Morpho Detection Awarded U.S. DHS R&D Contracts for Shoe Scanning Device Prototypes

Thu May 3, 2012 8:00am EDT

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  NEWARK, CA, May 03 (Marketwire) -- 
Morpho Detection, Inc. (MDI), the explosives and narcotics detection
business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced it has
received two research contracts from the Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) for the development of shoe
scanning device (SSD) prototypes. 

    Valued at more than $1.4 million, these contracts call for the
development of two SSD prototypes that integrate multiple
threat-detection technologies including MDI's advanced quadrupole
resonance (QR), ITMS(TM) (Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometer) trace
technology and mass spectrometry (MS). These awards are expected to
further the development of next-generation solutions that may allow air
passengers to leave their shoes on during security screening.

    "We are pleased to be selected to continue our years-long work in
advancing shoe scanning technology in collaboration with DHS," said Brad
Buswell, president and CEO, Morpho Detection, Inc. "Investment in
advanced technologies by industry and government is crucial to
realization of greater effectiveness, efficiency and convenience in
airport screening. These awards are great examples of such public-private
cooperation to address a pressing security challenge and a longstanding
passenger irritant." 

    "We are honored DHS has recognized the potential MDI's advanced
technologies have for solving the shoe scanning challenge," said Jay
Hill, executive vice president, global strategy & technology, MDI.
"Development of a high-performance SSD will go a long ways toward
reducing screening times while bringing new efficiency and accuracy to
the process." 

    The devices addressed by the two R&D contracts will result in the
integration of various advanced explosive and non-explosive threat
detection technologies into separate MS- and QR-based SSDs. 

    MDI has worked with U.S. government agencies for more than seven years to
develop and deploy integrated shoe-scanning technology into checkpoint
security screenings.

    For more information on Morpho's detection products, visit

    About Morpho Detection, Inc.
 Morpho Detection, Inc., part of Morpho, a
security business of the Safran group (PARIS: SAF), is a leading supplier
of explosives and narcotics and chemical, biological, radiological, and
nuclear (CBRN) detection systems for government, military, air and ground
transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other
high-risk organizations. Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography,
Raman spectroscopy, trace (ITMS(TM)), mass spectrometry, X-ray and X-ray
Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities
more accurate, productive and efficient. Morpho Detection's solutions are
deployed to help protect people and property the world over. 


Press Contact:
Scott Factor
Morpho Detection, Inc

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