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Transportation Security Administration Signs Deal on Explosive Trace Detection Systems

Morpho Detection : 15 February, 2010  (Application Story)
Morpho Detection is to supply the DX explosive trace detector systems to the US TSA for use in desktop explosive detection applications throughout US Airport Security Screening areas
Transportation Security Administration Signs Deal on Explosive Trace Detection Systems
Morpho Detection, a business of Safran group's Sagem Sécurité division, has signed a contract with the US 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.

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 US jobs.

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