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Cat launches operator fatigue and distraction risk monitoring system

Caterpillar has unveiled a new system that will help mitigate against the “human factor” in accidents and near-misses on site.

The 24/7 equipment operator monitoring service uses industry-leading in-cab and wearable safety technologies to correlate data about the health and productivity of operators and equipment to reveal the magnitude of conditions such as fatigue and distraction and their impact on operations.

“Our customers want better visibility to the interaction between operators and machines, and how behaviour impacts safety and productivity,” said Cat safety services manager Tim Crane. “This innovative solution offers our customers the opportunity to mitigate risk and improve productivity.”

The Driver Safety System (DSS), developed by Cat alliance partner Seeing Machines includes an in-cab camera and alert system to notify the operator the moment a fatigue or distraction event occurs. Events are tracked by analysts who also capture operator sleep quantity and quality information provided through the wrist-worn Cat Smartband, an actigraphy solution powered by Fatigue Science.

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