Alexander, Frist Applaud Homeland Security Grant For Development Of Advanced Portal Detection Technology At ORTEC In Oak Ridge, TN

Posted on January 25, 2005

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded $406,212 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for ORTEC, a division of Advanced Measurement Technologies, in Oak Ridge, TN to develop advanced portal monitoring systems to detect nuclear and radiological materials. The new portal monitors will be based on previously developed ORTEC technology. "This funding will help develop a modern detection system to protect Tennesseans and all Americans," said Frist. "Senator Alexander and I are proud that ORTEC is on the cutting edge of emerging technologies that continue to keep the United States one step ahead of the enemy." "This is an important investment by the Department of Homeland Security in the state of Tennessee," Alexander said. "The research performed by the ORTEC Division of Advanced Measurement Technologies on radiation detection will help keep our country safe. Both Senator Frist and I applaud DHS's commitment to helping protect the nation and Tennessee." This grant program is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA).