Morpho awarded $10 million contract to develop baggage screening technology

Morpho Detection, Inc., announced on Wednesday it is developing a new explosives detection system to screen baggage under a $10 million contract awarded by the Department of Homeland Security.

Under terms of the contract, Morpho will develop a prototype EDS that utilizes X-ray diffraction technology that will be delivered in 2015. The company has been working on the project since 2011 and to date has received $7 million in incremental financing.

The new XRD technology will provide TSA officials with next-generation technology to screen baggage for liquid explosives and other improvised explosive devices.

"Morpho Detection is honored to continue our decades-long work with the U.S. government developing explosives detection systems to meet current and emerging security threats," Morpho Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer Cameron Ritchie said. "This contract is another example our commitment to develop next-generation technology to deliver the most advanced solutions available to protect air travelers and streamline the security screening process."

The XRD-based XDi system, which also is in development by Morpho, will be used to screen baggage stored in airplane cabins at various checkpoints at airports. The technology will pave the way for elimination of travel restrictions on liquids and improve the system for screening passengers.