SAIC Completes Acquisition of Spectrum San Diego

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has announced that its acquisition of Spectrum San Diego, a high-technology security firm specializing in ultra-low-dose X-ray scanning systems, has been completed.Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

SAIC acquired Spectrum’s CarScan product line under the agreement, which scans cars and vans in the normal flow of traffic at vehicle checkpoints such as borders and high security government facilities.

CarScan’s X-ray images help security personnel detect contraband items such as weapons, drugs, currency or stowaways.  Spectrum’s customers include U.S. government, law enforcement and military organizations. The product is optimized for throughput and flexibility, minimizing its impact on traffic.  Typically, the driver and passengers remain inside the vehicle as they drive through the system at a vehicle checkpoint.

Spectrum’s CarScan product will become part of SAIC’s Security and Transportation Technology Business Unit, led by Alex Preston. The business unit develops VACIS X-ray and gamma-ray inspection systems, Exploranium radiation-detection systems, and other products designed to scan vehicles and cargo containers. CarScan expands SAIC’s light vehicle scanning capabilities.

Alex Preston, senior VP and business unit general manager at SAIC, said this of the acquisition “We’re very pleased to add CarScan to our product portfolio.  It fits our philosophy of ‘security in the flow of commerce.’ As we’re seeing on our southern border, weapons, drugs, cash and stowaways in light vehicles are a growing challenge. CarScan is a cost-effective way to help stem the tide without slowing traffic.”

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