The WOMBATT team comprises specialists in operator and driver fatigue and satellite communications from all over the world. Our connection with the European Space Agency and several years working inside the European Space Research and Technology Centre in The Netherlands has given our space communications team wide exposure to all aspects of satellite communications and earth observation technology, and also to astronaut fatigue experts at the Human Spaceflight Division.
WOMBATT fatigue staff are also closely involved with several of the worlds leading fatigue research institutes including the Centre for Space Medicine at UCL, the Centre for Sleep Research at the University of South Australia and the Alertness CRC at Monash University.
The WOMBATT Training Centre is led by Professor Jean Verhardt who has 15 years of post graduate university teaching experience, and includes staff with extensive university teaching and medical training experience.
One of the main causes of accidents both on the highway and in the mine is human error, often caused by fatigue resulting in drowsy driving, or sometimes poor driver behaviour. WOMBATT’s mission is to eliminate fatigue as a cause of haul truck accidents in open pit mines, and to eliminate drowsy driving and poor driving behaviour as a cause of long distance truck and bus accidents on highways anywhere in the world, no matter how remote or inaccessible the route.
By using the latest satellite and other communications methods, WOMBATT’s skilled, locally recruited monitors can see all of the drivers all of the time, wherever they happen to be on the surface of the planet, Communicating in real time with drivers and fleet operations staff in their local language via two way communications satellites, WOMBATT monitors help keep drivers and those around them safe and alive, regardless of whether they are on a switchback road high in the Andes, out in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, on a risky bush road in the Congo, or a remote pass through the Tien Shan mountains on the road to China. WOMBATT can handle them all with a Spanish/English language fatigue monitoring centre in Lima, Peru, an English/Afrikaans monitoring centre in South Africa, and a Russian/Kazakh monitoring centre in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
As fatigue results in behavioural as well as physiological problems, WOMBATT conducts continuous, on site change management training, driver and supervisor training, and family training in the local communities in the local language.
Safe driving in the most remote and dangerous parts of the world requires real time monitoring by human beings, intervening immediately when things go wrong. Lives are saved by using the most advanced low cost satellite communications technologies that the Space industry and others can provide, combined with the best possible training at every level, delivered by fatigue, diet and sleep professionals specifically for locals.