CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 21, 2005--Global ePoint, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEPT - News), a leading manufacturer of security technologies for the aviation, law enforcement, industrial and commercial markets, commented today on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposal, announced last night, to require 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.
The FAA was quoted yesterday in an Associated Press story as stating, "the purpose of monitoring is to identify anyone requesting entry to flight deck and to detect suspicious behavior." A link to the story follows. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050921/ap_on_hi_te/airplanes_cameras_3
Global AirWorks released its Cockpit Door Surveillance System (CDSS) shortly after September 11th with installations on board Lufthansa Airlines shortly after the ICAO released in its security and safety annex, requiring that "either pilot must have the ability to monitor for entry into the cockpit and for detecting suspicious behavior." The System has already been overwhelmingly adopted by airlines in Germany, as AirWorks has 88% of the market. Currently, the CDSS is installed on over 800 aircraft flying worldwide on major international airlines and domestic carriers.
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.
AirWorks holds Supplemental Type Certificates for each Airbus and Boeing Model aircraft flying within the United States from the Federal Aviation Administration. The CDSS is already fully approved on all Boeing and Airbus Aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration.
"We are excited that the FAA has taken this action," stated Ricky Frick, President of AirWorks. "We have been preparing for this event since September 11th, and as the leader in providing aviation surveillance security systems worldwide, we expect to benefit from this development, in an even greater way than we did in Germany when the ICAO annex and several foreign regulatory agencies enacted standards. We offer the unique combination of a complete turnkey, approved system, worldwide installation teams, and we meet each and every element of the requirement that will ensure that we provide the level of service to our US customers that they have come to expect from AirWorks, as we have been successful in installing the system worldwide without ever taking the aircraft out of revenue service, thus decreasing the cost to US airlines and the loss of revenue during the installation."
About Global ePoint's Aviation Division
The Company’s Aviation division contains Global AirWorks, whose primary communications and security products include the Cockpit Door Surveillance System (CDSS), a digital electronic "flight bag" of all flight and on-board manuals and records for pilots and a Laptop Computer Power System for passengers and flight crews. AirWorks customers include airline major OEMs, such as AT&T; Aviation, BAE Systems, In-flight Phone, L3 Communications, and Rockwell Collins; all major U.S. airlines; and all major international carriers, including ATA, Air China, Bombardier, Finnair, Varig, KLM, Lufthansa, and Cathay Pacific. AirWorks holds more than 40 supplemental type certificates (STC) certifying AirWorks as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved manufacturer and installer for a range of interior equipment and systems for a variety of commercial aircraft flying worldwide.
About Global ePoint, Inc.
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 cost advantages in these growing markets, particularly homeland security. For more information, please visit http://www.globalepoint.com
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