Embedding our technology in your car dashboard
Optalert has the only independently-proven drowsiness detection technology. We are now offering our world-leading software to automotive manufacturers. For the first time, in-vehicle telematics can focus on both the car and the driver!
Optalert has developed a suite of patents providing intellectual property protection for our technology that is the culmination of decades of research and investment in product development and commercialisation.
In-vehicle telematics systems for the automotive industry
Until now, in-vehicle telematics systems have been relying on PERCLOS and other subjective fatigue detection tools. These have proven both unreliable and ineffective when combatting incidents caused by drowsy driving.
Optalert’s technology, using the independently-validated and patented Johns Drowsiness Scale (JDS), can now be integrated with the in-vehicle telematics system so it interacts with both the car and the driver. Drivers see their score on the dashboard while they are driving which means there is no need for drivers to stop and check how tired they are. Simultaneously, the in-vehicle telematics system knows when the driver is becoming less alert, so it can allow additional room in its collision avoidance equation, greater tension in the seat belts and greater distance between vehicles when operating in cruise control.
And best of all, drivers will be alerted before drowsiness hits which means accidents are prevented!
Like Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), drowsiness can be allocated a score using the JDS. A BAC reading is based on objective measures and does not take into account the weight or height of a person, the number of drinks they regularly consume, or the number of drinks they have consumed prior to being tested.
Similarly, the JDS does not rely on subjective lifestyle, behavioural factors or work patterns when putting a score on drowsiness. Signs like yawning or wandering attention can indicate a drowsy driver, but the person behind the wheel is unable to make an objective determination of whether or not they are fit to drive.
Optalert’s technology is different.
It is real time and it gives an accurate, objective and quantifiable measure on a scale between one and 10 of that person’s risk of performance failure at the time; that is how likely they are to have an accident.
Drivers receive an early warning before their drowsiness level rises to a stage where their chances of an accident has increased, in the same way as if they had consumed alcohol above the legal limit.
So in the future, instead of having to wait to pass a sign warning "Drowsy Drivers Die", your drivers can receive a drowsy driver alert and warn them when it is time to take a break.
Other applications for alertness monitoring and drowsiness detection
- Identifying people with an undiagnosed sleep disorder
- Monitoring alertness for post-op patients
- Improving performance of professional athletes and sports people by determining the best times of the day to train and sleep
- Measuring the effect of drugs on sleep
- Determining the level of drowsiness caused by drugs with drowsy side effects
- Improving sleep efficacy
- Detecting people at risk of developing sleep-related diseases