Smart Start is a privately held company based in Grapevine, TX. It began servicing clients in January of 1992. In the years since, it has built a reputation as the leader in alcohol monitoring technology. Smart Start technologies focus on ignition interlocks for vehicles to separate drinking from driving as well as portable alcohol monitoring devices. The company has built one of the largest, most successful programs worldwide.
To date Smart Start has serviced over a half million US clients and prevented over 6.5 million illegal vehicle starts. In addition, we have provided over 506 million safe starts since 1992. In 2008, Smart Start entered the global market developing a distribution system and representation in 19 countries outside of the U.S. Going forward, the company plans to continue to expand both its international presence as well as its product offerings.
Smart Start’s domestic operation spans 46-states with over 1,500 service locations. Smart Start operates through a combined company owned and franchised platform with 23-States that are franchised and 22-States that are company owned. Smart Start supports all clients and monitoring authorities with a 24/7 bilingual customer care center located in Grapevine, TX.
As the first provider to offer a camera with its ignition interlock, Smart Start holds a patent on its camera technology. In 2009, Smart Start introduced a device for portable alcohol monitoring – Smart Start IN-HOM™. The IN-HOM™ device is portable and fully programmable based on monitoring requirements. IN-HOM™ allows a client to continue to travel or work without the use of straps, base units or additional phone lines. In 2014, Smart Start launched the IN-HOM™ S.M.A.R.T. Mobile™ device allowing for portable and wireless home or work alcohol monitoring. The unit only requires a standard wall outlet to charge, is camera equipped and competitively priced. It features customized test windows, daily reporting, and photo verification of the client taking the test.
The quality of Smart Start devices, their ease of operation, access to over 1,500 service centers and a 24/7 bilingual Customer Care Center makes Smart Start the vendor of choice for both clients and monitors. It’s commitment to State of the Art Technology and Best of Class Service has established Smart Start as the industry leader. Smart Start’s focus has not been limited to hardware. It has also developed proprietary software systems in-house (SmarTrac® and SmartWeb®) to deliver flexibility, accuracy, customization and ease of reporting.
In 2012, Smart Start is introducing its second and third generation camera modules as well as a module with GPS and cellular capability. Other new technologies and services are underdevelopment which could propel Smart Start into new monitoring arenas.
Vertically integrated, Smart Start is the only firm in the industry that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets both its product line and all support functions. The company was recently awarded ISO9001 Certification for its manufacturing processes.
Ignition interlocks have proven to reduce death, bodily injury and property damage caused by drunk drivers. Monitoring is frequently a preferable alternative to jail time, reducing costs to taxpayers. Separating Drinking from Driving® allows offenders to work off their fines, support their families, pay their taxes, pursue treatment, and contribute to society.
Smart Start …Setting the Standard in Alcohol Monitoring Technology™