Effectively managing fatigue risks with Sentinel

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The exemption that spares drivers from keeping a logbook when working within 100km of their base under BFM or AFM in NSW has been extended. From the 7th of March 2016, drivers working under Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) or Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) rule sets must carry and complete a fatigue work diary. This provides a more consistent national approach, bringing NSW into line with Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Ensuring a thorough fatigue risk management policy is practised is a requirement in a modern transport operation. An essential component to that policy is the vigilant maintenance of all driver paper work diaries to further strengthen record-keeping obligations for BFM and AFM. Often perceived as a burden, adhering to fatigue regulations quickly turns into opportunities.


Australian fatigue management laws are complex.

It can be tricky to calculate each individual rule, especially when considering the rules that can span days, or even weeks. This is additional stress on the driver on top of the daily rigours of driving. The Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligates operators to ensure their drivers remain compliant at all times. Drivers are scheduled to ensure they have enough hours to complete their trips but how can you help ensure the driver remains compliant once on the road?

The daily work diary sheets are kept by the driver and submitted on their return, which can often be days, if not weeks, later. By that time, it can often be too late to avoid violations. Even though the driver intended on remaining compliant and doing the right thing, a small miscalculation can easily end up with the driver in violation. Leaving the management of fatigue to chance is both dangerous and worrisome. As an operator, how can you provide the driver and the back-office with the means to comply? With Sentinel.


Sentinel is a tried and proven Electronic Work Diary developed over ten years ?into the feature-rich and responsive application it is today. Designed solely for the ?transport industry, Sentinel is a fatigue management solution that provides tangible ?benefits from day one. So how can Sentinel help?

Sentinel on the iFace provides the driver with around-the-clock access to their fatigue information. With instant audible and visual feedback, drivers are kept informed at all times to make the best decisions and minimise risk.

So how does it work? It’s simple. The driver easily changes their fatigue status with a tap of a button on the Sentinel app on the iFace. This information is then calculated against their assigned fatigue ruleset and their fatigue history to ease the stress of figuring out correct hours. Regardless if they are within communications range or offline (which can often be the case), the driver will always know their fatigue status.



Sentinel calculates the driver’s fatigue status based on their assigned ruleset and the fatigue information history.


Sentinel displays available fatigue work hours and rest information to the driver in real-time and in detail.


Sentinel displays historical event information along with a complete rule breakdown helping the driver understand their fatigue to fill in their paper work diary.


Sentinel provides a complete fatigue summary. Everything from how many hours have been worked in last 24 hours to how many night/long hours are available.

That’s not all. The back-office gains immediate access to any given driver’s fatigue information as it occurs. Via NextGen, back-office staff are able to see a driver’s current and historical fatigue information, with a complete rundown of events and violations in a neat and simple format to help analyse the data and manage fatigue instead of regulating hours.

The operator, senior management and back-office staff are all able to set up individual alerts against specific drivers or entire branches. This enables staff to always stay vigilant with driver fatigue compliance and make the best and most informed decisions as events may or have occurred.

Beyond viewing a driver’s current fatigue is ensuring compliance to fatigue laws. This is done via a number of different methods, from easy to use Non-Conformance Reports (NCRs) through to complete audit reporting. Whether it’s through reports or alerts, operators and staff are able to manage their obligation to the CoR effectively.


Sentinel into the future

Sentinel will continue to grow into the future. After its 10th year, Sentinel was rebuilt from the ground up in 2015 to provide some truly inspiring functionality. It has also allowed Transtech and its large user-base of Sentinel to prepare for the up-and-coming Electronic Work Diary (EWD) legislation.

With the investment Transtech’s existing customers have made in the iFace, certified In-Vehicle Unit (IVU) and Sentinel, the switch to a legislated EWD will be simply instantaneous. Regardless of whether drivers are driving under Standard Hours, BFM or AFM, ensuring they comply is important.

The benefits are real and the number of ways Sentinel can be used by different staff in a modern-transport operation is limitless. Don’t get left behind. Stay ahead of the curve by becoming competitive in an ever-changing industry with compelling technology.