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Fatigue early warning app 'could save lives'

Life Band

Contractor Bam Nuttall is to trial a potentially life-saving wearable band which alerts workers when they become dangerously tired.

The contractor is trialling the futuristic technology at one of its rail projects in Wales, after collaborating with Australian fatigue monitoring company SmartCap Technologies.

“Life” is a band worn inside a worker’s safety helmet or on its own. It scans the wearer’s brain activity for signs of microsleep. It then sends fatigue alerts to the Life App via Bluetooth – giving an early warnings to drivers and plant operators if they show signs of fatigue.

“After hearing about SmartCap’s success with drivers of vehicles in Australian mining operations, we made initial contact last year with their team to see whether they could transfer their technology to suit more of a construction environment,” said Bam Nuttall head of innovation Colin Evison.

“Things have progressed and we now have five units being tested on our rail framework in Wales and a trial in Scotland is imminent too.”

The band is claimed to be the most accurate fatigue monitoring device on the market at 94.7% accuracy. It could play a crucial role in protecting those who work unsociable hours or who travel extensively.

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