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Portendo and BAE Systems Sign IED Threat Detection Agreement

Portendo and BAE Systems Sign IED Threat Detection Agreement
May 19, 2010

STOCKHOLM - Portendo AB and BAE Systems have signed an agreement to co-operate on civil and military detection systems for improvised explosive devices.

The agreement means that BAE Systems obtains an exclusive license to market, sell and manufacture Portendo's P.Eye-S in the United States and Canada, for the civil market. The P.Eye-S is Portendo's first product for remote detection of explosives, providing safer working conditions for security personnel at airports, military establishments, government buildings and other potential targets.

The agreement also covers the development of a military detection system for roadside bombs based on this technology. It will, under a separate license agreement, be manufactured and sold exclusively by BAE Systems.

This technology can be adapted to vehicle-mounted weapons and sensor systems, such as BAE Systems' Lemur, helping troops to secure an area and clear concealed explosives from a safe distance.

"We have worked with several different initiatives for countering the improvised explosive device threat and the Portendo equipment is technologically ground breaking. This agreement will ensure that technologies developed in support of the war against terrorism are exploited in the most efficient way," said Ulf Einefors, head of business development for BAE Systems Weapons.

"Our system has a great potential in the homeland security market in the US and Canada and, with further development, for IED clearance on military operations. With its vast experience in the defence market, BAE Systems is an ideal partner for us when it comes to development and marketing of such products," said Portendo CEO Gunilla Savring.

Notes to Editors
Swedish threat detection and security company Portendo, working with the FOI (the Swedish Defence Research Agency), developed the P.Eye technology which can detect minute quantities of explosives using lasers.

Their detection methods are based on the phenomenon known as Raman scattering (C. V. Raman was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery) which provides a unique molecular signature enabling selective identification. The Raman scattering is triggered by energizing the substance with directed energy from laser beams.

The civil P.Eye-S system is optimized for vehicle check points. It works by aiming a laser beam at a particular area on the target vehicle. The reflected light is collected by the apparatus and is analysed using the Raman scattering method, which provides a unique molecular signature which can be compared against an explosives database.

Portendo uses proprietary, patent-applied enhancements to Raman spectroscopy to enhance the otherwise weak Raman signal and achieve performance improvements of several orders of magnitude over the original technology.

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