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US Government order for explosive detection in vehicles

Applied Signal Technology : 18 September, 2008  (Application Story)
Neu-VISION explosion detection technology from Applied Signal Technology for use in aircraft and vehicles ordered by the US Government
Applied Signal Technology has been awarded a contract option by the US Government to provide an enhanced system for the detection and identification of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) based on its neu-VISION neutron interrogation technology. This contract brings the customer's total investment in this technology to nearly $3 million over the past three years.

The contract option is part of a continued effort to improve the screening sensitivity and efficiency for vehicle-borne explosives and follows a successful field demonstration performed in August 2007. In this next phase, AST will use lessons learned from the field demonstration to improve the detection accuracy and throughput capability, even in high-clutter environments.

"This contract option demonstrates the capabilities and potential of our advanced neutron interrogation technology," said William Van Vleet, President and CEO. "We have made tremendous progress in validating the value and versatility of our neu-VISION product line for counterterrorism applications such as vehicle and cargo inspection. neu-VISION will provide the US Government with an effective explosives screening capability that will enhance current security protocols. We are pleased that the government recognises the unique capabilities of neu-VISION technology. It also provides a strategic growth opportunity for AST in the US and abroad, and is also directly applicable to airport security."

Unlike conventional X-ray systems, neu-VISION can "see through" heavy materials to accurately locate and identify the presence of hidden contraband, including explosives, by their unique material-specific signatures. The system also includes powerful software algorithms which issue alerts to the operator when threats are detected. This minimises the need for operator interpretation, thus reducing the percentage of human error.

AST has invested five years of research and development in the neu-VISION technology to offer a complete explosives detection product line serving the military and civilian security markets. The neu-VISION family includes products optimised for the requirements of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and aviation security.

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