American Science and Engineering, Inc. Wins Gold in GSN Border Security Awards Competition

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BILLERICA, Mass., March 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc. ("AS&E") (Nasdaq:ASEI) a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today that the Company's breakthrough Z Portal® cargo and vehicle screening system has won Gold for Best Explosives/ID/Contraband Detection at the GSN: Government Security News 2013 Border Security Awards. The winners will be announced and awards presented at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, March 12-13, 2013.

The GSN award recognizes AS&E's Z Portal system — a breakthrough cargo and vehicle screening solution developed in response to the essential need of border security authorities around the world to quickly and safely detect drugs and contraband at checkpoints without impeding the flow of commerce. Customers include U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), who deployed the Z Portal system in 2008 at the San Ysidro, California border crossing — the busiest land port of entry in the United States.

"It is an honor to have AS&E's Z Portal system recognized for the superior detection it has provided for border security officials around the world," said Anthony R. Fabiano, AS&E's President and CEO. "This award closely follows the recognition of the ZBV system as the 'Best Explosives Detection Solution' at the 2012 Homeland Security Awards. We are grateful to GSN and its panel of judges for once again selecting AS&E's unique detection solutions."

The GSN Border Security Awards program was established to honor outstanding vendor technologies, successful government strategies and implementations, and exceptional individuals whose ideas or actions have enhanced border security. The winners were selected by a panel of judges led by Chuck Brooks, who earned an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, was an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University, was the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security and was a defense and foreign policy advisor to the late Senator Arlen Spector.

AS&E's Z Portal Cargo & Vehicle Screening System: High-Throughput, Drive-Through Inspection

The Z Portal system is the most comprehensive screening system available with multi-view, drive-through screening for left, right, and top-down imaging of cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo. The Z Portal system's patented Z Backscatter™ technology provides superior detection capability of organic materials such as explosives, drugs, stowaways, and other contraband. With its compact design, the Z Portal system is ideal for high-traffic locations with space constraints and a high-throughput requirement and is safe for drivers, operators, cargo, and the environment. The relocatable screening system is available in two sizes — one for large trucks, buses, and cargo vehicles, and a smaller size for passenger vehicles. Customers include U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Defense, Abu Dhabi Customs, and NATO.

About AS&E

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray inspection systems. With over 50 years of experience in developing advanced X-ray security systems, the Company's product line utilizes a combination of technologies, including patented Z Backscatter technology, Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD), high energy transmission and dual energy transmission X-ray. These technologies offer superior X-ray threat detection for plastic explosives, plastic weapons, liquid explosives, dirty bombs and nuclear devices. AS&E's complete range of products include cargo inspection systems for port and border security, baggage screening systems for facility and aviation security, and personnel and passenger screening systems. AS&E® systems protect high-threat facilities and help combat terrorism, trade fraud, drug smuggling, weapon smuggling, illegal immigration, and people smuggling. For more information on AS&E products and technologies, please visit AS&E's new website at

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