Global ePoint Appoints Daryl Gates Chairman of Global Airworks

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Global ePoint, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEPT - News), a leading manufacturer of digital surveillance and detection solutions, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Daryl F. Gates as Chairman of Global Airworks, Inc., effective immediately. Global Airworks, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Global ePoint comprising the Aviation Division.

Mr. Gates brings 43 years of experience in law enforcement, including 15 years as Chief of Police of the Los Angeles Police Department, and was a founding developer of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), a specialized unit in many U.S. police departments trained and equipped to respond to critical situations. As the most senior and experienced board member, Mr. Gates will assume an active role in day-to-day operations of Global Airworks, Inc.

Toresa Lou, Global ePoint’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, "As Chairman and an active manager of Global Airworks, Mr. Gates’ extensive contacts, relationships and experience in law enforcement will provide considerable knowledge and expertise on homeland defense and the security industry. Our goal is to provide the highest level of technology, equipment and technical expertise to protect passenger airlines. Mr. Gates will provide a strategic complement to the expertise of President Ricky Frick, one of the leading technical experts in the aviation industry. As we continue our expansion to achieve our growth objectives and maximize the substantial potential of Global Airworks, Mr. Gates’ background managing large, growth enterprises will be a valuable addition to the management team."

"My entire career has been devoted to protecting the public," Mr. Gates commented. "Now as Chairman of Global Air Works, I will be able to focus on the important safety issues involving the millions of people who travel by air and continue to be a target of the terrorists. The outstanding technology of Global Airworks, the expertise of our team, and my own experience in dealing with criminals, terrorists and overall safety issues, should be an unbeatable combination that, I believe, will serve the flying public well and establish our Company as the leader in homeland security."

Mr. Gates has been a consultant to Global ePoint since 2003. He formerly served as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1978 until his retirement in 1992 after 43 years of service with the LAPD. Chief Gates is widely recognized as the creator of the successful anti-drug program D.A.R.E. and also pioneered the concept and implementation of law enforcement’s first SWAT unit. He is recognized as an authority on terrorism and the control of civil disorders and riots. Since his retirement from the police force, Mr. Gates has been a consultant, public speaker, author and entrepreneur. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

A market leader in aircraft solutions, Global Airworks develops and manufactures dynamic aircraft solutions that provide high-level security and ROI for the commercial airline industry. Global Airworks' solutions include a market leading cockpit video surveillance system (CDSS), a robust electronic flight bag system (EFB), cost effective in-flight entertainment systems (IFE), and a myriad of other products and integration services for the aviation market.

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 commercial 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

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