Oregon DMV Now Requires Cameras on Ignition Interlock Devices

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Ignition interlock devices in the state of Oregon are now faced with two new requirements. Ignition interlock devices installed for Oregon’s residents must include a camera, and must be based on electro-chemical fuel sensor technology. These new standards bring Oregon up to date on standards recently implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Beginning January 1, 2015 all ignition interlock devices that were installed in Oregon must operate on electro-chemical fuel sensor technology. Previously, the ignition interlock devices were based on semi-conductor technology. While the electro-chemical fuel sensor technology is more expensive, it is more reliable and gives fewer false-positives than that of the older technology.

More recently another requirement took effect. After June 1, 2015 all ignition interlock devices that are installed in Oregon must have a camera. These cameras take a photo each time the ignition interlock device is used. These pictures are used to help identify who blew into the device when and if a failed test result is posted to the ignition interlock device.

To comply with this new law, Smart Start of Oregon offers the SSI G4 Camera. The SSI G4 Camera is an add-on accessory for the SSI 20/20 and SSI 20/30 ignition interlock devices. This addition is mounted to the driver’s side of the windshield, which allows for individual adjustment for each installation.

CameraIIDpic(4)The camera will take a picture based on the configurable commands. These commands will transfer from the ignition interlock device to the camera. As an example, the camera will receive a command to take a photo when the vehicle starts, and again at every rolling retest. The camera will also capture a photo if a retest is skipped. The unit will then record the picture electronically with a date and time stamp.

When using the camera add-on device with your ignition interlock device, Smart Start of Oregon is able to correctly identify the individual who used the device. This assists in the minimization of tampering with the device because a picture is being recorded. The camera also features anti-tampering mechanisms that prevent the user from covering the camera with tape or disconnecting the camera. If the camera detects it is being tampered with it will send a message to the ignition interlock device, abort the test, and prevent the user from starting the vehicle.

The camera communicates with the ignition interlock device through a 485 connection that plugs directly into the SSI relay unit. This is also known as the logger, and uses a USB connection that is built-in for picture downloads. During your regularly scheduled service and maintenance appointments the pictures will be downloaded to a secure application server.

Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles worked diligently, taking comments from district attorneys, judges, and evaluation specialists, to enact these new ignition interlock device requirements. These new specifications protect both the public and the ignition interlock device user. The camera is especially effective in establishing who used the ignition interlock device in the event a test is failed. These requirements now meet or exceed the requirements set in place by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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