Markland develops wireless sensor suite for U.S. Army

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., 14 January 2005. Markland Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has completed the development of an advanced, wireless-based, remote surveillance sensor device under a contract with the U.S. Army's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD).

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., 14 January 2005. Markland Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has completed the development of an advanced, wireless-based, remote surveillance sensor device under a contract with the U.S. Army's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD).

Markland's wholly owned subsidiary EOIR Technologies Inc. is now prepared to market this Universal Sensor Remote Device (USRD) to government agencies at all levels.

The product development effort was performed under an ongoing five-year omnibus contract which may provide a maximum award ceiling amount of up to $80 million in fiscal year revenues for Markland. The contract has a potential value of approximately $406 million over the life of the contract.

The USRD receives multiple remote military field surveillance sensor inputs and sends the digital data streams back to a base station for analysis and display. The device is designed to be flexible, to accept a range of different types of surveillance sensor inputs, and to provide control via remote input. Personnel at a surveillance base station are able to control the remote systems and select the appropriate transmission method, such as wired or wireless -- including radio modem or wireless LAN systems -- depending upon surveillance sensor bandwidth and distance requirements. The USRD system is designed to leverage existing standard communication and sensor protocols to ensure interoperability with a large percentage of existing systems, as well as a high degree of ease of operation.

"We believe the USRD will make a significant contribution to our military customer, but it also has the potential to provide important capabilities for domestic Homeland Security customers who are working to protect infrastructure assets such as rail yards, shipping facilities, airports, nuclear facilities or any other locations where security and surveillance sensors are employed," said Robert Tarini, chairman and CEO of Markland.

"We are pleased to have been selected to work with some of the most advanced technology development teams in the U.S. military and to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in protecting troops and civilians through major development programs such as the Universal Sensor Remote Device."

The Army's NVESD research and development group is one of the U.S. military's most advanced technological leaders and has been responsible for numerous key innovations in the fields of optical electronics and thermal imaging for weapons targeting, electronic surveillance and other mission-critical military applications.

Markland is working on a range of next-generation technology solutions for the NVESD, including night vision and advanced sensor applications, and other threat-detection systems.

Markland Technologies, Inc. is committed to setting next-generation standards in defense and security through the provision of innovative emerging technologies and expert services. The company is engaged in the identification of advanced technologies currently under development in laboratories, universities and in private industry, and in the transformation of those technologies into next-generation products.

Markland's solutions support military, law enforcement and homeland security personnel to protect the nation's citizens, borders and critical infrastructure assets from the threat of terrorism and other dangers. Through strategic development, Markland focuses on the creation of dual-use technology and products with applications in both the defense market and civilian homeland security and law enforcement fields. For more information, see www.marklandtech.com.

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