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Measuring drowsiness in clinical trials

Using Optalert’s Johns Drowsiness Scale (JDS), various studies and trials have accurately measured a user’s state of alertness and drowsiness. In the study below, first …

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Goods & Passenger Transport

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 …

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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 …

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Pharmaceutical

The impact of exercise on sleep

There is no doubt sleep plays a vital role in your overall health and wellbeing. When you aren’t getting enough good quality sleep it can …

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Pharmaceutical

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Automotive

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Automotive

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Automotive

Preventative vs responsive drowsiness technology

When describing Optalert’s products to customers, I often use the word preventative along with ‘predictive’, ‘real-time’ and ‘anticipatory’. It is these words that set our …

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Pharmaceutical

Sleep deprivation… as a form of torture

No matter how many times we discuss it, it seems some people still dismiss the extreme effect drowsiness or sleep deprivation can have on our …

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Automotive

NTC submission – autonomous vehicle trials

Australia’s National Transport Commission (NTC) has requested submissions for their paper on “National guidelines for automated vehicle trials”. The purpose is to have state and …

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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 …

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Automotive

Focussing on drowsiness detection in video systems

It’s hard to believe portable video cameras have been available since the 1980s. Sony and Panasonic were crucial players in the race toward market share …

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Automotive

Smart Eye video system receives certification as Optalert drowsiness score sensor

Historically, automotive manufacturers have focussed on the performance of the car but recently they have turned their attention to the driver. At one end, the …

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Pharmaceutical

Medical fatigue: the effects on doctor and nurse performance

Fatigue in health care is a reality. Granted, most of us feel tired at the end of the workday or workweek, no matter our profession …

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Pharmaceutical

The long-term health effects of sleep deprivation

Earlier this month, I looked at the immediate effects of sleep deprivation – these short-term effects can set in even after just one night of …

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Goods & Passenger Transport

Sponsorship places drowsy detection company on world racing stage

MEDIA RELEASE Sponsorship places drowsy detection company on world racing stage Australian technology company Optalert has announced a sponsorship with Professional Formula 3 racing driver …

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Goods & Passenger Transport

GE Mining to integrate Optalert’s technology with their Collision Avoidance System

MEDIA RELEASE Optalert and GE Mining to join forces to help improve mine safety Optalert, a leading drowsiness detection provider has agreed with GE Mining, …

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