Dräger Interlock® XT
The Dräger Interlock XT is a breath-alcohol measuring instrument (Alcohol Ignition Interlock) with a vehicle immobilizer. After taking a breath alcohol measurement, it prohibits a driver who has consumed alcohol from starting the motor. By installing a Dräger Interlock XT, you can avoid accidents caused by alcohol consumption. Additionally, long-term changes in the drinking attitude may be an added benefit.
Alcohol Ignition Interlock Components
The Dräger Alcohol Ignition Interlock comprises two main components: the breath-alcohol measuring instrument with the measuring system, which is situated inside the vehicle, and the control unit which is generally installed under the dashboard and allows or prevents current being supplied to the vehicle’s starter system.
Alcohol Ignition Interlock Application
Car drivers find long waits after switching on the ignition particularly annoying. Therefore, during development of the Dräger Interlock XT, particular attention was paid to ensuring that the instrument would be ready for use quickly.
Because the Dräger Interlock XT even works perfectly at -45 °C (during the Scandinavian winter, for example) and at 85 °C (in blazing sunlight, for example), it was given the name “XT”, for “eXtended Temperature”.
Alcohol Ignition Interlock Data storage
While the vehicle is in use, all relevant events are recorded in the Dräger Interlock XT’s data log: date, time, submission of or refusal to submit a breath sample, measured alcohol concentration, engine starts and stops, electrical bypassing of the Interlock and any other attempts to tamper with the device. The data can be downloaded and compiled in a data record.
Alcohol Ignition Interlock Operation
When the ignition is switched on, the Dräger Interlock XT requests a breath sample from the driver. The result of the breath-alcohol concentration measurement determines whether the vehicle’s starter is released and the engine can be started.
Alcohol Ignition Interlock Measuring technique
The Dräger Interlock XT determines the breath alcohol concentration by means of an electrochemical sensor system, as it is used also in breath-alcohol measuring instruments of police authorities. It reacts with high specificity to alcohol. As a result, other exhaled substances do not distort the measurement result.