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MobileSearch High Energy Mobile Screening Systems For US Border Protection

American Science And Engineering : 05 April, 2010  (Application Story)
The US Customs and Border Protection agency will take dual technology mobile cargo inspection systems equipped with both high energy and Z Backscatter X-Ray imaging technology
MobileSearch High Energy Mobile Screening Systems For US Border Protection
American Science and Engineering has announced the receipt of a $11.8 million order from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for multiple MobileSearch HE (High-Energy) cargo and vehicle inspection systems equipped with both high-energy transmission and Z Backscatter X-ray imaging for comprehensive threat and contraband detection including weapons, explosives, drugs, and currency.

In January 2010, the Company announced a deobligation of funds for a $9.1 million order from the US government for MobileSearch HE systems. However, the US government issued a reevaluation notice of the proposals, and with this order increased AS&E's award to $11.8 million to support counter-drug and anti-terrorism programs.

'We are very pleased to learn that CBP has increased their contract award to AS&E to support their critical programs,' said Anthony Fabiano, AS&E's President and CEO. 'AS&E's MobileSearch HE offers flexible and rapid response at seaports, border crossings, and other high threat checkpoints. The system's combination of technologies offers the unique capability to simultaneously detect both metallic and organic threats in cargo -- providing detailed information about the contents of the cargo.'

This contract was funded by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) equipment -- enhancing border security by expanding U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) capabilities to scan commercial traffic for contraband through X-ray and other imaging technologies.

The MobileSearch HE system offers two complementary imaging technologies integrated in one system. Its 4.5 MeV high energy transmission X-ray generates high penetration and high resolution images for the inspection of densely loaded cargo. The system also utilizes Z Backscatter X-ray imaging to assist in the identification of organics for improved detection of drugs, explosives, and other organic contraband. Z Backscatter technology offers the additional benefit of photo-like images for improved image analysis time, as well as a wide field of view with no tire cutoff unlike transmission X-rays -- allowing for the effective scanning of passenger vehicles and tires.

For added flexibility, the system can operate in multiple scan modes which allow high throughput scanning of cargo and vehicles or screening of oversized or odd-shaped cargo. Z Backscatter only mode with the boom stowed allows the operational flexibility of the Z Backscatter Van -- in either 'drive-by' mode to scan stationary objects, or 'portal' mode to scan vehicles as they drive past the system. The MobileSearch HE system also features a unique integrated cab design that enables the drivers and operators to be in the same spacious cabin for improved communications and comfort.

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