AS&E receives ID/IQ contract from U.S. government for Z Portal screening systems

BILLERICA, Mass. – December 6, 2010 – American Science and Engineering, a leader in X-ray detection technology, announced that the Company has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract from the U.S. government for multiple Z Portal vehicle screening systems. The multi-year ID/IQ contract has a ceiling value of $67.0 million. The first task order of the ID/IQ has been funded for $29.5 million. The Z Portal systems will be deployed on multiple U.S. border crossings. This installation follows the successful deployment of the Z Portal system on the U.S. Southwest border in 2008.

"These additional Z Portal systems will provide homeland security officials with advanced detection technology," said Anthony Fabiano, AS&E’s President and CEO. "The Z Portal offers a high-throughput security solution to safely and effectively screen vehicles for explosive threats, drugs, and other contraband. We continue to receive outstanding field performance reports of AS&E systems deployed on the border, and we are proud to support the U.S. government’s critical counter-drug and anti-terrorism missions."

About Z Portal

Z Portal is a multi-view, drive-through vehicle screening system capable of scanning trucks, cars and vans for concealed threats and contraband. The Z Portal system provides comprehensive screening of three sides of the vehicle under inspection, and highlights organic contraband, such as explosives, drugs, and other contraband.

- Provides safe, comprehensive threat detection: Better detects threats and contraband hidden in a car or vehicle — providing optimum security with an easy-to-read image of where the threat or contraband is hidden.

- Reduces Traveler’s Inconvenience: Reduces intrusive and time consuming manual searches from potentially hours to minutes.

- Safety Assured: Z Portal’s low radiation dosage is safe for operators, drivers and the environment and falls well within standards set by The National Council on Radiation Protection and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The Z Portal system conforms to ANSI N43.17: Radiation Safety For Personnel Security Screening Systems Using X-Rays. For a comparison, one scan of the Z Portal is equivalent to flying about 1 minute at altitude (approximately 30,000 ft.) in an airplane.