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06 Oct 06. McQ, Inc., a Fredericksburg, Virginia company, was awarded a $4.46m contract to supply the United States Army with additional advanced persistent surveillance sensors used for border monitoring, force protection and battlefield surveillance. McQ has been a leader in border security technology for many years including the development of the first surveillance system to integrate sensors and visual images into one product.

10 Oct 06. Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc. has received $13.2m in contract orders from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Included in this total was: funding for Phase Two of the TSA’s Security Technology Integrated Program (“STIP”), orders for Threat Image Projection Ready X-Ray (TRX) systems and peripheral equipment orders. On June 6, 2006, Rapiscan Systems announced that it had been awarded an $800,000 grant from the TSA for Phase One of the STIP for the development, testing and piloting of software to network security equipment at 450 airports throughout the United States. In Phase Two of the program, Rapiscan Systems will implement the software throughout its installed base of checkpoint X-ray systems, a project it expects to complete by the end of the fiscal year.

11 Oct 06. Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC)has been awarded a $3.7m contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop an aviation security enterprise management solution. RTSC will manage Phase 1 of the TSA’s Security Technology Integrated Program (STIP) initiative, to include developing, integrating and testing commercial off-the-shelf and custom software used to exchange data with the Threat Image Projection (TIP) Ready X-ray (TRX) systems. The enterprise management solution will communicate data and images to approximately 1,200 TRX systems fielded at 80 airports across the country. RTSC will also be responsible for training and support.

11 Oct 06. Smiths Detection, the world’s leading provider of trace and X-ray detection systems, today announced it has signed a letter of intent with RedXDefense, LLC, to jointly develop an advanced explosives screening system for the mass transit environment capable of screening 100 percent of passengers. The two companies will partner to adapt advanced RedXDefense detection technology into an explosives screening system that can meet the high throughput demands of subway stations. The target market for this new explosives screening system is every turnstile in America’s subways. In New York City alone, there are 468 subways stations that accommodate 4.7 million passengers daily. If deployed in New York City, this advanced explosives detection system would screen 1.45 billion trips per year. The new detection system will feature RedXDefense’s proprietary fluorescent detection inks, which allow optical detection of broad classes of explosives using simple, low-cost systems. Results are obtained near instantaneously, which enables the high-throughput required by subway systems.

05 Oct 06. Textron Systems Corporation’s Adaptable Radiation Area Monitor (ARAM) radiation detection system successfully detected evidence of depleted uranium present within a truck’s container that was being shipped and transported along a California interstate highway. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that on July 20, 2006, a large rig passing through a California-Nevada border check point triggered the radiological alarm on the ARAM system detector. The alarm prompted action from the Truckee Fire Protection District and the Nevada County Health Services, as well as the Truckee Fire’s Hazardous Materials Unit, which conducted the inspection and finally cleared the vehicle for release. Although the truck was carrying the load legally and the public was never in danger, the ARAM demonstrated its unique capability to rapidly and accurately identify radiological material passing through the area and provide an immediate alarm. Textr

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