August 24, 2017

Finnish research helps develop rapid alcohol test

The Promilless disposable alcohol test reveals the user's fitness to drive within a couple of minutes.
The Promilless disposable alcohol test reveals the user's fitness to drive within a couple of minutes.
Goodwiller

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a rapid blood alcohol test together with Finnish company Goodwiller.

The Promilless test measures blood alcohol content from saliva and only takes a couple of minutes to reveal the user’s fitness to drive.

“With the alcohol test, we want to provide consumers with an easy and convenient way for ensuring that they are fit to drive, and a possibility to act responsibly in traffic,” says CEO Petri Särkelä from Goodwiller.

The disposable test is based on the use of printed biochemical ingredients and fits easily into the wallet.

“On the basis of a saliva sample, the innovation indicates when the blood alcohol content exceeds 0.2 per cent (promilles),” explains project manager Marika Kurkinen from VTT. “The test result is indicated as the darkening of the test strip’s ‘intelligent paper areas’.”

VTT predicts that the use of different health-related self-diagnostic tests will increase significantly in the future, and VTT’s printed intelligence technology enables cost-efficient large-scale production of them.

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