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LifeStorage Sets New Standards in Security by Adding Defentect Radiation Detection Capabilities to Its Chicago Area Self Storage Facilities

March 10, 2009

New Strategy Deters Terrorists By Monitoring for Dirty Bomb Materials Enhancing The Trend Toward Comprehensive Self Storage Security

NORWALK, Conn., March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — LifeStorage announced today that it will install Defentect (OTC Bulletin Board: SLNH.OB) threat awareness solutions including its GT2(TM) gamma radiation sensors and DM3(TM) threat awareness software to extend existing security solutions at their ten suburban Chicago self storage facilities. The system will monitor entrances and exits for the presence of radioactive dirty bomb components. Defentect’s system safeguards infrastructure from dangerous radiological exposure and informs first responders in the event of an incident.

Equipped with radiation detection, LifeStorage becomes a leader in securing self storage facilities in America. Among the first in the U.S. to add this additional layer of protection to their facilities’ video surveillance systems, LifeStorage continues to work with leading vendors to protect their customers’ possessions.

There are approximately 2.2 billion square feet of self storage area in over 52,000 self storage facilities in the U.S. (equivalent to three times Manhattan Island). One in ten U.S. households now rents a self storage unit, creating a U.S. self storage industry generating more than $20 billion in revenues each year.

Self storage customers are allowed to store non-hazardous, non-toxic, non-perishable material in their facilities. The Self Storage Association (SSA) (www.selfstorage.org) in Springfield, VA, is the trade organization representing the self storage industry. Owners of self storage properties and the U.S. Government communicate in an effort to protect against misuse of the facilities. Historically, terrorist plots involving improvised explosive devices used self storage facilities to house parts of bombs or supplies in preparation for an attack. In 1993, cell members conducting the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York housed chemicals in a self storage unit in New Jersey. The government enlists America’s self storage personnel to help prevent future terrorist attacks using their awareness of unusual fumes, liquids, residues or odors emanating from storage units; discarded chemical containers in storage unit dumpsters; quantities of fuel; agricultural or industrial chemicals; explosives, blasting caps or fuses; weapons or ammunition; lab materials; pesticides; drugs and other illicit items.

“Radiological material can cause tremendous psychological, sociological and economic devastation, and even kill, when dispersed by a dirty bomb,” said Frank O’Connor, President of Defentect. “The primary objective of LifeStorage’s Defentect radiation detection system is to identify the presence of these materials and provide information necessary to make a quick and informed response.”

“We view the Defentect solution as a way to protect both our customers and our physical assets,” said Christopher Barry, Partner, LifeStorage Centers, “as well as to help us do our part to protect the communities we service and keep them safe.”

When high-energy gamma rays from dirty bomb components reach Defentect’s GT2(TM) sensors, DM3′s(TM) proprietary algorithms confirm the event and alert authorities to radiation that may pose a security threat. Communication features in Defentect’s DM3(TM) software provide the ability to notify virtually anyone with a telephone, PDA, computer or full command center, helping to coordinate response team efforts.

Through the installation of Defentect’s DM3(TM) threat management, monitoring and messaging software and Gammatect(TM) radiation sensors in all its facilities, LifeStorage becomes a vigilant leader in their industry and its customers and the public receive an added layer of protection.

About LifeStorage

LifeStorage is a Chicago, Illinois, suburban area full service self storage center serving families and businesses since 2001. LifeStorage’s ten facilities provide protected access, controlled entrances and exits, next generation climate controlled rooms, video systems and computerized entry self storage along with retail, commercial and office suite space. LifeStorage is constantly evaluating new equipment and ideas to keep customers’ personal items safe, setting new standards in security, while it simplifies life and business with the right self storage solutions. Clean, secure, convenient and affordable, LifeStorage provides the right size storage unit along with all amenities and peace of mind. LifeStorage currently has facilities in five Chicago area locations. They include the Wrigleyville, Little Village, South Loop, Humboldt Park and Hermosa neighborhoods as well as five suburban Illinois locations in Libertyville, Addison, Morton Grove, Aurora and Bridgeview, all serving the public’s self storage needs. www.lifestorage.net

About Defentect

Defentect is a homeland security technology firm that develops and markets intelligent threat awareness solutions. Defentect is committed to the discovery and deployment of advanced technologies to fight the worldwide threat of terrorism. Defentect customizes radiation detection, messaging and alert systems for clients to monitor threat level radioactive and other event detectors including chemical, biological, nuclear and explosives sensors. Committed to creating a critical part of the protection network against terrorism as well as safeguarding facilities that store radiological source materials, Defentect is headquartered in Norwalk, CT. Defentect is a business unit of Splinternet Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SLNH.OB). www.defentect.com and www.splinter.net

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