Biometrics leaders added by five organizations and sought by two more as outlooks remain strong
Staffing and board appointments have been announced by SAFR, AnyVision, Q5id, Callsign, and the Identity Defined Security Alliance, while Booz Allen Hamilton is looking for a biometrics expert and Idemia is hiring a digital identity director.
SAFR has appointed Walter Candelu to the new position of Area Vice President for the Middle East to lead the company’s charge into the region’s live video facial recognition market.
Candelu will drive sales and business development from SAFR’s office in Dubai, and will focus on expanding the company’s reseller channel and partner network, as well as regional sales and marketing programs, according to the announcement.
Prior to joining SAFR, Candelu was most recently Head of Sales and Business Development for security giant G4S.
“Walter’s knowledge of the security and loss prevention industry across the Middle East combined with his engineering background makes him a great fit for our team,” says Jose Larrucea, senior vice president of International Sales for RealNetworks. “The Middle East video surveillance market is set to grow 17 percent per year with over 50 million cameras installed by the end of 2021. Walter is uniquely qualified to help security professionals use AI to capitalize on their infrastructure investment.”
“The physical security is undergoing a major transformation with advancements in visual intelligence,” Candelu states. “SAFR is leading the pack with the best computer vision platform for mission-critical applications. I am excited to join RealNetworks at this time of transformation and I look forward to making SAFR the AI platform of choice among security leaders.”
AnyVision has appointed former Bosch Security Systems CTO Dieter Joecker to its own chief technology role to support the delivery of its core biometric and computer vision capabilities and strengthen its position as an OEM core technology supplier. Touchless access control, remote authentication, and watchlist alerting are the company’s three core capabilities.
Joecker holds multiple patents related to IP cameras and video management systems, and is one of the founders of Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), which set the open standard for IP product communication.
“I had a bird’s eye view of the computer vision and visual AI landscape in my previous role at Bosch, and AnyVision stood out as a unique and superior recognition technology provider,” comments Joecker. “I see significant whitespace in the commercial market for ultra-accurate face recognition in safety applications such as contactless customer and employee journeys and in device and services authentication. With its deep research and proven technology, AnyVision is well positioned to take this growing market.”
Matthew Klepp has been appointed the new Director of Products – Applications at Q5id, according to a LinkedIn post. In the role, Klepp plans to help build Q5id’s scalable identity management platform which combines identity proofing and multi-modal biometrics to replace enterprise passwords.
Callsign has added Ben Wallach as a senior advisor to help the company grow, build out strategic partnerships and enable inroads into new sectors like government, insurance and retail.
Wallach brings years of experience as a technology executive and expertise in financial fraud to the company. His previous experience includes executive roles at Citi, PNC and BB&T.
“Callsign’s unmatched focus on identity fraud prevention and authentication combined with its innovative approach to delivering a frictionless user experience through ensembled, behavioral, location, Card Not Present (CNP) and device analytics makes Callsign ideally positioned to capitalize on the accelerated digital transformation we are now seeing in our new norm,” noted Wallach. “I look forward to aiding Callsign with its continued expansion as the company continues to combat financial fraud on a global scale.”
The Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) has welcomed Robert Half CISO Clint Maples to its Customer Advisory Board to provide user perspective and guidance on the organization’s work.
Fischer Identity, MorganFranklin Consulting, Semperis, and Strivacity have also all joined the IDSA as members.
Maples will be part of a presentation at Identiverse, along with fellow members of the IDSA CAB from Adobe and Red Ventures. The panel on “Getting Controls Right: Balancing Security, Privacy and Experience” will take place at 10:00am MDT on July 31, and be moderated by Ping Identity CTO West Baber Amin.
Biometrics help wanted
Booz Allen Hamilton is hiring a biometrics subject matter expert for its McLean, Virginia office.
The position involves the development of algorithms to give military clients actionable intelligence helping clients understand their mission environment. Facial recognition is the one modality specifically mentioned. Requirements include three or more years of experience with biometrics and algorithms, three or more years of experience in research and development in related areas, three or more years of experience with computer vision or machine learning libraries, a bachelor’s degree and secret clearance.
Further information is available from the company website.
Idemia is looking for a Senior Director of Product Management for Digital Identity Products to work from its office in Reston, Virginia.
The position heads a regional team to document addressable market segments and use cases, and define and validate product requirements for the governments of the U.S. and Canada. The company is looking for someone who can collaborate on engineering, user experience and interface design, documentation, and coordination with platform services, customer support, solution architecture, marketing, sales, business development and other areas, according to a LinkedIn post.
Requirements include a bachelor’s degree, ten years of experience in identity or security, experience with biometrics, digital identity, and mobile ID, and experience managing product and platform certifications. The position is only open to U.S. citizens.
Seamfix manager’s path profiled
Oluwasegun graduated with an electrical engineering degree, but only began coding after he was hired by Seamfix a decade ago. That shift in direction has led him to a variety of roles from software developer and systems engineering to architecture and heading several teams. He has dealt with the challenge of managing four teams remotely during the pandemic.
Recent breakthroughs by the company including building benchmarking libraries for fingerprint biometrics and developing technology for acquiring face biometric images from passport photos show Seamfix’ progress. Based in part on the company’s experience at ID4Africa last year, Oluwasegun believes that data privacy and control issues are now central issues for Seamfix, and the industry in general.