HiEnergy Technologies Completes Prototype Development of Robotic Vehicle Explosive Detection System and Announces New Product Line (USA)
Press Release - Goal to Be Leading Solution in Fight Against Terrorism -
IRVINE, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HiEnergy Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: HIET - News), the homeland security industry leader in neutron-based diagnostic technology, announced today that it has completed the prototype testing required to proceed with the product launch of a new line of robot-borne Atometer(TM) explosive detection devices, under the STARRAY(TM) banner.
STARRAY(TM) evolved from HiEnergy's research and development efforts in landmine detection with the U.S. Army and its recent advancements in stand-off detection of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The first STARRAY(TM) system is configured for the Andros Mark V robotic remote vehicle, which is manufactured by Remotec, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, and can cover rough terrain, climb stairs, clear obstacles and cross ditches in diverse weather and heat conditions. The system is capable of non-invasively and remotely determining, in a little as 40 seconds, the presence of landmines, concealed explosives or unexploded ordnance in a specific area, and the type of munitions or explosives discovered.
Bolstered by successful field testing, including two weeks of extensive open-air live blind tests conducted with the U.S. Army, as well as strong interest from the homeland security marketplace, management approved STARRAY(TM) as HiEnergy's third commercial line to integrate its proprietary and groundbreaking Atometry(TM) technology. STARRAY(TM) follows the commercialization of HiEnergy's CarBomb Finder(TM) and SIEGMA(TM) systems, which to date have been purchased by the U.S. Army and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
"There have been many robotic platforms introduced to the security marketplace in the past; however none have had the functionality and accuracy that comes with the convergence of our embedded Atometer(TM) explosive detectors," stated Roger Spillmann, HiEnergy's President & CEO. "Our sales team will work closely with our subsidiary, HiEnergy Defense, Inc., authorized resellers and distributors, as well as leading manufacturers and integrators of robotic platforms, to generate sales. Our goal is to make STARRAY(TM) the leading solution in the fight against terrorism and the system of choice for automated, remote explosives detection."
HiEnergy intends to market STARRAY(TM) to the U.S. Department of Defense, which has allocated more than $3.3 billion in the fight against IEDs, which has been the biggest killer of U.S. troops in Iraq, and to our nation's first responder community, which includes more than 450 State and local police bomb squads, as well as other law enforcement entities within the United States.
In October 2005, HiEnergy Technologies announced that the U.S. Army selected its white paper on its robot-borne detector of IEDs and landmines for submission of a full proposal, and in December 2005, announced the appropriation of $1 million for "stoichiometric" explosive detection systems with the U.S. Army under Program Element 0602712A.
Von: Apr 19, 2006, http://biz.yahoo.com