GE Lands Additional EDS Contracts with Transportation Security Administration

Contracts valued at over $50 million for purchase of 43 explosives detection machines


GE's Homeland Protection business, a subsidiary of General Electric Company and part of the GE Infrastructure, Security business unit, today announced its most recent delivery order with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA): the purchase of 43 CTX 9000 DSi explosives detection system (EDS) machines, valued at over $50 million.

Other recent notable contracts include:

-- EntryScan3 walk-through explosives detection portals, valued at $1.5 million; and

-- A systems service and maintenance contract valued at approximately $36 million through September 30, 2005, with four one-year options.

An in-line baggage screening system allows airports to remove EDS machines from terminal lobbies and install them into behind-the-scenes baggage handling conveyor systems. This high-tech permanent solution can increase the efficiency of screening all checked baggage for explosives and add a customer service benefit by allowing passengers to drop off their checked baggage at the ticket counter instead of bringing their bags to a separate lobby area for screening.

GE's Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract with TSA has a three-year ordering period for EDS machines, spare parts and related engineering services. This is the third delivery order under the contract. TSA already has deployed more than 800 GE EDS machines to screen checked luggage for explosives at airports throughout the nation.

Louis Parker, Chief Operating Officer of GE Infrastructure, Security, said, "GE is dedicated to developing the technologies that help travelers and their families enjoy greater peace of mind when traveling. We are introducing new traveler-friendly technology like the CTX 9000 DSi, EntryScan, and Itemiser to help make travel safer -- and more enjoyable -- worldwide."