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Leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray inspection systems, American Science & Engineering Inc. (ASEI - Snapshot Report) recently procured an U.S. government contract worth $2.6 million for the regular upkeep of its cargo X-ray inspection systems. The contract entails American Science & Engineering to provide service and maintenance for Z Portal and ZBV systems that are typically used for cargo and vehicle screening purposes.

The Z-Portal inspection systems are engineered to detect concealed threats and contraband such as explosives, drugs, weapons, or alcohols by scanning cars, vans, trucks, or any other cargo-laden vehicles. The devices are adept for high-traffic locations with space constraints and high-throughput requirements.

The products employ an indigenously built and patented Z Backscatter technology to produce photo-like images of the contents of a container or vehicle, highlighting organic materials that reveal potentially hazardous or threat items. Consequently, the products play an integral part in protecting high-risk zones and in combating terrorism and trade fraud, drug smuggling, weapon smuggling and illegal immigration.  

With a full-range of cutting-edge industry-proven security screening solutions, American Science & Engineering has carved out a niche for itself in the market and serves premier government agencies, border authorities, military bases, airports and corporations worldwide, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The current maintenance contract from the U.S. government agencies further reinforces American Science & Engineering’s leading position in the market. A regular maintenance of the products also help in securing facilities and critical infrastructure that are essential to the function of corporations, governments and national defense organizations around the world.

However, American Science & Engineering faces stiff competition from other bigwigs in the industry such as Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (PHG - Analyst Report), Universal Electronics Inc. (UEIC - Snapshot Report) and Siemens Aktiengesellschaft , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). American Science & Engineering presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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