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When to take sleeping tablets

Given what we know about the negative impact on your health if you aren’t sleeping well, sleeping tablets may help. However, there can be a real stigma attached to the notion of sleeping tablets. A possible reason for this stigma is that when we read about sleeping pills, it is often attached to a negative story of misuse. Nevertheless, if used correctly there could be significant benefits to the individual’s health and well-being. What do sleeping tablets do? Sleeping tablets are designed to induce drowsiness. They are usually short-acting and [...]

By |2018-09-27T15:46:50+00:00June 15th, 2017|Pharmaceutical|

Drowsiness vs fatigue: how do they differ?

The words “drowsiness” and “fatigue” are usually used interchangeably, but they differ significantly. While fatigue can refer to a feeling of tiredness or exhaustion due to illness or physical activity, drowsiness refers specifically to the state right before sleep. For ease of understanding, we sometimes use these words interchangeably to describe sleepiness or difficulty staying awake during crucial moments. However, there is a difference between the two terms and they shouldn’t be confused. We take a closer look at the distinction… What is fatigue? Fatigue is generally normal when it [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:13:58+00:00June 5th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

NTC submission: Clarifying control of autonomous vehicles

Introduction Optalert has responded to the NTC's recent discussion paper "Clarifying control of automated vehicles" with the following submission...Our understanding of the discussion paper “Clarifying control of automated vehicles” is to resolve issues of control relating to automated vehicles. Determining who is in control, what it means to have ‘proper control’ and how it will apply to automated vehicles, and the interaction between enforcement agencies and automated vehicles. In clarifying these issues there will be greater certainty with road rules, traffic laws and accident and insurance liability and risks. We [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:43:39+00:00May 31st, 2017|Automotive|

Rail accidents triggered by fatigue

Due to its 24-hour nature, fatigue is a major risk in the rail industry. The risk is recognised and as a result, many rail companies around the world are obligated to create and implement a fatigue management program to protect staff, passengers and the communities in which they travel. Whether it’s a passenger train carrying patrons between stops along a line or a commercial rail transporting freight across the country, the role of fatigue has unfortunately made its mark on the following rail accidents. Spuyten Duyvil derailment   1st December [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:15:31+00:00May 3rd, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

What is the quantified self?

Have you heard the term “the quantified self”? It’s a phrase used to describe the movement of incorporating technology to acquire data on a variety of factors that make up a person’s daily life including diet, mood and performance. We’ve become almost obsessed with tracking and analysing a variety of factors in our lives and allocating a name to this obsession has made it far more legitimate. The quantified self can also be referred to as lifelogging, self-tracking, or body hacking. The key to the quantified self is not only [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:45:19+00:00April 21st, 2017|Automotive|

An open letter to your CEO: why you need drowsiness detection technology

Dear CEO I’m writing to highlight the real dangers of drowsiness potentially placing our company and my colleagues at risk. By the very nature of our 24-hour business, we are exposed to pressures caused by working at times against our bodies’ natural circadian rhythm. Our bodies want us to be sleeping, but we are scheduled to work. This biological need combined with commuting times to and from site, places our shift workers at risk of a drowsy-driving incident, even if we begin our shifts well rested. Because of these inherent [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:17:06+00:00April 6th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

A day in the life of a shift worker

Ask any shift worker about a typical shift and they will tell you the same thing: no two shifts are ever alike. Shift workers often enjoy the variety provided to them and the changing landscape. They might also tell you that it can be challenging and exhausting, but at the same time incredibly rewarding. Shift work Shift work can be split into two or three separate shifts that, when combined, make up the 24 hours in a day. In some cases where there are three longer shifts, some hours will [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:18:46+00:00March 20th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

The future of road safety

For as long as road travel has existed, so too have road accidents. Consequently, actions have been taken to improve safety and reduce the risk of a road injury or fatality. Could autonomous vehicles be the largest impact on car safety we have ever seen? It looks likely. Road safety has been continuously evolving. From road signs and indicators to seatbelts and traffic lights, the end goal has always been to improve safety. We recently published a blog post that takes a look back through the history of road safety; [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:48:28+00:00March 15th, 2017|Automotive|

What would roadside fatigue or drowsiness testing look like?

First, we had breath tests to test Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Then, we had saliva swabs to test for illegal drugs. Now, we could be seeing a test for drowsiness that completes the roadside test trifecta. Roadside drowsiness testing has rapidly become a popular discussion topic across social media, due to a recent announcement that Victoria Police and the TAC would welcome this in their arsenal against road injuries and fatalities. The effects of drowsiness on our roads In a world first, Victoria Police, and the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:50:13+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Automotive|

The evolution of road safety

As we take a look back at the evolution of road safety, it’s interesting to see how much has changed; most of which has occurred just within the last 200 years. From the horse-drawn carriage to sensors, cameras, and Bluetooth technology, a lot has happened in the road safety sphere over the past few decades and I can’t wait to see what happens in the future. Horse and carriage accidents While the term “road safety” instantly conjures up images of today’s modern cars, road accidents were occurring even before the [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:21:34+00:00February 10th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|
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