Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) December 18, 2013
Federal lawmakers are proposing that trains nationwide be equipped with cameras aimed at tracks and engineers to avoid horrific accidents like the one recently killing four people in New York. While this strategy may monitor what occurs – or is about to – one company has found a way to thwart tragedy long before it strikes.
Pursuit Enterprises LLC, a North Carolina-based technology company, has designed a device that will alert individuals who are becoming drowsy while driving or working. According to founder and inventor Polly Harman, this is critical in situations where falling asleep can be fatal.
“We are targeting pilots, train operators, truck drivers and others where exhaustion can kill,” said Harman, who obtained a federal patent for the device in July. “The colossal advantage to our technology is that the alert is sent to the user when they are becoming drowsy – when there is plenty of time to avoid catastrophe.”
Current technology utilizing eye-tracking, head-tracking and lane departure warning systems have proven ineffective because they are external, so the alarm often sounds after sleep has occurred. Harman’s device, on the other hand, consists of a miniature sensor positioned near the user’s eye and an alert component placed in the ear – similar to wireless ear buds. This crucial difference keeps the individual alert throughout tasks where responsiveness is key.
“Recent developments in nanotechnology, miniaturization and printed electronics have made all this possible,” Harman said. “This device is unobtrusive, comfortable and will be available over-the-counter for consumers in addition to the commercial applications.”
She added that numerous disasters, such as the New York train derailment, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and the Exxon Valdese oil spill all resulted from critical personnel falling asleep on the job.
“And work incidents aren't the only problem,” Harman explained. “Equally as important are the millions of highway deaths and injuries caused by exhausted drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Hopefully, my device will be a lifesaver for both private and professional users.”
Pursuit Enterprises LLC is a company formed to develop and commercialize patented sleep-awake technologies destined for the large and high growth OTC sectors. Pursuit, created in 2011, is preparing for the final stages of development, testing and commercialization. President and Chief Scientist Polly Harman has more than 25 years of experience in the medical industry with a primary focus in research and development in sleep diagnostics and cardiopulmonary medicine.
If interested in learning more about this inventor or device, email polly(at)pursuitenterprisesllc(dot)com.