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Hitachi Introduces Innovative and Powerful Explosive Trace Detection Device, the 'DS-100E'

Mar 26, 2002 13:24 PM

-- For Use with Checked and Carry-on Airline Baggage, Facility Security, and Border Control --

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 26, 2002 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) today announced the introduction of a new and highly innovative explosive detection device, DS-100E, applicable to baggage screening at airports. The DS-100E is being rolled out in Washington, DC at the "The Global Security and Disaster Response Summit".

The U.S. Congress has mandated that by December 31, 2002, all checked airline luggage must be screened for explosives. The US Department of Transportation and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are responsible for purchasing and installing the technology necessary to fulfill this legislative requirement.

The Hitachi DS-100E can make an important contribution in meeting this deadline. The DS-100E incorporates Hitachi's unique sensor technology, Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization - Mass Spectrometry (APCI-MS), to detect explosive in checked or carry-on airline luggage. The DS-100E has high sensitivity to detect a range of explosives, is highly selective with a very low error rate, and works at a very high rate of speed.