The Technology

The Canaria Puck has evolved from the initial concept which won the NASA Space Apps Challenge to a wearable predictive biometrics device optimised for use in extreme conditions. Based on medical-grade Pulse Plethysmography (PPG) (older versions of this technology are used in hospitals to monitor intensive care patients) the device measures a user’s movement, breathing, heart rate, temperature and level of physical distress. Where most predictive biometric devices only measure blood oxygen levels and heart rate, Canaria Technologies have implemented more than 30 metrics from the sensors within the device into our predictive models. Implementing more than just the raw PPG wavelengths, has enabled Canaria Technologies to push to the forefront of predictive biometric safety, being one of the first companies in the world to read respiratory rate from behind the ear.

What is a Predictive Biometric System?

Predicitve Biometric Systems are a new field of science, combining live and historical data about a user’s body and vital signs, with cutting edge Artificial Intelligence to predict future medical or human safety based incidents. This emerging field of science has the potenial to predict heart attacks, strokes, epileptic seizures and in the case of Canaria Technologies, heat exhaustion, cognitive fatigue, man down and breathable air. Canaria Technologies pairs the data science of predictive biometric systems with medical-grade hardware to create predictive wearable devices for use in dangerous and extreme real-life situations to anticipate serious safety issues before they happen.

Predictive biometric systems operate in a similar fashion to asset maintenance management systems in that very large amounts of data are collected from a range of sensors and fed into neural networks to produce reliable results. They are time consuming and difficult to create, requiring a diverse team of experienced engineers and mathematicians. However once made, they can have enormous impacts on solving real life problems which are almost impossible to solve otherwise.

The Canaria Technologies Way

We take biometric prediction out of the research lab and into the field where we can have a direct impact on safety and a positive effect on people’s lives. There a remany different types of biometric data that may be used to create these systems. Canaria Technologies focuses on PPG readings from the ear (to allow for high levels of accuracy), which is backed up by movement (accelerometer and gyroscope) and temperature (ambient, humidty, pressure, skin and wet bulb) sensors to deliver simultaneous predictions for cognitive fatigue, heat exhaustion, asphyxiation and man down events.

Canaria Technologies are predictive biometric systems experts. We combine medical-grade wearables with machine learning AI to predict serious medical events before they happen. Our equipment is the most advanced, reliable and accurate hardware currently available on the market. The Canaria Technologies’ Puck can currently predict both cognitive fatigue and heat exhaustion incidents with future plans for ‘man down’ and asphyxiation alerts. Currently in the Australian resources sector, cognitive fatigue and heat exhaustion are the two biggest causes of accidents. Cognitive fatigue causes two thirds of all major incidents; costing companies up to $20M per incident, while heat exhaustion costs an average of $6.4k per day per worker affected. 8,000 reported incidents happened 2019.

There are many ways to enhance human safety through technology, sipchips, geo-locators, man-down alarms, IoT sensors, the list can go on and on. However the Canaria Puck is one of the first to prove it’s effectiveness across multiple disciplines. The potential for these type of devices to dramatically reduce the number of accidents and injuries in a workplace is significant, however the potential for reductions in insurance costs, productivity loss, absenteeism and asset damage is staggering and could benefit a company into the tens of millions.