Morpho Detection’s Trace Explosives Detection Desktop System Receives Fifth International Authorization

MDI's Itemiser DX® Achieves Italian Department of Transport Authorization

Newark, Calif. – March. 8, 2011 - Morpho Detection, Inc., part of Morpho, Safran group's security business, today announced the Italian Department of Transport has authorized its Itemiser® DX explosives trace detection system as meeting its particularly demanding requirements for use in that nation's aviation security applications.

The Italian authorization follows similar certifications by the Israeli Prime Minister's Office, the United Kingdom Department for Transport and the UK Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB), as well as the Dutch Defence, Safety and Security Organization (TNO).
The lightweight, effective, and user-friendly Itemiser DX also meets the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) strict detection standards. To date, TSA has purchased more than 2,800 Itemiser DX systems for use at U.S. airports.

"We are very pleased Itemiser DX has received authorization for civil aviation applications from the Italian authorities," said Dennis Cooke, president and CEO, Morpho Detection, Inc. "We are confident in Itemiser DX' ability to deliver the most advanced explosives detection possible to checkpoint, air cargo and checked bag screening at Italian airports."

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About Morpho Detection, Inc.
Morpho Detection, Inc., part of Morpho, a business of the Safran group (PAR: SAF), is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Following Safran Group's 2009 acquisition of GE Security's GE Homeland Protection, Inc. business, Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography (CT), Raman Spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™ technology), X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. With industry-leading products such as the Itemiser® DX trace detection system, the CTX line of explosive detection systems (EDS), and the StreetLab® Mobile hand-held chemical and biological substance identification unit, Morpho Detection's solutions are deployed to help protect people and property in some of the most important and sensitive world locations.

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