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What’s the difference between fatigue and drowsiness?

  Sleep is essential for your brain function as well as your body. Medical research shows sleep loss has detrimental effects on our health from weight gain to a weakened immune system.  It can impact memory, increase risk of accidents, diabetes, the likelihood of cancers and has profound effects on the cardiovascular system1.  Even a one-off sleep deprived situation, can cause drowsiness, cognitive impairment and increases the potential for a dangerous situation to occur. Day light savings increases sleep deprivation, drowsiness and health risks The man drive a car with [...]

By |2020-03-27T11:31:41+11:00March 27th, 2020|Automotive|

Optalert named in Top 5 Global Driver Monitoring Startups Automotive

  Top 5 Out Of 200 Driver Monitoring Startups In Automotive StartUs INSIGHTS article: We analyzed 200 Driver Monitoring startups in the automotive industry. Sighthound, Optalert, CardioID, Edge3, and Sober Steering are our 5 picks to watch out for. To learn more about the global distribution of these 5 and 195 more startups, check out our Heat Map! Related topics:AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRYDRIVER MONITORINGHEAT MAP Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the automotive industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety [...]

By |2020-01-30T12:15:11+11:00January 30th, 2020|Automotive|

Their image analysis reveals who you are – giants on the customer list

Di - Swedish financial site - Published:January 18, 2020 After just over ten years of revenue darkness, Visage Technologies began selling its technology to analyze facial images. "It was our breakthrough," says Jörgen Ahlberg. Photo: Henrik Lenngren It started out as a less lucrative hobby business for some researchers who needed to "code off". Today, Visage Technologies has sales of SEK 42 million, and the company's face recognition software is used in everything from makeup test apps to bathroom mirrors. Jörgen Ahlberg flips through a thumbs-up book from the early 2000s when he [...]

By |2020-01-21T16:20:06+11:00January 21st, 2020|Automotive|

Optalert Drowsiness & Attentiveness Monitoring

Optalert is pleased to announce the availability of its latest driver monitoring software solution.  Providing the most advanced measure of drowsiness & attentiveness in the automotive market, this gives Tier 1’s the ability to embed the technology directly into their driver monitoring systems (DMS). The patented Optalert Johns Drowsiness Scale (JDS) provides a continuous numerical score of the driver’s impairment, so the system can provide the driver with early prediction of drowsiness and the ability to avoid dangerous microsleeps. Utilizing a combination of  sensors, software and algorithms, drivers can [...]

By |2020-03-03T14:26:27+11:00December 19th, 2019|Automotive|

Press Release – Optalert awarded Australian Government – Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grant

Latest News Today, Melbourne based Medtech company, Optalert Australia, were announced as the recipient of the Australian Government - Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grant (AILAG).   The grant will be used to advance the development of the Optalert Video Automotive technology solution for the objective, early prediction of drowsiness and attentiveness monitoring. The project aims to become a unique automotive innovation for Australia, with potential to lead to both local and international partnerships within the automotive industry. A timely project with the EU parliament also recently backing new measures to improve [...]

By |2019-06-17T12:43:00+10:00June 17th, 2019|Automotive|

Supporting Industry 4.0 initiatives

Connecting the physical world with the digital world Industry 4.0 fundamentally changes the way in which businesses create and capture value. This shift is enabled by a set of technologies including autonomous robots, simulation technology, system integration, the Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity, cloud computing, additive manufacturing, augmented reality and big data. Industry 4.0 technologies have been around for a while individually, but more recently, they have begun to influence and impact each other.  Enabled by the internet and a desire to significantly reduce costs, businesses can now take advantage [...]

By |2019-04-29T14:26:57+10:00April 29th, 2019|Automotive, Goods & Passenger Transport, Mining|

Optalert in World first in fatigue research study

Press Release from the National Transport Commission:   The National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) today released the results of a world-first study into heavy vehicle driver fatigue. The two-year scientific study evaluated alertness monitoring technology and the impacts of work shifts on driver alertness. It analysed shift start time, the number of consecutive shifts, shift length, shift rotation, rest breaks and their likely impact on driver drowsiness and fatigue. Spokesperson and Theme Leader for the Alertness CRC Associate Professor [...]

By |2019-04-16T11:01:22+10:00April 16th, 2019|Automotive|

Las Vegas CES2019 Highlights

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES2019) dazzled participants once again with glimpses of technologies and products on the horizon for the future.  With over 180,000 attendees from 150 different countries, circulating over 11 venues throughout Las Vegas. Optalert’s key conversations at this year’s event included autonomous vehicles, enhanced ‘early warning’ drowsiness and distraction features, and AI assisting in remote healthcare technology. Optalert’s Chief Technical Officer Simon Block, shares some of his top highlights for the show:    1. Automotive Innovation Intelligent cars dominated the conversation in the automotive market, with seamless connectivity critical [...]

By |2019-01-17T14:05:06+11:00January 17th, 2019|Automotive, Pharmaceutical|

Keep your holidays happy by being vigilant on the roads this year.

The holiday season is the time of the year when impaired and drowsy driving accidents are most prevalent. Many of us would never imagine that a holiday celebration could result in a fatality or imprisonment.  The risks associated with driving while drowsy are very real.  Driving performance can be impaired, reaction times increase and it could result in tragic consequences for everyone involved. The Drowsy Driving Problem Drowsy driving usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but it can also happen due to drinking alcohol, untreated sleep disorders, [...]

By |2018-12-20T10:51:32+11:00December 20th, 2018|Automotive|

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+10:00May 31st, 2017|Automotive|