Morpho’s Itemiser DX Desktop Explosives Trace Detector Certified for Use at Airports in France

Portable, user-friendly detector currently approved for use by airports and transportation facilities worldwide

PARIS – April 10, 2013 – Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, Inc., today announced its Itemiser® DX desktop explosives trace detection (ETD) system has been certified by the Service Technique de l'Aviation Civile*. (STAC) in France.

As a result of this certification, the sixth by a global regulatory agency, Itemiser DX is now available to quickly and accurately screen cabin and hold baggage, passengers, and cargo for explosives at airports throughout France.

"We are pleased that STAC has recognized the ability of Itemiser DX to help airports enhance operational efficiencies in the security screening process and increase return on investment (ROI) on security infrastructure investments," said Brad Buswell, president and CEO, Morpho Detection, Inc. "Itemiser DX reflects Morpho Detection's commitment to developing solutions that give security personnel and airport operators the capabilities and mobility needed to protect travelers and plan for current and emerging threats."

Itemiser DX incorporates Morpho's ITMS® trace technology into a lightweight, portable desktop system that can detect residue from explosives on skin, clothing, parcels, bags, cargo, vehicles and other surfaces. In addition to STAC, Itemiser DX has been approved by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Israeli Prime Minister's Office, the Italian Department of Transport, U.K. Department for Transport, and the U.K. Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB).

Since its introduction in 2009, more than 3,000 Itemiser DX units have been deployed to airport checkpoints, checked baggage and air cargo screening facilities, critical infrastructure and secure locations around the world.

The availability of Itemiser DX and the handheld MobileTrace® ETD system, certified by STAC in 2012, gives airports in France a single partner to provide advanced trace detection solutions to meet the most demanding security programs and challenges.

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* The civil aviation technical center of the French civil aviation authority, STAC tests and certifies security technology and solutions for use at airports in France.

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About Morpho

Morpho a high-technology company of Safran, is one of the world's leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho's integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and countries.

Morpho Detection, Inc. part of Morpho, Safran's (PAR: SAF) security business, is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography, Raman spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™), mass spectrometry, X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. Morpho Detection's solutions are deployed to help protect people and property the world over.

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Morpho (Safran)
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Morpho Detection, Inc
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