WOMBATT Fatigue Management started in Adelaide, Australia in 2000 as a spinout from the University of South Australia’s Institute for Telecommunications research, introducing to the mining industry a groundbreaking new DWAM Inmarsat broadband satellite communications technology connecting mining haul trucks in remote mines with central control centres located often hundreds or thousands of kilometres from the mine.
In 2009 WOMBATT was admitted into the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (BIC) located at ESA’s ESTEC facility in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to develop WOMBATT’s proprietary and patented EMDP technology to integrate third party driver fatigue detection equipment fitted on board mining haul trucks to a remotely located fatigue monitoring centre. Our first customer was mining contractor STRACON Ltd, operating at the El Brocal polymetallic mine in Cerro de Pasco, Peru.
Then during 2014, ESA asked WOMBATT to participate as a subcontractor in ESA’s development of what became known as WOMBATT-VOZ, a voice based fatigue prediction technology designed to manage the fatigue of astronauts on long range missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. In 2019 ESA awarded WOMBATT a prime contract under the ESA Artes20 programme to adapt the innovative new fatigue prediction technology, which passed ESA’s exacting Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) in January 2020.
WOMBATT offers a unique solution for fatigue management using advanced artificial intelligence technology, which has been adapted in industries such as mining, steel mills, road transport, aviation and civil engineering. The ongoing support from ESA over the years has been crucial for WOMBATT’s success and growth.
We envision a world where people are able to work safely and efficiently without the threat of fatigue endangering their lives or the lives of others. We believe that our technology, the WOMBATT-VOZ system, has the potential to revolutionize the way we approach fatigue management and prevent fatigue-related accidents.
“Our goal is to provide businesses with accurate and actionable insights into their employees’ fatigue levels allowing them to proactively address potential safety hazards and improve overall well-being.”
Jean S Verhardt
Founder & CEO