OPTALERT will demonstrate its Australian-developed and internationally recognised driver drowsiness and fatigue management systems on Stand H1050 during AIMEX, to be held at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush, from September 6-9. According to the company, mining companies across four continents use OPTALERT to monitor, measure and manage driver drowsiness and fatigue, thereby helping to increase productivity, mitigate risk and save lives. Various Australian and US research institutions, including Monash University and Harvard Medical School, have scientifically validated OPTALERT, it says.Awards for its systems have included the US-based 2011 InterSystems Innovator Award, the Australian Mining Prospect Award for Excellence in Mine OH&S (2010) and the Anthill Cool Company 2010 Award for Innovation.The OPTALERT system has two key components. One is an Alertness Monitoring System which involves a driver wearing OPTALERT Glasses with an invisible light emitter and receiver in the frame to measure the driver’s levels of alertness. This measurement is translated into a score with a dashboard indicator showing these in real-time and indicating the risk of a drowsiness-related incident. Second is the Fatigue Risk Profiler that enables managers and control room operators to monitor in detail the alertness levels of an entire driving workforce.“The predictive nature of OPTALERT technology to warn drivers well before they even reach dangerous levels of drowsiness is unique,” OPTALERT CEO, John Prendergast said. “And the early warning it provides gives drivers valuable time to change their driving behaviour well before dangerous levels of drowsiness set in. Used correctly, OPTALERT is an effective behaviour-based safety tool that helps drivers prevent fatigue-related incidents from occurring in the first place.”Headquartered in Melbourne, OPTALERT has invested more than $20 million and 15 years of research in developing its technology.