An Interlock 7000 is a car breathalyzer, which can be used preventively in public transportation, freight transport and at workplace to reduce the risk of drink-driving. The Interlock 7000 is also used in many countries for legal measures, as part of the “drink-driving offender programs (DUI/DWI)”. In these countries, offenders who were caught with a blood alcohol level over a certain limit have to use an Interlock device in their cars. Reliable results, tamper-proof data recording and data management play a key role in these programs.
The Interlock 7000 consists of two components: handset and control unit. In the handset the breath sample is analysed. The control unit releases or blocks the starter relay of the vehicle. Once the vehicle’s ignition is switched on, the Interlock 7000 requests a breath test from the driver. If the device detects an alcohol value (BrAC) above the set limit, it prevents the engine from being started. The device helps to systematically eliminate alcohol-related risks of accidents and to prevent impaired driving.
Particular features of the Interlock 7000 are the extremely short warm-up and its quick readiness for use. At temperatures of more than 0 °C it is ready for immediate use. At temperatures below 0 °C the ignition interlock is still quickly ready for use. With an approved temperature range of -40 °C to 85 °C, it ensures that the device works reliably under all kinds of ambient conditions.
The design of the Interlock 7000 is appealing and ergonomic, with the mouthpiece on the back of the handset – hence, not easily recognised as an alcohol ignition interlock device. The hygienic mouthpieces of the Interlock 7000 are completely biodegradable. The breath sample can be given in no time. The navigation on the colour display makes the use of this device easy and intuitive. Additionally, coloured LEDs on the device enhance the ease of use for the user.
If the Interlock 7000 is equipped with an additional mobile data transfer module, it is possible for certain predefined events to transmit data automatically to the responsible entity or person via a cellular network. This event can, for example, be an attempt to start the engine under the influence of alcohol.