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Breathalyzers with facial recognition helping Massachusetts probation officers


A recent report by Western Mass News showcased how Scram Systems handheld, wireless, portable breath alcohol device with automated facial recognition and GPS is helping out probation officers across Massachusetts and giving those on probation a bit more flexibility.

The SCRAM Remote Breath device has replaced the older in-home systems and is a simple way for probation officers to remotely check blood alcohol content and verify the identity of the person taking the test. Because the devices are portable, they can be taken anywhere, whereas past testing devices stayed in the offender’s house. The system also sends mobile alerts and reminders.

Daniel Pires, probation manager for the MA Department of Probation said, “Our employees look at pictures and of course, there’s an alert that says ‘Wait a minute. This doesn’t look like the person that’s supposed to be taking the test’. With the software being able to detect if it’s that person or not that person, it’s been a tremendous help for our center and I think extremely effective for probation in general.”

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