Smartphones to measure port worker fatigue in new research project

Harwich Haven Authority in the UK has announced the launch of a new fatigue risk study, using smartphone monitoring technologies to collect data on employee behaviour to develop a better understanding of how fatigue impacts safety critical operations in the port.

The project will be carried out in partnership with Senseye and Lloyd’s Register’s Safetytech Accelerator. Senseye, a Texas-based neuroscience start-up, is a recent graduate of Safetytech Accelerator’s commercialisation programme Waypoint and has developed technology that can measure brain activity using mobile phones.

After seven years of research and development, Senseye says that its technology is now being deployed in industrial settings to support operational risk management and improve safety. At Harwich Haven it will be used to collect data on how fatigue impacts people involved in critical port operations, such as vessel traffic services and pilotage provision.

The ultimate aim of the study is to find new ways to mitigate the risks of fatigue within the port environment.

“People are at the core of everything we do at Harwich Haven Authority and safety is our first priority,” said Neil Glendinning, CEO of Harwich Haven Authority.

“We are deeply committed to understanding the impact of fatigue and have conducted a number of studies in the past to benchmark our operations against best practice. This project is an extension of that commitment as it provides ongoing objective analysis of fatigue and continuous improvements in fatigue management and mitigation in the port’s operations.”

“We look forward to deepening our understanding of fatigue and finding new ways to continuously improve safety in the port.”

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