Morpho Detection Wins TSA Contract for Next-Gen Itemiser® DX Desktop Explosives Detection Systems
First Products to Bear New Morpho Detection Name Destined for Airport Checkpoints Across the United States
Newark, Calif. – February 11, 2010
Morpho Detection, Inc., a business of Safran group's Sagem Sécurité division, today announced it has signed a contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for several hundred Itemiser® DX explosive trace detection systems (ETD). The contract value is approximately $16 million and was awarded after a competitive contracting process.
The Itemiser® DX is the latest trace-based desktop explosive trace detection system to be approved as meeting the demanding detection standards recently established by TSA. The Itemiser® DX is the first trace system to simultaneously detect positive and negative ions using a single detector. It delivers fast explosives detection in a desktop package that is reliable, cost effective, and easy to use.
The systems are expected to be deployed to airport checkpoints across the United States to replace and upgrade current units. Morpho Detection's Itemiser® DX system is the company's first branded product since Sagem Sécurité acquired GE's Homeland Protection business in September.
"We are especially pleased to have our next-generation Itemiser DX explosive trace detection system chosen by TSA for use at airport checkpoints across the country," said Dennis Cooke, senior vice president and CEO, Morpho Detection, Inc.
The Itemiser® DX is the most recently approved next-generation explosive trace detection system for use in checked baggage, passenger and cargo screening. The Itemiser® DX system has successfully completed qualification testing and operational testing and evaluation. The Itemiser® DX system was placed on TSA's qualified products list for ETD, which contains the products approved for use in checkpoint screening.
Morpho Detection's contract with TSA was funded, in part, by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Consistent with the ARRA program, this contract will directly help create or maintain U.S. jobs.
About Morpho Detection, Inc.
Morpho Detection, a company of Sagem Sécurité (Safran group), is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics detection systems for government agencies, air and ground transportation venues, energy and other high-risk organizations and facilities, and the military. Morpho Detection brings together world-class trace detection, computed tomography, X-ray diffraction, X-ray and Raman Spectroscopy technologies into a single business offering that can make a wide range of security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. Morpho Detection helps customers protect people, assets and communities. Sagem Sécurité acquired GE's Homeland Protection business in September 2009.
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