Smartphones have a new use onboard ship – ensuring a sober crew. Japanese shipping major Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) strict alcohol policies onboard have been supplemented by issuing breathalysers linked to smartphones. The system, developed by tech firm Pai-R, is being installed across the K Line fleet.
The alcohol detector is connected to a smartphone to launch a dedicated application. Seafarer then blows into the detector.
The face photo of subject 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.