Road safety raised by Smartphone linked breathalyzer iBAC - Swedish patented design
AlcosystemsJun 14, 2012 09:54 EDT
Many drivers use a breathalyzer to help them make sure that they are sober before driving. Some breathalyzers can however only detect high blood alcohol levels, giving breathalyzer users a false sense of security. The innovator Miguel Arias is behind the iBAC breathalyzer, which has been awarded top scores by The Swedish Abstaining Motorists’ Association (MHF) for its accuracy and reliability.
The summer months not only bring time for holidays but also a more active social life with late evenings with friends and other social events. Sometimes you do however have to get home after a nice evening out. The rate of alcohol impairment among fatally involved drivers is four times higher at night than during the day. Drivers can use a breathalyzer to check whether they are sober. However, many of the market‘s breathalyzers give incorrect readings. The Swedish Abstaining Motorists’ Association (MHF) therefore has an accredited test laboratory which carries out thorough testing of all breathalyzers on the market.
“We are working hard to ensure that retailers and consumers have access to our test reports, so that instruments with unsatisfactory performance are removed from the market. Many drivers test their alcohol levels using unreliable breathalyzers and get behind the wheel thinking that they are sober enough to drive” says Tomas Jonsson, Manager of The Swedish Abstaining Motorists’ Association (MHF) Test Lab.
The Swedish iBAC breathalyzer is the first Swedish instrument which has been awarded a top score by The Swedish Abstaining Motorists’ Association (MHF). This very small patented breathalyzer therefore goes head-to-head up against the industry’s much larger units. The iBAC works in exactly the same way as a standard fuel cell based breathalyzer, but is in addition small, has an exclusive design and a wireless link to your smartphone. All results and messages are shown on your phone or can be saved on a server for professional uses such as scheduling blood alcohol level testing for professional drivers.
“We saw the need for innovative and smart solutions within road safety, dependency treatment and professional driver environments. The smartphone link makes it possible to both schedule and follow up who has been tested and where. It also has an attractive design and is easy to take along with you on your key ring”, says the innovator Miguel Arias in Swedish Alcosystems.
The instrument has many areas of usage. One example is Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm – one of the world´s leading medical universities – who use the iBAC to check that dependency treatment program participants follow the program. The phone camera can also be easily used to identify the person being tested at the point in time of testing. Intelligent and reliable methods can therefore be used to increase safety on our roads and reduce the more than 10,000 deaths and serious injuries from alcohol related accidents.
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