CAT Smartband that monitors worker fatigue
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CAT Smartband is a cloud-connected wearable sleep monitor that can predict when the wearer’s fatigue level will become a safety risk. A 'predictive fatigue monitoring solution', companies can use the smart wristband to assess employee fatigue level and give them rest or manage shifts schedules and employees rosters accordingly.
Managers of industrial plants and commercial hauliers can download this sleep data to generate fatigue reports. The data can help predict fatigue hazards that managers could not identify otherwise.
The wearable device works by utilizing non-invasive actigraphy to measure motion with an inbuilt 3-D accelerometer. Add to it the Smart band mobile app that workers can use to self-analyze their fatigue levels.
Fatigue-related accidents are a major concern for industrial and commercial companies. This is where CAT’s Smartband can help detect sleep debt (a condition when a worker is sleep-deprived) as it impacts employee performance and effectiveness.
Each organization has a few workers who are chronically fatigued but might not be willing to acknowledge and accept help. Having hard numbers through the sleep patterns and a fatigue score can help managers get these employees enrolled in treatment or health education program. ‘The smart band can be integrated with CAT’s driver safety system (DSS) which is an in-cab monitoring system companies use to alert their drivers and operators.
The use of smart wearables in industrial and commercial operations has increased. Daqri is a company that sells Smart Helmets that incorporates sensors and augmented reality to help construction workers do a better job.
Sony also launched its SmartBand called SWR10, a device you can use to record exercise, sleep, and other activities. However, it's not geared towards rugged use as CAT's Smartband. Other products geared towards enterprise users are Redpoint smart vests, XOEye Smart glasses, and Bionic Exoskeleton suits.
+ Interesting features of DSS are in-vehicle seat vibration and/or audio alarm which can be used to alert drivers once the system detects fatigue level higher than what is considered normal.
+ Fatigue Avoidance Scheduling Tool (FAST) is also part of the solution which lets visualize sleep patterns.
+ The CAT Smartband is aimed towards workers and drivers in construction, trucking and mining space.