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DHS Awards R&D Contract To Morpho For Air Cargo Detector Development

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded a contract to Morpho Detection to develop the Advanced Itemiser DX Air Cargo explosives trace detector (ETD).

Under terms of the contract, valued at nearly $1 million, Morpho Detection will develop and build an Advanced Itemiser DX retrofit kit for the aviation security market — a major user of the Itemiser DX. The air cargo upgrade kit is designed to enhance detection capabilities for new explosives threats and increase the threat library capacity. Morpho Detection will deliver three prototype kits for DHS S&T validation in early 2016.    

A lightweight and portable desktop system, Itemiser DX is designed to detect residue from explosives on parcels, bags, cargo, skin, clothing, vehicles and other surfaces. Approved by seven global regulatory agencies, more than 5,000 units have been deployed to airports, air cargo screening facilities and secure locations around the world.

Morpho Detection’s Itemiser units have proven popular in Europe, with almost 900 Itemiser 4DX detectors shipped to airports throughout the continent in 2015. Itemiser 4DX is designed to detect and identify trace amounts of explosives on skin, clothing, carried items, bags, vehicles and other surfaces.

Supplied to meet the September 2015 requirements of new EU legislation for enhanced explosives screening of passengers, Morpho has shipped Itemiser 4DX to European aviation hubs including in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. As a result of these contracts, Morpho is now the leading supplier of European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC)-approved ETD to airports in Europe.

Currently approved for passenger and cargo screening throughout ECAC’s 44 member nations, Itemiser 4DX helps streamline operations by eliminating the administrative, regulatory, storage and shipping requirements associated with a radiation-emitting trace detection source. 

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