Global ePoint’s Airworks Division's Cockpit Door Surveillance System Has Ability to Deter Air Rage Incidents

Flight 924 Event Highlights Need for Government to Adopt Rule Requiring Video Surveillance on Aircraft

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 8, 2005--Global ePoint (NASDAQ: GEPT - News), a leading manufacturer of security technologies for the aviation, law enforcement, commercial and industrial markets, commented today on the incident that occurred yesterday afternoon on American Airlines Flight 924. On the flight, an air marshal killed a passenger who claimed that he had a bomb. The Company believes that its Aviation Division's Cockpit Door Surveillance System (CDSS), which is already installed on over 800 aircraft flying worldwide on major international airlines and domestic carriers, could be useful in preventing our deterring such events, and that yesterday's incident could accelerate adoption of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) 14 CFR Part 121 for the "Flightdeck Door Monitoring and Crew Discreet Alerting Systems; Proposed Rule" which was published in the Federal Register. The rule, which is currently open for comment, would require aircraft operators to install video surveillance systems for airplanes. AirWorks also holds Supplemental Type Certificates for each Airbus and Boeing Model aircraft flying within the United States from the Federal Aviation Administration. The Company's AirWorks Division is one of only three certificate holders identified in the Rule as currently supplying these systems.

The FAA's proposed rule "will require passenger-carrying part 121 operators to retrofit their aircraft with a means to monitor the area on the cabin side of the flightdeck door and adopt measures to comply with the flightcrew notification requirement." The proposal requires the installation of security cameras on board commercial airlines. Members of both the Pilots Union and Flight Attendant union have also been quoted as supporting the use of cameras on board aircraft to monitor passenger activity. Currently, AirWorks has an 88% share of the German market, where such legislation already exists. Its Cockpit Door Surveillance System (CDSS) is installed on over 800 aircraft flying worldwide on major international airlines and domestic carriers. AirWorks also holds Supplemental Type Certificates for each Airbus and Boeing Model aircraft flying within the United States from the Federal Aviation Administration. Earlier this month, Mexico adopted similar regulations. AirWorks is currently the only approved provider in the country.

"Events such as yesterday highlight the urgent need for adoption of this rule by the FAA," said Ricky Frick, President of Global ePoint's AirWorks Division. "Last year, there were over 4,000 incidents of air rage, and the CDSS, through its unmatched surveillance capabilities, would act as a clear deterrent. Currently, airlines are reluctant to take crew members away from their jobs to prosecute such incidents, which explains why there were only 51 prosecutions of such incidents last year. With the video capabilities of the CDSS, prosecutions would increase significantly."

The AirWorks System provides up to 16 cameras within the cabin and cargo area of the aircraft. One camera is mounted just outside of the cockpit door, with two cameras in the forward galley and passenger loading area directly outside of the cockpit. Cockpit components are 2 LCD screens one located on each pilots position within the cockpit.

About Global ePoint, Inc.                                                                     

Global ePoint designs, manufactures, sells and distributes digital video surveillance systems for the law enforcement, military, aviation and homeland security markets. On the cutting edge of digital technology, 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. 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 cost advantages 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. Such statements include, but are not limited to, whether all of the world’s airlines will install CDSS systems. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual circumstances, events or results may differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to differences include, but are not limited to, whether and when government mandates are implemented and individual decisions on the part of the world's airlines to install CDSS systems. For a discussion of these and other factors that may cause actual events or results to differ from those projected, please refer to the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-KSB and quarterly reports on Form 10-QSB, as well as other subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur.


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