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Canaria Technologies is at the forefront of safety technology with our predictive biometrics systems. We provide non-invasive medical-grade wearable devices powered by proprietary biometric algorithms to predict & prevent heat stress and cognitive fatigue. Currently working with the world's biggest mining brands across the resources sector, allowing technology and safety to come together in life-threatening situations.

Canaria Technologies was founded by Alex Sorina Moss and Dr Rob Finean in London in 2016 and is becoming a recognized leader in the emerging field of predictive biometrics. Working across resources, Canaria Technologies is pioneering the next generation of industrial safety equipment events in real-time.

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Cognitive Fatigue is defined as a decline in task performance as measured clinically by electroencephalography activity. Cognitive Fatigue causes approximately two-thirds of all heavy industrial accidents globally1. It is a biological response after prolonged periods subjecting the body to strenuous activities or environments and can be exacerbated through an array of factors such as heat, humidity, interrupted or reduced sleep. Cognitive Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy. At work, fatigue is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion that reduces your ability to work safely and effectively. In 2019 Cognitive Fatigue was cited as the underlying cause of 144 fatalities, where more than 30%, were machinery operators and drivers2. In most situations, identification of Cognitive Fatigue relies on subjective self-assessment, self-awareness, and an individual’s ability to respond prior to an incident occurring, at a time when they are experiencing less than optimal faculties. These factors have led to pursuing insights into preventing Cognitive Fatigue at worksites.
 

Heat Stress is defined as the external heat load applied to an individual from external (esp. environmental) sources. Heat Stress was analysed due to its relationship to Cognitive Fatigue and prevalence in mining environments. External research indicates Heat Stress incidents[1] cost an average ~AUD $6.5K per incident in rostering expenses, investigation, and rehabilitation3. At least 1,600 serious Heat Stress incidents occur each summer in Australian workplaces, at a conservative primary cost of $10.4M to industry4, excluding costs associated with damage to equipment, loss of production time, or associated with personal compensation. Management of Heat Stress has been understood to be a serious health concern throughout mining and resources as heat stress occurs when the body is unable to cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature. The science of understanding the exact nature of early warning signals of Heat Stress is unproven due to limitations of technology advancement. Precise Heat Stress prediction requires accurate measurement and analysis of associated physiological symptoms.

 

[1] Resource-Super-Mental-Health-Report-2019

[2] Review of all fatal accidents in mines and quarries from 2000 to 2019

[3] ‘Feeling tired?’ Mining Magazine 2013:38

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