Guardvant, industry leader in real-time operator fatigue detection, has been selected by Glencore Australia for its Ravensworth open cut coal operation. Guardvant’s OpGuard system will be installed on a mixture of 54 Caterpillar 797 and 789 trucks.

Ravensworth’s mine manager Murray Gregson explained: "We selected Guardvant after an extensive yearlong trial of their system. We wanted a reliable non-intrusive system that assisted us in detecting and supporting our operator’s fatigue management. We found the Guardvant OpGuard system surpassed these requirements and added additional benefit of mobile phone detection and a forward-facing camera."

Guardvant Australia managing director Sean Perry says: "It’s been a very thorough trial of our solutions, with significant developments and improvements along the way at the request of the customer. Putting our product through Glencore’s failure mode engineering analysis (FMEA) and risk analysis process was a stepping stone to ensuring our product met Glencore’s high standards."

The Ravensworth operation produces over 12Mt of thermal coal annually and employs more than 600 people.