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Sometimes, like missing the forest for the trees, it’s too easy to get hung up with the complexity of technology and miss the simple expediency it can provide.

Add to this another saying – prevention is better than cure – and you have the rails on which a Queensland truck driver safety trial is being built.

The aspect ATN was introduced to in March is part of the two-year Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports (HVSAP) project flagged in December, focused on fatigue.

It is centred on SmartCap technology, and is a coalescing of pleasingly Australian insight, intelligence and compassion on several levels.

Born of a need to head off a nasty spike in trucking fatalities around the port in 2017 and driven by the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) and the Port of Brisbane (POB), it seeks to make an undeniable case to policy-makers that there is a better way to approach fatigue prevention than the one formulated nearly a century ago.

In the digital tech scheme of things, Queensland-born SmartCap and its technology is venerable – some 15 years from founding to its present multinational and multi-industry position.

The simplicity mentioned belies its modernity – given it is

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