Monica Nascimento is the Director of Marketing at Vaion and Jazz Networks, both Ava unified security companies, where she works with global enterprise organisations to detect physical threats at their earliest stages, thereby mitigating risk rather than simply responding after the fact and protect against physical and cyber threats. Monica stated that the recent events unfolding around the world over the last few weeks had got her thinking about her path to join Ava (Jazz Networks and Vaion joined forces as Ava in April 2020). Value of integrity My decision really came down to how much I wanted to work for a different kind of company My decision really came down to how much I wanted to work for a different kind of company. At this point in my 25-year long career, not only did I want to be part of an innovative company with a great future, but one that values integrity. Measuring integrity is, admittedly, a bit challenging, but here’s one of the things that caught my attention: How Ava’s Product Development team operates with respect to women and nationalities. First, there are a surprising number of women on the team, including many in leadership positions. This was quite remarkable to me in this typically male-dominated industry. Second, I noticed an incredibly rich mix of nationalities represented. Never before have I worked with either this many women, outside of what one might say are more traditionally female roles, or with such a cross-national group of people. Let alone both, Monica adds. Improving physical and cyber security Let me explain why I think both these matter, not just for me, but more importantly, for our customers and other businesses that want to vastly improve their physical and cyber security. When Ran Pugach, Ava’s Chief Product and Development Officer, presented his team to me, I couldn't help notice that his leadership team was 33% women. Also, there were (still are) 16 women overall in Ava's Product Development team, which spans our full range of cyber and physical security solutions. For a relatively small company, in the early stages of its journey, that’s huge. In all my years in the high-tech cyber and physical security industries, I’ve never come across this. Protecting physical assets and providing data security From the outset, Ava and its investors were intent on finding the best talent out there" When I jokingly asked Ran about the women in his organisation and leadership team and whether he was ‘checking the box’, he proudly said, "From the outset, Ava and its investors were intent on finding the best talent out there. Protecting physical assets and providing data security are extremely complex challenges demanding highly capable people with the right experience and outlook.” Ran added, “The reason why I brag about my team composition is that I was not explicitly looking to hire women. I was looking to hire the best talent and I’m very happy they were women!" Positives of multi-national team The same reasoning lies behind seeking out experts from all over the world. Ava develops products for both cyber and video security, which entails both hardware (appliances, intelligent cameras) and software (cyber security, video analytics, cloud solutions). Currently, 21 nationalities are represented on the team, including (beyond UK and Norway, where Ava is co-headquartered) Canada, Malaysia, Switzerland and South Korea, to name just a few. In every company that I’ve ever worked, including global companies where multiple nationalities were represented across the organisation, most, if not all the members of the product development teams, hailed from a single country. It may have been because they were all ‘known’ to the founders, or because the company started in a particular region of the world. Ava’s mix is altogether different and quite refreshing in my eyes. And, it makes business sense. Importance of knowing the global customer base Ava’s team brings a special discernment to meeting the 'less evident' needs of its global customer base To best serve any market, you have to have top talent. But beyond that, to sell software platforms to a global market, it’s critical to have global talent that reflects your customer base. This is true for obvious, and, for less obvious reasons alike. The perspectives of people from different nations are not only incredibly important for product development and roadmaps, but also for operational support and delivery. All too often, there are subtle practices, norms, or perceptions that can get in the way of smooth and frictionless adoption because the seller hasn’t figured out what a customer might be thinking or hasn’t recognised some cultural or national nuance or preference. Ava’s product development team brings a special discernment to meeting the 'less evident' needs of its global customer base. This brings me back to Ran. He’s lived in five countries and travelled to over 40 more, all while bringing complex technology platforms to the market. Ran speaks multiple languages, but more importantly, he speaks ‘global’. It’s a part of who he is and a big part of what Ava strives to be. Need for employees to feel valued I know it’s not easy to run a large team or a company. I’m not pretending I know how, especially in difficult times like the ones we’re in now. Feeling valued for who you are and the strengths you bring, rather than feeling like management has checked the boxes and filled the organisational chart, is palpable to employees and customers alike. It’s the basis for creating great teams, and for best serving the real needs of customers, as defined by them. And, yes, all of this circles back to what’s going on in the world and what ultimately informed my decision to work for Ava. As a woman and a part of this talented global team, I chose Ava not only because of its game-changing video and cyber security solutions, but even more so because of its refreshing perspective on people. The broader world is clearly up against a completely different set of challenges, but I stand by the fight for more integrity, whether it’s a team at work or on a national or global scale.
Vaion is proud to announce the general availability of its innovative Vaion vcore video management system at the upcoming ISC East 2019 event in New York. Designed with scalability in mind, Vaion vcore is a proactive solution that allows threats to be detected and addressed as incidents unfold. This is made possible through the use of a new neural network that mimics the human brain’s ability to recognise patterns and categorise images. Vaion vcore is equipped with integrated machine learning capabilities that analyse all video feed from all standards-based cameras in real-time. The system monitors and understands behaviours; identifies, classifies, and tracks people, vehicles, and other objects of interest; and sends alerts before threats escalate. Vaion vcore video management system Vaion vcore is enhanced with a range of advanced features that make the system scalable, secure, and easy to useVaion vcore is enhanced with a range of advanced features that make the system scalable, secure, and easy to use, covering a wide range of enterprise security needs. The system can work with third-party cameras or be further optimised with the suite of specialised Vaion cameras, available in January 2020. Vaion’s complete enterprise security solution will allow organisations to leverage additional features, including directional audio analytics and advanced cybersecurity features. Vaion vcore enables a proactive approach with the Spotlight capability that changes video feeds dynamically and sends real-time alerts and notifications based on predefined rules and detection of unusual activity. Instead of merely investigating incidents, organisations can take the necessary steps to prevent them. Vaion Smart Search As events occur, Vaion’s Smart Search allows operators to conduct forensic analysis and build case files in minutes versus the hours, days, weeks of traditional VMS platforms. Also, Vaion vcore’s unique Map view with Smart Presence provides people and vehicle tracking and counting, as well as camera and alarm views, giving operators detailed situational awareness and advanced operational benefits. “Vaion’s impressive vcore software includes all the features you would expect in a legacy VMS platform. However, the embedded artificial intelligence provides immense insight with people/object/vehicle detection, anomalies, presence-based maps, and fast/scalable similarity searches. End-users will realise operational benefits of the Vaion platform beyond the improvements to security operations and focused situational awareness.” — Michael Miller, President and CTO, TWG Security Physical security In addition to Vaion vcore’s physical security features, the system is secure from the ground up to protect data and minimise the risk of breaches. This is achieved by end-to-end encryption and digitally-signed files for secure export. Vaion vcloud allows operators to access the system remotely, manage complex deployments in a single platform Ease of use, simple deployment, remote access, link sharing, and license pooling is made possible with the Vaion vcloud connection. Vaion vcloud allows operators to access the system remotely, manage complex deployments in a single platform, and stay up to date with Vaion vcore upgrades and features. Cutting-edge video analytics and surveillance “Vaion harnesses the most advanced technologies out there to solve real problems security personnel really care about. We don’t just deliver an affordable state-of-the-art VMS based on decades of experience in the industry; we apply cutting-edge analytics on every video stream all the time to provide insightful and actionable information in real-time!” — Ran Pugach, Chief Product and Development Officer, Vaion. Come see Vaion demonstrate vcore in action with solutions to real-life scenarios at ISC East 2019, Booth #351. As a global company with offices in New York, London, and Oslo, Vaion is changing the traditional video security landscape with AI capabilities that make it easier for businesses and organisations to monitor their assets proactively. With embedded video and audio analytics powered by machine learning algorithms, intuitive installation processes, and a range of smart cameras, Vaion offers an end-to-end surveillance solution that helps companies detect threats in their earliest stages and perform fast, effective investigations with fewer resources.