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"Funding for homeland security efforts will continue to accelerate, in light of the continuing terrorist threat," said Mr. Lanza. "We anticipate increased federal funding to supply products for border security, aviation checkpoints, maritime, cargo, port and mass transportation security and hazardous material storage." Mr. Lanza said that, going forward, there are many excellent companies started by scientists and engineers that could boost L-3's capabilities in a number of these areas.
Mr. Lanza also commented that L-3 will continue to serve as a merchant supplier of homeland security products to both domestic and international providers. The company will also seek to develop partnerships with other companies in the homeland security marketplace.
Mr. Lanza said that SafeView's and CyTerra's products lines, when combined with L-3's existing catalog of security checkpoint systems and scanners, enables L-3 to offer its customers a full complement of non-commodity high technology security products.
Headquartered in Orlando, FL and founded in 2000, CyTerra currently serves a broad customer base that includes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Army and Navy, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and several foreign militaries. CyTerra is a leader in the development and manufacture of a number of sophisticated sensors for the military and homeland security markets. The company's threat detection capabilities include the AN/ PSS-14 next-generation U.S. Army mine detector, advanced through-wall radar and explosive detection sensors for checkpoints. Its products are used by the U.S. Army as their standard for portable land mine detection. CyTerra's explosives detection gateways and see-through building detectors are new products being introduced as first-of-breed next generation sensors.
CyTerra's advanced dual mode sensor is based on ground penetrating radar (GPR) and magnetic technology and is used for troop protection purposes, advanced landmine detection and state-of-the-art hidden motion detection sensors. The company manufactures the most advanced handheld portable mine detectors available, which can find metal and plastic mines in all soil types with the highest probability of detection and the lowest false alarm rate. CyTerra is the sole supplier of ruggedized handheld mine detection systems to the Department of Defense (DoD) and has delivered over 1,000 units under its existing contracts.