MA launches new breathalyzer system with facial recognition

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Fox 6 on April 22, 2016 by Lindsay Iadeluca

10392253_GSPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – New technology, featuring facial recognition for at home breathalyzer tests, is lending a helping hand to probation officers across Massachusetts.

The new mobile breathalyzers have replaced the older in-home systems and allow those on probation a bit more flexibility.

Friday, Western Mass News got an exclusive look at the new technology in action.

It’s a simple test for probation officers to check blood alcohol content.

Now, it has made a major upgrade – from the once voice recognition — to full facial recognition.

“Our employees look at pictures and of course, there’s an alert that says ‘Wait a minute.  This doesn’t look like the person that’s supposed to be taking the test’,” said Daniel Pires, probation manager for the MA Department of Probation.