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TruTouch raises $5 million for biometric device that detects blood-alcohol level


TruTouch Technologies recently raised $5.2 million in debt from various investors to recruit more customers for a biometric device that shines light through the skin to rapidly detect blood-alcohol level and confirm an individual’s identity in the workplace, according to a report by the Boston Business Journal.

So far, TruTouch has already shipped about 50 devices to various companies, said company CEO Bruce Berger.

Though Berger would not disclose the names of the companies, he said the company’s focus is in the “petrochemicals, construction, transportation, electric utility” industries — any place where the “cost of injury [due to alcohol] is severe.”

Using optics and light sensing to shine light on an individual’s finger, TruTouch’s network-enabled device is able to successfully detect the blood-alcohol level in 15 to 20 seconds, as well as confirms the identity of an employee using biometric technology, said Berger.

TruTouch securely stores biometric profiles on a server that can then be accessed by any device. Additionally, the device can analyze various trends occurring in a workplace using the biometric information collected from employees.

Aside from aiding workplace-focused applications, TruTouch is also working with undisclosed automobile manufacturers, the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to apply the device to vehicles.

“Ultimately, we’ll be able to have a device that can be installed into a car or truck so that before you start the vehicle we can detect biometrically are you supposed to be driving [and your blood-alcohol level)?” said Berger.

Founded in 2004, TruTouch has raised $14 million in funding over the last decade. The company currently has eight employees based at its Sudbury, Massachusetts headquarters and Riverside, California office.

The company said it also plans to grow its staff in the next year as it prepares to expand the device’s use in the automobile sector.

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