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Fingertip alcohol scanner being introduced – said to have 96% accuracy with possible applications in cars and at workplaces


AlcoSense TruTouch

The first system to test alcohol levels at the touch of a finger is being launched today.

The AlcoSense TruTouch, which is being launched at the Commercial Vehicle show in Birmingham, can determine a person’s level of intoxication in seconds with just a touch of a finger.

The technology has been shown to be 96% accurate.

The scanner uses a near-infrared light to measure blood alcohol content in the skin via contact with an optical pad. The light reflected back by the skin is then analysed to determine alcohol concentration in the tissue.

The system can also determine the identity of the user meaning it could be used at entrances or turnstiles, enabling companies in sectors like construction, mining and heavy industry to test every employee before they start work.

Suzannah Robin, sales director of AlcoDigital, said: “Alcohol abuse is not a problem restricted to transport. Screening every employee, every day can produce a step-change in underlying behaviour. Vehicle interlocks can ensure drivers are tested on a daily basis, but TruTouch introduces the same safety culture to every environment.”

The TruTouch is not yet certified in the UK, but AlcoDigital’s Lab-in-a-Bag is approved for use by the UK police.

Robin added: “We’ve built a reputation for innovative products in this sector. [The TruTouch] is cutting-edge technology for alcohol testing so we are looking forward to the public’s response.”