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September 25, 2006

San Diego Company Unveils New Airport Security Product for Personnel Screening: World's First Passive Whole-body Imager

SAGO also Showcases its HANDHELD UNIT
Safe, Affordable and Effective Passive Millimeter-Wave Imagers

(San Diego, California)  Sago Systems, Inc. today unveiled the world’s only portable head-to-toe whole-body imager, its patented iPatTM system,  designed to detect dangerous contraband including  weapons,   improvised explosive materials, liquids in containers and concealments carried on individuals.  Sago’s patented imagers are radiation-free, affordable (at a fraction of the cost of other millimeter-wave imagers), and produce high-quality imagery revealing the exact location of the any threat as well as its size and shape.   The iPatTM system “sees” through clothing, providing authorities instant information critical in helping to prevent terrorist attacks.  The iPatTM system detects metallic and non-metallic guns, knives, suicide bombs and other potential threats. This system was specially designed to meet the requirements of security checkpoints within airports, courthouses, cruise ships, embassies, and tourist attractions.  

Astronaut Bill Shepherd, President of Trex Federal Systems, will be part of the team demonstrating the capabilities of Sago’s products and steps up to the iPatTM system.   Sago is holding demonstrations throughout the ASIS show, September 25-28 from 9 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.

“We have worked closely with our customers to develop the iPatTM as a hassle-free security option for persons entering airports or other secure facilities while also providing the critical information necessary for authorities to thwart a terrorist act or other criminal activity,” said Dr. John Lovberg, President and CEO, Sago Systems, Inc.  “The iPatTM and all of Sago’s products are entirely safe, imaging only the objects blocking the body’s natural heat and emitting no radiation – either ionizing or non-ionizing. ”

“The iPatTM is a system that we believe is another step forward in providing a total solution for authorities,”  said Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN (Ret), Chairman of Sago Systems, Inc. “We look forward to deploying these systems immediately in order to give homeland security, anti-terrorism and force protection officials a new tool to combat terrorist threats.”

“I’ve spent decades around ‘rocket science,’ and Sago’s passive millimeter-wave products are state-of-the-art,” said astronaut Bill Shepherd, President of Trex Federal Systems and the commander of the First Expedition to the International Space Station. “The Company excels in research and development.”

Sago’s Other Products
In addition to the iPatTM whole-body imager, Sago launched its patented handheld passive millimeter-wave unit, the aPatTM, in August 2006, and its patented ST150 suicide bomber detection system in June 2006.  The ST150 is designed for imaging at a stand-off range outdoors.

The iPat™ whole-body imager and the aPatTM handheld unit eliminate the need for pat-downs by security personnel. Security personnel can be situated at a safe distance, remotely viewing the iPatTM and aPatTM images from a command center over a standard wi-fi interface to a laptop computer. 

Sago’s whole-body imager and handheld unit meet all of the criteria required for any personnel screening system:

  • Affordable…at a fraction of the cost of other passive or active whole-body imagers
  • Reliable…detecting a wide range of threats, including metallic and non-metallic objects
  • Easy to Integrate…can be aligned with existing systems
  • Flexible…for indoor or outdoor/primary or secondary screening
  • Non-invasive…Totally passive system that emits no ionizing or other radiation


About Sago Systems, Inc.
Headquartered in San Diego, Sago Systems develops, manufactures, and sells passive millimeter-wave imaging systems for security applications.  Sago is a subsidiary of Trex Enterprises Corporation. Log on:


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