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WOMBATT is present at a number of events throughout the year and in multiple countries, stay tuned to see if we are participating in an event near you!

Here at WOMBATT we are continously working on improving the system and updating our products and services, we even offer customized services to fit your company! On this page we will be posting new services that have been designed upon request, perhaps it might provide you with some new ideas for fatigue prevention!

We hope to see you soon,

The WOMBATT Team

Voice Analysis Fatigue Monitoring

January 2018

An article about a voice based driver fatigue prediction and detection system, called iVOICE, invented by the Centre for Space Medicine at University College London has been published in the International Mining Magazine January 2018.

[…] The company states: “We have all had the experience of hearing tiredness in a person’s voice. Somehow, they sound different to normal and less alert” […] “Now, a combination of voice analysis and machine learning originally developed to track the health of astronauts on long term space missions has been shown to have acquired this very human capability.”

On published tests, iVOICE was able to detect significant fatigue with an accuracy of 90% once tuned to individual voices. For mining haul truck drivers an important feature of the new technology, apart from its accuracy, is complete unobtrusiveness.

iVOICE will automatically recognise drivers from their voices when they speak in the cabin, perhaps in response to a simple question. From the driver’s response iVOICE may say “John, you sound very tired. You may not have received sufficient rest to drive this truck tonight. The shift supervisor will call you over the radio in a few moments to discuss.”

The technology has been tested by fatigue management company WOMBATT with mining haul truck drivers at a mine in Peru to demonstrate that the system can work in a haul truck cabin as well as it can aboard a spaceship.

WOMBATT are commercialising the technology in partnership with University College London – Centre for Space Medicine and Datasat Communications Ltd.

“With fatigue implicated in up to 65% of all fatalities in the mining industry, and with rapidly increasing regulatory oversight of this problem, we expect that within a very short time, all mining trucks will be fitted with iVOICE low cost, fully unobtrusive fatigue prediction and detection as standard equipment.”

WOMBATT as a finalist in European Satellite Navigation Competition 2017

December 2017

This competition was based in Tallinn, Estonia.

WOMBATT’s innovation is directly focused on prevent accidents related to fatigue with an non-intrusive detection method based on two technologies that together can determine the fitness of a driver to operate a vehicle based on sleep and fatigue status before the journey begins (iVOICE), with in route fatigue detection measure generated by Galileo Alert.

GalileoAlert, allows to measure vehicle directional variability to the millimeter level, now enables indirect, satellite driven vehicle movement fatigue detection.

iVOICE, by analyzing a few seconds of a human voice it is capable to detect fatigue. In particular, the system allows an accurate pre journey check of the drivers sleep, fatigue status, suitability to drive and allow periodic en route fatigue measuring.

Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement

Previous research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has estimated as many as 7% of all crashes, 13% of crashes that result in hospital admission, and 21% of fatal crashes involve driver drowsiness.

This study quantifies the relationship between the number of hours that a driver had slept in the past 24 hours and the risk of crash involvement using a case-control study design.

Drivers who had slept for less than 4 hours, 4-5 hours, 5-6 hours, and 6-7 hours in the past 24 hours had an estimated 11.5, 4.3, 1.9, and 1.3 times the crash rate, respectively, of drivers who had slept for 7 hours or more in the past 24 hours.

(PDF Download Available).

Available from: https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/AcuteSleepDeprivationCrashRisk.pdf

Behavioral adaptation caused by predictive warning systems – The case of congestion tail warnings

Wireless communication technologies (e.g., C2X-communication or mobile telephony and broadcasting) make it possible to forewarn drivers of dangerous traffic situations. Using a motion-based driving simulator with N = 16 participants, it has already been possible to illustrate an increase in traffic safety based on early, precise congestion tail warnings on motorways (Totzke, Naujoks, Mühlbacher, & Krüger, 2011). The paper at hand presents an additional evaluation of the study with regard to (negative) ‘behavioral adaptation’; that is to say, non-intended changes in driving behavior based on the introduction of congestion tail warnings. As part of the above-mentioned study, older and younger participants drove through road sections with different traffic conditions (free flow vs. synchronized traffic) performing different test situations (approaching different congestion tails with vs. without assistance of the warning system). In order to investigate behavioral adaptation effects, drivers completed additional road sections in which congestion tail situations were possible, but did not occur. In these situations, an in-vehicle warning device displayed that a congestion tail warning was possible (‘assistance possible’) or not (‘assistance not possible’). During test drives with potential assistance, negative behavioral adaptations can be found: (1) increase of maximum speed, (2) decrease of minimum time-to-collision (TTCmin) when following another vehicle in free flow traffic and (3) increased intensity of performing a secondary task compared to driving without assistance. The reduction in TTCmin-values applied in particular to older drivers, whereas an increased secondary task involvement was mainly found among younger drivers during synchronized traffic. The results indicate that the introduction of predictive warning systems may cause behavioral adaptations that may limit the intended safety effect of the warning system. With this in mind, it is advisable to include the assessment of (negative) behavioral adaptations into research concepts when evaluating predictive warning systems.

Behavioral adaptation caused by predictive warning systems – The case of congestion tail warnings (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264049560_Behavioral_adaptation_caused_by_predictive_warning_systems_-_The_case_of_congestion_tail_warnings [accessed Jul 14, 2017].

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Previous: EXPOMINA Peru 14 – 16 September

WOMBATT is @ EXPOMINA Peru! Would you like to know what we can do for your company in order to prevent fatigue? Come visit us and ask any of our representatives for more information on our fatigue prevention solutions and anti-fatigue training!

See you there!

 

https://www.expominaperu.com/

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Previous: European Space Solutions Conference 2016

WOMBATT was invited to participate in the European Space Solutions Conference together with our partners at the ESBIC from the European Space Agency. Here we showed how WOMBATT uses space technolgies in order to prevent fatigue. With our visit we have laid the groudwork for our newest innovating idea for fatigue in the transport industry which will be shared with you as soon as our demo is ready!

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Previous: MINEXPO International in Las Vegas

WOMBATT will be present at the MINEXPO in Las Vegas! We are currently busy with the preparations making sure that all our representatives can assist you with how we can help improve safety in the mine environment and work on safer driving without fatigue! Be sure to visit us at our shared booth (number 27730, located in the South Hall) with our partners at MISOM because preventing fatigue is our and your no. 1 goal!

Our Condor Road transport service in the top 20!

Apr 2015 | Finalists for the “Annual Award for Successful Experience 2014” Rimac Insurance

STRACON GyM is participating for the first time in the “Annual Award for Successful Experience 2014” (Premio anual a la experiencia exitosa 2014). This award recognizes the organizations that contribute to the Prevention of Risks at the workplace among companies maintaining a Hazardous Work Supplemental Insurance policy (SCTR) with Rimac.

STRACON GyM as an active operator of prevention programs has been placed in the top 20 finalists thanks to its project: Condor Road Safety Plan that aims to improve the controls of the “Transportation of Personnel” through the following initiatives:

 Evaluation of routes established in each project

 Monitoring the vehicles in route via GPS, emergency announcements – SOS, geofencing, and travel speed, etc.

 Evaluation of the driver’s behavior through video recordings of the journey, training in defensive driving and additional co-driver for the safe operation of the vehicle to assist if require for the fatigue.

 Increase the standard of the driver’s experience.

 Improve the standard of vehicles for transportation of personnel.

The Condor Road Safety Plan has been evaluated by the technical committee of the competition using the following criteria: project relevance, innovation, efficiency, integration with business management, impact and sustainability. If awarded, STRACON GyM will receive 10 positions for an international exchange to get to know the best practices in safety and a diploma with distinction and a trophy that would be award at the finalist ceremony. STRACON GyM continues awarded the announcement of the outcome of the Rimac Insurance final results, while continues to apply innovative solutions to motivate a culture of prevention and safety throughout the organization.

Source: http://www.stracongym.com/en/news/news/apr-2015-finalists-for-the-annual-award-forsuccessful-experience-2014-rimac-insurance