• What I’ve Learned Wearing the LifeBand at the Office

    21st July, 2017

    WRITTEN BY: DR. DANIEL BONGERS, SMARTCAP INVENTOR, AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER 

     

    I’ve worn SmartCap products for thousands of hours over the years; in mining trucks, road trains, planes, cars, for many long days in the office, and even in my kayak. But as time has passed and as I’ve moved further away from product development, I seem to now mostly use our product when I drive.  

    Last month that all changed, when our new VP of Product Development, Brett Carswell, asked us to test the new Life by SmartCap app release. Since then, I’ve worn it every day and I’ve quickly learned that my changing role (and maybe a little aging) has brought about some different patterns in my alertness throughout the day. 

    I’ve always considered myself a night owl. Whether I was writing algorithms or business plans, afternoons and late nights was when I did my best work. Not so anymore. The numbers don’t lie, and the verdict is in – I’ve become Mr. Average. Of course, I’d like to think I’m special in some ways, but when it comes to my peak times of performance, I’m like most; 9 am to midday is my time to shine!

    The likely explanation is that I’ve adopted a healthier rhythm of getting to bed at a sensible hour, coupled with the fact that I’m well into my thirties (yes, that’s how I choose to say it). My afternoons show a window from 3 pm to 4 pm when I’m still quite sharp, but by 6 pm it’s time to call it a day. 

    So now what? Do I run to the marketing department and tell them that I have some cool insights that show how awesome our product is? Well yes, but it’s also time to make some changes. 

     

    Despite what I hope my boss thinks, some of my tasks are more on the mundane end of the spectrum – so it’s time to move them to early afternoon or late afternoon; the more demanding tasks I’ll hit mid-late morning.

     

     

    “…I only found out that my own assumptions about my alertness didn’t align with reality because I measured it.” 

     

     

    It’s not a ray of light from the clouds by any measure. However, I only found out that my own assumptions about my alertness didn’t align with reality because I measured it. So while I get a little more productive, maybe you can buy a LifeBand or two and do the same!

     

     

     

     

     




     

  • PRESS RELEASE: Major investment to aid SmartCap’s Global Expansion

    22nd May, 2017

    SmartCap’s ground-breaking product, Life, is the world’s most effective fatigue monitoring solution that provides real-time feedback, helping drivers manage their own alertness, anywhere, anytime. The technology also allows supervisors access to data that enables them to make fact-based decisions that keep their workforce safe.

    Today the company announced it had secured funding from Jolimont Global, a private equity group that invests in high growth mining equipment, technology, and services companies,

    SmartCap CEO, Dush Wimal, said the investment would principally be used to expand the company’s reach internationally. “We are obviously thrilled with the investment from such a highly-regarded firm, which is a terrific vote of confidence in SmartCap.” Mr. Wimal said.  “This partnership will help us expand more aggressively into the global mining and other markets, and offer the benefit of the Life product to many more customers.”

    Jolimont Global Chief Investment Officer, Charles Gillies, said that this investment would help drive innovation and productivity improvements in the mining and other industries.  “We are very impressed with the SmartCap team and its ability to execute in complex and dynamic markets.” Mr. Gillies said. “Life is a world leading product in predictive fatigue management and will drive a step change in safety and productivity.”

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    About SmartCap Technologies

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    Founded in 2009, SmartCap Technologies is an innovative wearables company located in Brisbane, Australia. The technology behind Life by SmartCap was initially developed to overcome the limitations of fatigue monitoring technologies. Today, SmartCap is used by some of the world’s largest companies and has expanded beyond mining.   

    For more, visit www.smartcaptech.com and follow us @smartcaponline and on LinkedIn.

    For all media inquiries please contact Ms. Kristy Hamilton:  kristy.hamilton@smartcaptech.com

     

    About Jolimont Global Mining Systems

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    Jolimont Global invests in high growth mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies. The METS sector presents outstanding investment opportunities, magnified in an environment of volatile commodity prices and historically high operating costs. Mining companies rely increasingly on METS companies to provide incremental as well as step-change solutions to improve productivity and lower costs.

    Jolimont Global has a highly experienced senior executive team with extensive commercial experience in mining, technology, private equity and finance. Jolimont Global is a joint venture between Jolimont Capital, a technology investor founded in 2003 and Resource Capital Funds.

    www.jolimontgms.com