A New Generation for Measuring Breath Alcohol

Highly Accurate Measurement of the Smallest Breath Alcohol Concentrations

Alcohol is the most frequent cause of death in road traffic accidents and 20% of work-related accidents are caused by alcohol. According to the WHO, about three million people die worldwide each year from alcohol consumption – that is more than from AIDS, violence and road accidents combined.

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Measuring the breath alcohol concentration when exhaling

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Reading the breath alcohol value either directly on the device ...

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... or for documentation on the smartphone

Alcohol consumption is a social problem, especially with regard to road safety. The young company OLYTHE from Provence in France has developed a new generation of breath alcohol measuring devices.

OCIGO, a reliable and precise breath alcohol tester – based on a unique and miniaturised infrared technology. Breath alcohol testing devices mostly use electrochemical or semiconductor sensors. In comparison, the advantages of infrared technology are obvious: Precision and maintenance-free, stable long-term use.

OLYTHE has developed the first compact miniature infrared breath tester for the consumer market with detectors that are less sensitive to external interference. It uses the same technology that law enforcement agencies use to check alcohol levels. With the help of the long-term stable infrared detectors from InfraTec, the very low breath alcohol concentration is amplified and measured highly accurately and precisely when exhaling. For a compact device like the OCIGO, this requires high performance in terms of measurement accuracy and energy management. OCIGO from OLYTHE was developed specifically to prevent alcohol-related traffic accidents.

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