Global ePoint Receives Full FAA Certification for Boeing 777 Across Key Product Line

Official Certification for Popular Aircraft Model Underscores Company’s Dominance in On–Board Security, Digital Products

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Jan. 28, 2005 — Global ePoint, Inc. (Nasdaq:GEPT – News), an innovator of homeland security solutions in aviation, law enforcement and high–volume contract manufacturing, has announced that its industry–leading on–board security and electronic product line has received full Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for the Boeing 777, one of the world’s most popular long–haul aircraft. Toresa Lou, CEO of Global ePoint, made the announcement.

Global ePoint received the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for its AirWorks brand Cockpit Door Surveillance System (CDSS) with Electronic Flight Bag provisions. The CDSS is a next–generation on–board video surveillance and security system that enables cockpit crew to see the interior of the passenger compartment via video camera; the Electronic Flight Bag is an advanced digitally–based solution that replaces paper manuals and handbooks carried by all pilots and cockpit crew.

"This newly–issued FAA certification further solidifies Global ePoint’s leadership as a provider of advanced security and electronic solutions for the worldwide aviation industry," said Ms. Lou. "Our AirWorks’ CDSS with Electronic Flight Bag product line is a cornerstone of Global ePoint’s strategy of delivering best–of–breed technology that provide critical advantages for our aviation industry customers in terms of both security and operating efficiency."

The AirWorks CDSS with Electronic Flight Bag provision is currently operating aboard Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Kuwait Airways. AirWorks has already delivered 19 aircraft systems to the airline under a joint sales effort by AirWorks and leading aviation technology contractor Lufthansa Technik.

"This new FAA certification represents a critically important business achievement for Global ePoint," said Ricky Frick, president of Global ePoint’s Aviation Division. "The Boeing 777 is one of the premier long haul aircraft operating in the world today, with some 447 already flying and another 36 on order. Because of the importance of this aircraft, the certification of our AirWorks products is a key strategic advantage for Global ePoint."

The Company believes its CDSS products can be integrated into any existing cockpit configuration, regardless of aircraft model, size and passenger count. Governmental aviation authorities in many countries have already mandated that commercial airlines install such solutions as part of efforts to protect airplanes from hijackings, terrorism and other threats. Global ePoint’s CDSS and Electronic Flight Bag have already been widely approved and installed in various commercial aircraft models, including Airbus and others. In recent months, Global ePoint has announced several contracts to provide its CDSS products to leading airlines throughout Europe and Asia. These contracts include sales to: Swiss International Air Lines, Air Berlin, Germanwings, Asian–based Air Macau and UK–based First Choice Airline.

The ability of pilots to accurately and clearly observe various areas of the plane outside of the cockpit has become a top priority for airlines seeking to secure safe passage for their planes and passengers. Government aviation authorities in many countries around the world have already mandated that air carriers install such security systems in their aircraft.

The CDSS portion of the system encompasses dual 8.4 inch touch–sensitive monitors located in the cockpit, as well as a system controller and an array of cameras outside of the cockpit door and in the forward galley area of the passenger compartment. The system allows either pilot to observe the entry area of secured cockpit, as well as watch for suspicious behavior in the forward cabin area. The Electronic Flight Bag, which maintains computer storage of required documents and manuals. Currently, for example, crews piloting a typical 777 aircraft are required to carry 77 pounds of paper–based documentation on every flight; the majority of this weight is eliminated by the Electronic Flight Bag.

In addition to the security features of the CDSS system, the Electronic Flight bag provides airlines with numerous important cost–savings and other operational benefits. Among them are reduced fuel and maintenance cost through improved precision and accuracy of calculations, improved taxiway safety, elimination of paper from the flight deck, and improved access to informational documents.

Additional Flight Bag products are currently being developed and marketed. The Company’s AirWorks Class II Flight Bag, which is in operational testing at a major carrier in Asia, as well as its Class III Flight Bag, which encompasses dual touch-sensitive monitors, two digital computer servers, fault–isolation detection, digital video recording functions which include full motion detection and monitoring of cameras throughout the cabin and cargo area.

"Global ePoint’s Aviation division has emerged as the dominant force in the marketplace for onboard, video–based security products," said Ms. Lou. "We are building upon this success and expertise to develop cutting–edge technologies in all our divisions that meet the growing and sophisticated surveillance needs of the global marketplace."

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.

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 For more investor–specific information, please visit

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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.

Global ePoint, Inc.
Toresa Lou, 909.869.1688
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