18th August, 2017
WRITTEN BY: ANITA DOBBYN, SmartCap Marketing Assistant
There is nothing worse than getting a rough night’s sleep, but what’s worse is getting a perfect night’s sleep and having absolutely no explanation for the exhaustion that is felt later. I am sure I am not the only one that has been perplexed by a sleep tracker that has suggested I have gotten the ideal amount of sleep.
How can you get a solid 8 hours of rest but still find yourself in a zombie-like trance? Research suggests that there are several other reasons causing our fatigue.
One of the culprits behind your 4-a-day coffee benders could be medication. From antidepressants to a simple antihistamine, there are so many medications that can cause fatigue. While it is not logical to go off any type of medication ever, it is important you keep yourself well informed and fatigue monitoring technologies can protect those people that may be at risk due to medication.
You also might want to assess your lifestyle choices, as they play a big part in your levels of fatigue. If foods high in sugar and saturated fat are almost staples in your weekly diet, maybe a consultation with a dietician can assist you in making some improvements.
Pair a new-found love of healthy food with 30minutes of exercise a day and you might just have a bit more of a spring in your step! Changing your lifestyle choices and habits takes time, so take it day-by-day, make small lifestyle changes at first then gradually work towards adopting a brand new way of living.
Another reason you may be feeling fatigued is due to an undiagnosed health condition. For myself, I spent many years feeling exhausted, regardless of the amount of sleep I was getting.
When I was a teenager, I self-diagnosed myself as just being a teen that needs sleep (Thank you Dr. Google for the support over the years). Eventually, Dr. Google’s theory came unstuck when a blood test confirmed I was in fact anemic. I knew my hate of red meat would catch up with me eventually.
Luckily, anemia isn’t an incredibly serious health problem and supplements can help, except for the days when I forget to take them.
However, there are other health conditions that are far more serious and they all can cause you to feel fatigued. Medical conditions such as diabetes, an underactive thyroid, chronic fatigue syndrome and sleep apnea all can cause fatigue. All present their own set of challenges, particularly the conditions which are treated by medication that has fatigue as a side-effect.
So, don’t just assume fatigued is always sleep related. There are many factors that contribute to feeling fatigued and this article only brushes the surface. If you were once bewildered by your feelings of fatigue despite how much sleep you were getting, I hope this puts some of the pieces of the fatigue puzzle together for you.
You can read more about the symptoms and causes of fatigue here.
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!
24th May, 2017
SmartCap’s patented EEG sensors and independently validated algorithm remains at the heart of their latest innovation, but the Life product suite boasts an array of new features that opens up a range of new applications.
SmartCap’s legacy of providing in-vehicle early warning alerts are now accompanied by a Smartphone application that receives the information from the LifeBand wearable in real-time, via Bluetooth. For the first time, workers can monitor their alertness anywhere, anytime. The Life App also provides the user with personal reports and progress tracking to support wellness initiatives.
SmartCap’s innovators were passionate about crafting a piece of technology that would further empower users to manage their own fatigue and give companies the broadest spectrum of data possible. Management can now use LifeHub, SmartCap’s cloud-hosted analytics suite to observe company-wide holistic trends and use real data to complement their approach to managing risk.
The LifeBand is more comfortable than the first-generation SmartCap product and has an inbuilt battery that lasts 7x longer.
SmartCap Technologies Chief Technology Officer and the inventor of the unique SmartCap algorithm Dr. Daniel Bongers believes that Life is a huge step forward.
“Life really takes our core technology to a whole new level.” Dr. Bongers said.
“Our vision was to allow individuals to manage their fatigue no matter where they are, so they can get home safe every day. To see this vision come to life has been extremely exciting and so far, the feedback from our customers has been tremendously positive.”
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.”
About SmartCap Technologies
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.
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About Jolimont Global Mining Systems
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.
PRESS RELEASE: SmartCap and Newtrax: A world first collaboration for global underground mining operations4th May, 2017
Brisbane, QLD – 04 May, 2017- SmartCap Technologies have announced their new collaboration with Newtrax Technologies. These two industry-leading safety solution providers will be working together over the coming months to adapt Life by SmartCap, a world-first solution that will suit underground mining conditions.
The new initiative will bring many benefits to both operators and supervisors alike. Life provides real-time alerts to prevent microsleeps before they happen, empowering users to be their own fatigue manager. Supervisors will have real-time data access so they can make fact-based decisions that keep their workforce safe.
Newtrax Technologies, based in Montreal, Canada, is the leading provider of safety and operations management solutions to the global underground hard rock mining industry. Newtrax’s connectivity solutions are designed to support real-time data applications underground, enabling a quicker timeframe for the implementation of Life for SmartCap customers. The integrated solution will allow for intervention from control rooms on site, in real-time when a high-level fatigue alert is received.
“Newtrax is always looking to enhance its systems with novel sensors and the SmartCap Life product is a perfect addition to our safety portfolio. We expect most of our customers to select this option to achieve a more comprehensive monitoring of hazards.” Said Alexandre Cervinka, CEO of Newtrax.
“Working with Newtrax, proven leaders in safety and communications for underground hard rock mining provides SmartCap with an exciting opportunity to be able to deliver our validated fatigue monitoring solution to underground workers. Our partnership with Newtrax will integrate key technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of underground miners.” SmartCap Technologies VP Product Development, Mr. Brett Carswell.
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28th April, 2017
Underground Mine Adopts Life by SmartCap Program
Brisbane, Australia- 27 April, 2017– An underground mine in Western Australia will be taking part in a 60-day Life by SmartCap program with assistance from Sano Health, a leading provider of workplace health and wellness programs.
Both SmartCap Technologies and Sano Health believe health and wellness of employees are paramount for maintaining a safe work environment. Sano Health offers their clients a range of health and wellness programs, this includes fatigue management system development.
The Life by SmartCap App will benefit operators by providing real-time fatigue alerts anywhere, anytime. The Life App is paired with the LifeBand which can fit into any type of headwear or can alternatively be worn comfortably on its own. SmartCap’s product offering aids wellness initiatives on site and empowers workers to be their own fatigue manager.
SmartCap and Sano Health will guide operators throughout the 60-day initiative as they embark on a two-phase program. The first phase will comprise of data collection to determine a baseline. The following phase focuses on educating operators on the real-time fatigue alerts they will receive while using Life.
SmartCap Technologies Sales Manager Mr. Simon Wheeler shared his thoughts on the pilot, “This is a great opportunity to work together with Sano Health. This initiative will demonstrate the flexibility of Life while operating in an underground mining environment. Life acts as an operator’s co-driver and assists them throughout their shift so they get home safe, every day.”
“At Sano Health, we understand prevention is much more effective than a reactive based fatigue management system. This is what caught our eye when it came to the SmartCap technology in ensuring crew members are able to manage their fatigue before fatigue related symptoms are developed. This is an exciting venture to work alongside SmartCap to create a safer workplace and aim for zero fatigue related incidents whilst on site” said Mr. Luke Daniher, Health Manager, Sano Health.
13th April, 2017
How getting less than 7 hours sleep at night could be hindering those long hours put in at the gym
WRITTEN BY ANITA DOBBYN
We all do it, get behind the wheel after a rough night’s sleep and then top ourselves up on caffeine to get through a long day at work. Somewhere in the chaos of all life’s commitments, some of us try to squeeze in that run or quick session at the gym.
Fatigue is one of the leading causes of road accidents, a fact which is well-known by the majority of drivers. However, being sleep deprived can impact on other areas of our lives and this includes our relationship with food. The evidence suggests that our waistlines are definitely not thanking us.
Research from one study discovered that there was a relationship between a lack of sleep and food in take, as well as making bad food choices (Knutson, Spiegel, Penev, & Van Cauter. 2007)¹. The metabolic disturbances identified mean that less than 7hrs sleep has been hindering our sweaty expeditions to a trimmer figure.
How does this all work exactly? The pleasure and satisfaction felt when we eat is heightened and this leads to making poorer health choices (Hanlon, Tasali, Leproult, Stuhr, Doncheck, de Wit, . Hillard, Cauter, 2016)². Our endocannabinoid system is responsible for our sense of appetite and regulates our hunger. Lack of sleep can effect this system and the hormone leptin that signals fullness in compromised.
Even more interesting is that the study conducted by the University of Chicago compared the food cravings we experience when we’re tired, to the cravings experienced by individuals that use marijuana.
So why do we continue to deprive ourselves of those vital 7 hours of sleep?
Sleep is seen to be a luxury in our lives and this is simply an attitude which needs to change. Research has identified the number of safety and health risks we face when we do not get enough sleep.
When we don’t prioritize those 7 hours of sleep we put ourselves and other drivers at risk when we get behind the wheel, but when we push ourselves to the limit we are also compromising our health and wellbeing .
The evidence is clear, sleep is a necessity not a luxury but the rest (literally) is up to us. Start off small, maybe get to bed 15 minutes earlier, your body will thank you for it.
² Erin C. Hanlon, PhD, Esra Tasali, MD, Rachel Leproult, PhD, Kara L. Stuhr, BS, Elizabeth Doncheck, BS, Harriet de Wit, PhD, Cecilia J. Hillard, PhD, Eve Van Cauter, PhD; ‘Sleep Restriction Enhances the Daily Rhythm of Circulating Levels of Endocannabinoid 2-Arachidonoylglycerol.’ Sleep 2016; 39 (3): 653-664. doi: 10.5665/sleep.5546
22nd February, 2017
Vareli Tecnac and SmartCap Technologies experience success three months into partnership
Brisbane, QLD Australia – 21 February 2017 – Nokia’s manufacturing plant in Chennai, is one of the first organisations in India that will commence using Life by SmartCap, the world’s most effective fatigue monitoring solution. The strategic partnership between SmartCap Technologies & Vareli Tecnac has helped them solidify their position in the Indian market.
Following the successful launch of Life by SmartCap at IMME 2016, Nokia was the first organization to place an order with Vareli Tecnac. Both SmartCap and Vareli Tecnac consider the increasing amount of interest in the product a reassuring sign that companies are eager to utilize the sophisticated technology that will get their employees home safe, every day.
Vareli Tecnac’s Vice President Mr. Uday Banerjee stated “Fatigue is one of the biggest killers on India’s roads and the introduction of SmartCap’s new product Life has come at a time when there is an urgency for an innovative solution.”.
Road safety issues, including drowsy driving, have plagued the region for a number of years. In 2015, the country recorded the highest number of accidents in the world and over the 365 days 15,633 children were killed.
The drive home after a long shift makes supplying an accurate fatigue monitoring solution crucial for the region, after recent government data was released stating that on average, 16 people tragically lose their lives every hour on India’s roads.
“We are pleased that so many organisations have approached Vareli and expressed their interest in implementing SmartCap Technologies fatigue monitoring system” Mr. Banerjee said.
Vareli Tecnac and SmartCap Technologies are determined to make their mark in the region by arming drivers with a wearable device that will not only get users home safe every day, but other road users as well.
SmartCap Technologies are the thought leaders behind the world’s leading fatigue monitoring solution and Life by SmartCap is the only wearable available that offers accurate fatigue monitoring anywhere, anytime. Currently, their first generation product the SmartCap and newest edition Life is used across 5 different continents. Field tested and validated, SmartCap’s technology boasts a 94.7% accuracy rate and empowers users by giving them real-time fatigue level readings using EEG technology.
15th February, 2017
Active Telematics and SmartCap Technologies Announce their International Alliance
Brisbane, QLD Australia – 15 February 2017 – SmartCap Technologies, the thought leaders in driver fatigue, have announced their new partnership with Malaysia’s leading telematics solution provider, Active Telematics as their distributor to the Malaysian market.
Since 2014, Active Telematics have continuously provided their esteemed customers with quality solutions and exceptional product support. Combining Active Telematics vision and SmartCap Technologies passion for providing drivers with sophisticated fatigue monitoring technology, both organization’s hope to have a strong influence on fatigue management in the region.
The need for technologies to make drivers safer is stronger than ever. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai stated in January of this year that Malaysian roads were getting more deadly. During 2016 7,152 fatalities were reported, a significant jump from 6,706 in 2015. The frightening figures indicate that more needs to be done to target the major causes of road accidents, including fatigue.
Active Telematics and SmartCap Technologies are working together to not just provide a fatigue monitoring solution to the Malaysian market, but to also help with the behavioral change of drivers and operators with their unique product – Life by SmartCap.
Active Telematics Co-Founder and Managing Director Mr. Omar Hatmi elaborated on the goals of the new alliance saying ‘Active Telematics delivers solutions where driver behaviour information is a key focus, along with vehicle performance and utilization’.
‘SmartCap is an essential tool for drivers and fleet owners to know the real-time condition of driver fatigue and how to make daily operations safer. We are confident our customers will see the immediate results when they implement SmartCap in their fleets’ Mr. Hatmi said.
7th February, 2017
On the 28th of January 2017. SmartCap’s segment on Innovations with Ed Begley Jr. featured on the FOX Business Channel.
It featured exclusive interviews with members of the SmartCap Technologies team including CEO Mr. Dush Wimal and CTO/Inventor Dr. Daniel Bongers.
If you missed out on the episode hit play!