HERNDON, Va., Nov. 18, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)'s smart video-surveillance system achieved top scores as part of an evaluation hosted by the Department of Energy and the U.S. Air Force National Assessment Group.

The purpose of the evaluation was to test leading-edge security technologies to meet the tougher anti-terrorist threat scenarios against many government agencies and facilities around the world.

"Our smart video-surveillance system performed exceedingly well in usability, robustness, and performance in meeting the threat scenarios," said Sidney Fuchs, president of Northrop Grumman Information Technology's TASC business unit. "We believe that these evaluation results validate the Northrop Grumman system's capability as an effective security technology tool."

Northrop Grumman's video-surveillance system included an integrated solution, consisting of AlertVideo(tm), an incident alerting and assessment system (IAAS), and the company's license plate reading system -- a license plate recognition and analysis product that automatically identifies vehicles.

AlertVideo(tm) processes live video streams and provides intelligent video assessments that trigger alarms when selected events occur. IAAS integrates security systems and devices to provide a single, intuitive operator interface for automated assessment of events.

Northrop Grumman was one of three participants invited to take part in the evaluation of smart video-surveillance systems. Each competing technology and team performed a site survey of the same area and had one week to install the system and train two government operators. The system was then tested for two weeks under various threat scenarios and environmental conditions.

The scoring criteria goal was to determine the best smart video-surveillance system among the three candidates based on eight objectives, each with several sub-objectives. Five of the eight objectives were scored. The system that received the best score received three points, the second best score received two points, and the lowest score, one point. If capability was not demonstrated, then zero points were awarded.

In all cases where the Northrop Grumman system had the capability, the Northrop Grumman system received three points, the top score.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's technological leadership spans such areas as homeland security solutions, secure wireless, cyber and physical assurance, IT and network infrastructure, managed services, knowledge management, modeling and simulation, and geospatial intelligence solutions.

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