CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 19, 2005 — Global ePoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEPT – News), a leading manufacturer of security technologies for the aviation, law enforcement, industrial and commercial markets, today announced that Astrophysics, a leading developer and manufacturer of x–ray scanning security systems, has received an order for thirteen baggage screening x–ray machines from Saudi Arabia. Global ePoint recently entered into a non–binding letter of intent to acquire Astrophysics in a transaction scheduled to close in the third quarter.
The Saudi Arabian order includes 12 conventional x–ray detection units to be used for baggage and parcel inspections and one custom mobile application. The specific units ordered include four XIS–100E systems designed to screen large size items, eight XIS–7858 for smaller items and one customized model XIS–VAN mobile x–ray vehicle, which was designed to protect traveling dignitaries and similar mobile applications.
The custom mobile x–ray vehicle features an Xray detection system installed in the cargo compartment of a Ford van. Both the mobile unit and the 12 stationary units were custom-made to operate using the Arabic language.
"This reorder destined for Saudi Arabia is extremely encouraging," said Francois Zayek, President and CTO of Astrophysics, Inc. "It represents a substantial penetration into the rapidly expanding Middle Eastern market."
Astrophysics delivers turnkey x–ray inspection systems to customers worldwide for use at airports, government buildings, customs, banks, courthouses, hospitals, prisons and many other locations. Astrophysics’ technology teams have developed leading proprietary products in baggage and cargo inspection. For more information please see www.astrophysicsinc.com
Global ePoint designs, manufactures and markets security products and systems for the aviation, military, law enforcement and industrial markets. Its contract manufacturing abilities not only provide a cost–advantage in the production of leading security technology products but also a steady stream of reliable revenue to help fund its expansion in to high growth, high technology markets related to security. Its vertical integration allows it to maintain superior operating efficiencies and to provide cost-advantaged products. For more information please see www.globalepoint.com.
Subject to the completion of definitive agreements to acquire Astrophysics, the Global ePoint intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proxy statement, and other relevant documents in connection with the proposed acquisition. Investors and security holders are advised to read the proxy statement regarding the proposed acquisition, if and when available, because it will contain important information. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement, if and when available, and other documents filed by the company at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s web site at www.sec.gov. The proxy statement and such other documents may be obtained, if and when available, from the company by directing such request to Global ePoint, Inc. 339 S. Cheryl Lane, City of Industry, California 91789, Attention: Investor Relations. A description of any interests that any of Global ePoint's directors and executive officers have in the proposed acquisition is included in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on June 3, 2005 and will be available in the proxy statement.
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