Morpho Detection Wins TSA Contract…

MORPHO DETECTION Inc, a business of Safran group’s Sagem Sécurité division, has announced it has signed a contract with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for several hundred Itemiser DX explosive trace detection systems. The contract value is approximately $16 million.  The Itemiser DX is the latest trace-based desktop explosive trace detection (ETD) system to be approved as meeting the demanding detection standards recently established by TSA.  The Itemiser DX is the first trace system to simultaneously detect positive and negative ions using a single detector. The manufacturer says: “”it delivers fast explosives detection in a desktop package that is reliable, cost effective, and easy to use.”
The systems are expected to be deployed to airport checkpoints across the United States to replace and upgrade current units.  Morpho Detection’s Itemiser DX system is the company’s first branded product since Sagem Sécurité acquired GE’s Homeland Protection business in September 2009.
The Itemiser DX is designed for use with checked baggage, passenger and cargo screening.  It has already successfully completed qualification testing and operational testing and evaluation before being placed on the TSA’s qualified ETD product list.
Morpho Detection’s contract with TSA was funded, in part, by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which is designed to help generate jobs.  “”We are especially pleased to have our next-generation Itemiser DX explosive trace detection system chosen by TSA for use at airport checkpoints across the country,” said Dennis Cooke, President and CEO, Morpho Detection. MORPHO DETECTION Inc, a business of Safran group’s Sagem Sécurité division, has announced it has signed a contract with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for several hundred Itemiser DX explosive trace detection systems. The contract value is approximately $16 million.  The Itemiser DX is the latest trace-based desktop explosive trace detection (ETD) system to be approved as meeting the demanding detection standards recently established by TSA.  The Itemiser DX is the first trace system to simultaneously detect positive and negative ions using a single detector. The manufacturer says: “”it delivers fast explosives detection in a desktop package that is reliable, cost effective, and easy to use.”
The systems are expected to be deployed to airport checkpoints across the United States to replace and upgrade current units.  Morpho Detection’s Itemiser DX system is the company’s first branded product since Sagem Sécurité acquired GE’s Homeland Protection business in September 2009.
The Itemiser DX is designed for use with checked baggage, passenger and cargo screening.  It has already successfully completed qualification testing and operational testing and evaluation before being placed on the TSA’s qualified ETD product list.
Morpho Detection’s contract with TSA was funded, in part, by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which is designed to help generate jobs.  “”We are especially pleased to have our next-generation Itemiser DX explosive trace detection system chosen by TSA for use at airport checkpoints across the country,” said Dennis Cooke, President and CEO, Morpho Detection.
 
…And Unveils Handheld Trace Detector
ON FEBRUARY 15 Morpho Detection announced the release of its Hardened MobileTrace handheld trace detection system.  The manufacturer says that in addition to the explosives and narcotics detection capabilities of the standard MobileTrace product, the Hardened MobileTrace: “can detect and identify chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals that can be weaponized.” Engineered to meet the US Department of Defense’s MIL-STD-810-G standard for temperature, dust, impact and humidity, the Hardened MobileTrace is said to be: “designed for quick, accurate detection in the most challenging environments.”
Morpho’s President and CEO Dennis Cooke said: “The expanded detection capabilities of the ruggedized Hardened MobileTrace make it an especially valuable tool for field operations and investigations involving standard explosives, narcotics, chemical warfare substances and other toxic industrial chemicals.
“Morpho Detection is committed to developing products that address detection and identification of the constantly evolving threats our customers face in the places they encounter them, including the most challenging field environments.”
MobileTrace incorporates Morpho Detection’s patented Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometer (ITMS), or trace, technology into a highly portable device.  ITMS explosives and narcotics detection sensitivity and reliability has already been used in other Morpho Detection trace-based products used at military bases, border crossings, airports and other facilities and critical security checkpoints around the world.