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U.S. Army Deploys Actua Positioning System to Support "Operation Iraqi Freedom".

Live Entertainment Technology Also Has Applications For Emergency Response

OWATONNA, Minn. -- The U.S. Army recently deployed several Portable Sensor Platforms (PSPs) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Designed by STS International to meet the Army's critical need for portable surveillance and assessment technology, an essential component of the PSP is Actua Systems Inc.'s patented positioning system that gives the unit an unprecedented 23-to-1 extension capability to elevate its payload.

In addition to its military application, Actua System's innovative PositionIt[TM] technology is being used in the live entertainment industry including the recent 2008 BET Awards, the current Police Reunion concert tour, Larry King Live and many other productions worldwide. The company also plans to introduce its positioning system technology to the emergency response industry to meet the lighting needs of disaster, emergency, recovery and law enforcement responders.

Features of STS International's Portable Sensor Platforms include:

* The ability to elevate electro-optical/infrared sensor, wireless communications and other equipment up to 14 feet using Actua System's PositionIt system.

* A compact and durable design that fits in a small container and can be transported either as a two man lift or on a military vehicle.

* Powered by standard military batteries and solar panels to remain operational indefinitely.

Actua Systems, LLC ( designs and manufactures the PositionIt[TM] system based on its patented interlocking ribbon design. Based in Owatonna, Minn., clients include Walt Disney Imagineering, Turner Broadcasting, Upstaging, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Defense along with the live entertainment and security industries.

STS International Inc. ( is a systems engineering and integration firm with a proven track record for providing security solutions that meet the critical needs of the Department of Defense, federal agencies, and commercial industry customers. Founded in 1993, STS is headquartered in Berkeley Springs, W. Va. with offices in St. Petersburg, Fla. and Falls Church, Va.
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