SCRAMx combines continuous alcohol monitoring (CAM) with house arrest technology in one court-validated device. Now with wireless capabilities, SCRAMx:

  • Tests for alcohol every 30 minutes, 24/7
  • Drives greater accountability
  • Monitors curfews and schedules
  • Gives you comprehensive information on the entire 24/7 monitoring period
  • Eliminates testing gaps
  • Provides the only single-source admissible and court validated CAM device in the industry to enforce testing results
  • Protects community safety
  • Saves considerable time, resources, and budgets
  • Maximizes the effectiveness of existing treatment programs
  • Effects long-term behavioral change that cannot be achieved by incarceration

As the heart of the SCRAMx system, the patented SCRAMx ankle bracelet is attached to the offender with a durable and tamper-proof strap. It is worn 24/7 by the offender for the duration of his or her court-ordered abstinence period.

Every half hour, the SCRAMx bracelet captures transdermal alcohol readings by taking samples of the insensible perspiration coming off the offender’s skin. The bracelet stores this data and, at pre-determined times, transmits it to the SCRAMx base station.

The SCRAMx bracelet:

  • Provides 24/7 alcohol monitoring plus house arrest in one dual-function device
  • Takes readings every 30 minutes around the clock and stores the data
  • Uploads this collected data to the SCRAMx base station according to a predetermined schedule
  • Date- and time-stamps readings for analysis and reporting
  • Requires no active participation by the offender to take tests and is minimally disruptive on daily activities
  • Incorporates multiple sensors to detect attempted tampers, obstructions, or removal attempts

The SCRAMx base station acts as the middleman of the SCRAMx system and is the communications conduit that passes data between the SCRAMx bracelet and SCRAMNET. When the offender is first installed on the SCRAMx bracelet, he or she also receives the SCRAMx base station that is typically placed in the home or place of work.

The SCRAMx base station now has a wireless data communication option – SCRAMx Wireless. It allows offenders who do not have conventional land telephone lines to do remote data downloads without the need for a telephone line, cell phone, or even internet connectivity. By simply plugging an existing SCRAMx base station into a small analog-to-wireless adapter, SCRAMx Wireless becomes a turnkey wireless solution that meets the current needs of courts, agencies, service providers, and offenders.

The SCRAMx base station:

  • Establishes communications with the SCRAMx bracelet at a pre-scheduled time(s) each day
  • Accepts this stored data and uploads it from the SCRAMx bracelet
  • Transmits this collected data to SCRAMNet for detailed review, analysis, and reporting
  • Has a new wireless option that lets offenders upload their data from the SCRAMx bracelet to SCRAMNET without the need for a home phone line, internet access, or a cell phone

House Arrest Function:

The house arrest functionality that is built into the SCRAMx device is one of the most technically advanced on the market today. Features and benefits include:

Reduces agency workload by streamlining enrollment and scheduling

  • Requires no dual data entry and set-ups
    • Database automatically consolidates clients
  • Lets you flexibly enroll clients and assign equipment for:
    • CAM only
    • CAM + house arrest
  • Defaults agency settings to the client level
  • Automatically copies daily schedule information to reduce workload
    • Repopulates with the default schedule until you make changes
    • Lets you view past schedules to review or modify

 Confirms the offender’s curfew compliance with expanded daily reporting features

  • Continually checks for offender’s presence in or absence from the home
  • Delivers Daily Summary Reports to your e-mail
  • Provides you with multiple Immediate Notification methods and features
    • Fax, page, phone, and text messages
    • Delayed and incremental notifications
    • Agent-level notification methods
  • Includes curfew events in Non-Compliance Reports
  • Provides enhanced delivery options for Daily Summary reports

 Provides multiple alert-notification methods

  • Enables expanded Immediate Notification options via text or fax
  • Lets you send messages to the base station to communicate directly with client
  • Enables customizable dashboard views

Strengthens supervision while reducing labor

Transdermal Technology:

When an offender is convicted of DUI, domestic violence, or another alcohol-related offense, a typical condition of sentencing or probation is that the individual must stop drinking for a specified period of time. To try to enforce this, courts have traditionally looked to random testing methods (blood, breath, EtG) that only showed if the individual was sober at the specific “point in time” the test was administered.

However, one of the more recent advances in alcohol testing is continuous transdermal alcohol monitoring, which means that alcohol is measured “through the skin,” or by the concentration of alcohol present in the insensible perspiration that is constantly given off by the skin. If an offender has been drinking, it shows up in the level of ethanol vapor present in this insensible perspiration.

How Does Transdermal Compare to Random Testing?

While transdermal testing cannot determine exact blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels, it can qualitatively determine whether a person drank a little, a moderate, or a large quantity of alcohol (transdermal alcohol content or TAC). TAC results correlate well with BAC results. However, because of the way alcohol is absorbed and processed by the body, TAC peaks typically are reached 30 minutes to two hours after BAC peaks.

Learn How Alcohol is Processed by the Body

Continuous transdermal alcohol monitoring – the foundation of SCRAMx – has been confirmed by the scientific community and is based on more than 70 years of research and 22 peer-reviewed studies. In recent years − through SCRAMx’s predecessor SCRAM − it has become an increasingly accepted and integral part of offender alcohol monitoring programs within courts, probation, treatment, and correctional agencies. The science of transdermal monitoring has also been accepted in evidentiary hearings, and has been admissible in many court cases across the country.