Alcatraz, a developer of autonomous access control products, announced it has joined the NVIDIA Metropolis Software Partner program and is leveraging the NVIDIA Jetson Edge AI platform to create a real-time machine learning and computer vision multi-sensor embedded system. Alcatraz offers the Rock, a touchless and secure physical access control platform that works with any access control system, delivering an autonomous solution on the edge. It replaces or augments badging as a credential with opt-in identity management, 3D sensing, and artificial intelligence to enable highly secure and frictionless entry into physical locations. Increased security The Rock uses passive 3D sensing, machine learning for increased security, and accurate tailgating detection while intelligently enrolling employees as they are badging in, eliminating the headaches associated with traditional enrolment. A newly added mask enforcer feature offers businesses the ability to comply with increasing state-mandated pandemic-related mask orders. “We’re innovating the physical security space with the creation of autonomous access control that works with any existing provider,” said Alcatraz Chief Revenue Officer Tina D’Agostin. “Joining the NVIDIA Metropolis Software Partner Program will enrich our machine learning and computer vision multi-sensor embedded system, allowing us to develop and deliver one of the most technologically advanced solutions on the market.” NVIDIA Metropolis With cutting-edge technology and an extensive developer ecosystem, NVIDIA Metropolis helps businesses create, deploy, and scale AI and IoT applications – from edge to cloud. The partner certification program offers system design tools and turnkey software packages enabling pre-validated, enterprise-ready intelligent video analytics (IVA) solutions that can be deployed to build smarter and safer cities worldwide. The certified software, once deployed in the field, makes it hassle-free for companies to manage and upgrade software easily and scale out their IVA solutions everywhere.
Blaine Fredrick has joined Alcatraz as Vice President of Product to lead the technology startup in product development as it delivers its secure, autonomous access control platform. As VP of Product, Frederick serves as a liaison between business, technology and user experience. He manages all components of the Alcatraz Rock product from strategic planning to tactical activities. He connects internal resources with the needs of the addressable market and guides the development of product requirements including features, pricing, and positioning. He also works closely with engineering during development to maintain alignment with product requirements. Autonomous access control “As we pioneer a new sector of the security industry – autonomous access control – Blaine will play a critical role to bring the Alcatraz Rock platform to market,” said Alcatraz Chief Revenue Officer Tina D’Agostin. “Blaine’s impressive experience as a security consultant and in product management and engineering roles with some of the leading names in biometrics and physical security is a great asset to Alcatraz.” Frederick joins Alcatraz from BDIS Group, a physical security consulting firm where he served as Principal. Prior to founding BDIS, he served as VP of Product Management for biometrics security firm EyeLock and as Product Manager, Software Team Leader, and Senior Engineer for global security integrator STANLEY Security. Verifying identities and detecting tailgating Frederick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University Frederick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. “I joined Alcatraz because I believe that we have the team and the technology necessary to fundamentally change the way people view and use access control,” said Frederick. “Alcatraz looks at the problem of access control differently – instead of thinking about biometrics as solely a means to replace a traditional credential, we are looking at how we can improve the experience of not only the user, but also the business manager, the system administrator, and the installer. By creating a device that can autonomously make complex, real-time decisions – including verifying identities and detecting tailgating – we change the entire access control paradigm.” Facial authentication solution Alcatraz has changed the way that companies leverage access control systems by providing a facial authentication solution that leverages 3D, artificial intelligence, and analytics to modernise existing access control technology. Enterprises are choosing to deploy the Alcatraz Rock as their first line of defence against unauthorised access to deliver effective and secure autonomous access control. Because Alcatraz's platform also detects masks, it has become the perfect COVID-era solution for businesses that want to deliver touchless security in their buildings, while observing state and local mask mandates.
Security industry expert Tina D’Agostin has joined Alcatraz as Chief Revenue Officer. D’Agostin brings deep enterprise security and building technology experience that will accelerate Alcatraz’s go-to-market strategy for its revolutionary facial authentication platform for physical access control. D’Agostin will oversee sales, marketing, and customer success for Alcatraz’s enterprise customers. “I am thrilled to have Tina D’Agostin join Alcatraz as CRO,” said Alcatraz Chief Executive Officer and Founder Vince Gaydarzhiev. ”Tina’s deep enterprise security experience, business acumen, and leadership skills will help guide Alcatraz as it innovates a traditional market. Her successes and leadership with the largest security company and system integrator in the world – as well as her work with startup and F100 environments – are an incredible asset to our team.” Expanding profitability Tina D’Agostin comes from Johnson Controls, where she most recently was the General Manager of Building Technology & Solutions for Northern California. In her tenure with Johnson Controls, D’Agostin continually grew annual revenues, while expanding profitability and working with Silicon Valley companies across a multitude of verticals. She has held management positions at other security companies, including Niscayah (now part of Stanley). “It’s exciting to be on the ground floor of such an innovative company like Alcatraz that’s truly disrupting the industry by delivering technology that will create a new category of autonomous access control,” said D’Agostin. “I’m drawn to solutions that deliver intelligent buildings, integrated infrastructure, and next-generation access control systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and buildings. Our Alcatraz Rock edge device, powered by AI, is a solution that delivers in these areas and in so much more.” Facial authentication solution Alcatraz, founded by Apple alumni, has changed the way that companies leverage access control systems, by providing a facial authentication solution that leverages 3D, artificial intelligence and analytics to modernise their existing access control technology. Enterprises are choosing to deploy the Alcatraz Rock as their first line of defence against unauthorised access – to deliver effective and secure autonomous access control. Because Alcatraz's platform also detects masks, it has become the perfect post-COVID-19 solution for businesses that want to deliver touchless security in their buildings while observing state and local mask mandates. D’Agostin has studied innovation and entrepreneurship at Stanford University and international business from Regent’s University London. She holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Rockford University.
Alcatraz, the developer of secure autonomous access control products, and national security integration provider SAGE Integration have partnered to deliver facial authentication solutions to enterprise businesses to help modernise access control. Headquartered in Kent, Ohio, with a regional office in Atlanta, SAGE Integration will develop and expand Alcatraz’s presence along the East Coast and in Midwestern states. “We’re excited to partner with SAGE Integration to work together on modernising access control solutions. SAGE is a powerhouse that brings a client-centric approach to the services they offer and therefore understands and appreciates the Alcatraz Rock platform and its ability to deliver autonomous access control,” said Alcatraz’s Chief Revenue Officer, Tina D’Agostin. Biometric-based access control solutions SAGE Integration is a national security integration provider serving enterprise clients with the mission to protect their people, facilities, and reputation. SAGE was created to advance the industry, moving beyond boiler-plate solutions. SAGE brings creative ideas and on-the-ground support to prepare for and mitigate the kind of integrated challenges that their clients face every day. “Touchless, biometric-based access control solutions are in high demand,” said John Nemerofsky, chief operating officer, Sage Integration. “The Alcatraz platform, which accurately authenticates identities using facial recognition, is ideal for our enterprise customers. We look forward to partnering with Alcatraz to offer the solution.” Secure physical access Alcatraz offers a touchless and secure physical access control platform that works with any access control system. It replaces or augments badging as a credential with facial recognition, 3D sensing, and artificial intelligence to enable highly secure and frictionless entry into physical locations. The Rock uses passive 3D sensing, machine learning for increased security, and accurate tailgating detection while intelligently enrolling employees as they are badging in, eliminating the headaches associated with traditional enrolment. A newly added mask enforcer feature offers businesses the ability to comply with increasing state-mandated mask orders.
Alcatraz, developer of secure frictionless access control platforms, has named Debraj Sinha as Product Marketing Manager - an important role as the physical security technology startup brings its innovative Rock facial authentication product to market. Based in Silicon Valley, Sinha oversees all marketing efforts related to Alcatraz and its core hardware and software solutions including product launch and go-to-market strategy. His current focus at Alcatraz is to execute marketing campaigns, develop customer messaging, build demand generation, and support sales. Product marketing “Debraj is one of those rare finds of top technical skill coupled with impressive business acumen, and we are fortunate to have him leading our product marketing efforts during this very crucial period for Alcatraz,” said Alcatraz Chief Revenue Officer Tina D’Agostin. Before joining Alcatraz, Sinha was a product marketing manager at Qualcomm, where he worked on the go-to-market strategy for 5G Modem-RF products and built marketing content for the 5G team. He also spent several years as a software engineer at Cisco, Oracle, and Delphix. Artificial intelligence and machine learning “What attracted me to Alcatraz is their impressive work in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the technology aspect, but also how they have managed to enhance access control with modern technology solutions like facial authentication,” said Sinha. “It seems logical that facial authentication be an integral part of an access control solution, but no one has been able to deliver a robust solution that works with any access control system until Alcatraz.” Sinha earned an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, a master’s in computer science from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s in telecommunication engineering from the R.V. College of Engineering in India. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Carrie, and their corgi, Daisy.