Effective, Low Cost Ethanol Sensor System for Repeat DWI Vehicles, with Wireless "Police Alert" Features

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRS5705C10014
Agency Tracking Number: DTRS5705C10014
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
GINER, Inc.
89 Rumford Ave., Newton, MA, 02466
DUNS: 066594979
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Linda Tempelman
Phone: (781) 529-0514
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Alcohol related crashes are a serious public health issue, resulting in an estimated 17,400 deaths and 292,000 injuries in 2003. Giner, Inc. proposes to combine innovative ethanol sensors, sampling techniques and wireless capabilities to provide a novel, inexpensive and convenient law enforcement tool for detecting alcohol use in the vehicles of repeat DWI offenders. The proposed sensor system has a three fold approach to identifying drivers operating illegally: 1)passive transdermal sensing of driver's blood alcohol level 2) sensing of the car environment for ethanol, and 3) retention of historical data over a 1-2 hour period so that despite last minute or short term measures to dissipate alcohol information is available on the presence of ethanol. A car-based unit will process the collected information with a RED level alert if the transdermal alcohol level is positive and/or the car environment level is positive. A YELLOW level alert will be issued if the transdermal and/or environmental levels had been positive in the past hour. The alert level and identifying car information would be wirelessly transmitted to police in advance of a DWI road check, with an audible alert for hands-free notification.

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