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30 Mar 10. SELEX Sistemi Integrati, a Finmeccanica company, has won a 25m Euro contract from the Undersecretariat of Maritime Affairs for the implementation of a National Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) in Turkey. The project includes the implementation of one national centre in Ankara, three regional centres, one in Izmit, on the Marmara sea, one in Mersin, in the south east coast, and one in Izmir, in the central west coast, plus 24 sensors sites each one equipped with LYRA 50 radar system together with electro optic, AIS, direction finder and meteo systems. Furthermore, a disaster and recovery system will be provided in order to create a data backup to be used by the Izmit centre in case of fault in the Ankara national centre.

01 Apr 10. American Science and Engineering announced today the receipt of $11.8m order from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for multiple MobileSearch HE(High-Energy) cargo and vehicle inspection systems. MobileSearch HE is 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 $9.1m order from the U.S. government for MobileSearchT HE systems. However, the U.S. government issued a reevaluation notice of the proposals, and with this order increased AS&E’s award to $11.8m to support counter-drug and anti-terrorism programs.

08 Apr 10. American Science and Engineering, Inc. announced today that NATO C3 Agency has awarded AS&E a multimillion dollar follow-on order for a multi-view Z Portal® X-ray screening system to deploy at a strategic security checkpoint.
“The Z Portal system provides NATO’s NC3A agency with proven technology to find hidden threats and contraband in vehicles and cargo at high-risk facilities and other checkpoints,” said Anthony R. Fabiano, President and CEO of AS&E. “With photo-like images from three sides of the cargo, the Z Portal system offers the most effective and safest high-throughput, drive-through screening system. This new follow-on order demonstrates NC3A’s satisfaction with the Z Portal system’s capabilities.”
AS&E’s Z Portal® Cargo & Vehicle Screening System: High-Throughput, Drive-Through Inspection. The Z Portal system is the most comprehensive screening system available with multi-view, drive-through inspection of cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo. Z Portal system’s patented Z Backscatter technology produces photo-like images for superior detection capability of plastic and liquid explosives, narcotics, and plastics weapons, drugs, stowaways, and alcohol. With its compact design, the Z Portal system is ideal for high-traffic locations with space constraints and a high-throughput requirement and is safe for drivers, operators, cargo, and the environment. The system is available in two sizes — one for large trucks, buses, and cargo vehicles, and a smaller size for passenger vehicles. Customers include U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Abu Dhabi Customs, and NATO.

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