Aggregate Industries deploy vehicle detection system to help prevent cement tanker drivers from falling asleep at the wheel
A NEW artificial intelligence (AI) detection system is being deployed to help prevent cement tanker drivers from falling asleep at the wheel.
Aggregate Industries’ Lafarge Cement business and its partner, Lomas Distribution, have become the first cement manufacturer in the country to have the new technology fitted in all their tanker fleet’s cabs.
The Driver Status Monitoring System – developed by Spillard Vehicle Safety Systems – uses a range of in-cab cameras and sensors to actively detect driver fatigue. The intelligent algorithm helps track and detect eye movements, such as rapid blinking, facial features, and any other signs of fatigue, triggering an alarm that continues to sound until the vehicle comes to a stop.
It can also detect a range of unsafe activities such as mobile phone use, smoking, lane deviation and not wearing a seatbelt. The black box system also triggers a remote alarm back at a transport base.
The AI detection system is the latest addition to the cement fleet, which also includes remote access controls, emergency stop functions, and collision and lane departure warnings.
The fleet of 50 strong 44-tonne bulk tankers carries cement from the Cauldon Cement Plant in Staffordshire to delivery sites across the country. The plant produces more than one million tonnes of cement annually.
Matt Owen, supply chain manager at AI’s cement division, said: ‘Health and safety is a massive priority for us as a company and the industry so anything that can serve to continuously improve our approach to it is very welcome.
‘Driver fatigue is always a potential issue across any business involved in transport and fleet so we’re delighted to be utilizing the latest technology with our partners to ensure that everyone gets safely home from work.’
Gareth Durnall, general manager at Lomas Distribution, added: ‘We’re delighted to have introduced this new technology into our cement tankers alongside Aggregate Industries. Driver safety is paramount to us and anything that can help reduce adverse incidents and keep our drivers and other road users safe from harm is hugely important. This is another welcome piece of technology to add to the fleet.’