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TSA Qualification For Gemini Multi-Technology Screening System

American Science And Engineering : 16 March, 2010  (New Product)
Combination of dual energy transmission X-Ray and backscatter technology brings imaging quality approved by the Transportation Security Administration for use in screening air cargo prior to loading on passenger aircraft
TSA Qualification For Gemini Multi-Technology Screening System
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has added American Science and Engineering's Gemini 6040, Gemini 7555, and Gemini 100100 X-ray inspection systems to its Air Cargo Screening Qualified Technology List (ACSQTL). Inclusion on the ACSQTL allows certified air cargo facilities to purchase systems directly from AS&E to meet the requirements of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. The Act mandates 100% inspection of air cargo carried on passenger airplanes by August 2010.

AS&E's Gemini systems offer certified air cargo screeners the combination of dual-energy transmission X-ray with AS&E's proprietary Z Backscatter X-ray technologies for comprehensive threat detection of air cargo. AS&E will display its Gemini parcel inspection technology at the AirCargo 2010 Exhibition and Conference in Orlando, Florida, today through March 16, 2010.

"We are pleased that TSA has added AS&E's Gemini systems to its ACS Qualified Technology List to inspect air cargo before being loaded onto passenger planes," said Anthony Fabiano, AS&E's President and CEO. "Our Gemini system's multi-technology capability can detect both metallic and organic threats, providing security officials with a unique ability to detect explosives. Additionally, Z Backscatter technology produces photo-like images that are easy to interpret, facilitating the operator's analysis time to efficiently move cleared cargo onto the planes. We look forward to assisting TSA and the certified air cargo facilities to meet the 100% screening mandate."

Gemini is the lowest cost multi-technology inspection system on the market and the only system to combine AS&E's Z Backscatter technology and dual-energy transmission. Z Backscatter technology provides enhanced detection of organic materials such as explosives (including sheet and liquid explosives), drugs, and plastic weapons which are easily missed by transmission-only systems in cluttered parcels. Its photo-like images are easy to interpret, potentially decreasing items flagged for secondary screening, and reducing operator fatigue. Dual-energy transmission provides outstanding image quality, and enables the quick detection of a wide variety of threats such as guns, knives, and wires for IEDs. In addition, dual-energy offers organic and metallic discrimination. Together, the Gemini systems' two technologies provide the most information available about the contents of a parcel. Gemini systems are available in multiple tunnel sizes to inspect air cargo, large packages, break-bulk cargo, mail and other small parcels to meet your security requirements for air-cargo facilities, Customs checkpoints, high-threat facilities, building lobbies, and mailrooms.
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