October 02, 2013 at 10:05 AM EDT
American Science and Engineering, Inc. Receives $6.2 Million Order for Cargo and Parcel X-ray Inspection Systems to Secure High-Profile Summit in the Middle East

BILLERICA, Mass., Oct. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc. ("AS&E") (Nasdaq:ASEI), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today it has received a $6.2 million order for a ZBV® mobile screening system, a Z Portal® cargo and vehicle screening system, and multiple Gemini® parcel X-ray inspection systems, to secure the perimeter surrounding a high-profile summit in the Middle East. The ZBV and Z Portal systems will be used at perimeter checkpoints to screen vehicles and cargo and the Gemini systems will be used at interior checkpoints to inspect parcels and baggage; after the summit, the systems will remain in place.

"We are working closely with our client to provide a full-range of inspection solutions for security at this important Middle East Summit," said Chuck Dougherty, AS&E's President and CEO. "Our proven cargo screening systems and the multi-technology Gemini parcel systems are uniquely suited for critical infrastructure and high-threat security applications and continue to provide the highest level of detection capability for security agencies around the world."

ZBV: The Number One Selling Cargo and Vehicle Inspection System in the World

Representing a breakthrough in X-ray detection technology, AS&E's ZBV system is the number one selling cargo and vehicle inspection system on the market, with more than 650 systems sold to 128 different customers in 60 countries. The ZBV system is a low-cost, highly mobile screening system built into a commercially available delivery van. It allows for immediate deployment in response to security threats, and its high throughput capability facilitates rapid inspections. The ZBV system employs leading-edge technologies covered by numerous patents, in-force and pending, around the world.

AS&E's Z Portal Cargo & Vehicle Screening System: High-Throughput, Drive-Through Inspection

The Z Portal system is the most comprehensive screening system available with multi-view, drive-through screening for left, right, and top-down imaging of cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo. The Z Portal system's patented Z Backscatter technology provides superior detection capability of explosives, drugs, stowaways, and other contraband. With its compact design, the Z Portal system is ideal for high-traffic locations with space constraints and a high-throughput requirement and is safe for drivers, operators, cargo, and the environment. The relocatable screening system is available in two sizes — one for large trucks, buses, and cargo vehicles, and a smaller size for passenger vehicles. Customers include U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Abu Dhabi Customs, and NATO.

Gemini: Unique Multi-Technology Parcel Inspection Systems

The Gemini parcel inspection system is the lowest cost multi-technology parcel inspection system on the market and the only system to combine AS&E's Z Backscatter™ technology and dual-energy transmission. AS&E's Z Backscatter technology provides enhanced detection of organic materials such as explosives (including sheet and liquid explosives), drugs, and plastic weapons which are easily missed by transmission-only systems in cluttered parcels. Z Backscatter technology's photo-like images are easy to interpret, thereby speeding analysis time, potentially decreasing bags flagged for secondary screening, and reducing operator fatigue. Dual-energy transmission provides outstanding image quality, and enables the quick detection of a wide variety of threats such as guns, knives, and wires for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS). In addition, dual-energy offers organic and metallic discrimination. The Gemini 6040, Gemini 7555, and Gemini 100100 systems offer multiple tunnel sizes to inspect air cargo, large packages, break-bulk cargo, mail and other small parcels to meet the security requirements for customs checkpoints, high-threat facilities, building lobbies, air-cargo facilities, and mailrooms.

About AS&E

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the trusted global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. With over 50 years of experience, AS&E offers proven, advanced, X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration and trade fraud. AS&E systems are designed in a variety of configurations for cargo and vehicle inspection, parcel inspection, and personnel screening. Using a combination of technologies, these systems provide superior detection capabilities, with high-energy, dual-energy, and Z Backscatter X-rays. Learn more about AS&E products and technologies at www.as-e.com.

CONTACT: Public Relations Contact:
         Dana Harris
         Red Javelin Communications, Inc.
         978-440-8392
         dana@redjavelin.com
         
         Laura Berman
         American Science and Engineering, Inc.
         978-262-8700
         lberman@as-e.com
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