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Catching the drunken sailor K Line introduces smartphone alcohol detector

Japan’s K Line has taken an innovative step in further addressing control of alcohol onboard its ships with the installation of an alcohol detector linked to smartphone.

“We have been endeavoring to achieve safe navigation through strict alcohol management onboard. As a further step, we have started to install alcohol detector linked to smartphone, developed by the system development company Pai-R Co to vessels under the management of K Line group company (…),” K Line stated.

An alcohol detector is connected to the smartphone to launch a dedicated application, which allows one to blow into the detector. The face photo of the person being tested is automatically taken and sent to the cloud onshore via satellite communication along with the test result.

This detection data is saved and managed by the shore server and can be accessed and confirmed by management on the vessel as well as in the shore office.

In case alcohol is detected, an alert e-mail will be sent to the registered e-mail address that will enable monitoring the alcohol test onboard the vessel in real-time.

“With introduction of this system, we expect to have the advantage in further enhancement of  alcohol management and reduction in workload that will contribute to Work Style Reform onboard our vessels compared to previous alcohol test methods such as using simple alcohol detectors and managing the record of test results by ship’s crew,” K Line said.

The Japanese shipping firm started the installation of the detector in November with the aim of having them installed in all its managed vessels during the first half of 2020.

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