Here are two posts from someone over at another board doing some fine DD work. I believe that this validates what I have been saying regarding the TSA putting out RFP's in '10 for shoe scanning equipment. So for whomever it was possibly...Braindead? I forget now...there have been so many bashers...but if it was you who asserted that shoe scanning technology is not needed, I think this should clear that up.
"I emailed TSA over a month ago, and I finally got this email back. Sounds like next year decision will be made (but I'm sure they have done their evaluation of the magshoe already and waiting on FY 10 budget). This was actually a letter scanned then emailed to me. I had to copy/paste it on here which dropped the TSA seal off.
601 South 12th Street Arlington, VA 20598
AUG 11 2009
Transportation Security Administration
Dear Mr. Mauro:
Thank you for your e-mail of August 3, 2009, asking if there is shoe scanning technology available to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that would allow passengers to pass through security checkpoints without removing their shoes.
At this time, TSA is not using any shoe scanning technologies that allow passengers to keep their shoes on when passing through the security checkpoint. However, in 2010, TSA plans to release a Request for Information to manufacturers ofshoe scanning equipment. TSA will then review all ofthe information that is received.
Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to improve aviation security by adapting the best ideas from business and industry. We are also looking into new technologies to ensure the safety and security of the traveling public.
TSA continues to receive many suggestions and recommendations for improving all facets ofaviation security and all suggestions, such as yours, are taken into consideration.
I hope this information is helpful.
Stephanie M. Curtis Correspondence Program Manager Office ofthe Executive Secretariat
To caveat my previous post, I had emailed TSA asking about products which enabled passengers to keep their shoes on. I told them of a story where a little boy peed his pants and got it on the carpet at the x ray machine. I wrote that it was unsanitary. I'm sure if TSA keeps getting emails of this nature, it might cause them to act/decide faster. "
I call 'em like I see 'em. In my estimation, I am neither above nor below bashers and pumpers. We all have a role in this wonderful thing called trading, so who am I to believe that I am above anyone else?
My job as it were, as defined by me, is simply to provide information (hopefully objective in nature), and challenge people who make statements that I feel are not backed up with some form of rationale. You'll notice that I have agreed with some nay sayers about certain aspects of the company that cast doubt on their future. I want to be as objective as possible here, as my own hard earned money is in this sucker and therefore, if someone has solid evidence telling me to get out, well then I sure as hell want to hear about it!
You also know that I rarely call people bashers in general, but that comment about a lack of need is rediculous.
And as for your comment about the lack of an "absolute" need for the product...come on Day...you can do better than that as a retort! Did we need cell phones instead of wireless phones? Did we need washing machines instead of washboards? Of course not, but there is obviously a call for this technology, and it will be answered. Obama made the call himself, and I believe he has proven himself the kinda dude who fulfills his promises.
Nice post, the problem as I see it is that IDO is a small company, whereas GE is a huge company with alot of influence. Unless IDO comes up with a unique product(metal & explosive detection) I honestly don't see how they would be given a contract potentially worth tens of millions(but as a long I wish they would get it)
That's the point though...GE is no longer a factor. Their product cost 200 G's and did not pass TSA testing....and now they divested themselves of the shoe scanning subsidiary via selling it to a French company.
As I have said previously, the government cheese on its way to the tune of 700mil strictly to be used by TSA on passenger screening expenditure, must be spent within the fiscal year or it will then be recouped by the feds back to their coffers. Once again, when people talk about why TSA has not approved this technology previously when they have been around for several years, I believe funding is the reason why.
Even if no company comes out with exposives detection, they will then go with the company with the best product currently available, which in my opinion, is the MagShoe. In the past few years...no funding = no shoe scanning. The recession may very well be playing in our favor for those who bought in recently or plan to buy soon. My money is on 2010 to be IDO's year!
I know that you, and other pumpers (there are so many) don't like to hear this, but there's a genuine, legitimate question about IDO's financial solvency. Flatly said, IDO might not make it to 2010, as they are in default in their loans now.
I'm actually confused a little here CT. I know the bashers are bashers, but they have all been saying the magshoe was rejected. Now according to that email one would think it's still in for review and/or approval/disapproval. I am leaning towards the fact obviously it's in for review, cuz as always the bashers just say it was rejected without proof. I'm still in for the long haul, just wondering if anyone knows for sure?