WOULD YOU AGREE AN ALERT DRIVER IS A FAR SAFER AND MORE EFFICIENT DRIVER?
OPTALERT believes the human, emotional & financial cost of workplace fatigue related accidents is too high.
â€œSince the results of the Global Fatigue and Alertness Technology Project were announced in May 2007, a [global] supply agreement has been established with the manufacturer of OPTALERT, the identified preferred technology.â€? BHP Billiton 2008, Sustainability Report, p.65.
ALERTNESS MONITORING SYSTEM & FATIGUE RISK PROFILER Journey management and control has become the norm amongst business leaders in safety. Their need to ensure the safety of their people during a journey is leading to overall improved safety for all road users; moreover the ability to quantify this risk is why they use OPTALERT. The multi-award winning OPTALERT Alertness Monitoring System is the only real-time safety system in the world that detects the early onset of drowsiness during a journey by accurately measuring a personâ€™s level of alertness. When combined with the OPTALERT Fatigue Risk Profiler, the benefits multiply and extend beyond the individual driver by making visible via the internet the alertness level of an entire driving workforce to a central control room located anywhere in the world. OPTALERT empowers people and the companies they work for with independent scientifically validated technology to monitor, measure and manage fatigue in the workplace â€“ increasing productivity, mitigating risk and saving lives.
OPTALERT ALERTNESS MONITORING SYSTEM The OPTALERT Alertness Monitoring System is a behaviour based safety tool that supports the need of the driver to remain safe and alert during a journey. It is predictive by design and physiologically detects the early onset of drowsiness without any subjective user input. Used correctly, it can warn drivers well before they actually reach dangerous levels of drowsiness, changing the behaviour of driving by providing information to the driver that influences his or her level of alertness. Core elements of the OPTALERT Alertness Monitoring System are: • OPTALERT Glasses
• OPTALERT Dashboard Indicator.
The OPTALERT Alertness Monitoring System works by measuring the velocity of the driver’s eyelid 500 times a second. To do this, the driver must wear his or her OPTALERT Glasses which have a tiny invisible light emitter and receiver built into the frame of the glasses that measure the driver’s eye and eyelid. Core to the success of our technology are two key measurements that tracks the amplitude velocity ratio; which describes how fast and how far a person opens their eyelid after they close it. This measurement is translated into a score which the driver sees inside the cab of their vehicle on the OPTALERT Dashboard Indicator.
OPTALERT GLASSES The light weight frame architecture of OPTALERT Glasses provides comfortable all day wearing with an interchangeable lens design that lets drivers choose the right lens to suit any driving condition including at night. Scratch resistant polycarbonate lenses come in five colours and offer UV protection that complies with Australian and New Zealand Standards. There is also a special prescription lens adaptor for drivers who must wear prescription glasses when driving.
OPTALERT DASHBOARD INDICATOR In large easy to read numbers on the OPTALERT Dashboard Indicator, a driver can see at a glance their own fluctuating alertness level displayed as a score from 0 to 10. Named after its OPTALERT inventor, the higher the Johns’ Drowsiness Score (JDS), the drowsier and less alert the driver is. The JDS displayed also shows the corresponding LOW, MED or HIGH Risk of a drowsiness related incident occurring at that time. When a driver remains at LOW Risk for 5 minutes, the indicator fades to black.
0.0 – 4.4 LOW Risk
4.5 – 4.9 Caution MEDIUM Risk
On average, we see OPTALERT equipped drivers checking to see what their level of alertness is once every 20-25 minutes by touching the dashboard indicator to reveal their score. In asking one self, “How alert am I?” and then to seek that advice from the technology he or she is using has a direct and immediate influence on a driver’s alertness level. This activity creates a safer driver and their behaviour is being positively influenced by the use of OPTALERT.
5.0 – 9.9 DANGER HIGH Risk
FATIGUE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM PROVIDING MEASURABLE RESULTS IN JOURNEY SAFETY
BENEFITS OF THE OPTALERT SYSTEM • Behaviour based safety tools • Physiological measurement of alertness with no subjective user input • World’s first validated scale (from 0 to 10) of alertness in active people • Independent scientifically validated • Standards compliance • Patented • Multi award winning • Works day and night in all weather conditions
• Detect the early onset of driver drowsiness • Monitor, measure and manage fatigue in the workplace • Share the responsibility of safe driving • Increase productivity • Mitigate risk • Improve road safety for all road users • Save lives
IN VEHICLE OPTALERT ALERTNESS MONITORING SYSTEM • OPTALERT Glasses • OPTALERT Dashboard Indicator
CONTROL ROOM OPTALERT FATIGUE RISK PROFILER See via the internet the alertness level and fatigue risk profile of many drivers all at the same time
OPTALERT FATIGUE RISK PROFILER (FRP) The international award winning OPTALERT Fatigue Risk Profiler allows those responsible for the safety of others to see via the internet the current state of alertness and fatigue risk profile of one, many or an entire driving workforce in the blink of an eye. Monitoring real-time alertness over a period of months or years generates vast amount of data which the OPTALERT Fatigue Risk Profiler communicates efficiently to managers and control room operators for interrogation. The OPTALERT Fatigue Risk Profiler uses three primary tools that empowers managers and control room operators to identify the safest, most alert and best performing drivers in their employment: • IRIS (Individual Risk Indicator System) • Peer-to-Peer Analysis • Driver in Detail.
FATIGUE RISK PROFILER IRIS INDIVIDUAL RISK INDICATOR SYSTEM The IRIS or Individual Risk Indicator System is an easy to understand graphic user interface that intuitively enables managers and control room operators to quickly identify, track and monitor the fatigue risk profile of many drivers all at the same time. Every “keystone” in the IRIS circle represents a driver. The colour of the keystone represents the driver’s corresponding fatigue risk profile with green, yellow and red keystones respectively indicating a low, medium and high risk drowsiness related incident occurring. The IRIS also enables control room operators to drill down and see more detail about an individual driver of concern. By clicking on the desired keystone extra information about that driver instantly appears at the centre and to the left of the IRIS. Where further interrogation is required, clicking the “more information” arrow in the bottom right hand corner displays the “Selected Driver Information” window. Here a control room operator is very quickly able to see the recent historic alertness level of the selected driver for the last 12 hours. Each small black dot on the “Daily Activity Record” charts the alertness level of the selected driver every 60 seconds.
Actual screens may vary from examples shown.
FATIGUE RISK PROFILER PEER-TO-PEER ANALYSIS The FRP Peer-to-Peer Analysis is a revolutionary reporting tool designed to help our customers understand what the average level of alertness is across their company, within a shift, across a week, month, year or whatever data set is of significance to that organisation.Â The Peer-to-Peer Analysis allows managers to compare the alertness level of one driver to another.Â Significantly, the Peer-to-Peer Analysis enables managers to quickly and accurately identify their most alert and efficient drivers.
FATIGUE RISK PROFILER DRIVER IN DETAIL Unlike the Peer-to-Peer Analysis where the alertness level of one driver is compared to another, the FRP Driver in Detail reporting tool compares an individual’s average alertness level against the group. The blue “ribbon” circling the 24 hour clock charts the aggregated average highest and lowest alertness level for the group at every hour of the day. It is within this ribbon that the group has established its own normalised level of alertness from prolonged use of the OPTALERT Alertness Monitoring System over a period of months or years.
DRIVER A MORE ALERT
DRIVER B LESS ALERT HIGHER RISK
Actual charts may vary from examples shown.
INDEPENDENT SCIENTIFIC VALIDATION OPTALERT is the culmination of more than 15 years of research into the physiology of drowsiness by OPTALERT founder and now Chief Scientist, Dr Murray Johns. OPTALERT was independently validated in 2006 by the Monash University Accident Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. BHP Billiton concluded in 2007 after a two year study into fatigue technologies that “OPTALERT has been identified as the leading technology solution for BHP Billiton to help detect operator drowsiness/fatigue.” Results of OPTALERT research and scientific validation has been widely published by both the OPTALERT research team and leading research institutions from around the world including: • Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA • Institute for Breathing & Sleep, Austin Hospital, Australia • Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland, Australia • School of Psychology, Psychiatry & Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Australia • Drugs & Driving Research Unit & Sensory Neuroscience Laboratory, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia • Royal Australian Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine.
MULTI AWARD WINNING InterSystems Innovator Awards 2011 OPTALERT beat entries from 15 countries around the world including Credit Suisse to win the US based prestigious annual awards. Australian Mining Prospect Awards 2010 – Excellence in Mine OH&S The OPTALERT technology was praised for helping change the fatigue risk profile of the mining industry by award judges organised by Australian Mining Magazine. Anthill Cool Company Awards 2010 – Innovation Awarded to a business that – through being novel, unique or different – generates a dramatic improvement over current conventional solutions. The originality and strength of OPTALERT’s ‘big idea’ and/or business model was the main focus for judging. Insurance Commission of Western Australia (ICWA) Road Safety Award 2010 – Safe Road Use OPTALERT customer DBP Transmissions won the award for their “Driver Drowsiness Tracking” program.
COMPETITIVE SAFETY ADVANTAGE The predictive nature of OPTALERT technology to warn drivers well before they even reach dangerous levels of drowsiness is unique. Working day or night and in all weather conditions, OPTALERT is the only real-time safety system in the world that detects the early onset of drowsiness physiologically and without any subjective user input. In our experience, other so-called fatigue monitoring devices that rely on user input, vehicle and/or camera-based technologies are “wake up” technologies that typically warn drivers too late. By the time a vehicle begins to deviate outside the lane markers on a roadway, more than likely that driver has already experienced a severe lapse in concentration or micro-sleep and is already driving at a dangerous level of drowsiness. By the time a camera detects that a driver’s head has slumped forward in sleep or their eyelids have closed for several seconds, again, the effected driver is already at a dangerous level of drowsiness. Even if an alarm were to sound at that very moment – eyes closed, head slumped forward and/or vehicle beginning to deviate from the roadway – the ability of a drowsy driver to respond in an emergency situation is greatly diminished. The early warning provided by OPTALERT gives drivers valuable time to change their driving behaviour well before dangerous levels of drowsiness set in. Used correctly, OPTALERT is an effective behaviour based safety tool that helps drivers prevent fatigue related incidents from occurring in the first place.
SUBJECTIVE USER INPUT Fatigue monitoring devices that rely on any user input produce results that are open to interpretation, manipulation and the subjective response of users. User input has the potential to undermine the accuracy and validity of any alarms triggered.
VEHICLE-BASED Vehicle-based fatigue technologies that monitor lane deviation and erratic steering movement typically only warn drivers who are already driving under the influence of dangerous levels of drowsiness and demonstrating dangerous driving behaviour. Lane deviation technologies also rely on the presence of solid lane markings, something not always present in many parts of the world, especially off-highway environments like mine sites.
CAMERA-BASED Camera-based fatigue technologies typically use dashboard mounted video cameras pointed at the driver’s head to monitor aspects such as eye gaze, eye closure, head position and/or movement. Some users find the experience of being “watched” unnerving and difficult to overcome. In contrast, OPTALERT is a personal device worn by an individual just like a piece of clothing, removing the psychological barriers experienced by users averse to being observed on camera. In addition, like all cameras their effectiveness in poor lighting conditions or when users wear dark sunglasses can impede their monitoring ability.
ABOUT OPTALERT OPTALERT is an integrated business incorporating the research, development, manufacture, marketing, sales, distribution, implementation and support of its world leading alertness monitoring and fatigue risk profiling technologies. Our customers are serious about Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) and their commitment to “Zero Harm”. They are leaders in safety and have a mature, people-centric view of WHS policies and procedures that include drowsiness and fatigue management.
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION OPTALERT is proud to be a supporter of Greenfleet and offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by the electricity used at OPTALERT’s head office. Greenfleet was the first not-for-profit forestry organisation to become an Approved Abatement Provider under the Australian Government’s former Greenhouse Friendly™ initiative.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT The OPTALERT team is proud to support the Fred Hollows Foundation and help restore sight to people living with avoidable blindness across the world.
OPTALERT has successfully established commercial relationships with global customers in the mining and road transport industries across four continents. A suite of patents provide intellectual property protection for OPTALERT’s technology that is the culmination of more than 15 years research and $20+ million invested in product development and commercialisation. OPTALERT is constantly developing a pipeline of products and services that will support the rapid deployment of its technology into multiple industries where human alertness and safety are valued.
Sutherlands Transport “Honestly I didn’t think they could work. How can a pair of glasses tell me when I’m going to get tired when I’ve been doing it for twenty five years!?” “[OPTALERT] gives me an alert anywhere up to 15 minutes before I realise I’m starting to get tired. They’ve picked up that I’m getting tired before I realise I’m getting tired and that’s worth its weight in gold.” Jeff Carr, Professional Truck Driver with 25 years experience.
Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline “Since the implementation of OPTALERT, DBP has not had a single vehicle accident associated with fatigue or drowsiness. On that fact alone, I would strongly recommend OPTALERT.” Alyson Vinciguerra, Manager HS&E, DBP Transmission.
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