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Safely navigating through a crisis

2020 will go down as one of the most difficult for companies and leaders around the world.  The corona virus has taken lives, isolated families, closed airports and put a fear into many like never before.  Whilst most of us have had the privilege of a stable life occupied with routine, the future is now filled with uncertainty and disruption.  As our new normal evolves, some organizations will be strong enough to survive, but a great number will fold. Leaders have never been more challenged to guide their teams through [...]

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|

Diagnosing the dangers of drowsiness

Companies working in 24-hour industries face a number of challenges related to the health and welfare of their staff. The risk of a fatigue-related incident is most commonly attributed to a driver’s levels of drowsiness, but there are other factors, too. Shift workers particularly are prone to sleep disorders and other lifestyle and medical challenges that may harm their ability to always perform at their peak. The most common question we hear from industry is “how do we know if we have a problem and how large that problem may [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:10:44+10:00August 3rd, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

30 percent of night drivers may be drowsy

  MEDIA RELEASE   The CEO of Australian technology company Optalert has revealed recent data pointed to a shocking 30 percent of professional drivers at risk of falling asleep each time they get behind the wheel.   Optalert CEO Scott Coles has implored Australian goods and passenger transport companies to wake up to the risk or face yet another needless road accident caused by drowsy driving. “A transport company approached us earlier in the year because they had drivers operating at all times of the day and they were particularly [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:11:50+10:00July 27th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

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+10:00June 5th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

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+10:00May 3rd, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

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+10:00April 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+10:00March 20th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

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+10:00February 10th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

Drowsiness and fatigue in the rail industry

Did you know human error, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), accounts for the majority of rail accidents? Of these accidents, the NTSB estimates up to half are due to fatigue. Types of rail What are rail companies transporting? To help find out that answer, we can segment the rail industry into two main categories: commercial rail and passenger rail. Commercial rail Commercial rail services transport a variety of goods and cargo cross-country. Freight trains, container trains, and bulk trains all move commercial goods from one point [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:23:32+10:00January 9th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|