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End of the road for fatigue-related accidents

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by Rhonda Locke

Wearable technology company Optalert has announced a possible end to drowsy driver incidents by successfully applying their fatigue detection technology to in-vehicle video cameras. 

Optalert CEO Scott Coles said the ability to apply their technology to video cameras and other monitoring devices cements the company’s reputation as the world’s leading provider of early-warning drowsiness detection and allows licensing opportunities in the passenger car market. 

“At some point in the future, quantifiable drowsiness measurement will be the norm in all passenger vehicles,” Mr Coles said. 

“The problem all vehicle manufacturers have had to date is the subjective nature of determining the level of fatigue, or more specifically, drowsiness and alertness.

“Car manufacturers have been making claims about their fatigue-detection technology which have not necessarily been backed up by scientific evidence. 

“With Optalert’s technology able to accurately and objectively measure a person’s level of drowsiness, in-car video cameras will now be more than just a marketing campaign, and will be able to truly save lives.

“Our technology concentrates on the driver, not just their behavior, and importantly it can detect when a person is more at risk of becoming a drowsy driver, rather than wake a person who has fallen asleep.”

Optalert’s fatigue-detection technology is based on key measurements which track the amplitude velocity ratio of blinks; essentially measuring how fast and how far a person opens their eyelid after they close it. These continuous measurements are then translated into a score between zero and 10 on their patented Johns Drowsiness Scale (JDS™).

Mr Coles said the breakthrough came on the back of recent work to reduce reliance on proprietary hardware with Optalert’s software now running on an android platform.

“Previously, we had only applied our patented algorithm to our purpose-built glasses, which measure a person’s eyelid blinks 500 times a second using a tiny LED inbuilt into the frame.

“With the application of our algorithm in video camera technology, we are looking at a whole range of new licensing opportunities.

“We have broadened our reach to include android platforms and currently we have wireless glasses technology in the final stages of development.

“It’s quite incredible when you consider the significant strides we’ve made over the past 12 months and we are really excited to see where the future takes us.

“We have been talking to key players in the automotive industry with a view to licensing this technology to OEMs in the coming months.”

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For media enquiries contact:         Rhonda Locke 0400 155117 / rlocke@optalert.com

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