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Fingertip Alcohol Scanner launched at UK Show

Posted: Friday, 12 April 2013 13:50

TechTalk: Fingertip Alcohol Scanner launched at UK Show

April 12: The World’s only finger touch system to detect alcohol levels was launched in the UK at the Commercial Vehicle show held in Birmingham from April 9-11 where TruTouch that uses pioneering technology with 96% accuracy and is capable of determining a person’s level of intoxication in seconds with just a touch of the finger, was released and demonstrated

The AlcoSense TruTouch 2500 from AlcoDigital combines the state-of-the-art in alcohol testing with an integral biometric identity verification capability. It is a 100% noninvasive, touch based measurement that offers significant improvements in safety and ease of use relative to existing measurement approaches.

The TruTouch measurement is performed by transmitting light into the skin via contact with an optical touch pad, and collecting a portion of the light reflected back by the skin. The collected light is analyzed to determine the tissue alcohol concentration and to verify the user’s identity.

The light used in the measurement is in the near-infrared (NIR) mode and is safe for human skin exposure, according to the manufacturers. The light levels are less than the limits established by the FDA for non-ionizing radiation and it is similar to holding a low-powered flashlight against one’s skin and is safe for both short and long-term exposure.

Suzannah Robin, Sales Director of AlcoDigital who was exhibiting the device at the Commercial Vehicles Show in Birmingham on 9-11 April says, ‘Alcohol abuse is not a problem restricted to transport. Screening every employee, every day can produce a step-change in underlying behaviour. Vehicle interlocks can ensure drivers are tested on a daily basis, but TruTouch introduces the same safety culture to every environment.”

The device is touted as ideal for use in sectors such as construction, mining, heavy industry and even banking. But perhaps it would find an immediate use in the airline sector in India. The media often reports cases of drunken pilots flying the planes, risking the lives of hundreds of passengers. It is not a UK certified device, but when combined with their new Lab-in-a-Bag, which is approved in the UK for Police use, it can be defended in court if necessary.

Journalists were invited for a personal demonstration at the show by AlcoDigital which is a Drug and Alcohol testing Specialist Company, according to a Press Release.

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