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IBM, Alcohol Monitoring Systems Form Partnership

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DENVER—Denver-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems has selected IBM Global Services to provide web hosting services for the country’s first Internet-based alcohol testing system.

SCRAM™ – or Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor™ – is an ankle bracelet system that test subjects 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for alcohol consumption. SCRAMnet™, the control center of the SCRAM System, is a web-based application where the alcohol testing data is collected, analyzed, and stored. Used by law enforcement, community corrections, and alcohol treatment programs, SCRAMnet will notify agencies of any violations, and in turn, monitoring personnel can access results at any time, from any location.

“The performance of SCRAMnet is vital to the SCRAM System,” says Glenn Tubb, AMS vice president of R&D and Manufacturing. “That’s why we’ve invested in top-flight server management and hosting services-to ensure optimal performance for our customers.” IBM will provide constant monitoring of SCRAMnet ‘s URL (to verify connectivity), disaster recovery, redundant systems for maximum physical security of the server, and overall data security, including firewalls and intrusion detection. “Our client data is sensitive, and we’ve gone to every length to ensure integrity and security,” says Tubb.

According to Don White, vice president of field operations for AMS, by partnering with IBM and hosting SCRAMnet , AMS customers don’t have to buy hardware, involve IT, install software, deal with upgrades, or respond to system errors. “Government agencies around the country are being asked to maximize the use of technology in order to automate, reduce costs, and decrease workloads,” says White. “We knew that to make this system truly work and effectively integrate into existing programs, we would have to design it so that our customers deal solely with offenders, not the IT.”

IBM provides fully managed server management and hosting services for more than 5,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in server management, they support a wide range of industries and commercial web applications, including secure online transactions, inventory control, procurement, legacy system integration, and interactive media.

Established in 1997, Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS) manufactures the world’s only non-invasive alcohol-detection system that automatically tests for alcohol every hour, 24 hours a day, regardless of the offender’s location. SCRAM™ – or Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor™- is the only alcohol-testing technology to use transdermal analysis to determine an offender’s blood alcohol content. SCRAM fully automates the alcohol testing and reporting process, providing community corrections, law enforcement, and treatment organizations nationwide with the ability to classify DUI offenders and assess compliance with sentencing requirements and treatment guidelines. AMS is a privately held company headquartered in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.