November 15, 2016
November 15, 2016
Contributor: Christy Pettey
Wearables can safeguard driver performance, security and health.
Wearable technologies are part of the Internet of Things (IoT) that are helping more companies with large numbers of people spread across the globe to stay connected, while improving safety, productivity and efficiency.
When it comes to logistics, wearables include a wide range of devices, such as fitness trackers, wearable cameras, smartwatches, GPS location-tracking devices, wearable fabrics and headmounted displays. Some wearable devices are multifunctional, having the capabilities of more than one type of device.
“Although this technology is still in the early stages of development, these devices can provide significant benefits to the transportation industry,” said Bart De Muynck, research director at Gartner. “The biggest benefit of wearables, whether smartwatches, wearable clothing or any other combination of devices used, is the ability they bring to allow the wearer to access data from anywhere. These devices can bring significant advantages in the areas of driver performance, driver safety and security, and driver health.”
Take hours of service (HOS) rules, for example which limit how many hours a driver can work, but not what the driver does in his free time and how this affects fatigue. Wearable devices that track activity both in and outside of work have the potential to significantly reduce the number of fatigue-related accidents on roads.
In addition to fatigue management, wearables may solve some other issues, including:
The high cost of smart wearable devices remains one of the major challenges to this technology, together with data privacy and security issues. Nevertheless, as sales and usage of wearables continues to grow, and the range of enterprise applications continues to broaden, companies should look at how these wearable devices could provide benefits in the area of transportation.
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