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Using SCRAM CAM

Here are some basics on what you can expect when wearing a SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM CAM) bracelet.

Important Information

Program Basics

  • Be within 30 feet of the base station at the scheduled time to download your test data.
  • Consume no alcohol—NONE.
  • Do not tamper with, obstruct, or damage the SCRAM equipment.

Banned Products

  • Do not expose the area around the bracelet to personal, household, or industrial products that contain alcohol.
  • Do not use anything other than alcohol-free soap and water on your skin around the bracelet.

Swimming and Bathing

  • Showers are the only permitted bathing method.
  • Do not submerge the SCRAM CAM Bracelet in water.
  • If you do submerge the SCRAM CAM Bracelet in water, it will be flagged as an attempt to defeat the device and will be handled in the same manner as a tamper or obstruction. You will also be financially liable for any damages caused by submerging or damaging the SCRAM CAM Bracelet.

    Personal Hygiene

    • When showering, thoroughly clean the area around the bracelet with mild soap and water.
    • Thoroughly rinse with clean water and dry underneath the bracelet.
    • Lack of personal hygiene around the bracelet may result in a mild skin rash.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

    • Be sure to notify your agent of any pre-existing medical conditions such as pregnancy, diabetes, or any type of skin allergy or condition.

    Transdermal Testing

    How SCRAM CAM Works

    The SCRAM CAM Bracelet tests automatically, every 30 minutes, around the clock. You will feel a slight vibration whenever the bracelet is taking a reading. Most users report that they get used to the vibrations within the first day.

    SCRAM CAM is different than breath, blood, or urine testing because it’s actually sampling your perspiration, automatically, to measure for alcohol consumption. It measures what is known as insensible perspiration, which is on our skin at all times. The anklet measures the alcohol that comes through the skin in the area around your ankle. It’s completely noninvasive and unobtrusive during your daily activities or while you sleep.

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    The SCRAM CAM Base Station

    The SCRAM CAM Base Station plays an important part in your monitoring. The bracelet stores all test results until the data downloads to your base station, which will automatically transmit the data to your assigned agent. Downloads are done on a predetermined schedule, and you will be required to be within 30 feet of the base station during the scheduled download in order for the data transmission to take place. Your base station can connect over a tradition or digital telephone line, a wireless router (available through your agent), or through your home Internet (Ethernet). 

    SCRAM CAM base station

    Tampers and Interferrants

    Whenever the bracelet takes a reading, it is testing several things at the same time to ensure there have been no attempts to tamper with the bracelet, obstruct testing, or remove the bracelet. In addition, you will be asked to sign an agreement at the time of installation that prohibits you from using products containing alcohol on or around the bracelet.

    Using SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring

    Questions and Concerns?

    Who do I contact with questions or problems? 


    For specific questions or concerns about your monitoring, please contact the company or agency that conducted your installation. That could be an agent working for the court or agency that referred you to SCRAM CAM or your SCRAM Systems Authorized Service Partner that handled your installation/set up. Check your Participant Agreement or court paperwork for contact information, or click here to locate your SCRAM service provider.

    Due to privacy requirements, our customer support team at SCRAM Systems will not be able to talk to you about your case or your individual questions. Please visit our SCRAM Frequently Asked Questions page for quick answers to common questions.

    Information for SCRAM Clients
    SCRAM Client Information

    Information for SCRAM Clients

    If you have been assigned to a SCRAM product, or are a current client, visit these pages for FAQs and to find contact information for your SCRAM location.

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    Find SCRAM Systems Locations

    Find SCRAM Locations

    Use our search tool to find SCRAM Systems Authorized providers in your area. If your court or agency has referred you to a specific Service Provider, be sure to use that provider.