Like many of the great technologies that impact our world today, our flagship product, the SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®) system, was started in the garage of a forward-thinking engineer. With a career history working on DOT-approved, handheld breath testing devices, our company founders identified a substantial need to better manage alcohol monitoring long-term in the criminal justice system.
In 1989 they began research into the world of transdermal alcohol testing. And in 1997, their vision came clearly into focus, with the founding of Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc.
Nearly two decades later, we have evolved with the changing technologies, the changing marketplace, and the changing needs of our customers and our communities. Our focus today, led by the success of our flagship SCRAM CAM product, continues to be delivering technology solutions that are on the leading edge of what courts, agencies, and treatment providers need, and how our technologies can truly Make a Difference in the lives of offenders, their families, and their communities.
Dr. Daniel J. Brown, Indiana University School of Medicine, published two studies on the subject of measuring volatile substances through the skin and measuring alcohol excretion in human perspiration.
Our founders began research and work in the field of transdermal alcohol testing.
The first patent was filed for the SCRAM System.
The first operational SCRAM Prototype was completed.
Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. was officially founded and the company entered the R&D phase for the SCRAM System.
SCRAMnet, the first Internet-based alcohol test results database, was launched.
We developed the first 100 pre-production SCRAM units and began extensive BETA testing with the Michigan Department of Corrections.
In August, we exhibited at our first tradeshow at the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) Training Conference in Denver.
In April, we officially launched the SCRAM System to the criminal justice market and created the Continuous Alcohol Monitoring/CAM product category. Our first official customer was in Orange County, California.
SCRAM was in use in 19 different states.
We hit the 1,700 offenders-monitored-a-day milestone and launched a SCRAM program in our 30th state.
SCRAM reaches our 100 millionth alcohol test milestone.
In July, SCRAM became a household name as media throughout the world began covering the use of our technology on high-profile Hollywood celebrities.
Unofficially known as SCRAM II, we released the 2nd generation of our SCRAM System, which included a bracelet that was sleeker, lighter, and one-sided.
Based on market demand, we released the 3rd generation of our system, officially known as SCRAMx, which incorporated the option to add house arrest/RF monitoring to any SCRAM offender’s supervision, right from the same device. One bracelet, dual function.
Forty-eight states and counting. CAM technology became mainstream as legislation throughout the U.S. began to incorporate CAM language into DUI laws.
In February, we launched Sobering Up: A blog about drunk driving, alcohol addiction, and criminal justice. The blog provides a forum for information on relevant issues, research, trends, and debates.
In October, we partnered with Omnilink, a leading provider of GPS tracking technology, to provide GPS location services to agencies looking for a one-stop shop for electronic monitoring needs.
Aloha! Hawaii became the 49th state to officially use SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® on offenders.
What’s in a name? Everything. We embarked on a new journey as we named our ever-expanding suite of products SCRAM Systems® and launched a new, updated logo to boot.
SCRAM Systems released the first production units of SCRAM Remote Breath®. Fully integrated with SCRAMnet, the product is designed specifically for lower-risk alcohol offenders and provides courts with reliable OPTIONS for varying levels of alcohol offenders.
SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® has hit the 2 billion alcohol readings milestone, surpassing every other alcohol testing technology to become the most frequently used alcohol testing protocol in the world.
Introduced the newest generation of our SCRAM GPS technology, including best-in-industry strap design and unparalleled SCRAM GPS Analytics.
Sobering Up Blog
America is currently in the grip of an addiction crisis—the opioid epidemic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), over 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, more than the number of Americans killed during the entirety of the Vietnam War. While the devastating effects of opioid addiction have been well-publicized in recent years, many states continue to designate alcohol abuse as their priority.
SCRAM in the News
In 2017, 745 people on bail conditions or probation/parole in Lancaster County wore a SCRAM device under the county’s DUI repeat offender program.
Hear Ron talk about his struggles with alcohol and how SCRAM CAM helped get his life back on track.