Rapiscan Systems Awarded R&D Contract from TSA

HAWTHORNE, Calif. - Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc., announced that it has received a contract from the Transportation Security Administration ("TSA") for $865,000 to add further software enhancements to its Rapiscan Secure 1000 backscatter technology for personnel screening. Upon completion of the software enhancements, the company will then submit the software to the TSA for further testing and evaluation before it is deployed for field trials.

Rapiscan's proprietary backscatter X-ray technology is embedded within the company's Rapiscan Secure 1000 Body Scanner, a non-intrusive personnel screening system designed to detect metallic and nonmetallic threat objects. The Rapiscan Secure 1000 enables security personnel to detect ceramic, plastic, metallic, organic, and other contraband or security threats. The system provides a comprehensive body search in seconds, eliminating the need for intrusive and less-effective hands-on body searches by security personnel.

President of Rapiscan Systems, Ajay Mehra, stated, "This is an exciting time for Rapiscan and our backscatter technology. We applaud the TSA's commitment to furthering the research and development process and are confident that the technology's value proposition will be made abundantly clear."

In July, Rapiscan announced that the company received an order from the BAA plc (Formerly the British Airport Authority) for three of its Rapiscan Secure 1000 units. They were installed at London's Heathrow Airport, marking the world's first deployment in the civilian aviation market and bringing the total number of units deployed globally to approximately 200 units.