French Multi-National Corporation EDF Chooses Rapiscan Systems and HTDS for Power Plant Security Solution

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Top European Energy Company Deploys Latest X-Ray Screening Technology in Deal Valued at Approximately 2 Million Euros

This important contract win demonstrates Rapiscan's growth in the commercial sector, where we are increasingly supporting multi-national companies such as EDF.

Rapiscan Systems, a leading supplier of security inspection systems, today announced that its French-based distributor, Hi-Tech Detection Systems (HTDS), has been selected by EDF Energy, one of Europe’s top energy companies, to secure the entrances of multiple EDF power plants using Rapiscan Systems’ advanced x-ray security screening equipment.

During the first phase of the contract, Rapiscan Systems will replace EDF’s older, legacy equipment with multiple advanced Rapiscan 620XR checkpoint x-ray scanners and 627XR large parcel x-ray inspection systems. The Rapiscan Systems equipment will be used to scan bags, parcels and other items at the entrances of EDF plants in France. The contract also includes a multi-year service, warranty and maintenance agreement. The total value of the contract is approximate 2 million euros.

The Rapiscan 620XR is an advanced checkpoint parcel security system designed for protection of critical infrastructure as well as aviation, defence and law enforcement applications. The Rapiscan 627XR features a 1 meter by 1 meter tunnel size, which makes it ideal for screening large parcels and small cargo. Both systems are built on a modular platform that makes it easy to install and maintain, and come with features such as dual-energy detection, a streamlined, ergonomic design, and Rapiscan’s feature-rich OS600 system software. Both systems are capable of detecting organic and inorganic threats and come with Rapiscan’s advanced Threat Image Projection (TIP), which inserts digital threat images at configurable frequencies into the regular flow of bags to facilitate operator training.

EDF Energy specified that the equipment deployed should meet the standards established by French regulator, STAC. The installation of the Rapiscan 620XR and 627XR systems has enabled HTDS to meet this requirement. In addition to meeting STAC standards, the 620XR and 627XR have been approved for use by international regulatory agencies worldwide.

Guillaume Auffret, commercial manager, HTDS, said, “Providing systems that had STAC certification was very important to EDF Energy as it guarantees the equipment for use. We were able to recommend the Rapiscan 620XR and 627XR not only because they meet this criteria, but also because they perfectly address EDF’s needs on a functional level. Rapiscan’s wide and reliable product range has helped it succeed in the French market and makes it suitable for deployment in many different environments and applications.”

Ajay Mehra, President of Rapiscan Systems, stated: “This important contract win demonstrates Rapiscan’s growth in the commercial sector, where we are increasingly supporting multi-national companies such as EDF.” Mr. Mehra continued: “This contract also illustrates the unique ability of Rapiscan and top security companies such as HTDS to develop solutions tailored to customers’ requirements.”

About EDF Energy
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies. The new EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of electricity and the largest generator of low carbon electricity in Britain. Through Our Climate and Social Commitments we have launched the biggest environmental and social packages of any UK energy company. We produce around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from our nuclear, coal and gas power stations, as well as combined heat and power plants and wind farms. We provide power to a quarter of the UK’s population via our electricity distribution networks and supply gas and electricity to over 5.5 million business and residential customers. The company is a key player in national infrastructure projects including management of private electricity networks serving four London airports and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the country’s first major new railway in 100 years and has published plans to build up to four new nuclear power stations in the UK. EDF Energy and British Energy together employ nearly 20,000 people at locations across the UK. EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. EDF is the official energy utilities partner and sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

About Rapiscan Systems
Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of high quality security inspection solutions utilizing X-ray and gamma-ray imaging, and advanced threat identification techniques such as neutron and diffraction analysis. The company's products are sold into four market segments: Baggage and Parcel Inspection, Cargo and Vehicle Inspection, Hold Baggage Screening, and People Screening. The company has an installed base globally of more than 70,000 security and inspection systems. The Rapiscan Systems product line is manufactured at four locations and supported by a global support service network. For more information on Rapiscan Systems, please visit

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