Handling more than 85 million tonnes of bulk ores, concentrates, mineral sands, salt, coal and dangerous goods per year, driver fatigue and distraction is a serious potential hazard for the large national fleet of trucks run by Qube Ports & Bulk.
As an industry leader in safety initiatives and innovation, Qube has a ‘Zero Harm’ safety goal which they aim to achieve by managing risk and by sharing responsibility for safety with staff through the promotion of safe behaviours.
In its pursuit for ways to safeguard their drivers, vehicles and cargo, while at the same time maintaining efficiency, Qube implemented a trial of Seeing Machines’ Guardian technology throughout some of their fleet.
The key drawcard for Qube, was Guardian’s ability to identify driver fatigue or distraction and immediately allow driver and management intervention before an accident occurs – including seat vibrations and alarms for drivers, and an instant notification to the fleet base.
Another important feature was the fact that Guardian technology does not require drivers to wear special glasses. Instead it uses sophisticated algorithms that monitor driver eye and head movements in real time, along with a forward-facing camera that monitors the road.
Initially there was some driver resistance to the technology. However, after continued use, both drivers and management were able to identify a huge improvement in driver fatigue and distraction detection, and they could see the clear benefits of Guardian’s early intervention in preventing road incidents.
Seeing Machines also worked with Qube to incorporate feedback and suggestions to evolve and improve Guardian technology to better suit their needs.
Since the implementation, not one of the trial trucks fitted with Guardian has had a fatigue or distraction related incident or rollover. As a result, Guardian is now being rolled out across every truck in the entire Qube fleet.
If you invest in Guardian technology before 31 December 2020 you could be eligible for an instant asset write off up to $150,000*
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Read Seeing Machines' Qube case study here.