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Smart Start at a Glance

Fast Facts

  • Name

    Smart Start

  • Type


  • CEO

    Matt Strausz

  • Number of Employees


  • Formal Name

    1A Smart Start, LLC

  • Start Date and Location

    December 1992 in Irving, TX

  • Corporate Office Location

    Grapevine, TX

Company Size

Smart Start operates both corporate and franchise locations in 46 states throughout the U.S. Smart Start also has an international footprint in 18 countries. In total, Smart Start operates nearly 2,000 service center locations worldwide.

International countries include:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • Colombia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Sweden

Safe starts since 1992


Service Centers Worldwide

Who We Are

Smart Start is the nation’s premier provider of services and technologies that is Setting the Standard in Alcohol Monitoring Technology® with Ignition Interlocks and portable devices.

The company was founded on the principles of providing a superior product with a focus on customer service. Smart Start supports their clients and state authorities through a centralized, state-of-the-art, 24/7/365, bilingual Customer Care Center located at their corporate office in Grapevine, TX.

Since their inception, Smart Start’s Ignition Interlocks have recorded over a billion alcohol-free starts and have prevented 11 million engine starts where alcohol was present on the driver’s breath.

As an alternative to incarceration and license suspension, our Ignition Interlocks are saving lives.

Smart Start is the only company offering fully integrated breath alcohol Ignition Interlock and portable alcohol monitoring device services, which include manufacturing, installation, service, monitoring and reporting. Smart Start provides timely interpreted reports and expert court testimony to state authorities, as well as the ability to customize programs to the laws and requirements of each state and county.

Over the years, Smart Start has expanded their product and service offerings to include other alcohol monitoring technologies to become a proven and innovative market leader. For instance, Smart Start was the first company to offer a camera with their Ignition Interlock, answering the question of “who took the test.” It is because of the success of Smart Start’s camera that several states now require this technology as the baseline standard.

Who We Serve

We serve two groups of clients:

  1. Drivers who install the Ignition Interlock on their vehicles for court-ordered supervision, license reinstatement or voluntary monitoring.
  2. The judicial system or DMV division that mandates and monitors use of the Ignition Interlock on the vehicle of a DWI/DUI offender, as well as individuals who are court-ordered to use a portable alcohol monitoring device.

Since its founding, Smart Start’s served more than a million clients.

SSI-20/30SSI-20/20SMART Mobile
Alcohol-specific fuel cell technologyYesYesYes
Easy testing and flexible blowing optionsYesYesYes
Optional camera for positive identificationYesYesCamera required with facial detection
Optional real-time reportingYesYesYes
Optional GPS trackingYesYesYes
SmartWeb® reporting with 24/7 accessYesYesYes
Installs in any vehicleYesYesN/A
Meets state requirementsYesYesN/A
Manufactured in the U.S.YesYesYes
24/7/365 bilingual customer serviceYesYesYes