Precision Kiosk Technologies is bringing its automated breathalyzer system to Texas. One of the company’s AB Kiosks has now been installed in the lobby of the San Patricio Community Supervision and Corrections (SPCSC) headquarters in Sinton, where it is being used to screen 450 low-risk individuals to help them fulfill the terms of their probation.
San Patricio County is the first jurisdiction in the state to implement Precision’s AB Kiosk system. The fully automated solution negates the need for a face-to-face check-in, and makes the process simpler and faster for law enforcement employees and probationers alike. Those on probation can use the system to set up an appointment and check in remotely, before using the kiosk itself to complete a breathalyzer and answer any user-specific monitoring questions.
The AB Kiosk is outfitted with a fingerprint scanner, which biometrically verifies the identities of those with probation appointments. The system also has a camera that records each interaction, and ensures that the right person is taking the breathalyzer test. The Kiosk can handle as many as 30 breathalyzer appointments in a one-hour period, and comes with client management software that will automatically upload the results of each appointment to the appropriate file.
“More than 40 jurisdictions across the US now use the AB Kiosk to automate their alcohol monitoring programs and probation check-ins,” said Precision GM Patrick McKinney. “Not only will this system enable SPCSC to keep high- and low-risk probation clients separated, but it will also enable their staff to focus their time and energy on higher-value corrections work.”
“Our goal is to efficiently monitor hundreds of our low-risk clients while holding them to a high level of accountability,” added SPCSC Probation Director Jason Woods. “The AB Kiosk will enable our probation professionals to intensify their supervision of higher risk populations.”
Precision’s AB Kiosks are already being used to screen probationers in South Dakota’s Codington and Minnehaha counties, Wisconsin’s Iowa County, and at the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. The company noted that its self-service solution allows law enforcement to keep tabs on probationers while minimizing the threat of COVID-19.
December 14, 2021 – by Eric Weiss