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Millimetre Wave Explosive Detection for the US TSA

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L-3 Communications
: 25 February, 2010  (Application Story)
Transportation Security Administration places order on L-3 Communications for the ProVision MMW system for the detection of explosives at US airport screening checkpoints
L-3 Communications has recently been awarded a $164.7 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply the agency with millimetre wave (MMW) advanced imaging technology (AIT) systems to screen for explosives and other threats at security checkpoints. This contract vehicle makes L-3 eligible for future delivery orders for its ProVision MMW system.

“TSA’s award of this contract follows the recent designation of ProVision as a qualified checkpoint screening system,” said Thomas Ripp, president of L-3 Security & Detection Systems. “In use at US airports since 2007, our ProVision millimeter wave system offers an effective, efficient and safe screening technology.”

The technology used in the ProVision system utilizes safe, harmless radio waves to detect threats which may be hidden under a passenger’s clothing. Threat substances made from a wide variety of materials can be found with the ProVision, including both metallic and non-metallic threat items.

Mr Ripp continued, “L-3 is currently testing software upgrades and continues to enhance L-3’s checkpoint screening technology to detect an even broader range of potential aviation threats.”

L-3’s ProVision offers multiple levels of privacy protection that can be customized to support customer-specific operational procedures. Security analysts see a 3-D black and white silhouette that makes it virtually impossible to determine the identity of the scanned individual. Also, images are viewed in remote locations separate from the checkpoint, so that analysts cannot see the passenger being scanned. Privacy is further ensured with options that allow for blurring of facial features.

More than 200 ProVision systems are deployed worldwide to protect critical airports and other facilities, including federal and state courthouses, correctional institutions, embassies and border crossings.

With a broad range of systems and technology and an installed base of more than 20,000 systems worldwide, L-3 Security & Detection Systems offers screening technologies for numerous security applications that include aviation systems for hold-baggage Explosives detection and checkpoint screening, cargo and air freight screening, port and border inspection, and facility protection. L-3 Security & Detection Systems’ customer base includes the U.S. military and numerous government agencies, major airports and airlines, national and local authorities, and high-risk commercial enterprises throughout the world.
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