Viscount Systems, worldwide provider of access control and security products, has launched breakthrough technology that reduces security system hardware costs by up to 90% while significantly increasing functionality. Their big idea is to transfer facility security control functions from the traditional and costly hardware-oriented environment to a software and communications oriented platform. In additions to radically reducing costs, the revolutionary approach opens the door to new innovations simply not possible with standard electronic hardware systems. In addition, Viscount is considered the only real public investment vehicle in this space, representing a major market opportunity.
To drive and maintain such technological leadership, and maximize its value in the marketplace, requires management that is both visionary and practical, with a comprehensive knowledge of the global security industry:
• Dennis Raefield joined Viscount's board in October 2011 and was later appointed to the COO position in December 2012. He brings extensive operating experience as the past President of the Honeywell Access Systems division, which operates at a $100 million annual revenue scale. His prior experience is rooted in the integration of large security systems, including being president of Pinkerton Systems Integration (now known as Securitas).
• Shayne Bates is the latest addition to the advisory team. Shayne has a long and documented history as a thought leader in the unification of physical and logical access control. He has emphasized Active Directory in his approach and has worked closely with Microsoft developing cloud strategy. His recent paper "Cloud Computing and Software-as-a-Service for Security Professionals" has played a role in defining the entire space.
• Ron Martin, also a member of Viscount's advisory board, is known throughout the security industry as a thought leader in Identity Management and Physical Access Control systems. Ron regularly contributes to standards publications published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, ASIS International, and the Security Industry Association. Ron was a major contributor to the U.S. Government's Federal Identity, Credentialing and Access Management (ICAM) Roadmap.
• Paul Brisgone joined Viscount's Board of Directors in December 2011 after 34 years at ADT, most recently as the VP of the Federal Systems Division, which grew dramatically from a small beachhead to over $150 million in revenue with a technical and support staff of 200. He has exactly the right experience, in the right market, with the right customers, and against the right competitors, to be extremely valuable to the company.
• Robert Liscouski joined Viscount's board in September 2011 and brings expertise in security and IT. He was the first Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Homeland Security, running the $500 million Infrastructure Protection initiative for DHS. He's been a homicide detective, a diplomat with the US State Department, and Head of Information Assurance for the Coca-Cola company. He is a partner in Secure Strategy Group.
• Paul Goldenberg joined the board in October 2011 and brings considerable experience, knowledge, and rapport with governments and agencies. He has a long and distinguished career in the criminal justice system, and was recognized with an appointment to the Homeland Security Advisory Council by Janet Napolitano in 2010.
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