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Monitoring vigilance in real-time

A platform employing a new algorithm permitting real-time tracking of alertness, performance and well-being of persons in vigilance-intensive tasks has been developed. This can allow for early warning of possible accidents, disasters and loss of control in such situations.
Monitoring vigilance in real-time
For some professionals such as truck drivers and pilots, alertness can be a matter of life and death. Thus, real-time feedback on the status of the person's alertness is crucial. In light of this, a biomedical engineering company has developed an innovative technology platform. It is operated via a user-friendly wearable monitoring device that tracks the wearer's performance and status. The configurations range from wrist-worn wireless to waist-belt worn PC-based systems that are linked through fibre optic cables to ensure safety.

The series of devices can monitor user alertness, mental workload, responsiveness, awareness, sleep-awake status, and fitness-to-perform vigilance-intensive such as driving or guarding. For example, wrist-worn devices, monitor finger and grip neuromuscular activity. Tests showed that they were effective in identifying and alerting a sleepy driver and in alerting a shift supervisor if a guard has fallen asleep. Furthermore, the devices are cost-effective and immune to vibrations and acceleration.

The company is seeking cooperation for the development of further applications and development of the current know-how through possible commercial agreement with technical assistance.
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