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Alcohol Sensing

Discover the next generation of alcohol sensors: A touch-free sensor solutions integrated into the dashboard of the car or state-of-the-art breath testing equipment for workplace and road vehicle use.

The solutions we offer enable usage in road vehicles or workplaces. For OEM customers the sensor can be seamlessly integrated into vehicles so there is no physical hardware in the vehicle cabin. Drivers provide a puff of breath directed towards a small sensor, which can be outfitted in the steering column or side door trim. The system is designed to give a “pass/fail” reading of breath alcohol content in a few seconds.

The sensor technology has also been adapted for a first of its kind mouthpiece free instrumentation for workplace and aftermarket vehicle installations. It is the next generation of alcolocks - for safe and secure starts to each transport, with little inconvenience to the business. The Senseair alcohol sensing products can be used in vehicles or as a stationary check-in system.

Mikael Åkerholm

Mikael Åkerholm

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Alcohol sensors in cars

In the field of automotive alcohol safety systems, our current projects include the development of a new technology to allow for contact-free, unobtrusive measurement of the driver’s breath alcohol.

When it comes to measuring a person’s blood alcohol concentration, most people are familiar with breathalysers that require that drivers provide a deep lung sample by blowing into a tube or other sensor. In contrast, the breath-based system being developed by Senseair is designed to unobtrusively analyse alcohol on the driver’s breath. Today a simple puff of air is required for an accepted sample. Moving forward, the driver will simply be able to enter the vehicle and breathe as they normally would for a correct classification of the drivers ability to drive. 

Key benefits:

  • Contact-free
  • Unobtrusive
  • No calibration required
  • Measures alcohol as the driver breathes normally while seated in the driver's seat

How does it work?

The system draws the driver’s exhaled breath into a sensor, which measures the concentrations of alcohol and carbon dioxide present. The known quantity of carbon dioxide in human breath serves as an indicator of the degree of dilution of the alcohol concentration in exhaled air.

Molecules of alcohol and tracers like carbon dioxide absorb infrared light at specific wavelengths. The Senseair device directs infrared light beams on the breath sample and analyses the wavelengths returned in order to quickly and accurately calculate the alcohol concentration.

Molecules of alcohol and tracer gas, e.g. carbon dioxide, absorb infrared light at specific wavelengths. The Senseair device make use of non-dispersive infrared technology infrared light beams on the to analyze the  breath sample and analyses the wavelengths returned in order to quickly and accurately calculate the alcohol concentration

Testing the prototype

To test the prototype under development, the prototype is being rigorously tested using state-of-the-art wet gas breath simulators. The simulator blends gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen with moisture to create an “exhaled breath” that matches the composition, temperature, and pressure of natural human breath. Ethanol can then be added to the breath at various concentrations. Extensive human subject testing in a hospital setting and human subject driving is ongoing and required to ensure the technology meets the exceptionally high standards required for accuracy, precision and reliability.

The development effort is being conducted in close collaboration with the DADSS program. The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Program is a public-private partnership between the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), a Virginia not–for–profit which represents the world’s leading automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Public-private partnerships like DADSS have led to innovations that enhance our everyday lives, such as the internet, GPS and the microchip. The Program is researching a first-of-its-kind technology called the alcohol detection system that will detect when a driver is impaired with alcohol and prevent a vehicle from moving.

Read more about the project at https://www.dadss.org/breath-based-technology/

Aftermarket products

Senseair offers touch free solutions based on adtations of our NDIR sensor technology for alcohol breath testing. The devices are called Senseair Wall, a wall mounted alcohol testing station with high throughput, and Senseair Go, a breath testing device intended for vehicle use. The sensor devices are smart devices in that they are connected and the result from one test can be communicated to other devices within the environment.

To keep track of all breath tests and sensor devices in your organisation Senseair also offer the cloud service Senseair Dashborad. More information on the aftermarket product can be found on:  Senseair Safe Start (please check the website aimed at that solution).

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