Optalert fatigue management system now portable

Portable alertness monitoring technology from Optalert launched at Bunbury Port

Optalert fatigue management system now portable
Optalert fatigue management system now portable

April 24, 2012

Portable alertness monitoring technology from Optalert was launched at the Bunbury Port Authority’s Open Day, April 22nd.

As one of eight units fitted to vehicles owned by resources industry logistics provider
Bis Industries, Optalert’s new portable alertness
technology delivers added flexibility to a proven system for the mitigation of fatigue risk in vehicle operations.

While the
technology is geared towards the resources sector, Optalert Managing Director John Prendergast says
Bunbury Port Authority's
Open Day provided the opportunity to showcase
how the units can help
heavy vehicle users of the port and passenger vehicles operate safely.

"Bunbury is the first city to demonstrate the new portable fatigue management technology," Predergast says.

Robust, vibration and water-proof, the new portable unit can be moved between between vehicles while drivers retain their own uniquely calibrated glasses.

"With soft or hard mount options available, users now have the choice of connecting the system to the vehicle temporarily
or hard mounting it
via a permanent base," Prendergast says.

"The install time is now also significantly reduced, improving vehicle down time during installation."

The portable alertness monitoring unit features processor, modem, repeater and speaker all in one compact case.

It even has the ability to be fitted to passenger vehicles, ensuring drivers are safe on long journeys home, where drowsiness is a major risk.

"Many of our customers are very concerned about the journey home for their drivers," Predergast says.

"A drive home, which can be anywhere up to two hours for some operators, has been risky for many tired drivers who’ve just completed a long and gruelling shift at night.

"The Optalert Portable System allows drivers to gain direct feedback on their alertness levels, up to half an hour before feeling any signs of drowsiness," he says.

The new portable alertness technology comes on the back of recent updates to the Optalert Fatigue Risk Profiler (FRP).

FRP accurately measures and displays a driver’s alertness score and then translates this data as an impact on safety across mine sites.

As the only real-time driver safety system in the world to detect the early onset of drowsiness during a journey, the Optalert FRP is an invaluable tool to help managers and drivers understand the complexity of drowsiness.

Optalert has also released a new version of Vehicle System Software - V3.6.8.
In addition, management reports now feature even greater insight into the fatigue risk profile of a driver.

This latest upgrade comes as a direct result of work done with the Australian Military.

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