The Importance of Innovative Hardware

The Importance of Innovative Hardware

Single Source is always on the lookout for new technology that could help you optimise your business operations. Hardware solutions form the foundation of the data aggregation process, creating and collecting the data you need to make your employee’s day-to-day experience safer and more productive.

By adopting innovative new hardware you can give your team access to data sets that can transform your operations. Your workers (and the public’s) safety will be reliant on the advanced capabilities of the solutions that Single Source can deploy for your business.

 

Case Study: Improving Driver Safety in the Logistics Industry

 One of the most significant safety risks in the logistics industry is driver fatigue or distraction. In Australia, 20% of all fatal road accidents involve driver fatigue, and drivers who look at their mobile phones are over 20 times more likely to crash. Drivers are essential to the logistics industry, and therefore it is crucial that businesses utilise innovative technology to keep them as safe as possible. We all share the roads. Therefore, the logistics industry also has a responsibility to the public to ensure their vehicles and drivers are in the best possible shape to operate safely.

No matter how much experience a driver has or the kind of vehicle they are driving, any driver can experience fatigue that causes micro-sleeps or be distracted by someone trying to communicate with them. Therefore, many logistics companies are investing in hardware that can detect fatigue or distraction events in their drivers to make their journey safer.

A driver’s ability to do their job safely is inevitably impacted by the other vehicles on the road. For this reason, it is important for businesses to implement hardware that can monitor driving and traffic events surrounding the vehicle, such as lane departures, pedestrian road encroachment, and forward collisions, as well as the driver’s own behaviours.

 

Hardware Capabilities

The hardware usually takes the form of a small camera mounted on the dashboard with built-in AI processing. The AI algorithm can detect driving and traffic events that may be hazardous to the driver’s safety such as lane departures, distances to other cars and objects in their lanes and pedestrian’s encroaching on the road. This is paired with an internal camera with another algorithm that tracks facial features and facial recognition technology. The camera can immediately identify who is driving and detect any driver behaviours that might impede their safety, such as wearing the seat beat incorrectly, using a mobile phone, smoking, or showing signs of fatigue.

The cameras and AI processing systems are also connected to the vehicle’s onboard systems, detecting events such as harsh acceleration, hard braking, or sharp turning.

As soon as a traffic event or behavioural event is detected, the driver is alerted in a variety of ways. This is crucial to the driver’s safety as it acts as an intervention layer. For example, it may alarm and wake the driver from a micro-sleep, helping them realize the need to pull over and rest before an accident occurs.

The data, including the video footage and the information collected from the vehicle itself, is automatically uploaded to the cloud, and the control centre or management team is alerted. The customer can then review the data and footage, get in touch with the driver, and send assistance if required.

These systems are not traditional CCTV system where it records constantly, it only sends data for the duration of the event to reduce file sizes and data charges for the customer. The data collected may include, but is not limited to:

  • Footage from the internal camera
  • Footage from the forward-facing camera
  • Speed
  • GPS location
  • Duration of the event
  • Unusual acceleration or deceleration patterns

 

Data is stored on the cloud for later review. It can be used within the process of data aggregation to analyse where vehicle safety or logistical processes could be improved, for benchmarking or investigative/insurance purposes in the event of an accident.

Ultimately, the hardware allows logistics businesses to gain an in-depth understanding of the in-cab experience of their drivers. With this information in their toolbox, steps can be taken to improve driver and public safety, increase productivity and optimise business operations.

 

Single Source – Seek Out Innovative Hardware For Your Industry

 The use of innovative hardware to improve driver safety in the logistics industry is just one example of how Single Source has helped businesses to improve productivity, safety, and cost-efficiency.

Single Source will work with your team, examine requirements, and recommend a suite of solutions, utilise your existing spend on systems by maximising their potential and bring it all together with targeted data analytics represented on a tailor-made platform. To learn more about the new, innovative hardware that is being developed in your industry and how it could transform your business operations, please do not hesitate to contact the Single Source team.

 

24 March 2021