“To prevent drunk people from handing the breathalyzer off to a sober friend, the Soberlink uses a facial recognition camera to ensure compliance with addiction programs, legal restrictions, and safe workplace regulations…”
Soberlink has released an upgraded version of its mobile breathalyzer device. The new Soberlink Connect Device is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and also offers speed improvements thanks to its Bluetooth capabilities.
The Soberlink Connect pairs with the Soberlink App, which is available for iOS and Android phones and tablets. Together, the app and the breathalyzer allow people to monitor their alcohol levels and send reports from nearly any location with a 4G or Wi-Fi signal.
To prevent drunk people from handing the breathalyzer off to a sober friend, the Soberlink uses a facial recognition camera to ensure compliance with addiction programs, legal restrictions, and safe workplace regulations. The camera will verify the identity of the person taking the test to make sure they correspond to the person sending the report.
The camera is part of a larger trend in breathalyzer technology, where biometric authentication has become a more common method of ensuring compliance with alcohol monitoring programs. A Wisconsin police department recently deployed Precision Kiosks that use fingerprint recognition, while Breathalytics and Lifeloc Technologies have also integrated biometric authentication into their breathalyzer solutions.
The Soberlink Connect is obviously far more portable than a kiosk, but nevertheless speaks to the same need for reliable identity verification in alcohol testing.
July 26, 2019 – by Eric Weiss