Edinburgh Trams and IHF Ltd are progressing DISC to improve the safety of drivers and mobile workers by using wearable technology

The Driver Innovation Safety Challenge (DISC) will support the development of a smart wrist or arm band which can monitor and analyse drivers’ and mobile workers’ fatigue and wellbeing levels.

The DISC approach is not to be reactive (i.e. stopping the vehicle after a loss of consciousness), but pre-emptive (i.e. identifying at an early stage the symptoms indicating a future loss of consciousness), thus pioneering a new approach to Health and Safety and accident prevention measures.

The first stage of the development of the DISC solution will be the creation of the functionality to identify if a user is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19: a post-COVID return to work NHS test will be carried out to verify that users are free of COVID-19, and the DISC will be capable of  monitoring that users continue to be clear of COVID-19. It is expected that the initial DISC solution will start trials in late summer 2020.

Colin Kerr, Safety & Projects Manager at Edinburgh Trams and UKTram board member, explained: “We aim to create a world leading system that can help save lives, reduce risk and deliver efficiencies across multiple industry sectors, around the globe.”