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Alcatraz AI Founder and CEO to present at SIA’s AccelerRISE 2020 virtual conference

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Alcatraz AI Founder and CEO to present at SIA’s AccelerRISE 2020 virtual conference

Vince Gaydarzhiev, founder and CEO of biometric access control provider Alcatraz AI, will hold a virtual presentation at Security Industry Association’s AcceleRISE 2020 Young Security Professionals Conference this Friday, July 31, 2020, at 12:55 p.m. EST, the company announced. Gaydarzhiev’s presentation will focus on Disruptive Technologies in the security sector and will be part of a panel discussion with other leading-edge technology companies.

“I’m honored to be chosen to present at AcceleRISE 2020,” said Gaydarzhiev in a prepared statement. “Our customers tell us, and I truly believe, we are revolutionizing 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.”

With his team at Alcatraz AI, Gaydarzhiev has leveraged 3D biometric facial authentication and AI learning and improvement to build the Alcatraz Rock platform. The system supports any access control platform to replace or enhancing badging through facial authentication, 3D sensing, and AI for contactless access to physical locations. A mix of passive 3D sensing, machine learning and tailgating detection ensure a seamless user experience. Additionally, the Rock is equipped with mask detection, making it a viable security system post-COVID.

This year has so far been a busy one for Alcatraz AI. The company settled into new Silicon Valley and Bulgaria offices to accommodate growing teams, it appointed a new VP of Global Accounts to grow biometric access control business and a regional VP to drive sales and business development. To scale business development in Northern California, Northern Nevada and the Rocky Mountains, Alcatraz AI partnered with Intelligent Systems Marketing to help sale and market its products. Its biometric facial recognition technology has been chosen by Boon Edam and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles to improve physical security and access control.

Before starting his own company, Gaydarzhiev first started as a hardware engineer at Apple working on the iPhone FaceID prototype. His work on mobile frictionless and secure access control sparked an interest in taking that experience to the physical environment, to stop reliance on badges and guards. Gaydarzhiev has also worked at Planet and NVDIA where he designed graphically-intensive solutions for Tesla, BMW, and Audi. He holds advanced engineering degrees from Stanford and the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida.

This year’s AcceleRISE will feature leading security professionals under 40, who will share best practices and connect with other industry leading experts.

“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 SIA RISE Chair Matt Feenan in the announcement.

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