CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.—Dec. 21, 2004--Global ePoint, Inc. (Nasdaq:GEPT), an innovator in homeland and aviation security, law enforcement and advanced digital surveillance and security solutions, announced today that the fire and emergency services department of Peterson Air Force Base has become one of the world’s earliest first-responder teams to install the Company’s next-generation digital video command communication systems. The announcement was made by Toresa Lou, CEO of Global ePoint, Inc.
The system, provided by Global ePoint’s Digital Technology Division, is a revolutionary implementation of real-time video communication, surveillance and command functions, ushering in a new generation of communication technology to link front-line emergency personnel and headquarter commanders. Peterson Air Force Base, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., has installed Global ePoint’s Sequent Ranger™ products, a proprietary solution combining a number of advanced digital video, wireless data communications and cellular communications technologies.
The Sequent Ranger™ products are designed for use by all emergency and first-responder personnel, including police and other law enforcement groups. A number of municipal police departments in California and New Jersey are currently evaluating pilot installations of the technology for potential department-wide deployments in police cars and other vehicles.
“The Global ePoint solutions vastly improve the abilities of police, fire and other first-responder teams to cope with emergency situations,” said Ms. Lou. “Our solutions are designed to provide for quick response and reliable coordination during what can be chaotic, urgent and very dangerous circumstances for emergency workers. There’s a pressing demand for these types of security-related innovations and Global ePoint continues to focus on the creation of sophisticated and reliable technologies to advance the safety and security of our citizens.”
The Global ePoint system provides automated live-view digital video broadcasting from first responders, allowing commanders virtual video-based access to front line action for command and control purposes. The Company’s solutions are applicable to a wide range of law enforcement, military and other security applications where real-time communication and coordination is crucial.
Other key features of the system include a suite of surveillance capabilities and powerful backend computer-based archive and search functionality based on the Company’s proprietary IMS backend servers. The advanced archiving functions enable the video and audio media files recorded during emergency actions and responses to be easily stored and retrieved, both for immediate playback or for review at later dates. Because the Global ePoint recording and archiving tools records at a higher resolution and frame rate than competing products, the Global ePoint systems provide enhanced reviewing capability.
Such archiving capabilities are particularly critical for police and law enforcement organizations. The server technology enables greatly improved ease of digital data management, compared with previous generations requiring physical storage of bulky VHS videotapes, crude search and archive functionality and very poor applicability as an evidence tool. The Global ePoint solutions generate video and audio data files that can be easily and powerfully archived by computer. Equally important, the data that can be used reliably as evidence, because the chain of custody can be securely established for legal use.
“In my judgment, these are perfect systems for law enforcement,” said Global ePoint Director Daryl Gates, former Chief of Police for the Los Angeles Police Department and a respected authority on law enforcement. “Eventually, I think all police departments will have these sorts of digital video surveillance and archiving systems. They not only provide excellent sources of communication and high-quality video evidence, they also protect both the police departments and citizens by providing high-quality evidence for use resolving complaints or lawsuits regarding police actions.”
Live remote video streaming from front line to command headquarters is accomplished using a connection between cellular CDMA networks and Global ePoint’s Sequent Proxy Server. Global ePoint’s breakthrough compression technologies vastly increase functionality of real-time video and information transmittal and archiving during emergency operations, ensuring sharply improved communication and coordination between headquarters and front-line personnel.
“The installation at Peterson Air Force Base as well as the police pilots projects further validates and substantiates the inroads our company is making in this critical aspect of homeland security,” said Ms. Lou.
About Global ePoint Digital Division
Global ePoint’s Digital division provides a range of next-generation digital video and audio recording solutions for applications in the military, law enforcement and in commercial business. Currently consisting of business units Perpetual Digital an Sequent Technology, the Digital Division’s products are making analog tape-based systems obsolete by providing digital technology products to enable the real-time capture, playback, communication, and computer-based archive, search and recall of high-quality digital video. Perpetual Digital develops and provides a family of security and surveillance products, including point-of-sale digital video transaction recording equipment and a range of other commercial security solutions. Sequent Technologies develops and provides patented digital video systems for a range of law enforcement, defense, access security and public safety markets. Its products enable the video transmission, indexing and archiving systems from anywhere using existing wireless cellular networks.
Global ePoint's growth catalyst, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is the design, manufacturing, sales and distribution of digital video surveillance systems for the law enforcement, military, aviation and homeland security markets. On the cutting edge of digital technology and seeking to expand its product line, Global ePoint is developing new compression technologies and next-generation, secure network digital video systems and servers for a wide range of new markets, concentrating primarily on security and homeland defense applications. As a solid recurring revenue stream, the Company also manufactures customized computing systems for industrial, business and consumer markets, as well as other specialized electronic products and systems. Complete vertical integration -- from design and manufacturing to sales and distribution -- allows the Company to capture efficiencies and maintain a cost leadership advantage in these growing markets, particularly homeland security. For more information, please visit http://www.globalepoint.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on the company's current expectations, estimates and projections, management's beliefs and numerous assumptions, all of which are subject to change. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. For example, deliveries may be delayed or installations canceled. Regulations may change and negatively affect demand for our products. There can be no assurance that the company's subsidiaries and/or divisions will be able to achieve growth of sales or market share. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason. These and other risk factors are detailed in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.