CANBERRA, Australia – Seeing Machines has signed a strategic agreement with Caterpillar Global Mining for in-cab fatigue monitoring systems for use in mining machines. The exclusive agreement covers the use of eye-tracking technology in the cabs of mining vehicles to enable the monitoring of operators for signs of fatigue and distraction.
The agreement covers a multiple-phase approach that commences with a supply and support agreement of the fatigue monitoring systems through the global Cat® dealer network and progresses to further phases that include joint product development and technology licensing agreements.
Mining companies have identified fatigue management as a key health and safety issue. Factors such as night shift work, high altitude, fly in/fly out and long shifts, all contribute to increasing fatigue risk especially when operating mining machines. At present only limited technology is in place to protect the employees and operators of mines from these risks.
The Seeing Machines fatigue monitoring system is based on patented eye-tracking technology that can detect if a driver is distracted or falling asleep at the wheel. Using sensing equipment that requires no re-calibration between different drivers, the system tracks head alignment for potential distraction of the driver while simultaneously tracking and analysing eye behaviour to detect micro sleeps. This enables warnings to be given through in-cab alerts, or for alerts to be provided to site managers for direct intervention.
Under the agreement, Seeing Machines and Caterpillar envision greater integration of the fatigue monitoring systems with Cat MineStar™ system so that data on fatigue and distraction can be integrated into the overall management functions of the mine and business.
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