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About SCRAM Systems

Our History, Our Vision

Since our founding in 1997, Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc., (AMS) has been committed to providing forwarding-thinking, results-oriented software and hardware solutions to the criminal justice market. Our commitment to innovation is second to none in the electronic monitoring market space as demonstrated by our constant innovation and investment to research and design.

Our flagship product, SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®), was created to provide community corrections agencies with a more effective tool to supervise alcohol-involved offenders. Launched to market in 2003, SCRAM CAM has become the most widely used and trusted transdermal alcohol monitoring device in the world. SCRAM CAM has monitored more than 600,000 individuals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Based on this success and in response to requests from our customers and the marketplace, in 2013 we launched of our full suite of monitoring hardware and subsequently rebranded as SCRAM Systems®. Today, our commitment to innovation is second to none as demonstrated by our constant investment in research and design. We now offer the most comprehensive, integrated suite of electronic monitoring hardware and software in the industry and continue to introduce market-responsive solutions.


SCRAM Timeline


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.


Building on our dedication to providing innovation in the criminal justice industry, we launched SCRAMnet Optix, a dynamic user interface that allows officers to manage their entire electronic monitoring caseload using a single login.

In December, we reached 1 million monitored days in a single month.

Sobering Up Blog

Alcohol & Drunk Driving Trends: A 2018 Retrospective

In the spirit of the new year ahead, we have decided to look back at some of the 2018 trends surrounding drunk driving, alcohol addiction, and criminal justice.

SCRAM in the News

Why are there so many DUI and OVI repeat offenders?

"A form of prevention for a crime in need of rehabilitation." Repeat drunk drivers can be helped with accountability and compliance.

Client Voices

SCRAM CAM Testimonial

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