Paravision has added Kurt Takahashi to its board of directors.
Takahashi is a veteran of the security sector, having served in sales roles with ADT Security Services, Tyco Integrated Security, and Quantum Secure, which was acquired by HID Global at the end of his term there in early 2015. Takahashi has also held senior executive positions, as AMAG Technology’s President from 2017 to 2019, and as Pelco’s CEO from 2019 to 2020. At the start of this year, Takahashi became CEO of Netwatch Group, a video monitoring specialist.
Now, he will help to guide the leadership of Paravision after the company named biometrics industry veteran Benji Hutchinson as its new President and COO earlier this summer. And he joins the team “at a time of rapid growth”, in the words of Paravision CEO Doug Aley, with the company having recently closed a $23 million funding round.
Commenting on his appointment, Takahashi placed a particular emphasis on Paravision’s ethical stance. Paravision recently published a set of ‘AI Principles’ and appointed a ‘Chief AI Ethics Advisor’.
“In my 25 years in the security world, I have seen many startups attempt this level of innovation and pace, but few have the unparalleled accuracy combined with leaders that exhibit a clear north star with their ethics,” Takahashi asserted. “As computer vision becomes an integral part of access control, security, and identity verification, I’m looking forward to helping the company continue to break away from the pack.”
Those efforts should be helped along by the performance of Paravision’s facial recognition technology. The company demonstrated a significantly reduced error rate in testing with the National Institute of Standards and Technology earlier this year, establishing its algorithm as the most accurate among solutions provided by vendors based in the US, the UK, and the European Union.
September 2, 2021 – by Alex Perala