Queensland Rail (QR) have identified Driver Sleepiness (Fatigue) as a major safety risk to their remote field service workers, who are generally on shift work and often need to drive hours to and from sites in North West Queensland. In light of this, QR initiated a trial of 10 x LSM Technologies Driver Fatigue (+Distraction) Monitoring Systems in 2015 and after nearly 3 years, this technology has shown to significantly reduce fatigue and distraction events. As a safety initiative, QR have installed the DFM Systems into several light field service vehicles across regional Queensland, and are planning a fleet wide implementation.
So far, QR have reported very positive results and reliability, and the LSM Technologies DFM which has helped to identify and reduce driver distraction behaviour, (using a mobile phone while driving) and has already prevented fatigue related incidence. QR spokesman advised "Because the DFM system detects both distraction and fatigue behaviours, we have now become much more aware of the state and behaviour of our drivers during shifts".
According to QR's health and safety representative, "this technology will form a vital part of QR's overall fatigue management practises and procedures for field maintenance operations. The system is a cost effective solution to help protect drivers from fatigue related incidents occurring while providing of additional reporting capabilities for management".
It’s no secret that Driver Sleepiness (Fatigue) is one of the biggest killers on our roads, 20-30% of road crashes and as much as speeding and drink driving according to the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q) – 08/2015. However, Driver Sleepiness is particularly dangerous because it can happen to anyone, no matter how experienced a Driver they might be and a micro- sleep can occur and the Driver not even be aware of it - Micro- sleeps (brief sleep episodes that can be as brief as a few seconds).
Yawning?... A Micro- sleep can kill!
LSM Driver Fatigue (+Distraction) Monitoring Systems (DFM) is a Non-intrusive Dash mounted Infrared illuminated Monitor Camera unit, which combines the unique pupil identification and facial recognition technology to detect and analyse the changing characteristics of pupils and signs of drowsiness such as yawning. When the DFM identifies, a driver has become inattentive, either due to drowsiness or distraction, it will provide In-Cab audible / visual warnings and subsequent alarms to the Driver.
Reduce Fatigue and Distraction Events
When fatigue or distraction has been indicated by the DFM, the system provides In-cab Audible / Visual Warning to the Drivers. There are options for live alerts notifications (Email and / or SMS) with a ‘Snap Shot’ photo from the DFM back to "Operations", and live on the LSM Technologies (SAFETRACS) On- line Monitoring interface. There is also a live video feed output which can be used to record and review potential events via a Mobile DVR unit.
LSM Technologies DFM (Fatigue + Distraction) Monitoring Systems
Contains an Intelligent Video Analytics Technology, high-speed Pentium II Processors, configurable operating speed (Kph), sensitivity and volume settings with RS-232 and digital output, plus video output for recording options and telematics integration.
Some additional features are
The LSM Technologies DFM Camera is a non -contact system that can be utilised with Safety / Prescription or Polarised Sunglasses.
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