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ECIL signs MoU with U.S. firm

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, JAN. 3. As part of its indigenisation programme, Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S.-based OSI Systems, for transfer of technology for making of `electronic cargo inspection systems.'

The $500 million OSI Systems is a global leader in electronic cargo inspection systems based on technologies such as X-ray, gamma ray, thermal neutron and pulsed fast neutron. By deploying such systems, cargo containers need not be opened manually for inspection, thereby minimising the congestion in ports, apart from generating revenue from undeclared goods, according to Deepak Chopra, Chairman of OSI group, and G. P. Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director of ECIL.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, they said that ECIL was implementing a pilot project at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai. An X-ray-based system is also expected to be commissioned soon. The Central Government has designated ECIL as the lead agency for implementing such systems and absorption of such technologies.

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