The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), a supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, a $14 million contract to design and build a non-intrusive inspection system for air cargo, according to a written statement.
After a competitive procurement process, DHS selected AS&E, which is working with Bubble Technology Industries on a system that provides advanced imaging through multimodal, active interrogation techniques, AS&E says in a written statement. The first phase of the contract is being funded at $2.2 million and is being managed by DHS’ Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate.
AS&E’s system—being developed under S&T’s CanScan Program—will have the ability to automatically detect and identify a wide variety of threat materials, including explosives, drugs, currency and weapons at border crossings, maritime ports, and airports, the company says.
“This award by DHS is a testament to AS&E’s commitment to pioneer the most advanced inspection solutions for our nation’s security requirements,” says Anthony Fabiano, AS&E’s president and CEO. In addition, AS&E has “a long history with Bubble Technology Industries and we are very pleased to collaborate with them on this critical program for the U.S. government," he said.
In addition, Harry Ing, president and CEO of Bubble Technology Industries, said the company is “pleased to work with AS&E to address this important security problem and to achieve the objectives of the CanScan Program.”
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