AS&E Offers Insight into Backscatter Technologies Available for Liquid Explosive Detection For Counterterrorism

( BILLERICA, Mass., August. 11, 2006 ) - American Science and Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASEI) (AS&E(R)), a leader in X-ray detection technology, is available for interviews to discuss the technologies available for better detection of hidden threats, including liquid and other improvised explosives, when boarding an airplane. AS&E's patented Z(R) Backscatter(TM) X-ray detection systems have a higher probability of detecting liquid and other types of explosives than other X-ray systems on the market. AS&E's new parcel inspection system, Gemini(TM), is the first conventional parcel inspection system to combine Z(R) Backscatter(TM) and dual-energy X-ray technologies allowing operators to obtain the most information about the contents of a parcel -- dramatically increasing the likelihood of finding a variety of threats including liquid or other explosives, guns, narcotics, and other IEDs. Gemini's unique capability to detect both metallic and non-metallic threats -- even in cluttered environments -- makes it an invaluable inspection tool for security officials. AS&E's personnel screening system, SmartCheck(TM), is the industry's most comprehensive, non-intrusive, personnel screening system for detecting explosives, weapons, and contraband while ensuring personal privacy. Unlike metal detectors, which only detect metallic objects, or trace portals, which only detect explosives if residue is present on a person, SmartCheck's Z Backscatter technology makes it possible to detect all types of threats on a person's body, both metallic and non-metallic objects, including plastic and metal weapons (e.g. guns, knives, box cutters, composite weapons), recording devices, explosives, drugs, and other contraband. SmartCheck gives the operator an easy-to-read display of where the threat or contraband is hidden, thus eliminating the need for intrusive and time-consuming pat-downs.

Source: American Science and Engineering
Date: Aug 14, 2006

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