Measuring the risk of impaired performances

Another example of a brilliant innovation from a tiny enterprise — Physip has just four employees — is Meegaperf, a bonnet with two electrodes to detect physical and mental exhaustion. Developed thanks to the French DGA procurement agency’s RAPID programme, Meegaperf has applications in both military and civilian sectors such as air traffic control, remotely piloted air systems, management of critical systems etc.

The bonnet with two electrodes fits snugly (photo credit: Christina Mackenzie)

The bonnet with two electrodes fits snugly (photo credit: Christina Mackenzie)

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The bonnet is very supple as it only has two electrodes (photo credit: Christina Mackenzie)

The idea is to measure a person’s cerebral activity during an intensive task and warn a manager that this person is becoming too exhausted to be able to take well-informed decisions.

Marie Brandewinder, general manager and director of business development, told FOB at the Eurosatory show in Paris today (13 June) that there were two major innovations: firstly there are just two electrodes involved making the bonnet very easy to use and slender enough that it can be comfortably worn under a helmet; secondly, Physip has identified brain waves to show four different levels of risk of impaired performances:

Level 0 show the subject is brisk and there is a low risk of impaired performance.

Level 1 shows that the subject is not really challenged but there is an increased risk of impaired performance.

Level 2 shows there is a significant risk of impaired performance.

Level 3 shows the subject is exhausted either physically or mentally or both and that s/he has reached their limits entailing maximal risk of impaired performance.

The film below shows how the system works.