( BILLERICA, Mass. - Jan. 3, 2008 ) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E(R)) (NASDAQ: ASEI), a leader in X-ray detection technology, announced the receipt of a multi-million dollar order for the OmniView(TM) Gantry system and the Z Backscatter Van(TM) (ZBV(TM)) from its local distributor in Italy, AUS.TECH S.p.A. The systems will be deployed to inspect cargo and vehicles entering a major, high-volume Italian port. For maximum threat detection capability, the OmniView Gantry combines 6.0 MeV high-energy transmission with three Z Backscatter imaging modules (left, right, and top-view). This 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 vehicles.
"We are very pleased to receive our first order from a major Italian port for the OmniView Gantry and the ZBV," said Anthony Fabiano, President and CEO. "These systems will operate within a total security protocol for the port -- the OmniView Gantry will be used to inspect incoming containers, while the highly mobile and versatile ZBV will be used by port officials to perform rapid inspections of suspect vehicles. The OmniView Gantry's high-penetration capability will enable the port to inspect dense and complex cargo while the ZBV will facilitate flexible mobile screening to secure the vicinity around the port."