Marlborough, MA – November 17, 2020 - KEA Technologies, a provider of independent testing services, product development, and engineering solutions, announced today its additional ISO/IEC 17025:2017 testing accreditations for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIIDs) and a new project with Smart Start, a worldwide manufacturer of ignition interlock devices since 1992.
BAIIDs are used to combat alcohol-impaired driving. KEA’s accredited laboratory testing services ensure that these devices perform to internationally accepted standards to secure the safety of everyone on the road. It recently expanded its accreditation scope to include NHTSA-2013-26849, Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 89 and NHTSA-2015- 16720 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 60, allowing KEA to provide lab testing for breathalyzer manufacturers to U.S. standards, in addition to its existing Canadian and European testing capabilities.
KEA and Smart Start are expanding the scope of their collaboration to include testing a new alcohol ignition interlock device prototype and providing re-certification for the company’s existing in-market devices. Alcohol ignition interlock devices are breath-test devices connected to a vehicle’s ignition to prevent the car from starting if alcohol is detected above a preset limit.
“Working with KEA on certification testing of Smart Start’s new Ignition Interlock system has been a pleasure. The team at KEA is professional, experienced, efficient, and knowledgeable and has allowed us to complete certification testing in much less time than other testing facilities I have worked with previously” said Mark Bellehumeur, Director of Engineering and Product Development at Smart Start. “I see this partnership growing and KEA becoming a preeminent player in the Ignition Interlock Testing industry.”
“I’m proud of our team’s consistent transformation in both growing our independent testing capabilities and lab technology, as well as expanding our client base by building relationships based on clients’ needs – going beyond just testing to really providing a product development partnership,” said Dr. Bud Zaouk, KEA Founder & CEO. “We continue to disrupt the independent testing lab through engineering innovation that promotes safety, efficiency and a path to next-generation technology. Today’s news is evidence of that in action.”