Three companies vie for next generation airport x-ray machines.

Position:SECURITY BEAT: Homeland Defense Briefs

THREE OF THE TOP X-RAY MACHINE manufacturers are being given a chance to prove their technologies' worth at airport security checkpoints this year in a competition that could be worth several million dollars.

The Transportation Security Administration is paying three companies $1.4 million each to lease their most advanced multi-view and high definition x-ray machines. L3 Communications, Smiths Detection and Rapiscan Systems are supplying seven machines apiece. One or more of the companies will be chosen and the program expanded, according to the TSA.

TSA hopes the new generation of x-ray machines will give screeners clearer and more detailed images. It also wants the systems to easily accommodate software...

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