tools for not only the operator to manage their own fatigue but to also provide some higher level management,” commented Cassie Harris, SmartCap Technologies Operations Manager. “You can have a person sitting in Brisbane who is monitoring operators in every state of Australia in real time.”

“Fatigue severely effects our ability to make sensible and sound decisions,” continued Harris. “Having the ability to remotely monitor trends and fatigue alarms provides another level of safety for your workforce.”

SmartCap measures brainwaves using electroencephalograph or EEG technology. By detecting the very low voltages that are generated on the skin due to brain activity, the system analyses the EEG data and determines a corresponding level of alertness. The SmartCap measures something very specific – an individual’s ability to resist sleep. A microsleep occurs when a person fails to resist sleep. Resisting sleep is natural but when a person’s ability to resist sleep diminishes they subsequently become at risk of a microsleep. This is therefore why it is considered a relevant safety measure for equipment operators.

“SmartCap is a truly predictive technology,” said Daniel Bongers, SmartCap Technologies Chief Technical Officer. “Unlike other systems, like cameras that look to lag indicators, SmartCap will provide warnings before microsleeps occur.”

Once an operator receives their SmartCap product all they have to do is turn it on and wear the cap. SmartCap set up the rest and will provide training via online tutorials.

Adapted from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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