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ProfitScout   Thursday, 01/20/05 09:12:37 AM
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Markland Technologies Continues to Provide Important Border Security Logistics Support Services at Southern Ports of Entry

Company Maintains and Improves SENTRI Equipment at San Ysidro, CA Border Crossing

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Jan 20, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Markland Technologies, Inc. ( MRKL ), a defense and homeland security company transforming advanced laboratory technology into real-world products, announced today that it has recently completed repairs and improvements to the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers' Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) system located in San Ysidro, CA. Robert Tarini, Chairman and CEO of Markland, made the announcement.

Less than 20 miles south of downtown San Diego, CA is the world's busiest port of entry; the international border crossing between San Ysidro, CA and Tijuana, Mexico. On the average day over 40,000 vehicles pass through this location. The SENTRI system installed at San Ysidro, CA allows pre-screened vehicles and low-risk travelers from Mexico to be processed in an expeditious manner through dedicated travel lanes. Recent work performed here by Markland's wholly owned subsidiary Ergo Systems for the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) included the installation of new roadway embedded sensors, tire shredders and exit gates. These repairs and improvements improved both the security and traffic flow of vehicular traffic entering the United States from Mexico.

Markland's subsidiary Ergo Systems has been performing security logistics support services for the CBP for over 4 years. Ergo Systems is also a subcontractor to a team led by Accenture Ltd. which was awarded a U.S. government security contract on June 1, 2004 which may eventually be worth up to $10 billion to the team members to track foreign visitors by the use of digital photographs, fingerprints or other biometric information as part of the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT program. The US-VISIT program, which stands for U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology, is a large ambitious program to secure U.S. borders and the winning team led by Accenture Ltd. consists of almost 30 other US government contractors.

"We are proud of our past efforts to secure the US border, and look forward to our participation on the US-VISIT program as a subcontractor," said Mr. Tarini. "Additionally we are very pleased to have been selected to work with some of the most advanced technology development companies in the U.S. on the US-VISIT project."

About Markland Technologies
Markland Technologies, Inc. is committed to setting next-generation standards in defense and security through the provision of innovative emerging technologies and expert services. The Company is engaged in the identification of advanced technologies currently under development in laboratories, universities and in private industry, and in the transformation of those technologies into next-generation products. Markland's solutions support military, law enforcement and homeland security personnel to protect the nation's citizens, borders and critical infrastructure assets from the threat of terrorism and other dangers. Through strategic development, Markland focuses on the creation of dual-use technology and products with applications in both the defense market and civilian homeland security and law enforcement fields. The Company is a Board Member of the Homeland Security Industries Association, and is a featured Company on HomelandDefenseStocks.com; additional details can be viewed at: http://www.homelanddefensestocks.com/Companies/MarklandTech.
For more information about the Company and its products, please visit the Markland home page at http://www.marklandtech.com.

Markland Technologies, Inc is a featured Company on http://www.HomelandDefenseStocks.com, a service for which Markland compensates the provider.

For full details, click here: http://www.homelanddefensestocks.com/Companies/MarklandTech/ NewsReleases.asp (Due to its length, the preceding URL may need to be copied/pasted into your internet explorer's address bar)
SOURCE: Markland Technologies, Inc.
Markland Technologies
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Dawn Van Zant, 866-730-1151
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