SOURCE: GE Security

October 01, 2007 08:00 ET

GE Security CTX™ 9400 Achieves Transportation Security Administration Explosives Detection System Certification

First EDS in GE's New, Industry-Leading Multi-Generational Product Plan; Moves From Testing to Commercial Availability

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2007) - GE Security's Homeland Protection Inc., a business of GE Security, Inc., a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of the General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), today announced that its CTX™ 9400 has received TSA certification and recently completed operational test and evaluation (OT&E). Fourteen units in this latest addition to GE's line of explosives detection systems (EDS) have already been shipped to the first customer. One CTX 9400 upgrade kit has also been shipped.

The CTX 9400 incorporates hardware and software upgrades to help customers achieve reduced false alarm rates, enhanced operational throughput and potentially lower total cost of ownership in highly automated, advanced technology inline EDS baggage screening systems. The 9400 recently underwent OT&E testing at a major international airport where preliminary results show potential for significantly lower operational costs through a substantial reduction in diversions of bags for manual screening.

The CTX 9400 represents the first in an evolutionary series of enhancements that constitute GE's industry-leading Multi-Generational Product Plan (MGPP) for its CTX 9000 DSi EDS line. The GE MGPP offers customers the ability to protect their baggage screening infrastructure investments by ensuring a continuing upgrade path to the latest EDS technologies through a series of regular new product releases. Both CTX 9000 DSis and CTX 9400s, whether purchased new or upgraded, will be upgradeable to future CTX releases, including the upcoming CTX 9800 DSi when it becomes available.

"The GE Security multi-generational product plan for EDS, led by the now-certified CTX 9400, reflects GE's commitment to offering airport and security operators the promise of the latest, most efficient, effective and reliable baggage screening solutions available without the need for wholesale replacement of their infrastructure investments," said Dennis Cooke, president, GE Security's Homeland Protection business. "Our customers can be confident, thanks to this MGPP, that their investments in EDS systems will continue to deliver value and performance improvements well into the future."

The next-generation CTX in GE's MGPP, the CTX 9800 DSi has completed initial data collection exercises at a major international airport in preparation for the upcoming certification process. It is poised to deliver the industry's first high-resolution, full volumetric scanning, which, promises unprecedented levels of detection and significantly higher throughput. The 9800 is also expected to provide operators with significantly better tools to aid their decision making, when certified. The CTX 9800 DSi is leveraging the resources of GE's Homeland Protection business along with the specialized expertise of GE Healthcare and GE's Global Research Center to take the CTX 9000 DSi platform to new levels of performance and reliability.

About GE's Security Business

GE Security, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a leading supplier of security and life safety technologies, with operations in more than 35 countries and $1.8 billion in annual sales. GE Security offers one of the industry's broadest product portfolios, covering explosives and narcotics detection, intrusion and access control, video surveillance, key management, and fire detection. GE Security's products are used to protect people and property across a wide range of industries, including aviation, law enforcement, banking, education, healthcare, mass transit, residential and retail.

GE Security was honored with Frost & Sullivan's 2007 Global Market Leadership Award for Container Security Devices for its CommerceGuard container security solution. For more information about GE Security and our products, please visit www.gesecurity.com.

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