Smaller System Will 'Reveal' Explosives In Checked Luggage
Safety Administration (TSA) has placed a $24.8 million order with
Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc. for the company to provide its
new CT-80 automated Explosives Detection Systems to airports
throughout the US.
"We are eager to support TSA's plans to optimize checked baggage
screening at airports around the country," said Michael Ellenbogen,
president and CEO of Reveal Imaging Technologies. "The CT-80 can be
rolled into an airport and operating in hours without any major
changes to airport infrastructure, a multi-million dollar cost
savings for most airports."
The procurement contract -- to begin as part of an initial
three-year plan, with provisions for "indefinite delivery,
indefinite quantity" according to a company press release -- will
allow rapid deployment of CT-80 EDS systems, which are billed as
the smallest and lightest EDS screening equipment available
according to Ellenbogen.
According to the company, the CT-80 uses proven Computed
Tomography (CT) technology configured in a new way in order to
reduce the size, cost and weight of the system. The dual-energy CT,
which scans the entire bag, uses measurements such as density and
atomic number to optimize detection, while reducing the number of
The system is small enough to be integrated into an airline
check-in desk or kiosk, placed at curbside check-in, or in the
lobby -- anywhere checked baggage screening is required, according
The CT-80 passed TSA certification testing in December 2004, and
has been successfully field-tested in pilot programs at John F.
Kennedy International Airport in New York, Newark International in
Newark, NJ and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Gulfport,
First shipments of the systems will begin this quarter and
continue into 2006. The TSA is currently evaluating which
airports will receive the systems.