U.S. government agents patrolling the border with Mexico will gain a new weapon in their fight against drug trafficking later this year. In February, ANIMA ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., a Hakata, Fukuoka prefecture manufacturer of crime-prevention equipment, will deliver 153 night-vision cameras to the government through exclusive U.S. distributor WOOD SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C. of Battle Creek, Michigan. Anima's Owl Eye camera automatically adds light for nighttime surveillance. Another 1,000 Owl Eye cameras will be shipped to the government by March 1999. In another move to boost the market for its clinical laboratory instrument systems, TOA MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. established a wholly owned subsidiary in Long Grove, Illinois to provide maintenance services and training for users of its HS Series. SYSMEX SYSTEMS SUPPORT AMERICA, INC. is staffed by 50 people. Last spring, TOA opened a software development company in Buffalo Grove, Illinois (see Japan- U.S. Business Report No. 331, April 1997, p. 6).
Digital X-ray sensor technology from PANASONIC MEDICAL & INDUSTRIAL VIDEO CO., a U.S. affiliate of MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD., will be distributed exclusively to the U.S. dental imaging market by the Cygnus Imaging division of ZILA, INC. PMIVC's sensors, manufactured by its parent, will be incorporated in the new CygnusRay-brand dental X-ray system. That equipment, to be available in February at a price between $6,900 and $9,900, is designed to replace traditional X-ray film and to reduce radiation exposure by as much as 90 percent.
An exchange rate of ¥130=$1.00 was used in this report.