Australian Reef Pilots Don 'SmartCap' Fatigue Monitors

MarineLink.com
Thursday, August 15, 2013
ARP Pilot Roger Rusling, SmartCap, Readiband, equipped : Photo credit ARP

Pilotage service providers, Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has embraced world-first brainwave technology in what they say is the pursuit of an ultimate objective of best practice maritime safety standards.

ARP is trialling the Australian-developed SmartCap system, a unique piece of headwear which monitors brain activity to indicate fatigue levels.

ARP CEO Simon Meyjes said SmartCap was another tool in the company’s array of sophisticated technological innovations to enhance ship, crew and environmental safety. “Our use of the SmartCap is a world-first approach to address the issue of fatigue at sea. It looks like a simple baseball cap but is fitted with sophisticated sensors in the lining,” Simon Meyjes added.

Sensors monitor brainwaves (electroencephalographic or EEG) activity to accurately calculate the wearer’s level of drowsiness, and the data is transmitted in real-time to a portable monitor or similar blue-tooth enabled device such as a mobile or cell phone. The wearer’s alertness is assessed on a 2 to 4 scale with an audible fatigue warning activated if the level reaches 3+ or higher. This notifies the wearer that a ‘micro sleep’ episode may occur.

“This is a self-monitoring system enabling the SmartCap wearer to accurately determine how they’re coping on-the-job, signalling when it is time to take appropriate steps to manage fatigue,” Meyjes explained.

The SmartCap was initially developed for mining and allied industries however ARP identified an opportunity to expand its use into a maritime environment. Now, ARP and University fatigue experts are developing a rigorous scientific study program which will utilise SmartCaps and Readibands (a watch that monitors wrist movements to determine quality of sleep) to undertake one of the most comprehensive maritime fatigue studies undertaken in Australia. The research will be the first time both SmartCap and Readibands have been used in parallel to provide data effectively measuring the ability to perform in waking hours (SmartCap), as well as the quality of sleep achieved (Readiband).

Australian Reef Pilots has four working pilot stations and a head office in Brisbane. It employs 44 marine pilots, owns or operates 11 boats and has access to six helicopters under lease agreements.

 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter April 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Port of Vancouver CEO Coleman to Step Down

Todd Coleman, CEO of Port of Vancouver USA, step down from his position May 19, after 15 years with the port.   Coleman, a Professional Engineer, began his career with the port in 2001,

Jensen Debuts New Tractor Tug Design

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and engineering firm, Jensen Maritime, reports it has designed a new tractor tug for Vessel Chartering

Elandra Yachts Expands, Launches Finishing Department

Elandra Yachts has added another layer of craftsmanship to its boat-building operation with the launch of a new in-house paint department at the Gold Coast plant,

Technology

Alfa Laval HCO Filter Approved for Validation Testing

A manufacturer of two-stroke engines has agreed to validation tests of an Alfa Laval hydraulic control oil (HCO) filter . The approval to test the final HCO filter

Maritime Surveillance Drone Testing to Begin this Summer

The AR5 Life Ray UAS, developed by TEKEVER, has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to demonstrate the

Elandra Yachts Expands, Launches Finishing Department

Elandra Yachts has added another layer of craftsmanship to its boat-building operation with the launch of a new in-house paint department at the Gold Coast plant,

New Products

Alfa Laval HCO Filter Approved for Validation Testing

A manufacturer of two-stroke engines has agreed to validation tests of an Alfa Laval hydraulic control oil (HCO) filter . The approval to test the final HCO filter

Logimatic Launches 3D Vessel Performance Management Service

Logimatic has expanded the vessel reporting system and dynamic dashboards within its Sertica software package, to provide an improved level of visual presentation

IMTRA Unveils Clite2

IMTRA announced today its new high-output LED searchlight – the Colorlight CLite2. The Colorlight CLite2LED Searchlightfrom IMTRA is the first compact, high-output

Navigation

Raytheon Anschütz Steering Gear Control for Luxury Cruise Ships

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz was awarded a retrofit contract of steering gear control systems for two luxury cruise ships chartered by Noble Caledonia Ltd.

Smulders Appointed CEO of Radio Holland

Paul Smulders has been appointed CEO of Radio Holland, part of the RH Marine Group (formerly Imtech Marine).   Smulders returns to Radio Holland where he started

Port of London Bridge Simulator Upgraded

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has invested £250,000 to upgrade its ship’s bridge simulator, adding a full tug bridge simulator in a move that is set to enable

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1046 sec (10 req/sec)