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ScanTech Named Finalist in IFSEC Future of Security Competition
ScanTech's Advanced Baggage Screening Technology Detects Plastic and Liquid Explosives by their Material Properties

ATLANTA (May 6, 2011) - ScanTech Identification Beam Systems, an Atlanta-based technology company, has announced that it will represent the United States as a finalist in the IFSEC Future of Security Competition at this year's IFSEC conference, which will take place May 16-19 in Birmingham, U.K.

IFSEC is the largest international security conference in the world. ScanTech is the only U.S. company to be selected as a finalist.

ScanTech IBS' advanced screening systems dramatically improve checkpoint security and increase the pace of airport security lines. Unlike traditional airport scanning machines, ScanTech IBS' multiple-angle scanners examine items from more than one direction - greatly decreasing the need for manual inspection. In addition, the company's unique technologies can distinguish hard-to-identify plastic and liquid explosive compounds and even nuclear materials.

Short video clips about each of the competing companies have been placed on the IFSEC website (www.omnicompete.com/ifsec). Once visitors have registered (www.omnicompete.com/register.php), they can vote for their favorite innovation. The number of votes for each entrant will count towards their final score.

"ScanTech has developed technology that will help protect the U.S. against terrorists targeting air travel and shipping," said Dolan Falconer, CEO of ScanTech IBS. "We are encouraging people to go to the IFSEC website and vote to support our efforts."



ScanTech Represents USA in Global Security Contest
Scanning equipment able to detect explosive material like PETN plastic explosives found in recent cargo bombs

Atlanta (November 4, 2010) ScanTech has been selected as one of the top emerging ‘homeland security technology’ companies in the world.

After recently winning the East Coast U.S. Semifinals of the Global Security Challenge (GSC), ScanTech will be going to London on November 11 to compete against five other global finalists for the title of “Best Security Small Medium Enterprise (SME) for 2010.”

The company is a leading innovator of advanced X-ray based security scanning systems. “The largest threat we are seeing today is explosive materials being sent on passenger and cargo airplanes,” said Louis Parker, Lead Director at ScanTech and former CEO of GE Security. “We have proven baggage-and-cargo-scanning technology that can detect material based on atomic properties, including explosives and radioactive material. There is no reason this technology should not be implemented on a priority basis.”

The GSC is a United Kingdom–based international competition. It identifies the best emerging security enterprises and technologies and also helps bring them to the forefront of the global security industry for broader consideration in the fight against terrorism.

This year, six companies in the SME category and seven companies in the Research/Start-up category will compete for $500,000. The prize money is funded by Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), an interagency group of the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) - U.S. Department of Defense. Previous GSC finalists have gone on to raise over $78 million of investment capital as a result of the challenge.

For more information on the Global Security Challenge competition, please visit www.globalsecuritychallenge.com



Dolan Falconer interview with TechDrawl
ScanTech’s Dolan Falconer interviewed by TechDrawl about why the company’s technology can better detect baggage-screening and checkpoint threats.Watch the video at TechDrawl

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New Airport X-Ray Could Zap 3-1-1 New Airport X-Ray Could Zap "3-1-1"

ATLANTA, January 11th, 2010 – SCANTECH has developed an X-ray system that may eventually eliminate the Transportation Security Administration’s "3-1-1" rule.

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Louis Parker Former GE Security CEO Joins the SCANTECH Holdings Board of Directors

ATLANTA, September 24, 2009 – SCANTECH announced today that Louis Parker, Former CEO of GE Security joined the Board of SCANTECH Holdings. As the lead Director, Parker will be responsible for overseeing the activities of the company's homeland security subsidiary, Identification Beam Systems, LLC (IBS).

"SCANTECH's IBS division is providing the world's most advanced screening technology for airports, cargo ports and border crossings,” Parker said. "It is exciting to be part of a company that has made such strides advancing the international security field.”

SCANTECH IBS designs and manufactures world-class baggage and cargo inspection systems. This product line is designed and engineered to non-intrusively locate and specifically differentiate, in real time, hidden contraband materials such as explosives, hidden weapons, and other instruments of terror at the world's airports, seaports, borders, and other facilities and buildings. The technology is also capable of detecting certain narcotics.

Prior to joining the board, Parker was the VP of Strategic Initiatives with GE Industrial, where he managed global business development strategies and technology roadmaps focused on sustainable growth. From July 2005 to September 2007, Parker served as the President and CEO of GE Security, a leading supplier of security and life safety technologies with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately $1.8 billion in annual sales. In the aftermath of 9/11, Parker worked closely with the leadership of TSA and is currently a consultant in the Fire and Electronic Security and Financial Services Industries.

"Louis Parker is one of the world's leading experts in the business of homeland security,” said Dolan Falconer, President and CEO of SCANTECH. "His expertise and experience on our Board will help SCANTECH IBS refine our platforms and expand our business into new markets, both here in the U.S. and internationally.

Parker received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and later went on to Harvard Business School to obtain an M.B.A.

Former Head of Customs and Border Protection Tapped As Charter Member of SCANTECH IBS Board of Advisors

ATLANTA, September 25, 2009 – SCANTECH Holdings, LLC announced today that Ralph Basham, former head of Customs and Border Protection has been appointed as charter member of the SCANTECH Identification Beam Systems (IBS) Board of Advisors.

"SCANTECH has developed game-changing technology that will protect the U.S. against terrorist targeting air travel and shipping," Basham said. "I will be working with SCANTECH to help implement this new technology in our airports, sea ports, at border crossings."

SCANTECH IBS designs and manufactures world-class baggage and cargo inspection systems. This product line is designed and engineered to non-intrusively locate and specifically differentiate, in real time, hidden contraband materials such as explosives, hidden weapons, and other instruments of terror at the world’s airports, seaports, borders, and other facilities and buildings. The technology is also capable of detecting certain narcotics.

Basham brings over 38 years of distinguished public service to the SCANTECH Board. In 2006, he was appointed Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the country's largest federal law enforcement agency. From 2003 to 2006, Basham was the Director of the United States Secret Service. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Staff for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where he oversaw the hiring of federal security directors for the nation's 429 airports. Basham also directed the Federal law Enforcement Training Center and spent his earlier career as a U.S. Secret Service Agent.

"We are honored to have Ralph Basham on our Board of Advisors," said Dolan Falconer, President and Founder of SCANTECH. "He has been one of the driving forces in implementing advanced technology to help secure our nation's borders. With over 30-years in federal law enforcement and leadership experience among the most senior ranks at DHS, he will bring immeasurable value to our company. We are very excited to have him on board."

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Dolan Falconer Named Modern-Day Technology Leader at BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference

ATLANTA, December 22, 2008 – Tyrone D. Taborn, Publisher and CEO of Career Communications Magazine announced today that Dolan Falconer, President and CEO of SCANTECH Holdings, LLC will be named a Modern Day Technology Leader at the 23rd annual National BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Global Competitive Conference. The Leadership Luncheon will take place on Friday, February 20, 2009.

"Modern-Day Technology Leaders are men and women of color who are demonstrating outstanding performance and will shape the future course of engineering, science and technology," Taborn says. "Mr. Falconer has been an inspiring role model to others and he clearly deserves this national recognition."

Each year, recipients of this honor are selected by the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine. The award highlights technology leaders whose stories will inspire other young business leaders. For more information, visit www.ccgmag.com.

"I am very honored by the recognition," Falconer says. "The technology we have developed is timely and important for both the security of our nation and protecting the safety of our food supply."



SCANTECH's Chip Starns appointed Officer to Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS)

ATLANTA, December 11, 2008 – The Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) has announced the appointment of Chip Starns to the Board of Officers as Second Vice President for the 2008/2009 term.

CIRMS is a non-profit organization established to draw together experts to discuss, review and access developments of ionizing radiation in the medical, industrial and Homeland Security fields.

"One of the key aspects to Ionizing Radiation is preserving the safe food supply," says Starns, Vice President of SCANTECH. "One of the great strides in food safety over the next decade will be the increased cold pasteurization of food through irradiation that will help protect the public from harmful food bacteria."

Food safety concerns are growing as quickly as the pathogens and pests that threaten our food supply. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), as much as 25% of the world’s food is lost annually to pests and bacteria, while largely preventable foodborne disease and sickness affect 76 million people annually and cost the U.S. economy an estimated $33 billion each year.

In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a nationwide warning on tomatoes after several hundred people were stricken with foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and their counterparts in more than 45 countries have approved over 100 food products for irradiation pasteurization.



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SCANTECH's Delivers Advanced X-Rays To Abu Dhabi Airport

ATLANTA, October 13th, 2008 – Atlanta-based SCANTECH Holdings has been tapped by the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Interior to install 10 X-ray machines that can offer a 3D view and detect a variety of items, including guns or nuclear material in a deal valued at $50 million.

The machines will be installed at the new terminal under construction at Abu Dhabi Airport in the United Arab Emirates and scheduled to go online in 2010.

The Sentinel IIa is a multi-plane, dual-energy system that uses four X-ray sources to generate a 3D map of the density and effective atomic numbers of scanned items, Scan-Tech President and CEO Dolan Falconer told The DAILY. This allows the machine to differentiate between threatening and non-threatening materials and identify dangerous versus benign items, he added.

The total order is expected to be more than 50 systems," he said.
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SCANTECH's Chip Starns featured in The National newspaper article High-stakes hide and seek

ATLANTA, July 12th, 2008 – When it comes to the business of airport and cargo security, Chip Starns says the complex physics, patents and millions spent on research all boil down to one question: "Who can build a better mousetrap?"

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Dolan Falconer, Jr., SCANTECH HOLDINGS President and CEO featured on TAG radio

ATLANTA, August 4, 2008 – Homeland security is huge and coordinating these activities creates a worldwide market for a technology team focused on airport and port security and more. 20 minutes

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Officials said SCANTECH would supply Abu Dhabi with
two different scanning machines, a mobile unit that could be installed at airports and buildings, and a larger, permanent scanning machine that could survey shipping containers.
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ATLANTA, July 4, 2008 – ABU DHABI // / Luggage and cargo scanners capable of detecting radioactive material and explosives through 35cm of steel will be installed at airports, border crossings and government buildings throughout the country in a multimillion-dollar deal between the Abu Dhabi police and an American technology firm.

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SCANTECH lands major contract with the United Arab Emirates

Atlanta-based technology company plans to create up to 25 jobs, invest $1 million

ATLANTA, July 9, 2008 – Atlanta-based SCANTECH announced today that it plans to create up to 25 jobs and invest $1 million after landing a major contract with the government of the United Arab Emirates to install its proprietary baggage-screening systems, using award-winning advanced X-ray technology.

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SCANTECH Identification Beam Systems (IBS) Announces Partnership with Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Interior to Install Advanced Baggage Inspection Machines at International Airports in the United Arab Emirates
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A group of top leaders from the Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Interior and SCANTECH visited the manufacturing and testing facilities prior to announcing their partnership.

New airport X-ray technology can provide "material discrimination" of nuclear and radioactive material, explosives, drugs and liquid materials

(Atlanta, GA) June 26, 2008 – IBS, a subsidiary of SCANTECH Holdings, LLC, announced today a partnership with Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Interior for inspection equipment to be deployed at various International Airports in the United Arab Emirates. The Partnership will commence with the immediate purchase of scanning systems.

"We are very excited about working with the United Arab Emirates Government," said Dolan Falconer, CEO of SCANTECH Holdings. "These airports are considered among the finest airports in the world and it is a great honor to be selected to provide our baggage inspection equipment. We look forward to a long term partnership with the Abu Dhabi Police."

Major Fawaz Badran Al Qaraeen of the Abu Dhabi Police said "The security of the United Arab Emirates is of unwavering and paramount importance to the vision of His Highness LT General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior for the United Arab Emirates. His Highness diligently seeks innovative and effective technologies to maintain and solidify the United Arab Emirates borders providing greater security and harmony for the benefit of all people, men, woman, children and families who either visit or reside in the United Arab Emirates.
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Major Fawaz Badran Al Qaraeen of the Abu Dhabi Police reviews the advanced features of their system including scanner response to a variety of explosive and flammable materials that would normally go undetected in competitive models.
Due to His Highness supporting and entering into a relationship with IBS, we are confident that the best interests of the United Arab Emirates are unequivocally defined".

Adam Jackson, in-house legal counsel for the Abu Dhabi Police said "IBS has implemented and registered several international patents to protect the technology’s intellectual property rights which is pivotal for the success of IBS in the commercial market and as a direct consequence His Highness can initiate future cross-border transactions with full confidence and knowledge that IBS will deliver".

The results of their technology are remarkable," added David Brewer, Technical Specialist to the Abu Dhabi Police. "The system can identify any material based on its atomic properties including nuclear items, explosives, drugs, inflammables and other contraband."

Further, Lieutenant Ibrahim Anter Aldarei of the Abu Dhabi Police said, "Through the efforts of Mike Yaqub, President of IBS Middle East operations, we are pleased to enter into a productive working relationship with IBS".






Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, tours SCANTECH facility to view next generation X-ray technology for airport and cargo security.
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SCANTECH demonstrates material discrimination technology that can detect special nuclear materials hidden inside of cargo shipping containers.

May 12, 2008 – Atlanta, GA. – U.S. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Ben DeCosta, Aviation General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport toured the SCANTECH production facility in Atlanta to see the next generation of airport security and cargo inspection technology.

“We are constantly looking for the most effective technologies to protect our citizens at the airport, inspect the cargo coming into U.S. ports and secure our nation against nuclear threats,” said Chairman Thompson. “We are looking into companies that can provide proven technologies to help secure our borders.”

Left to right foreground: Micky Blackwell, SCANTECH’s Chairman of the Board, Ben DeCosta, Aviation General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Congressman
Bennie Thompson, Chairman, House Committee on Homeland Security

 


SCANTECH has developed X-ray technology that provides “material discrimination” in airport scanning equipment and large scale cargo port scanning.

Using four X-ray sources that peak at different energies, SCANTECH generates a 3-D map of the density and effective atomic numbers of the scanned target contents. This X-ray can differentiate between threatening and non-threatening material; detect nuclear and radioactive material, drugs, and explosives; and can even tell the difference between soda, tea, water, and nitroglycerine.

“The traveling public is frustrated with the long lines at the airport but understand the need for increased security,” said Dolan Falconer, CEO and President of SCANTECH HOLDINGS. “Our technology provides faster screenings and increased safety – a real win for everyone.”

 “We are very appreciative that Chairman Thompson took the time to come to our facility and see first hand the progress we are making on security technology,” said Micky Blackwell, Chairman of the Board for SCANTECH and former Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Aeronautical Systems Sector. “We look forward to working with the Homeland Security Committee as we all work together to make the world a safer place to live.”  

 

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SCANTECH Named to TAG’s Top 10 Most Innovative
Technology Companies in Georgia for 2008
        
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(Atlanta, GA)  February 27, 2008 – With nearly 150 companies applying for consideration, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced that SCANTECH was selected as one of the 10 most innovative technology companies for 2008 at the recent Georgia Technology Summit.
 
In addition to the top 10 honor, SCANTECH won the “People’s Choice” as “Most Likely to Create Jobs” as voted by the event attendees.
 
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Dolan Falconer, CEO and President of SCANTECH. “We believe our X-ray technology products for airport baggage screening and cargo inspection equipment will create many jobs here in Georgia. We appreciate the support we have received from business, government and universities here in the state.”



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SCANTECH may help end airlines’ ban on liquids
        Atlanta Business Chronicle - by Justin Rubner Staff writer

As threats to airline safety have broadened in recent years, the Transportation Security Administration is examining several options to make commercial flight safer -- and checkpoint security less onerous.

One technology that could help solve one of the most onerous security measures, the ban on large bottles of liquids, has been developed by an Atlanta startup called SCANTECH HOLDINGS LLC. The company, which until recently was incubated at Georgia Tech's Advanced Technology Development Center, has built an X-ray system that not only shows images of the contents of luggage, but can also identify dangerous substances such as explosives and nuclear material. The technology does that by blasting high-energy
X-rays at multiple angles and using a computer program to determine the density and atomic properties of scanned material.

The TSA says it plans on testing similar machines at the nation's busiest airports by year's end and has just started testing SCANTECH's technology at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla. The agency is testing several options, including machines developed by competitor ICx Technologies Inc. The move comes after English authorities in 2006 busted an alleged terrorist plot to blow up airplanes using liquid explosives.

With current X-ray machines, only images can be seen. They have no ability to discriminate between a bottle of water and a bottle of nitroglycerine.

To upgrade the busiest airport in the country, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which has 40 X-ray systems, it would cost around $15 million, says SCANTECH CEO Dolan Falconer, a Georgia Tech grad and nuclear engineer. And to be truly effective, he says, "you have to do them all."

The TSA is planning on deploying only 200 machines this summer. Thousands more would be needed to blanket the nation's major airports...

 

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Will their technology fly?
        The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - by Ron Martz

Dolan Falconer’s vision for homeland security seems relatively simple at first glance.

“My goal is to let you carry your bottle of water back on the airplane,” Falconer said.

But Falconer, president and chief executive officer of Atlanta-based SCANTECH HOLDINGS, is looking far beyond that bottle of Aquafina or Dasani.

In fact, what he is trying to do with his research and development firm is revolutionize not only how baggage is screened at airports, but how the nearly 11 million cargo containers that come through 361 commercial U.S. ports every year are checked for possible hazardous materials.

The technology he and his company are developing solely through private investors and based on initial research by Russians (the company still employs about a dozen technicians in Moscow) is capable of determining not only the shapes of items inside a purse, suitcase or cargo container, but also what those items are made of. And, in the case of liquids and gels, Falconer said screeners will be able to tell whether the substance is face cream or plastic explosives.

“We can tell the difference between Scotch and ice tea and water and nitroglycerine,” said James “Micky” Blackwell, SCANTECH’s chairman of the board and retired Lockheed-Martin president.

Using sophisticated high-speed X-ray machines that check containers from two angles, and a specially written computer program that determines the density and effective atomic weight of items, Falconer said screeners at airports and other ports of entry will be able to tell within seconds whether materials are hazardous or benign.

That means water bottles, cosmetics and other toiletries could eventually escape the Transportation Security Administration’s dreaded 3-1-1 edict (no more than 3 ounces per bottle in a 1-quart clear plastic bag and only one bag per passenger) in carry-on luggage.

“There are not many others out there who are doing the two-dimensional scanner [Falconer] is doing,” said Page Siplon, executive director of the Georgia Maritime Logistics Innovation Center in Savannah, who is familiar with SCANTECH’s research.

Christopher White, a spokesman for the TSA, said SCANTECH was part of a large test of new technologies the agency did last fall.

“We are still evaluating the results of the project,” White said. “There is no commitment to purchase any [SCANTECH] units.”

But Falconer and SCANTECH have caught the eye of others in the homeland security industry.

Last month, the firm won the $50,000 top prize for its cargo container scanner in the first “Defend American Challenge,” besting more than 50 other high-tech companies in a contest put on by the Chesapeake Innovation Center in Annapolis, Md.

That exposure, Falconer said, may help open government doors in the U.S.

“It’s difficult as a small company to get the attention of the government, no matter how good the technology,” Falconer said.

Despite its rather low profile in this country, Falconer said SCANTECH is negotiating more than $200 million in contracts for its devices, with much of the interest coming from countries susceptible to terrorist attacks.

The primary application for this technology, which has been developed with the assistance of Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center, is port security, which Falconer describes as “the biggest hole in the U.S. security net.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say 100 percent of suspect cargo containers are inspected.

But that’s less than 10 percent of the millions of containers entering the country, according to SCANTECH’s Blackwell.
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Falconer, 50, a Georgia Tech graduate and a nuclear engineer by trade, believes his fixed site inspection system, known as Inspector, is at least part of the answer to the speed and efficiency at ports. Once a container is loaded onto a truck, it can be driven into the Inspector and scanned in 45 seconds.

The fourth-generation prototype of the Inspector is being assembled at warehouses in Buford and Gainesville, and Falconer is hoping to have it ready for a full-scale test, possibly at the port of Savannah, no later than April.

Meanwhile, SCANTECH’s baggage-screening device, known as Sentinel, is scheduled for a full-scale test this spring at the Panama City, Fla., airport.

“There’s an urgent need” for better security measures at airports but especially at ports, Falconer said. “Time is of the essence.”

 

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The Homeland Security Pageant;
Inventors Unveil Devices to Thwart Terrorist Attacks.

         Washington Post Staff Writer - By William Wan

First came duct tape. Then the airport liquid ban. And yesterday, officials unveiled the latest development in the country's war on terror: an American Idol-style contest for homeland security inventors.

Six finalists. One stage. Ten minutes each to win the hearts of the judges and walk away with $50,000. Or perhaps more important, a phone call from one of the defense contractors sitting in the audience.

Among the contestants:

A Russian scientist with his biological weapons detector. "All of Western civilization is at war," he proclaimed.

A team from Boston with a 300-degree steel furnace capable of killing biological threats.

A former Ohio police officer, frustrated with law enforcement's unwieldy Web networks and offering a way to fix them.

An inventor from Atlanta with an X-ray device able to detect everything from a vial of cocaine to nuclear waste.

And the hometown favorite, the Baltimore creators of a virtual reality helmet with 180-degree peripheral vision, for military and disaster-response training.

For two hours yesterday, they worked the stage at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, talking up their wares and how they might shield the nation from death and destruction.
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The group received 50 applications for its Defend America Challenge, ranging from three-page outlines to 80-page volumes. Six were invited for the finals -- a 10-minute presentation and a two- minute Q&A.

And as they took to the stage yesterday, evil seemed to lurk everywhere: radioactive cargo containers, anthrax-tainted dollar bills, instant messages with secret instructions for mass destruction.

And yet, despite the doomsday scenarios, the event had all the makings of a beauty pageant -- the fierce rivalry and accompanying camaraderie, the big smiles and slick packaging. Presentation, after all, would count for a quarter of contestants' scores.

Before the contest started, Yuval Boger, the virtual reality guy from Baltimore, was talking up the hometown advantage. "Well, it's only human to check out the competition, to try to see how you'll measure up," he said. "And with all things being equal, maybe the judges will want to invest locally in Maryland rather than somewhere else."

The X-ray man nearby, however, played down any rivalry. "I don't view it so much as direct competition with them," said Dolan Falconer, who had come from Atlanta to talk about an X-ray machine that could detect everything from explosives to radioactive waste. "We're all winners already for being selected as one of the six finalists."
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In the end the winner was announced with a sealed envelope and a dramatic pause: It was Falconer, the X-ray man from Atlanta, who ended up taking home the oversized check.

"I don't want to call it luck, because it took a lot of hard work, but on any given day, any of us could have won," he said graciously.

Another $50,000 prize, for the best invention by a Maryland company, went to Boger's virtual reality helmet.
There were smiles all around, business cards exchanged and all through the hotel ballroom a feeling that the nation was now perhaps a little safer.