BILLERICA, Mass., Aug. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc. ("AS&E") (Nasdaq:ASEI), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today the receipt of an $8.2 million order for Z Portal ® and Sentry™ Portal cargo and vehicle screening systems from a Latin American government agency to protect an international airport. The Z Portal and Sentry Portal systems will be used to safely and effectively screen vehicles and air cargo for explosive threats, drugs, and other contraband at this Latin American airport. One Z Portal system will be used to scan trucks entering the airport for manifest verification. The second Z Portal and Sentry Portal will be used in combination to scan pallets and containers or Unit Load Devices (ULDs) which are used to load luggage, freight, and mail onto aircraft. The systems will leverage ASE Connect — AS&E's networking solution for centralized management of X-ray equipment, images, and associated data. The combination of Z Portal and Sentry Portal systems will provide a high-throughput, high-penetration, drive-through cargo inspection solution that delivers a reliable means of detecting threatening materials, weapons, and contraband hidden in ULD cargo containers, without impeding the flow of commerce. The systems are safe for drivers, operators and cargo, and offer the unique combination of high-throughput capability and unsurpassed image quality. "This order marks our second Z Portal system deployment and first Sentry Portal order in this Latin America country," said Anthony Fabiano, AS&E's President and CEO. "The systems will be custom engineered to meet our client's unique air cargo scanning requirements, taking advantage of both high quality transmission X-rays in the Sentry Portal system and proven Z Backscatter ™ X-ray imaging in the Z Portal system." About Z Portal System: Multi-View, High-throughput, Drive-through Detection Capability AS&E's Z Portal is a multi-view, drive-through screening system capable of scanning cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo for concealed threats and contraband. With its compact profile, the Z Portal system is ideal for high-traffic locations with space constraints and a high-throughput requirement. The Z Portal system is safe for drivers, operators, cargo, and the environment. The screening system is available in two sizes – one for large trucks, buses, and cargo vehicles, and a smaller size for passenger vehicles. Z Portal system customers include U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Abu Dhabi Customs, and NATO.
About Sentry Portal System: High-throughput, High-penetration, Drive-through Detection CapabilityAS&E's Sentry Portal is a high-throughput, high-penetration, drive-through cargo inspection system. It delivers a reliable means of detecting threatening materials, weapons, and contraband hidden in cargo containers, tankers, and large vehicles while maintaining the flow of commerce. Using a high-energy transmission X-ray source, the Sentry Portal provides high-penetration into inspected objects — up to 300 mm (12 inches) of steel — and unsurpassed image quality, with a throughput of up to 150 trucks per hour. The system features a compact footprint allowing for installation in areas with space constraints. Safety Assured: Employing technology to avoid scanning the cab of the truck, a robust container locating sub-system ensures safe drive-through operation, so that the driver is never exposed to high-energy X-rays. About ASE Connect: Highly Flexible Networking Solution for Centralized Management ASE Connect is the networking solution for AS&E's suite of X-ray inspection products, allowing for the centralized management of X-ray equipment, images, and associated data by a common software application. This highly flexible solution offers several layers of capabilities to meet a variety of security scenarios and is scalable and customizable to specific security requirements. With ASE Connect, communicating vital information with secondary and remote analysts is quick and easy. Security inspectors can transmit X-ray images and associated data from peripherals, such as license plate readers and scene cameras, to secondary/remote analysis stations or manual re-check stations for further assessment. From there, analysts can view images, apply image analysis tools, provide threat assessments as well as send information to other analysts and supervisors. Supervisors have the capability to run reports on the network, view equipment status, manage users, and manage the database. About AS&E American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray inspection systems. With over 50 years of experience in developing advanced X-ray security systems, the Company's product line utilizes a combination of technologies, including patented Z Backscatter™ technology, Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD), high energy transmission and dual energy transmission X-ray. These technologies offer superior X-ray threat detection for plastic explosives, plastic weapons, liquid explosives, dirty bombs and nuclear devices. AS&E's complete range of products include cargo inspection systems for port and border security, baggage screening systems for facility and aviation security, and personnel and passenger screening systems. AS&E ® systems protect high-threat facilities and help combat terrorism, trade fraud, drug smuggling, weapon smuggling, illegal immigration, and people smuggling. AS&E customers include leading government agencies, border authorities, military bases, airports and corporations worldwide, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), UK Border Agency (UKBA), Hong Kong Customs, and Abu Dhabi Customs. For more information on AS&E products and technologies, please visit www.as-e.com. The American Science and Engineering, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=12556 Safe Harbor Statement : The foregoing press release contains statements concerning AS&E's financial performance, markets and business operations that may be considered "forward-looking" under applicable securities laws. AS&E wishes to caution readers of this press release that actual results might differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements. Factors which might cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements contained herein include the following: significant reductions, delays or cancellations (in full or in part) in procurements of the Company's systems by the United States and other governments; disruption in the supply of any source component incorporated into AS&E's products; litigation seeking to restrict the use of intellectual property used by the Company; limitations under certain laws on the Company's ability to protect its own intellectual property; potential product liability claims against the Company; global political trends and events which affect public perception of the threat presented by drugs, explosives and other contraband; global economic developments and the ability of governments and private organizations to fund purchases of the Company's products to address such threats; the potential insufficiency of Company resources, including human resources, capital, plant and equipment and management systems, to accommodate any future growth; technical problems and other delays that could impact new product development and the Company's ability to adapt to changes in technology and customer requirements; competitive pressures; lengthy sales cycles both in United States government procurement and procurement abroad; future delays in federal funding, the market price of the company's stock prevailing from time to time, the nature of other investment opportunities presented to the company from time to time, the company's cash flows from operations and market and general economic conditions. These and certain other factors which might cause actual results to differ materially from those projected are detailed from time to time in AS&E's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which important factors are incorporated herein by reference. AS&E undertakes no obligation to update forward looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or changes in future operating results, financial condition or business over time. Readers are further advised to review the "Risk Factors" set forth in the Company's most recent Form 10-Q and Form 10-K, which further detail and supplement the factors described in this Safe Harbor Statement. Among other disclosures, the Risk Factors disclose risks pertaining to that portion of the Company's business that is dependent on United States government contracting as well as international customers.
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