New Cat Alliance Targets Driver Fatigue
- Written by Mark Kuhar
May 27, 2013 – Are you tired of fatigue? Caterpillar Global Mining has entered into an alliance agreement with Seeing Machines Limited to deliver and support operator fatigue-monitoring technology through its Cat dealer network. Seeing Machines, headquartered in Canberra, Australia, has developed fatigue-monitoring systems using patented eye and head tracking technology to detect operator fatigue and distraction and to alert the mine controller and the machine operator. In the coming months, Cat Dealers will be brought onboard as the exclusive distribution channel to the mining industry for the Seeing Machines technology. These capabilities will be phased in starting with dealers in key mining regions. “The alliance with Seeing Machines is a natural progression of Caterpillar Global Mining’s work to mitigate fatigue issues in mining activities,” said Al Frese, general manager of solutions, technology and marketing for Caterpillar Global Mining. “For the past 10 years, Caterpillar Global Mining has been raising awareness and industry understanding of the implications of 24/7 shift work on equipment operator performance, distraction and fatigue through industry training programs, such as Managing a Mining Lifestyle, and through partnerships with industry organizations and research universities.” Look for a full report in an upcoming tissue of Rock Products.