This article is about the original SmartCap hardware. For Life by SmartCap hardware, please go to Life by SmartCap.
There are five main components in the SmartCap system:
The SmartCap Headwear:
The SmartCap is a baseball cap or other headwear. The headwear (caps, headbands and beanies) come in various sizes and are fitted for an operator during training. Each operator has their own SmartCap, which has a unique ID number used for recording individual fatigue histories. SmartCap’s can be safely hand washed, but should be dry before use.
The Processor Cards:
The Processor Cards contain all of the critical electronics to calculate fatigue using the SmartCap Universal Fatigue Algorithm and the Bluetooth communications hardware. A card docks in the SmartCap Sensor. Once docked, the card automatically turns on, tests itself and the SmartCap, and begins measuring fatigue levels and sending that wirelessly to the SmartCap display. Any card can be used - they are all the same. At your site, the cards will stay in the cab with the display and base unit.
The SmartCap Display:
The SmartCap display is a simple-to-use interface for the operator that shows the user’s fatigue level, as well as provides fatigue alarms, relevant system information and connectivity status. It uses touch screen control to allow the user to acknowledge alarms or navigate through the menu system.
The Base Unit:
The base unit is capable of holding and recharging up to three cards, and is mountable on the wall of the cab behind the operator seat. Three cards are kept in the truck to provide double redundancy in the event of system faults, flat batteries, or operators accidentally taking the cards out of the truck after shift. Rear connectors allow connection to a back to base system, and allow in-cab diagnostics to be conducted.
The SmartCap Sensor:
The SmartCap Sensor is an interchangeable strip with a dock on one side. It is capable of measuring an operator’s brain wave (EEG) information, which is then used to calculate a measure of drowsiness. Each operator has their own SmartCap Sensor, which has a unique ID number used for recording individual fatigue histories. SmartCap Sensors can be safely hand washed, but should be dry before use.
Previous SmartCap versions had the sensor integrated in the headwear.