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  • According to my Sunday paper, the bomb-detecting
    devices installed in airports are not working as well as
    they did in testing. No names were mentioned, but they
    did say that Miami airport was having big failures.
    Is magsf the detection system there? Anybody know
    any more about this?

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    • There were stories about this on CNN, and they
      referred to the Invision devices. The invision units were
      also the ones they showed in the video footage
      accompanying the story. Seems to me like thats good news for
      MAGSF- the story said these devices had many false
      alarms and weren't really being used very much by the

      • 2 Replies to AikenLaw
      • The CNN story on the Invision machine was true,
        but misleading. Firstly the report by the Inspector
        General to Congress was politicaly biased. Secondly the
        false alarm rate is reported as higher in the field
        than during FAA testing but...

        - it is still by
        far the lowest false alarm rate in the
        industry, so is only high relative to the testing no other

        - reportedly the data is from an unusual case where
        the machines where not used on typical

        Also the story left out the fact that the same report
        recommended a federal funding level of $100 million/year for
        the next 6 years
        for airline baggage security. Of
        this the bulk will probably go to EDS certified
        systems. For fiscal '99 that leaves only Invision,
        although L3 may have succeed in getting certs next year
        (although I believe they've failed 3 tries

        Anyway if you want to learn more about the aviation
        security industry, there are some good posts on the INVN,
        VVID, and ALOG sight.

        Happy investing!

      • Of course we don't know which U.S. Airports are
        testing the Magal products, but I believe there are two.
        Let us hope our products are proving to be superior
        and that they will be chosen immediatly to replace
        the Invision junks. This certainly seems like it will
        boost attention for us. Jerry.

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