2017 Physical Security Industry Influencers: VOTE NOW!


Nominations are complete and now it’s time to vote for the Fourth Annual Physical Security and Video Surveillance Market Influencers. Who is an industry influencer that others should listen to and take note of their subject matter expertise and industry foresight? Below is a list of those nominated and a paragraph about why they are deserving of being the 2017 Physical Security Industry Influencer.


Voting for 2017 is now closed.


Zvika Ashani
Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi)

Mr. Ashani co-founded Agent Vi in 2003, bringing with him over a decade of technology excellence in the fields of image processing and understanding, video compression, networking infrastructure, server technologies and architectural design. Mr. Ashani is the author and holder of several patents for technologies relating to intelligent video analysis. In addition, Mr. Ashani is a recognized leading authority on Machine Learning and related algorithms, with particular emphasis on Deep Learning, and has published a number of articles discussing how Artificial Intelligence (AI) (manifested through Machine Learning), will have significant bearing on the video analytics market, through the use of Deep Learning technology. Mr. Ashani is an erudite and proficient speaker, having presented at multiple industry events and conferences around the world, including: i-HLS Video Analytics Conference (Israel), ISC West security conference (USA), National Institute of Standards and Technology Ð NIST (USA), IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (Italy).

Steve Birkmeier

Steve Birkmeier holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies from Saint Louis University. He began working with Arteco in 2005 and played an integral role in founding and developing the ARTECO US Division. He has held roles in Marketing, Sales and Operations for Arteco. Steve is now responsible for Sales Operations for North America, Latin America, Africa and Australia.

Per Björkdahl
Chairman of ONVIF’s Steering Committee

Per Björkdahl is the current Chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee, which is responsible for ONVIF’s overall strategy. As the head of ONVIF’s Steering Committee, Per is involved with ONVIF’s conformance initiatives and represents the member-driven organization as a speaker at trade shows and other technology events and to the industry at large. He is, in many cases, the voice and face of ONVIF, championing open standards through collaboration and ongoing dialogue with representatives from other standards organizations and manufacturing leaders, and with systems integrators and end users. Per’s professional career includes a lifelong commitment to technical convergence. He has worked in the physical security industry for more than 25 years and was an early supporter of IP technology adoption within the industry. Per is currently Axis Communications’ Director of Business Development, a position he has held for more than 16 years. With Axis Communications, Per advocates the acceptance of communications standards in the building automation industry, which he has also done for companies like TAC (now part of Schneider Electric).

Bill Bozeman, CPP
President and CEO PSA Security Network

Mr. Bozeman has 35 years of experience in the security systems integration business and with a successful track record in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. He has served as president of Delta Audio-Visual Security, president of Dictograph Alarm Systems Inc. and vice president of strategic alliances for Pinkerton Systems Integration.

Giorgio Bucci

Giorgio Bucci has over 10 years of leadership experience at successful, growth oriented technology companies and consulting firms. At Arteco Global, Mr. Bucci is responsible for the corporate strategy, financial performance and overall growth of the organization. Mr. Bucci is based in the US branch office of Chesterfield (MO) and has led the Security Division of Arteco from its inception in 2005 to a world recognized VEMS solution provider. His influential leadership skills have contributed to the companyÕs sales success and to its global expansion. In late 2013, Mr. Bucci was inducted into the YPO (Young PresidentsÕ Organization), St. Louis Chapter. Prior to Arteco, Mr. Bucci worked as a Senior Consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, both in Europe and the United States. Mr. Bucci holds an MBA degree with a major in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies from Saint Louis University and a BachelorÕs degree in Business Administration from the University of Bologna in Italy.

Jeff Burgess

Jeff has built a solid company with a solid reputation focusing on the physical security market.

John Chigos

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, gave John a new outlet for his lifelong interest in technology. Although always interested in current events, he became more keenly aware of the dangers that crime and terrorism presented to the public and to law enforcement personnel in the wake of 9/11. He began to research how technology could be used to provide an extra measure of protection against these dangers, particularly for police officers who laid their lives on the line daily. He discovered Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR), a technology long used in Europe as a law enforcement and counter-terrorism measure, but which had not gained a foothold on this continent. The reasons for this were twofold: (1) the European technology was unable to read North American plates consistently; and (2) ALPR units were extremely expensive due to their need for specially engineered cameras and dedicated processing hardware. John realized that ALPR technology could become one of the most important in Amercian law enforcement, but in order for that to happen ALPR technology needed to be affordable and compatible with the equipment police departments were already using. Just as importantly, it had to be able to read North American plates, which came in thousands of colors and varieties unlike their European counterparts, and also distinguish the state jurisdiction of those plates. John set about gathering a team of software developers, statisticians, and former law enforcement personnel to create this revolutionary software-only solution for ALPR and founded Cyclops Technologies, Inc., later renamed PlateSmart Technologies. Under JohnÕs guidance as Chief Executive Officer, PlateSmart succeeded in creating the first software-only solution for ALPR, and the only one capable of reading North American plates with the high rates of accuracy demanded by law enforcement and distinguishing state jurisdictions. The software was first deployed in 2012 at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida and has steadily grown in popularity among law enforcement agencies ever since. The Company has gone on to develop new products for the private security and business sectors, using the basic PlateSmart technology as its foundation. The Company’s flagship software, ARES, has received awards for excellence two years in a row. ARES is a revolutionary product that employs state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning with fixed-location cameras to recognize vehicles using multiple identifiers in addition to the license plate. ARES combines this groundbreaking capability with a comprehensive video analytics feature set for both physical security and business intelligence needs. With ARES, PlateSmart is on the vanguard of the evolution of ALPR into the new technology of Vehicle Recognition. John continues to serve as CEO and is regarded as one of the foremost experts and thought leaders in the industry.

Tom Cook
Senior VP Sales North America at Hanwha Techwin

Tom Cook is the Vice President of Sales North America at Hanwha Techwin . Tom started in the security industry as a software design engineer and has a degree in Electrical Engineering. Previously, he ran sales in North America for Vicon and Panasonic Video.

Joe Grillo

Joseph Grillo is CEO, ACRE LLC, and Managing Director, Vanderbilt International GmbH. A 30-year veteran of the electronic security and identification industries, he has a track record of successfully growing, restructuring and acquiring businesses. Grillo began his career in the 1980s, and he has worked with a long list of successful companies including HID, Assa Abloy, and now Vanderbilt International.

Mitchell Kane

Mitchell Kane serves as President of Vanderbilt Industries, overseeing all aspects of the business. Mr. Kane has more than 30 years of experience in the security industry, a founding partner of Integrated Access Systems/Geoffrey Industries, acquired by Ingersoll Rand in 2003. In 2012, Vanderbilt Industries was formed as an access control/CCTV business unit spin-off from Ingersoll Rand, and today, remains a global leader in creating state-of-the-art security systems.

Itsik Kattan
Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi)

Itsik Kattan is a strong player and influencer in the physical security and video surveillance market. Mr. Kattan is the CEO of Agent Video Intelligence. Prior to becoming Agent Vi’s CEO, Mr. Kattan’s career was dedicated to developing and promoting security technologies, including a six-year stint as Chief Operating Officer and Project Manager at Israel-based O.D.F. Optronics, a technology company that developed and manufactured tactical imaging systems for the global homeland security and law enforcement markets, and a five year period in the Directorate for R&D of the Israeli Ministry of Defense. In his role as CEO of Agent Vi, Mr. Kattan has effectively positioned the company as the leading force in the video analytics market. Mr. Kattan has been focused on evangelizing the use of video surveillance as the core component for Smart and Safe Cities and has steered Agent Vi towards creating a veritable shift in the surveillance industry, from traditional on-premise installations to a broader adoption of cloud-based video solutions, particularly in the conventional spaces of city municipalities and law enforcement.

Rob Mossman
Chief Executive Officer of ISONAS Security Systems Inc.

Isonas is Pure IP access control. Isonas is a fast growing innovator in the physical access control business. We have a patented pure internet protocal solution that more scalable, easier to install, and 25-30% less expensive than traditional systems. After raising angel capital of $1.5m I joined as CEO in June 2012. We have built a strong team and the business is responding. We have augmented our talent and capital with an amazing private equity partner and we now intend to lead change in the global market to Pure IP Access Control.

Steve Reinharz
Robotic Assistance Devices

Steve Reinharz is the Founder and CEO of Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), where he oversees the development, sales and marketing, and strategic vision for the company. Reinharz has more than 20 years of experience in various facets of the high-tech industry – as the founder of security integration firm Security Zone, Inc., and a strategic leader at global enterprises. Reinharz has extensive knowledge of a diverse portfolio of technologies, developing practical, effective solutions for end-user customers. As CEO of RAD, Reinharz leverages his extensive knowledge and interest in robotics and artificial intelligence to design and develop robotic solutions that increase business efficiency and deliver cost savings. Reinharz is a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and attended the University of Western Ontario, where he earned dual bachelor of science degrees in political science and commercial studies.

Giampoalo Sabbatini

Giampaolo Sabbatani is Chief Executive Officer of Arteco Global. Mr. Sabbatani has been Arteco GlobalÕs CEO since January 2008 and the companyÕs General Manager since August 2006. Thanks to his experience in the field of organizational development, he has directly contributed to transforming Arteco from a start-up into a global technology company. As CEO his responsibility has included the introduction and supervision of innovative products, services and human resources. Before joining Arteco, Mr. Sabbatani has gained over 15 years of experience working with major technological focused multinational companies. His experience spans from human resources to organizational development

Efrain Saenz
Formally Red Hawk Fire and Security

Efrain Saenz has been working in the securtiy business for over 20 yeats now. His passion is the REMOTE VIDEO Monitoring vertical. From sales inception, installation, design to final monitoring of over 400 accounts minimally in our lifetime. He speaks well to this market and believe with his experience can give much insight to why remote video monitoring is can be such a benefit for today’s dealers and customers.

Scott Schafer
Arecont Vision

Scott Schafer is the chairman-elect of the Security Industry Association, after serving for several years in other leadership roles on the executive and association’s board of directors. Mr. Schafer is committed to the growth and improvement of the security industry, demonstrated during his career bringing innovative, standards-based products to the market. He is currently senior vice president of Arecont Vision, leading Sales and Marketing. As a frequent presenter and panelist at industry conferences, and an author of editorial content in many publications, Mr. Schafer has made a lasting impact on the security industry.

Bjørn Skou Eilertsen
Chief Technology Officer at Milestone Systems

“The best way to predict your future is to create it,” Abraham Lincoln once said, and I still live by that quote.
I am a strategist that initiates, builds and accelerates businesses. But I am also a true-hearted technologist. To me, software is not just a job, it is a passion. I believe that intelligent solutions are the key to creating innovative business processes through enterprises and communities. And I always aim to challenge the status quo.
In my role as Chief Technology Officer of Milestone Systems, I take the lead with the Product Group in working across boundaries between the company and the community. My goal is to accelerate innovation on the Milestone technology platform in collaboration with partners.

Kevin Wine

Kevin Wine is the Vice President of Marketing for Verint Video & Situation Intelligence. Wine has worked in the security industry for more than 20 years and has extensive knowledge and expertise in company messaging, product positioning, strategic and tactical marketing, communications, marketing programs, demand generation, and sales support services. Wine has led marketing operations at numerous organizations for technology-based companies including RedCloud Security, ICx Technologies, Lenel and Edicon.

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