Reston, VA - July 18, 2006 - Cernium Corporation, the leading provider of advanced video analytics, has announced the appointment of Dr. Nikhil Gagvani as Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Gagvani currently serves as Cernium's Vice President, Engineering and will assume a broader role spanning the development cycle from R&D to new product introduction.
"Dr. Gagvani's exceptional abilities and considerable experience in applied computer vision and technical product development ensures the continued advancement of Cernium's performance-leading position in the video analytics and physical security markets," said Craig Chambers, President & CEO of Cernium.
Dr. Gagvani has more than 15 years of experience in computer engineering and product development, focusing on computer vision and video analytic technologies. At Cernium, he has guided the continued evolution of PerceptrakÂ®, the leading intelligent video analytics system, and the development of new products, including the award-winning CheckVideoâ„¢ installation support software that measures and optimizes security camera video quality. Before joining Cernium, Dr. Gagvani led research, development and product engineering programs for Sarnoff Corporation and its subsidiary, Pyramid Vision Technologies, where he oversaw the technical development and market introduction of advanced video solutions for the security, surveillance, law enforcement and consumer electronics markets.
Dr. Gagvani holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Rutgers University and a B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He has authored numerous publications on visualization, image processing, computer graphics and distributed computing.
More than 100 facilities throughout North America benefit from Cernium solutions. PerceptrakÂ® customers include the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at PNC Park, SeaWorld, the City of San Diego, Boeing, The Johns Hopkins University, the National Air & Space Museum, and George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. PerceptrakÂ® is the only advanced video analytics solution able to simultaneously analyze video from 16 cameras, in real time, on a single video processor. The system is able to monitor security video for any combination of 18 pre-defined behaviors, including fallen persons, abandoned or removed objects, facility intrusion, and lurking or erratically-behaving individuals, and provides real time alerts to law enforcement and security personnel. Cernium's ExitSentryÂ®, which secures airport exit concourses, has the longest record of secure, reliable performance in the advanced video analytics industry and is deployed in dozens of U.S. and Canadian airports. www.cernium.com.