Trusting Your Instruments: Leveraging Wearable Devices to Improve Pre-Operational Fatigue Assessment by U.S. Coast Guard Aircrews [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Thesis Abstract: "Existing U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) aviation policies rely on crew members to self-diagnose their personal level of fatigue based on their perceived hours of sleep, with the only quantifiable factor at their disposal being their alleged hours of sleep. With the continued improvement in wearable technology, measurable data may be readily available for aircrew to make a more informed and accurate assessment of their preflight readiness. This study sought to identify the legal and social considerations affecting the implementation of wearable technology to assess crew fatigue in the USCG, and provide recommendations regarding how to incorporate these new technologies into preflight operation risk-assessment processes. The results of this study do not support an immediate investment in a full-scale USCG aviation wearables program. However, they do highlight the potential role that wearables might play in helping policymakers by quantifying the fatigue currently experienced by aircrew under existing policies and practices. Finally, the study identifies data privacy as a key potential barrier to wearable acceptance and recommends the unprecedented preemptive application of legal privilege to wearable data used by aircrew as part of risk-management process in order to encourage user acceptance."
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