Alcatraz AI, globally renowned developer of secure frictionless access control products, has announced changes to their executive team, in order to help meet market demand and growth. Security industry expert, Tina D’Agostin, who served as the former Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Alcatraz AI, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), to spearhead global expansion of its AI-powered facial authentication solution for physical access control. Accelerating high-performing teams D’Agostin brings a wealth of experience in building, scaling and managing successful technology companies D’Agostin brings a wealth of experience in building, scaling and managing successful technology companies. As CEO at Alcatraz AI, D’Agostin will be laser-focused on accelerating high-performing teams and creating the operational foundation for hyper growth, in order to continue the momentum of Alcatraz’s go-to-market strategy and global expansion. Tina D’Agostin comes from Johnson Controls, where she was the General Manager of Building Technology & Solutions, based in Northern California. In her tenure with Johnson Controls, D’Agostin grew revenues and market share through new customer acquisition and expansion with leading Silicon Valley and global companies. Facial authentication platform major “Tina has a proven track record and acumen to bring together teams across the organisation to achieve market growth, making her the perfect fit to steer Alcatraz to be the leading facial authentication platform globally,” said Vince Gaydarzhiev, Founder and Chief Product Officer of Alcatraz AI, adding “I'm excited to partner with Tina to lead Alcatraz to its next level of growth.” “I am honored to take the role of Chief Executive Officer at such an exciting time in the company’s transformation,” said Tina D’Agostin, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Alcatraz AI, adding “I look forward to leading the company towards success with our cutting-edge product that is transforming the way in which we view and use access control.”
Alcatraz AI, developer of secure autonomous access control, announced that it has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for its Information Security Management System (ISMS). The ISO 27001:2013 certification is an international standard designed to help create a robust ISMS that helps ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive company and customer information. “The Alcatraz team is proud to have achieved ISO 27001 certification as it validates our commitment to safeguarding the sensitive information involved in developing and delivering autonomous access control,” said Alcatraz Founder and CEO Vince Gaydarzhiev. “Our customers and partners can rest assured that our processes not only meet the highest international standards for information security, but it’s our mission to exceed them.” Physical access control solution Alcatraz offers secure physical access control solution called the Rock, that works with any access control system A-lign, an independent, third-party auditor accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to perform ISMS 27001 certifications, has certified that Alcatraz has the proper technical controls and formalised IT security policies and procedures in place to protect it from unauthorised access or compromise. Certification also means that the Alcatraz IT team is knowledgeable in the best practices necessary to maintain compliance with the ISO 27001 standards. Alcatraz offers a touchless and secure physical access control solution - called the Rock - 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 machine learning for increased security and accurate tailgating detection, while intelligently enroling employees as they are badging in, which eliminates the headaches associated with traditional onboarding. Mask detection mode A recently-added feature provides a mask detection mode - the Mask Enforcer - to help businesses comply with government-mandated facemasks. A number of renowned system integrators and security organisations - including Johnson Controls, PSA Security Network, SAGE Integration, and TRL Systems - have incorporated the Alcatraz Rock into their solutions portfolio.
Johnson Controls, a provider of smart and sustainable buildings, and the architect of OpenBlue connected solutions, and Alcatraz AI have collaborated to provide a comprehensive suite of AI-powered security solutions and services to meet the growing need for frictionless entry and advanced building security. Leveraging its own data-powered access control technology combined with Alcatraz AI’s advanced facial authentication platform, the Alcatraz Rock, Johnson Controls offers comprehensive solutions to protect occupants and assets from building intruders and enable healthier hands-free entry. This partnership is just one facet of Johnson Controls commitment to bringing buildings to life through intelligent, dynamic, and data-powered solutions. Deep neural networks Alcatraz AI enhances Johnson Controls offerings to customers, creating a richer ecosystem of products and services and a timely response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When integrated with Johnson Controls access control technology, the Alcatraz Rock and its analytics provide building managers with advanced protection for their facilities’ security operations. AI technology instantly identifies and alerts security personnel to entry abnormalities The Alcatraz Rock software employs real-time facial mapping and deep neural networks to automatically enrol an individual based on any current access control methods, allowing for instant one-factor recognition authentication. This integration completely replaces standard badging practices with frictionless, hands-free access, allowing businesses and organisations to safely reopen by minimising person-to-person contact at major entry points, and can even provide AI-powered mask detection. In addition, AI technology instantly identifies and alerts security personnel to entry abnormalities. Facial authentication technology “The ability to respectfully monitor who is accessing your building is crucial,” said John Hudson, vice president and general manager of security at Johnson Controls. “Facial recognition technology allows us to offer our customers an extra level of protection and provide the peace of mind of knowing exactly who is entering and exiting their facilities. Johnson Controls is more committed than ever to providing our customers with the tools and integrations needed to make buildings smarter, safer, and more connected.” “Frictionless entry is critical to public health right now, and this partnership allows us to take it to the next level by combining our leading facial authentication technology with Johnson Controls security solutions,” said Vince Gaydarzhiev, CEO and founder of Alcatraz AI. “From advanced tailgating detection to automatic employee check-in, the Alcatraz Rock makes hands-free entry possible while simultaneously making your building a safer place to live and work.”
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, developer of secure frictionless access control products, has released a key mask detection feature that can help businesses in states across the country abide by mandated mask requirements while preserving physical security processes. As the country has experienced increasing COVID-19 cases, dozens of states – including California, New York, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania – are now requiring the use of facemasks as businesses and individuals return to work and commerce. Mask mandates can dictate that individuals must wear masks in any public building, on transportation, and even outdoors if one can’t remain six feet away from other individuals. Authorised access control Mask requirements could present a safety issue for building operators as security systems that rely on security guards or video verification might currently require a bare face to authenticate entry. The Alcatraz Rock facial authentication platform’s new mask-detection feature can quickly indicate whether authorised access control users are abiding by state mandates. “Not only are we navigating a new business environment as we deal with the global coronavirus pandemic, but we are also having to adjust our physical security to adapt to these changing requirements, as well,” said Alcatraz Founder and CEO Vince Gaydarzhiev. “Alcatraz is an innovative facial authentication platform that complements existing security solutions to deliver highly-secure and frictionless entry into physical locations. Because our platform is so robust – and we develop solutions that adapt to the ever-changing needs of the physical security and technology industries – we have quickly produced a mask detection feature that will help businesses comply with mask mandates and ensure that their physical security processes remain strong.” Facemask compliance Alcatraz Rock delivers a touchless and secure physical access control platform that works with any access control system The Alcatraz Rock delivers 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 badge in. The Alcatraz Rock is in the unique position as the hub on the edge between the badge reader and access control software, serving as the gateway by checking whether employees wear a mask even before their badge number is sent to unlock the door. This eliminates the need for adding security guards to manually check and enforce facemask compliance. Access control platform “Alcatraz is built up,” said Gaydarzhiev. “We have the technology to detect masks with trusted access control users, delivering them the smooth access control process they were previously accustomed to – even in demanding COVID times.” There are also additional post-COVID benefits to a facial authentication access control platform like Alcatraz’s. For example, the Rock platform reduces touchpoints in a building which is key to reducing the spread of germs – unlike other biometrics including fingerprint readers which actually increase the number of touchpoints.
Alcatraz, developer of secure touchless access control products, has released the Rock 3D facial authentication with new features including tailgating notification and mask detection (to help companies comply with increasing statewide mask mandates). In conjunction with the new product release, Alcatraz has unveiled a new website that offers the latest information on Alcatraz’s security solutions. “The latest features we’ve added to the Alcatraz Rock make it possible for businesses to replace badging as an access point identification method with facial authentication while at the same time elevate their overall security solution to address the ever-increasing demands of not only access control but compliance in the post-COVID era,” said Alcatraz Chief Executive Officer and Founder Vince Gaydarzhiev. Facemask detection With the latest version, Alcatraz has enhanced the Rock to combat one of the biggest problems in access control: tailgating. The Rock distinguishes an authorised user from an unauthorised user as they approach an access point or door together and can be set to immediately alert upon the attempt at unauthorised access. This expands the security that the Rock provides to ensure that only those who are authorised, and not tailgaters, gain access. The Rock detects whether a user who is seeking access is wearing a facemask Another feature – facemask detection – was added in response to increasing mandates in more than 32 states all over the country calling for businesses to require all occupants to wear masks. Mask requirements could present a safety issue for building operators as security systems that rely on security guards or video verification might currently require a bare face to authenticate entry. The Rock detects whether a user who is seeking access is wearing a facemask. If the individual is not wearing a facemask, the system sends a notification to put on a mask and does not allow access. Facemask detection is just one way in which the Rock is helping businesses adjust to post-COVID practices. The Rock also facilitates a touchless environment which reduces the spread of germs and viruses. Combating tailgating “By delivering options that combat tailgating and that use both one- and two-factor authentication, the Rock provides the most secure and accurate access control solution in the physical security industry,” said Gaydarzhiev. “And because the Rock operates on a robust platform, we are also able to quickly provide solutions to needs that arise in the market like facemask detection.” The Rock replaces badging by leveraging facial authentication, 3D sensing, and artificial intelligence to enable highly secure and frictionless entry into physical locations. The Rock works with any access control solution and can be used alone, using one-factor authentication, for environments to deliver a completely frictionless face-only access control experience. The Rock is easy to deploy in businesses of any size because users self-enroll using their current access control badges Or, users can combine the Rock’s 3D facial authentication with badge use to deliver the ultimate in secure, two-factor authentication for environments that desire more security without the increased friction of other biometrics or the expense of added security guards or turnstiles. The Rock platform respects privacy and relies on facial authentication that is transactional in nature. The Rock is not used for surveillance and does not covertly or non-cooperatively collect or store images of individuals who have not enroled in the system. AI-based continuous learning The Rock is easy to deploy in businesses of any size because users self-enroll using their current access control badges. Via AI-based continuous learning and improvement, the Rock “learns” the user and typically fully enrols a user within just two or three encounters. After users are enroled, they no longer need to use a badge unless it is desired as part of a 2FA solution. Technologically speaking, the Rock is a powerhouse. The smart facial authentication platform delivers incredibly fast, edge-based serverless processing; is as easy to set up as a badge reader; uses existing Wiegand/OSDP wiring; uses PoE+ connectivity; and has on-premise and cloud options. The Rock has been successfully deployed in some of the Fortune 50 enterprise companies.
Alcatraz, the developer of secure frictionless access control platforms, has named Sarah Lawler-Muzquiz as Director of Channel Sales. Lawler-Muzquiz is the latest addition to the team for Alcatraz – an innovative startup that’s improving access control by delivering secure, frictionless solutions that enhance flow, improve security, reduce overall cost, and work with any access control provider. Based in Los Angeles, Lawler-Muzquiz builds influential, executive-level relationships and drives sales, marketing, account management, and technical training in the engineering, construction, and integrator channels for end users. Developing comprehensive solutions “Although Sarah is new to the team, her passion for our products rivals that of anyone here. We are very excited to have her championing our flagship product the Alcatraz Rock to the extensive list of impressive connections she has made in security over the years,” said Alcatraz Chief Executive Officer and Founder Vince Gaydarzhiev. Lawler-Muzquiz joins Alcatraz from Johnson Controls where she served in various roles “Sarah has a great talent for identifying security needs and developing comprehensive solutions and we know her technical skill – coupled with her enthusiasm for helping businesses improve security – will be a great asset to our customers.” Lawler-Muzquiz joins Alcatraz from Johnson Controls where she served in various roles, including Account Executive for Building/Connected Technologies, Strategic Owner Account Manager, and Sales Engineer. Facial authentication platform Lawler-Muzquiz has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. “What impresses me most about the Alcatraz Rock 3D facial authentication platform is that it creates harmony for our security systems. The Rock truly enables a frictionless environment – without having to upgrade video management, access control, cameras, or buy more software on top of everything, to push analytics and assume everything ‘will work just fine’,” said Lawler-Muzquiz. “In this time of COVID, how important is it to be able to offer businesses a touchless solution that not only improves security but reduces the spread of germs? Alcatraz is the seismic change the physical security industry needs to make our world a safer place. I could not be more excited to be on the Alcatraz team.”
Alcatraz Founder and CEO Vince Gaydarzhiev will be featured in the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) AcceleRISE 2020 virtual conference on Friday, July 31, 2020. The event highlights rising young security professionals under the age of 40. It is designed for tomorrow’s security providers to share their current successes in the field, gain momentum for the future, and connect with other rising stars in the industry. “Our RISE committee has truly outdone themselves in designing an agenda that is relevant, engaging and valuable to young professionals and their career development,” said Matt Feenan, SIA RISE chair. Disruptive Technologies panel discussion The AcceleRISE 2020 panel discussion is focused on Disruptive Technologies and how emerging technologies are providing new opportunities in the security sector. Gaydarzhiev will present at the AcceleRISE event on Friday, July 31, 2020. Gaydarzhiev’s journey into the security industry came about as a young hardware engineer while working at Apple on hardware prototyping in the iPhone’s FaceID infancy stages. Vince saw how prolific frictionless and secure access control could be managed via a mobile application. Vince noticed the experience in physical environment was still dependent on badging, turnstiles, and security guards. Gaydarzhiev’s aimed to bring technology to provide more secure access control without the added friction or high personnel costs. Access control platform integration Our goal is to help businesses affordably and seamlessly deliver the highest level of security" Gaydarzhiev went to work developing the Alcatraz Rock platform using 3D facial authentication and AI-based continuous learning and improvement. The Rock works with any access control platform and replaces or augments badging as a credential with facial authentication, 3D sensing, and artificial intelligence to enable highly secure touchless 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, creating a seamless access control experience. Since the Rock also detects masks, it has become the perfect post-COVID solution for businesses that want to deliver touchless security while observing state and local mask mandates. Latest technology for security Apple was not Vince’s first stint with big tech. He has also worked for some of the most renowned tech companies in the world including Planet and NVIDIA where he designed graphically-intensive solutions for Tesla, BMW, and Audi. Because Gaydarzhiev likes to learn just as much as machines, he has earned advanced engineering degrees from Stanford and the University of Southern California and has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. “I’m honoured to be chosen to present at AcceleRISE 2020,” said Gaydarzhiev. “Our customers tell us, and I truly believe, we are revolutionising access control by delivering a truly autonomous security team on the edge. Our goal is to help businesses affordably and seamlessly deliver the highest level of security with the latest in technology.”
Alcatraz, developer of secure frictionless access control products, has moved both its Silicon Valley headquarters and its Sofia, Bulgaria, satellite office into new locations. The move helps accommodate the growing Alcatraz teams both in the United States and abroad as the security startup launches its newest product, the Alcatraz Rock with tailgating, this summer. “As we move into mass production, the Alcatraz team is growing as well and so it was important for us to expand our office space both in Silicon Valley where we started and in our Sofia, Bulgaria location as well,” said Alcatraz Founder and CEO, Vince Gaydarzhiev. New Silicon Valley office The new Redwood City, California location on El Camino Real is in the heart of Silicon Valley just a few minutes from Highway 101 and about 25 miles south of San Francisco. The 5,500 square foot facility can house more than 50 Alcatraz employees and is very research and development-friendly, an important feature since Alcatraz’s primary focus is on delivering frictionless access control via 3D sensing, artificial intelligence, and facial recognition. New Sofia, Bulgaria facility The new Sofia, Bulgaria location situated at ul. "Dimitar Mollov" 8, 1750 Sofia, covers 6,500 square feet and can house more than 50 Alcatraz employees. The Sofia office serves as the European headquarters for Alcatraz. “It’s an exciting time for Alcatraz and moving into bigger and better locations and the launch of our newest Alcatraz Rock are part of it,” said Vince Gaydarzhiev. Alcatraz Rock access control solution Our frictionless access control solution is garnering a lot of attention, particularly in times like the COVID-19 pandemic" Vince adds, “Our frictionless access control solution is garnering a lot of attention, particularly in times like the COVID-19 pandemic, because businesses are placing more emphasis on how to reduce touchpoints to eliminate the spread of germs in the workplace.” He further said, “In more secure locations, already deployed biometrics like fingerprint scanners now need to be quickly swapped, creating a great opportunity for our technology.” Integrated with 3D facial recognition and AI Alcatraz is a frictionless and secure physical access control platform that detects tailgating and works with any access control system. It replaces or augments badging as a credential with 3D facial recognition and artificial intelligence to enable highly secure and frictionless entry into physical locations. The Rock uses passive sensing, machine learning for increased security, and continuous training, and accurate tailgating detection while intelligently enrolling employees as they are badging in, creating on-boarding magic.
Alcatraz, developer of secure frictionless access control products, and Boon Edam a global renowned provider of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, have announced an integration that delivers touchless access control with facial recognition for mantrap portal circlelock units, and similar entrance solutions used in a variety of industries. “The Boon Edam and Alcatraz technology partnership is huge,” said Boon Edam Vice President of Technology and Product Support, Kurt Measom. Alcatraz Rock facial recognition access control solution Kurt adds, “The Alcatraz Rock delivers a touchless facial recognition access control solution for our products like the mantrap portal circlelock unit. With it, we can provide a quick seamless entry point into highly secure areas like data centers.” Alcatraz Founder and CEO, Vince Gaydarzhiev said they developed the Alcatraz Rock with renowned security entrance control providers like Boon Edam in mind. Secure, frictionless access control platform Vince further stated, “We knew that facial authentication would enhance Boon Edam’s existing entrance control solutions by giving them the option to easily incorporate secure, frictionless access control into their security regardless of the access control provider they use because we developed the Rock to work with all of them.” The Alcatraz Rock delivers a frictionless and secure physical access control platform that detects tailgating and 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 The Rock uses passive 3D sensing, machine learning for increased security, and accurate tailgating detection while intelligently enrolling employees as they are badging in, creating onboarding magic. Automatic security entrance products “When used with Boon Edam automatic security entrance products like the mantrap portal circlelock unit, the Alcatraz Rock enhances security and improves flow," said Measom, adding “We have found that the Alcatraz Rock performs better than other biometrics we have used in that it’s seamless.” Measom further said, “Some biometrics can take more time because a person’s face has to be directly in front of an iris scanner, for example. But with the Rock, it’s quick and intuitive. It recognises users very quickly and takes no time at all.” Alcatraz and Boon Edam integration “Integration like this between Alcatraz and Boon Edam is really a game-changer for those industries that require the ultimate in security like data centres.” stated Gaydarzhiev Vince adds, “We’re excited to partner with Boon Edam and help them increase security in the variety of verticals they specialise in.”
Alcatraz, developer of secure frictionless access control products, has partnered with Intelligent Systems Marketing, Inc. (ISM), to sell and market Alcatraz’s innovative security solutions. Access control solutions ISM is a manufacturer’s representative company covering Northern California, Northern Nevada, and the Rocky Mountain States that specialises in the sale and installation of a variety of security products including comprehensive access control solutions. "We're always excited to promote the latest in security technology and the Alcatraz Rock fits the bill,” said ISM President, Mark Dodge, adding “Any access control product that increases security and reduces touchpoints – particularly as we work to reduce germs and viruses in the workplace – is in great demand right now”. Facial authentication to detect tailgating Mark further stated, “But the technology is what impresses with the Alcatraz Rock. The ability for users to self-enroll and use one- or two-factor authentication means users of any access control product can affordably add facial authentication that detects tailgating." Alcatraz is a frictionless and secure physical access control platform that detects tailgating Alcatraz is a frictionless and secure physical access control platform that detects tailgating and 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. Passive 3D sensing, machine learning The Rock uses passive 3D sensing, machine learning for increased security, and accurate tailgating detection while intelligently enrolling employees as they are badging in, creating onboarding magic. “ISM has impressive experience in security sales and a great understanding of the Alcatraz product and how it can elevate an existing access control system to deliver more security and a frictionless environment,” said Alcatraz Founder and CEO, Vince Gaydarzhiev. He adds, “The Alcatraz team is grateful to have ISM join us in increasing our presence in this important region.”
Alcatraz AI, developer of secure frictionless access control platforms, has named security industry veteran Josh Jackson as Regional Vice President, Strategic Partnerships. Based in Florida, Jackson will oversee sales, business development, customer service, marketing, and operations for Alcatraz AI. “We’re excited to have a security industry pro lead our East Coast sales operations as we continue to build our innovative frictionless access control platforms,” said Alcatraz AI Chief Executive Officer and Founder Vince Gaydarzhiev. “Josh Jackson has earned a high level of respect throughout his career with leading roles with international security companies and professional organisations. His colleagues consistently report that he is hard-working, dedicated, and very skilled at relaying complex technical processes like those we are developing.” Focusing on video surveillance Josh comes to Alcatraz AI with a wealth of security industry experience. He most recently served as Regional Vice President North America with RightCrowd Software. After focusing primarily on video surveillance he joined STANLEY Security as Director of Global Product Integration leading those efforts in their product business. He has served as Director of Strategic Accounts for Pelco by Schneider Electric and helped start the EMEA Center of Excellence while on assignment in Paris. Josh took a role in the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) global security consortium trying to move away from proprietary systems and into the open standards world. He was a member of the team that took the PLAI (Physical Logical Access Interoperability) specification from an idea on a whiteboard to a commercially available solution. He served as a board member for seven years and Vice Chairman for three of those years. Future of access control The future of access control is in the ability to deliver security without compromising on friction “As a longtime security industry professional, I’ve witnessed many impressive technological advances, but access control in physical security has not been innovating at a pace consistent with the demands of digital transformation. With Alcatraz AI, there is a product to change the way access control ties into the site access experience strategies of many enterprise organisations adding frictionless access, but without compromising the validation and identity assurance required." "That is why I am thrilled to join Alcatraz AI to lead the way in getting the offering to market,” said Jackson. “The future of access control is in the ability to deliver security without compromising on friction and Alcatraz AI has developed an incredible product that will improve access and overall security for a variety of vertical markets.” Highly secure and frictionless entry Developed by Gaydarzhiev, a former Apple hardware engineer, the Alcatraz Rock is a 3D facial authentication product that works with any access control system. It replaces badging as an access point identification method with facial recognition, 3D sensing, and artificial intelligence to enable highly secure and frictionless entry into physical locations. The Rock uses secure facial authentication, an intelligent enrollment that switches to face-only identification after it has learned an employee’s face, and guards against tailgating.
Alcatraz AI, developer of secure frictionless access control products, will unveil the new Alcatraz Rock 3D Facial Authentication Platform at ISC West Booth 13127 this March in Las Vegas. Alcatraz representatives will also be in the Johnson Controls ISC West Booth – No. 20005, the Boon Edam Booth – No. 8037, and STANLEY Security's Pacom Systems Booth – No. 23067 during the show. Alcatraz AI, developer of secure frictionless access control products, will unveil the new Alcatraz Rock 3D Facial Authentication Platform at ISC West Booth 13127 this March in Las Vegas. Alcatraz representatives will also be in the Johnson Controls ISC West Booth – No. 20005, the Boon Edam Booth – No. 8037, and STANLEY Security's Pacom Systems Booth – No. 23067 during the show. AI facial authentication Developed by the same Apple engineers involved in the FaceID project, Alcatraz Rock brings secure facial authentication and AI to physical security with the intention to replace or augment access control badges in single-factor or dual-factor modes, in many cases eliminating the need for turnstiles and guards. The Rock prevents common access control problems like tailgating and piggybacking by recognising the attempt and immediately alerting on it. “The unbelievable popularity of face identification use in smartphones has created a demand for the same technology to be used in other applications. We started Alcatraz AI to bring facial authentication to the access control market because it provides a more secure way to provide access control as well as an opportunity for frictionless access and improved flow,” said Alcatraz AI Founder and Chief Executive Officer Vince Gaydarzhiev. “The Rock’s newest features – that help prevent common access control problems like tailgating – deliver an even more powerful security solution and enhance overall physical access control." Secure frictionless environment Alcatraz Rock integrates into any existing access control infrastructure making it the easiest biometric product to deploy The Alcatraz Rock is a 3D facial authentication product that creates a frictionless and secure environment at enterprises that care about their physical security. It uses facial authentication to replace or augment badges (single and dual-factor) while sensing for tailgating, solving one of the biggest problems in the industry. It uses AI to self-enroll employees, as well as passively sense employees to detect who doesn’t belong. Alcatraz Rock integrates into any existing access control infrastructure, badge reader, and badge type, making it the easiest biometric product to deploy while providing security that currently is achieved with turnstiles or guards. ISC West 2020 ISC West is considered to be the one of the biggest converged security industry trade shows in the United States and the world, hosting more than 30,000 global security product manufacturers and professionals. This year, ISC West will be held at the Sands Expo Center, March 17-20, 2020. Visitor can come to Alcatraz Booth No. 13127, Johnson Controls Booth No. 20005, or Boon Edam Booth No. 8037 to learn more about the 3D Facial Authentication Platform.
Alcatraz AI, developer of secure frictionless access control platforms, names Mitch Fagundes Vice President of Global Accounts. Alcatraz AI is an innovative firm that’s improving access control by delivering secure, frictionless solutions that enhance flow, improve security, reduce overall cost, and work with any access control provider. Based in California, Fagundes will oversee business development and strategic growth for the Globe. “We’re a growing company that’s making a big footprint in frictionless access control solutions and we’re building a team of security industry experts that have delivered great results for leading firms,” said Alcatraz AI Chief Executive Officer and Founder Vince Gaydarzhiev. Enterprise video management systems “Mitch Fagundes was instrumental in the growth and success of Arecont Vision and Pelco and we welcome his insight as we develop game-changing frictionless solutions.” Fagundes worked for Arecont Vision for 11 years as Vice President of Global Strategic Accounts and Business Development Director. He was instrumental in the growth of Arecont Vision and the success of the company with major end user customers around the world. Fagundes said he is excited to bring his vast security experience to access control Prior to Arecont Vision, Fagundes served Pelco in a variety of roles for seven years including Product Marketing Manager, Large System Sales and Design, and Specialty Integrated Systems Engineering. Fagundes said he is excited to bring his vast security experience to access control. “With experience in enterprise video management systems and some of the largest IP camera deployments in the world, I’ve always been interested in the access side of the industry,” said Fagundes. Functional artificial intelligence “I’ve always seen the access side of the industry as ripe for innovation – especially in functional artificial intelligence and frictionless entry. I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to join the Alcatraz AI team and deliver exactly what the industry has been asking for as long as I’ve been a part of it.” Developed by Gaydarzhiev, a former Apple hardware engineer, the Alcatraz Rock is a 3D facial authentication product that works with any access control system. It replaces badging as an access point identification method with facial recognition, 3D sensing, and artificial intelligence to enable highly secure and frictionless entry into physical locations. The Rock uses secure facial authentication, intelligent enrolment that switches to face-only identification after it has learned an employee’s face, and guards against tailgating.
Effective access control can be achieved without the use of cards using a new generation of secure facial authentication enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Alcatraz AI is introducing a system that deploys a sensing device, about the size of a badge reader, with multiple colour and infrared cameras that can detect facial features and confirm an identity. Real-time 3D facial mapping avoids anyone using a photograph, video or mask to spoof the system and confirms there is a real person that matches the stored facial image. System helps in tailgating mitigation Deep neural networks, powered by NVIDIA, enable the system to achieve new levels of frictionless access control, says Vince Gaydarzhiev, CEO of Alcatraz AI. Computer processing is achieved at the edge to ensure speedy and secure access control. We saw an opportunity to create a system that solves issues of tailgating and addresses the need for security without increasing friction"“We saw an opportunity to create a system that solves issues of tailgating and addresses the need for security without increasing friction,” says Gaydarzhiev. The accuracy of the system lessens the need for security guards, he says. The Silicon Valley startup, currently with 20 employees, was founded in early 2016 by a team from Apple, NVIDIA and Lily Robotics with a goal of targeting mid- to large-sized corporations that currently have deployed badging systems. The company has raised close to $6M from venture capital firms and individuals, and Johnson Controls/Tyco has invested in the startup. Alcatraz AI’s sensor device, mounted near a door, confirms a user’s identity and communicates the user’s badge number to the existing access control infrastructure. “The system improves the facial profile every time, using the neural network to be even more accurate in the future,” says Gaydarzhiev. He says it is the industry’s first “instant one-factor authentication for multi-person in-the-flow sensing.” The system is less expensive than previous facial authentication systems and does not require users to be very close to the reader Easy enrolment and deployment Enrolment in the system is easy. Companies can deploy a separate enrolment station, or any reader can be used for enrolment. After badging in a couple of times, the face matching system “enrols” the face with the associated badge number, thus allowing the user to dispense with the badge altogether. In the future, the frictionless system simply recognises the user and opens the door. A user company can quickly deploy the system at locations where thousands of employees have access, without requiring employees to go to HR for enrolment. Gaydarzhiev says accuracy of the system is no less than that of iris scanning, and the accuracy is configurable for specific needs. He says the system is less expensive than previous facial authentication systems and does not require users to be very close to the reader. Facial authentication is also more flexible than iris scanning or fingerprinting. Detecting intent from positioning of eyes The system detects intent from the positioning of the eyes and body to avoid opening a door unintentionallyIn contrast to near field communication (NFC) or Bluetooth systems, the technology does not require a compatible smart phone or have issues of communication range. There is no need for users to stop and perform an action or gesture to signal intent. The system detects intent from the positioning of the eyes and body to avoid opening a door unintentionally, says Gaydarzhiev. Alcatraz AI is targeting high-tech enterprises, including healthcare, government and eventually banks. Currently they have three pilot installations among large global software companies and are undergoing trials with some government agencies. Today, they sell direct to end users, but the intent is to develop a dealer channel that will account for most of the sales.