CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., 30 December 2004. Global ePoint, Inc. has announced continued successful field testing of its advanced video-based surveillance and communication systems in a number of municipal police departments.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, a metropolitan daily covering the Greater Los Angeles area, recently published an article profiling Global ePoint's mobile digital-video and wireless communication solutions. Several police departments in the Los Angeles area and elsewhere in the U.S. have begun efforts to test Global ePoint's Sequent brand product line in patrol cars.
The full text of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune article can be read at http://www.tril03.com/gept/GEPT_sgvt.pdf.
The Sequent Ranger product line, from Global ePoint's Digital Technology Division, provides next-generation automatic digital video surveillance capabilities for police and other public safety agencies.
The Ranger systems, installable in police cruisers and other vehicles records and store high-quality and secure digital video recordings of police activities and incidents. The video files are then automatically uploaded and stored in a computer server system that provides advanced archiving and search capabilities. During emergency response actions, the video images can also be transmitted back to command headquarters in real-time, via cellular communications.
Police in the city of West Covina, Calif., located east of Los Angeles, have been testing the Global ePoint products since September. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune article quoted West Covina Police Chief Frank Wills, who described the technology's value both to enhance the ability of police to protect the public, and to increase trust between citizens and the law enforcement agencies that serve them. Based on the positive results of the pilot tests, Chief Wills is calling upon the city to equip more of the department's patrol cars with the Sequent systems.
In addition to the West Covina, Calif., Police Department, the article reports on pilot testing programs in Riverside, Calif., as well as police departments in the state of New Jersey. Riverside police equipped 13 patrol cars with Global ePoint's Sequent systems; law enforcement officials there have described the technology as especially valuable. Police departments in the communities of Brea, Calif., and Santa Ana, Calif., are also testing the Sequent systems in patrol cars.
The article also quoted former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, who said Global ePoint's next-generation digital solutions provide crucial assistance to police and security personnel in the increasingly complex safety demands of a post-911 society. The products' computer archiving functionality is just one of the important features that make the Sequent products cost-effective, dependable and secure from a legal and evidentiary point of view. Chief Gates serves on the board of directors of Global ePoint.
In particular, Chief Gates referred to the need to provide local police with the same next-generation technology that national law enforcement and intelligence agencies use to fight crime and terrorism.
"You are protected by your local police, not the CIA or the FBI," Chief Gates was quoted as saying. "They're the ones that need the technology and the last ones to get anything."
The video recording and archiving features of the Sequent systems are among several critical functions of the products for police and law enforcement organizations. The backend server technology enables greatly improved ease of digital data management, compared with previous generations requiring physical storage of bulky VHS videotapes, crude search and archive functionality and very poor applicability as an evidence tool.
The Global ePoint solutions generate video and audio data files that can be easily and powerfully archived by computer. Equally important, the data can be used reliably as evidence, because the chain of custody can be securely established for legal use, both for the prosecution of crime as well as for the resolution of complaints regarding actions of police officers. Many such complaints result in multi-million-dollar lawsuit settlements against police departments, and have become one of the largest costs in local law enforcement budgets.
"The performance of the Sequent products at these different police departments has been an important demonstration of both the importance of these digital surveillance and video archiving systems in general, and the effectiveness of Global ePoint's solutions in particular," said Toresa Lou, CEO of Global ePoint.
Global ePoint's Digital division provides a range of next-generation digital video and audio recording solutions for applications in the military, law enforcement and in commercial business. Consisting of business units Perpetual Digital and Sequent Technology, the Digital Technology Division's products are making analog tape-based systems obsolete by providing digital technology products to enable the real-time capture, playback, communication, and computer-based archive, search and recall of high-quality digital video. Perpetual Digital develops and provides a family of security and surveillance products, including point-of-sale digital video transaction recording equipment and a range of other commercial security solutions. Sequent Technologies develops and provides proprietary digital video systems for a range of law enforcement, defense, access security and public safety markets. Its products enable the video transmission, indexing and archiving systems from anywhere using existing wireless cellular networks.
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 a cost leadership advantage in these growing markets, particularly homeland security. For more information, see www.globalepoint.com.