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K Line adopts cloud-based alcohol testing

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Japan-based ship operator K Line is installing an alcohol testing device which uses a smartphone app and cloud-based services to allow shore personnel to monitor results of testing.

K Line says it has been endeavouring to achieve safe navigation through strict alcohol management

onboard. As a further step, it has started to install an alcohol detector linked to a smartphone, developed by the system development company Pai-R to vessels managed by K LINE group companies in order to further strengthen management of its efforts to successfully achieve promotion of safe navigation.

An alcohol detector is connected to the smartphone to launch the dedicated application, then the seafarer being tested blows into the detector. The face photo of subject being tested is utomatically taken using the phone’s camera and sent to the cloud 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, K Line says it expects to have the advantage in further enhancement of alcohol management and reduction in workload that will contribute to Work Style Reform onboard its 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 says it will continue installing them from November 2019 with the target of having them installed in all managed vessels during first half of year 2020.

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