Whether you’re going to have your employees download the app on their phones or use the AlertMeter on touch screen tablets, getting the AlertMeter into your company is easy.

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Secure Administrative Portal 

Once you sign up for an AlertMeter account, you’ll have a secure administrative portal for your company where you’ll upload your company employee information.  You can assign access to the portal for those who need to view employee results.  In some cases, you’ll want to set up a supervisor to receive notifications even if they don’t have access to the website.

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Employee Access 

The AlertMeter app is free from the Android and iOS App Stores.  Employees download the app, type in the ID and password and start using it.  From there, the AlertMeter will be instantly accessible on their phones to use as often as you determine is appropriate, and test results will be sent instantly to your admin site with notifications to supervisors.  After 10 tests, the results for the employee begin to show a baseline, which also provides feedback to them on how their alertness level is right now compared to their regular score.

If you’re using the AlertMeter on touchscreen tablets affixed to the wall, near the clock in area, for example, then employees will just badge in, use fingerprint identification, or any other ID you are currently using, and take the test at a fixed location.

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Administrative Actions 

You can assign levels of deviation tolerance from employees’ baselines that correlate with their job risks, add and delete employee profiles, create groups of employees to be reported under a particular supervisor, and download reports.

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1. Employees establish a baseline for their own alertness levels.  This is the individual standard by which their scores are rated daily.  It takes 10 tests to begin a baseline.

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2. When employees come into work or arrive on site, they go to a company touchscreen tablet or take out their smartphones and take the 60-90 second test.

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3. The test shows their alignment with their baseline in a percentage number, which the employee can view.  Based on the deviation tolerance for their baseline, they are either good to go, or if the deviation from their baseline is too high, the system may ask them to re-take the test.

4. If the deviation continues to be too high the second time, then a notification is sent to a designated supervisor, and based on company policies, the next step occurs.  

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5. There is no limit to the number of tests that can be taken.  Company procedures may indicate that employees will take the test when they arrive at work, after lunch, or when preparing for a dangerous or high precision task.  The test can also be used periodically to determine if an employee is losing alertness under the influence of dangerous temperatures or other impactful environmental elements.  It can also be taken to give the employee a heads up on their alertness levels when they leave for the drive home.

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Bowles-Langley Technology

AlertMeter is a patented impairment detection system that was designed from a technology developed by Bowles-Langley Technologies in San Francisco, California called the BLT Alertness Test.  When touchscreen technology became readily available, the AlertMeter’s parent company licensed the exclusive use of the BLT Test in their Fatigue Management System in 2011.  It is currently a part of that technology today, which predicts fatigue in high risk occupational environments.

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The Research

Funded in part by a grants from NIOSH and the National Institutes of Health the BLT Test went through a rigorous series of tests and trials to achieve critical aims. The study confirmed that the BLT Alertness Test is acceptable for the general working population. Research on AlertMeter's ability to sensitively detect impairment from various inputs- fatigue, illness, intoxication- continues as we continue to refine and optimize our tests and analysis techniques.

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Henry Bowles

Inspired by the high-risk maritime transportation industry around the San Francisco Bay, Henry Bowles founded Bowles-Langley Technology with the mission of creating accessible technology that saves lives. He is now a key founding member of Predictive Safety, where the revolutionary BLT Test has been put to good use detecting fatigue in shift-work employees around the globe.

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AlertMeter is a platform whose time has come.

We’d like to thank all of the wearable devices out there that have brought attention to the nature of fitness monitoring.  Now it’s time to bring that level of awareness to the workplace.  

You already know that quality control, safety, and productivity are closely linked to your employees’ wellbeing.  AlertMeter makes it easier for employees and their supervisors to be aware of any issues they may have right now in alertness and fitness for duty.   

If employees work in a high risk environment, AlertMeter objectively provides individual information to guide frontline supervisors to employees who are struggling with alertness so everyone can be safe.

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We’re turning impairment testing on its head.

It’s not about catching your employees doing something wrong.  It’s about supporting them in doing the job right.  Companies that attract the best talent and have the highest employee retention rates know how to help employees do their best work.

Your employees’ daily state of mind is a key factor in your company’s safety culture and its ability to meet quality control standards.  

There are so many other causes for safety risks or the inability to focus on the task at hand. Let us help you turn around the concept of catching impairment into supporting alertness.


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Drug testing in the U.S. 

Drug Testing Lacks Relevance

Evidence strongly suggests that drug testing in the United States has not made our workplaces safer after more than two decades of mandated practice in some industries.  

While the drug testing business continues to promote their $54-billion industry, random drug testing in the United States has dropped 25% in the last ten years. Companies are coming to the realization that drug testing does not significantly impact the safety and productivity of employee populations.  Yet there have been no other options for impairment testing on the job.

We believe that cognitive alertness is about more than illicit drug and alcohol use. It’s also about fatigue, emotional distraction, and illness.  For example, the Department of Transportation, one of the only agencies tracking the impact of fatigue on workers, has numerous studies showing that driver fatigue is a leading factor in truck crashes.  Yet many industries continue to ignore fatigue’s impact.  

We think that’s partly because there hasn’t been a way to objectively identify fatigue or extreme distraction.  Now there is, with AlertMeter.  

Drug Testing is Invasive

Imagine the mindset of the employee who is pulled out of line on any particular morning, handed a cup and told to produce a urine specimen.  Is that a practice that engenders employee loyalty or retention?  Does the company even have the right to know what substances they have in their bodies? 

What the company does have the right to know is that their employees are fit to work when they walk in their doors every morning.  But what the drug test results indicate may have very little to do with a level of impairment in their employees.  And as we’ve said before, the chances of randomly picking just the right employees on that day is very slim.

Studies show that the risk of employee exposure through company drug testing has had no impact on the behavior of drug users.  What is happening instead is the alienation of good employees who have nothing to hide.

A company-wide, daily practice of alertness testing will help identify those employees who are struggling with alertness. It could be because they were up all night with a sick child, or they’re groggy from taking antihistamines or temporary medications, or because they are emotionally upset.  From there, a company can use appropriate protocols to address the real issues, which might include drug testing, but very well may be something completely different.


For the cost of buying your employees lunch once a month, you can use AlertMeter at your business.  Included in your subscription is our HR Toolkit, and guidelines for frontline management and supervisors, including launch videos for introducing the platform to your team.