Government orders more Morpho detectors

Dec. 21, 2010 at 7:45 AM
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NEWARK, Calif., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has ordered more than 1,200 additional explosive detection systems from Morpho Detection Inc.

The California company said the order is worth $32 million and is the fourth order under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract for its Itemiser DX desktop explosives trace detection systems.

"We are very pleased by the confidence TSA has demonstrated in Itemiser DX's ability to help protect air travel across the United States," said Dennis Cooke, president and chief executive officer of Morpho Detection. "We are confident in Itemiser DX's ability to deliver the most advanced explosives detection possible to checkpoint, air cargo and checked bag screening at the nation's airports."

The desktop Itemiser DX utilizes Ion Trap Mobility Spectroscopy to provide threat detection. It meets TSA detection standards and has been certified for use by the Israeli Prime Minister's Office, the U.K. Department for Transport and the U.K. Home Office Scientific Development Branch.

Morpho said the new order will bring the number of its Itemiser DX systems in use at U.S. airport checkpoint, checked bag and cargo screening areas to more nearly 3,000.

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