BI Incorporated to Feature BI TAD™ Continuous Alcohol Monitoring System at National Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference

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When thousands of corrections professionals gather in Boston at the influential National Association of Drug Court Professionals 16th annual training conference, alcohol deterrence will be an enormous issue. As a result, BI Incorporated, a national provider of technology, treatment and training services for community-based offenders, will place significant emphasis on BI TAD™, a device that continuously monitors for alcohol consumption through a noninvasive skin sensor worn on an offender’s ankle. The conference will be held June 2-5 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

When thousands of corrections professionals gather in Boston at the influential National Association of Drug Court Professionals 16th annual training conference, alcohol deterrence will be an enormous issue. As a result, BI Incorporated, a national provider of technology, treatment and training services for community-based offenders, will place significant emphasis on BI TAD™, a device that continuously monitors for alcohol consumption through a noninvasive skin sensor worn on an offender’s ankle. The conference will be held June 2-5 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

BI TAD, or Transdermal Alcohol Detector, also includes radio-frequency monitoring capabilities, meaning individuals on the system can be monitored for curfews and alcohol use with the same device. TAD’s highly accurate and reliable alcohol monitoring system is a valuable tool for states and counties whose court systems and correctional facilities are clogged with DUI and DWI offenders. TAD is a water-resistant, battery-operated device worn around the ankle 24 hours a day. The TAD sensor rests against the offender’s skin. If an offender drinks alcohol while wearing a TAD ankle bracelet, the sensor detects a “drinking event” via sensible perspiration (sweat) and insensible perspiration (vapor) emitted through the skin. The bracelet transmits data to a receiver installed in the offender’s home. This data is transmitted to a host computer which then disseminates and distributes the information to supervising authorities as needed.

“BI has provided remote alcohol detection solutions to community corrections agencies since 1994, but TAD is the first device to integrate radio frequency, or house arrest technology, with alcohol detection technology into a single device,” said Jock Waldo, BI Vice President of Marketing.

BI partnered with respected engineering and research firm Giner, Inc., of Newton, Mass., for the sensor technology within the TAD unit. Formed in 1973, Giner has been at the forefront of electrochemistry research and transdermal sensing technology that offers rapid sampling since the 1990s.

For more information, contact Monica(dot)Hook(at)bi(dot)com.

About BI Incorporated (http://www.bi.com)
Established in 1978, BI Incorporated is the leading technology, treatment and supervision company in community corrections today. BI contracts with approximately 900 governmental agencies nationwide, supporting them with a full continuum of intensive supervision technologies and community-based cognitive behavioral reentry programs for adult and juvenile offenders. BI’s ISO-certified national monitoring center, owned and operated by BI, provides 24/7 expert support supervision services exclusively for governmental agencies. BI works closely with local public corrections officials to cost effectively reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and strengthen the communities it serves using evidence-based practices in a community setting.

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