FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2005
Schumer Meets With Endicott Interconnect Leadership
Recent Reports Indicate Airports and Ports Will Need New Scanning Equipment; Schumer Says EIT’S Technology Is First-Rate
US Senator Charles E. Schumer met with a team from Endicott Interconnect (EIT) and SureScan Corporations, including President and CEO James J. McNamara to discuss latest developments in EIT's plans for a high-tech bomb detecting device. When EIT and partner companies get the device certified by the Transportation Security Administration, it can be sold to airports and other government agencies for lucrative contracts. Schumer, who first brought the TSA to meet with SureScan in 2003, cited recent reports that currently used security scanning equipment has been deemed inadequate or unreliable and pledged to help SureScan put its superior scanning machines in airports and at ports across the country.
“I wanted to meet with Jay to get an update on their progress so I can impress upon Department of Homeland Security how valuable EIT’s products and services can be to our national security,” Schumer said. “This is a win-win for New York: our homeland security operation gets new first-rate equipment and the Southern Tier could get hundreds of new jobs.”
Recent news reports indicate that the Department of Homeland Security has determined that much of its antiterrorism equipment has proven ineffective, unreliable, and too expensive. The federal government is moving to replace or alter much of the antiterrorism devices used to monitor the nation's ports, borders, airports, mail and air.
EIT plans to manufacture a bomb-detecting device that is designed to be much faster than existing ones, processing 1000 bags per hour as opposed to the 300 that current devices can scan. In addition, this device will have fewer false alarms (10% as opposed to the 30% that current ones experience), and is less expensive than current technology. In addition, EIT plans to manufacture larger machines for processing cargo.
To be able to sell the device to airports and other government agencies for potentially lucrative contracts, there needs to be official TSA certification. SureScan, a wholly owned subsidiary of EIT, is currently in close communications with the TSA and should be submitting for certification in the coming months. In February, Schumer met with Homeland Security Secretary nominee Michael Chertoff and urged him to consider EIT for TSA certification. Schumer has been active in EIT’s certification process, which involves sending the unit down to the Atlantic City TSA testing facility for rigorous tests to insure that the device performs at the levels specified by the company. In summer of 2003, Schumer persuaded the federal Transportation Security Administration that the device EI is planning to build would be ideal for airports and government agencies to use.