“The SOBRCheck solution is primarily designed for enterprises that need (or want) to enforce a zero-tolerance alcohol policy to ensure a safe and sober workplace.”
SOBR Safe is halfway through a 90-day pilot of its SOBRCheck transdermal alcohol detection system. The SOBRCheck solution is primarily designed for enterprises that need (or want) to enforce a zero-tolerance alcohol policy to ensure a safe and sober workplace.
In that regard, SOBR Safe notes that alcohol is involved in half of all industrial accidents, and more than 11,000 accidents in commercial fleets. Those incidents can lead to serious injury and loss of life, and carry an insurance price tag of $63 billion.
The pilot is being carried out in collaboration with Magswitch Technology, an international manufacturer based in Colorado. During the pilot, Magswitch employees are being asked to submit to a scan to ensure that they are sober before entering a potentially dangerous job site.
Unlike other sobriety systems, SOBRCheck detects alcohol levels through the skin rather than with a breathalyzer. To use it, employees place two fingers on the SOBRCheck sensor. The device will then determine whether or not they are currently under the influence of alcohol.
SOBRCheck also has a built-in fingerprint scanner, so the device is able to verify each person’s identity and link the alcohol check to the appropriate employee. The alcohol check and the fingerprint check are carried out simultaneously, and the results are recorded and sent directly to HR (or the relevant safety officer) through the system’s cloud interface.
“As a responsible employer, the safety of our staff is of primary importance,” said Magswitch Technology CEO David Morton. “With SOBRCheck, we’ll be able to ensure an alcohol-free work environment, reducing the opportunity for accidents while also driving productivity.”
SOBR Safe is using the pilot to refine the form factor of the device, which should in turn make it more comfortable and more accurate. The company will conduct a second pilot in September in an effort to finalize the commercial design before the end of 2020.
August 13, 2020 – by Eric Weiss