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About SCRAM Systems

It all started in a garage.

Our History, Our Vision

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.

SCRAM Timeline

1985

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.

1989

Our founders began research and work in the field of transdermal alcohol testing.

1991

The first patent was filed for the SCRAM System.

1993

The first operational SCRAM Prototype was completed.

1997

Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. was officially founded and the company entered the R&D phase for the SCRAM System.

2001

SCRAMnet, the first Internet-based alcohol test results database, was launched.

2002

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.

2003

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.

2004

SCRAM was in use in 19 different states.

2005

We hit the 1,700 offenders-monitored-a-day milestone and launched a SCRAM program in our 30th state.

2007

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.

2008

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.

2010

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.

2011

Forty-eight states and counting. CAM technology became mainstream as legislation throughout the U.S. began to incorporate CAM language into DUI laws.

2012

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.

2013

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.

2014

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.

2016

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

Drinking Legally At 19? Wisconsin Is Considering It

Could lowering the legal drinking age reduce binge drinking among younger drinkers, particularly those in college? Three Wisconsin state legislators seem to think so.

SCRAM in the News

Using Technology to Combat Repeat DUIs

Officials say the Continuous Alcohol Monitoring Program will make Louisville’s roads safer and help repeat DUI defendants with rehabilitation.

Client Voices

SCRAM CAM Testimonial

Hear Dennis talk about his struggles with alcohol and how SCRAM CAM helped him get his life back on track.