TSA approves explosives detector from GE Infrastructure

NEWARK, Calif., 20 January 2005. GE Infrastructure's security business announced today that its X-ray diffraction (XRD) system has been certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to meet the standards for screening passenger checked baggage in the United States.

Jan 20th, 2005

NEWARK, Calif., 21 January 2005. GE Infrastructure's security business announced today that its X-ray diffraction (XRD) system has been certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to meet the standards for screening passenger checked baggage in the United States.

GE's "Yxlon XES 3000" system, which uses X-ray diffraction technology to identify the chemical signature of explosives, is the first non-computed tomography (CT) based technology to meet the TSA's certification standards for the detection of explosive devices.

To date, GE Infrastructure Security's Homeland Protection subsidiary has received orders for XRD systems from six European airports and the Israeli Airport Authority.

No company has more explosives detection technologies certified by the TSA than GE Infrastructure. For the first time since certification of GE's "InVision CTX 5000" system in 1994, a non-computed tomography (CT) based technology has met the TSA's strict certification standards.

XRD technology identifies the chemical signature of explosives, providing complimentary detection capabilities to CT based systems. Other systems based on CT technology, including the "InVision CTX 9000 DSi" system, "InVision CTX 5500 DS" system, "InVision CTX 2500" system and "InVision CTX 1000"system are all certified by the TSA to detect explosives in passenger checked baggage.

"By combining this XRD technology with our family of CT-based explosives detection systems, baggage screeners will have yet another tool available to detect the presence of explosives and prevent dangerous materials from reaching an airplane, protecting travelers worldwide. This means greater peace of mind for the airports and their customers," said Louis Parker, president and CEO of GE's Homeland Protection division.

GE Infrastructure, headquartered in Wilton, Conn., is a high-technology platform, comprising some of GE's fastest-growing businesses, including the Security and Water & Process Technologies platforms. These global businesses offer a set of infrastructure protection and productivity solutions to some of the most pressing issues that industries face.

The Homeland Protection business of GE Infrastructure, Security is the leading manufacturer of advanced explosive detection systems that use trace detection, advanced computed tomography technology, X-ray diffraction and quadrupole resonance technologies. GE Infrastructure is a leading supplier of explosives detection systems to the U.S. government for civil aviation security. For more information, see www.geinfrastructure.com or www.gesecurity.com.

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