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Feds Developing Device to ‘Continuously Monitor’ How Much Americans Drink...

Elizabeth Harrington
Washington Free Beacon
May 11, 2016
The federal government is investing in technology to “continuously monitor” how much Americans are drinking if they have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).
The National Science Foundation awarded $50,000 to Florida International University to develop a watch-like device linked to a smartphone that police departments could use to monitor the blood alcohol content of DUI offenders.
“The proposed technology aims to provide law enforcement and judiciary agencies the real-time blood alcohol content data of the driving under influence offenders,” according to a grant for the project. “It can be used as a blood-alcohol-content alert system by the user while they indulge themselves in social drinking.”
Shekhar Bhansali, chair of the electrical and computer engineering Department at Florida International University who is leading the project, said he and his partners just incorporated a company, Spot BAC, last week, and are working with police departments in Miami so they can eventually use the technology.

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