$13 Million Contract to Deliver Combination of Cargo, Parcel, and Personnel X-Ray Inspection Systems
(BILLERICA, Mass., Nov. 28, 2006) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASEI) (AS&E(R)), a leader in X-ray detection technology, announced today that it has been selected by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to deliver multiple cargo, parcel, and personnel X-ray inspection systems. After a highly competitive procurement process, NATO awarded the $13 million contract to AS&E to deploy the OmniView(TM) Gantry cargo and vehicle inspection system, the Z Portal(TM) multi-view cargo and vehicle screening system, multiple Gemini(TM) parcel inspection systems, and multiple SmartCheck(TM) personnel screening systems at a strategic security checkpoint.
"NATO's selection of AS&E X-ray systems is another example of our proprietary technology gaining adoption for mission critical scenarios," said Anthony R. Fabiano, President and CEO of AS&E. "NATO will utilize AS&E's full range of inspection products to integrate security and heighten detection capability at a strategic checkpoint. In combination, the OmniView Gantry, Z Portal, SmartCheck, and Gemini systems will be deployed for the highest screening capability for cargo, vehicles, personnel, and their baggage and parcels. Each system is uniquely designed to provide superior detection, while maximizing safety and high-throughput. We are confident that AS&E's X-ray inspection systems will provide the ultimate security solution for this very important client."
OmniView Gantry: Unmatched Detection Capabilities
The OmniView Gantry System provides 6 MeV high-energy transmission inspection for high penetration into inspected objects plus Z(R) Backscatter(TM) X-ray technology for imaging cargo. The combination of technologies delivers the most reliable means of detecting contraband and threatening materials, such as weapons and explosives hidden in cargo containers, tankers, and large vehicles.
Z Portal: High-throughput, Multi-View Detection Capability
The recently introduced Z Portal is a multi-view, drive-through inspection system capable of scanning cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo for concealed threats and contraband. The Z Portal produces photo-like images, and highlights organic contraband, such as explosives, drugs, stowaways, and alcohol. With its compact design, the Z Portal system is ideal for high-traffic locations with space constraints and a high-throughput requirement. The Z Portal system is safe for drivers, operators, cargo, and the environment and can be configured with up to three Z Backscatter imaging modules to provide a left, right, and top-down view of the vehicles under examination. The relocatable screening system is available in two sizes -- one for large trucks, buses, and cargo vehicles, and a smaller size for passenger vehicles.
SmartCheck: Assuring Privacy
AS&E's SmartCheck system is the industry's most comprehensive personnel X-ray screening system that clearly displays all types of threats and contraband concealed on a person, while ensuring their safety and privacy. The system displays both organic and inorganic materials revealing objects such as guns and knives, plastic and liquid explosives, composite weapons, and other hidden threats and contraband. To eliminate privacy concerns, SmartCheck is equipped with unique software to protect the privacy of screened persons, while still effectively displaying threats.
Gemini: Unique Combination of Dual-Energy and Z Backscatter
Gemini is the first conventional parcel inspection system on the market to combine dual-energy transmission and proprietary Z Backscatter X-rays, allowing operators to obtain the most information about the contents of a parcel. Operators simultaneously view two images, a Z Backscatter image and a dual-energy image, dramatically increasing the likelihood of finding illegal materials hidden in parcels.