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Topic: Innovation in Alertness Testing. Presenter: Henry M. Bowles President of Bowles-Langley Technology, Inc. in Alameda, California Company develops software and systems for testing human brain performance. Factors: Fatigue Prescription drug effects Injury

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topic innovation in alertness testing

Topic:Innovation in Alertness Testing

Presenter: Henry M. Bowles

President of Bowles-Langley Technology, Inc. in Alameda, California

Company develops software and systems for testing human brain performance.

human impairment factors


Prescription drug effects


Illegal drug effects


Illness and stress

Combination of above

Human Impairment Factors
available now 1 physical tests
Available Now 1 – Physical Tests
  • Tests that check for key physical changes.
      • BMW. Product: ConnectedDrive.
      • Other auto companies are exploring other similar systems.
      • Smart Eye AB in Sweden, product: Smart eye
      • Seeing Machines, Product: faceLAB a desk mounted machine that scans eyes and entire face. Product: Driver State Sensor which mounts on a vehicles dashboard and monitors for microsleep, nodding and eye closures.
      • Acunetx, Product: Safetyscope, eye scanning technology.
available now 2 graphic tests
Available Now 2 - Graphic Tests
  • CogState - Product: Workplace. Creates a baseline, stored on server, reports to employer.
  • Bowles-Langley Technology Inc. - Product: short test, similar to a computer game, creates baseline, tracks performance. Monitored by managers via the server.
shift management
Shift Management
  • Shift work Management Companies
    • Circadian Technology, Fatigue Risk Management consulting. Product: FRM
    • Shiftwork Solutions offers shiftwork scheduling.
    • Professional Software Design, Product: PSD Logistics
    • Data Connect Company Product: PRISM.
    • Individual proprietary solutions.
  • Integrated Systems
    • Shift work management integrated with impairment testing and drug testing.
available on smartphones
Available on Smartphones
  • Jeppesen - CrewAlert provides mathematical modeling of crew alertness for airline flight deck and cabin crews.
  • Programmable Life, Circadian Alarm in sock
  • ShiftPro, Provides a way to manage shift work, geared toward the individual on a regular shift schedule.
  • MB Solutions - Fatigue Calculator. User enters schedule and App predicts fatigue score.
  • Alertometer, by Bowles-Langley. Provides quick screening tests for individual and network use. The Non-networked version is available now at the Apple App store.
converging systems
Converging Systems

Impairment Testing

Shift Work


Single Integrated Management


Drug Testing

kumba mine test
Kumba Mine Test
  • 2 Sample screens:
why test
Why Test?

Exxon Valdez accident

Air Traffic Controllers

where testing fits
Where Testing Fits

Fatigue Impairment

Impairment Screening

Alcohol Impairment

Drug Impairment



the no pass question
The No Pass Question

Employee takes test

Did not pass


Retake test

Reports to work


Interview w/Supervisor

Light Duty


  • Another tool in the Safety Managers toolbox.
  • Minimum Requirements:
    • Protect privacy
    • Make sense to employees
    • Provide accurate reports
    • Simple to implement
    • Flexibility
  • Broadly effective against all impairment.