M2M Solution Helps Enforce Alcohol Abstinence

— October 11, 2012

Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. (AMS) is collaborating with Numerex Corp., an interactive machine-to-machine (M2M) enterprise solutions company, to develop alcohol monitoring products for criminal justice use.

The SCRAMx wireless ankle bracelet from AMS provides courts and law enforcement with an alternative to incarceration. The wireless version will remotely download data over the cellular network, allowing the measurement of alcohol use and tamper attempts without the need for a telephone line, cell phone or internet connectivity.

Numerex provided advisory and design services to create a customized M2M turnkey wireless solution for the SCRAMx system. The system leverages the company’s network services, which provide a full range of wireless network options for M2M network connectivity, including 2G, 3G, and 4G GSM and CDMA services in addition to satellite service.

The bracelet offers the criminal justice vertical the following:

  • Around-the-clock abstinence monitoring
  • Accountability (99.3% average daily offender compliance)
  • Increased community safety
  • An offender-funded program option (80% of monitored offenders pay all or a significant portion of the daily monitoring fee)
  • Lower incarceration costs: the cost of monitoring an offender using the system averages $10 per day. In comparison, the average daily cost to incarcerate an offender in a county jail is over $71, according to a 2010 study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
In addition to this system, AMS is developing a remote breath alcohol device designed to further expand sobriety enforcement for lower-risk alcohol offenders. The product will feature a combination of facial-recognition, cellular, location, and breathalyzer technology so that an offender can be tested via the device from any location, with results sent wirelessly to supervisory agents. Besides providing design and network services, Numerex will provide certification testing of the device, which is expected to hit the market in early 2013.

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