On Thursday, October 4, 2018, the Baker–Polito Administration announced that KEA Technologies, Inc (KEA) – the company that oversees the research and development of alcohol detection technology on behalf of the DADSS Research Program – has been awarded a Workforce Training Fund Program grant.
This grant will be used to prepare its employees and documentation for certification to both ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 17025 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories). This grant will cover employee training over a two-year period.
The Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) issued the following statement in response to the announcement:
“The DADSS Program relies on highly–skilled technology developers, engineers and scientists to ensure our alcohol detection system prototypes are meeting extremely high standards for accuracy and precision,” said Robert Strassburger, President and CEO of ACTS. “It is very gratifying that Massachusetts has chosen KEA for this award, which emphasizes the importance of investing in a highly–skilled workforce. Through its support of KEA, this grant will benefit the DADSS Program’s continued progress in developing and implementing methods to measure ethyl alcohol in the parts per billion range needed to verify and validate DADSS technologies.”
This project is funded by a Workforce Training Fund grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program is administered by Commonwealth Corporation.