Morpho Detection Receives TSA Service Order for Deployed Itemiser DX Explosives Trace Detectors

Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:00am EDT

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  NEWARK, CA, Jul 10 (Marketwire) -- 
Morpho Detection, Inc. (MDI), the explosives and narcotics detection
business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced it has
received an order from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) for maintenance of its deployed Itemiser(R) DX desktop explosives
trace detection (ETD) units. 

    Under terms of the order, which extends the two-year original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) warranty for one-year with annual renewal options,
Morpho Detection will continue to provide preventative and corrective
maintenance services for TSA's Itemiser DX fleet deployed at U.S.
airports beginning in November 2009. Previously, TSA had procured
post-warranty maintenance services for ETDs from a third-party service

    In awarding this sole source order, potentially worth up to $13 million
annually during the order period, TSA cited "significant savings" in
extending the OEM warranty as opposed to outsourcing to a third-party

    "Morpho Detection welcomes the opportunity to continue our maintenance
services with TSA to help protect travelers and streamline the security
screening process," said Brad Buswell, president and CEO, Morpho
Detection, Inc. "Morpho Detection is committed to helping TSA meet their
high standards for equipment maintenance and service by driving
continuous system improvements, enhancing system reliability and
delivering operational cost savings."

    Since its introduction in 2009, Morpho Detection's Itemiser DX has been
approved by five global regulatory agencies. Morpho Detection's latest
trace detection solution, Itemiser DX, is deployed at airport
checkpoints, checked baggage and air cargo screening facilities, critical
infrastructure and secure locations around the world. 

    To date, TSA has ordered more than 2,800 Itemiser DX units with a total
Morpho Detection contract value of more than $83 million. 

    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.

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