SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 20, 2006 Vidient Systems, Inc., a developer of behavior recognition and analysis software that detects security and safety breaches in real time, announced today the appointment of Todd Hauptli, senior executive vice president of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), to its Board of Advisors.
"We are delighted to welcome Todd Hauptli to our Board of Advisors," said Brooks McChesney, president and CEO of Vidient Systems, Inc. "With his comprehensive experience in airport infrastructure, Todd clearly understands the security challenges faced by the transportation industry, both domestic and international."
A prominent transportation advocate with over 20 years of experience in transportation policy, Mr. Hauptli is currently senior executive vice president of the AAAE, where he is responsible for managing that organization's interactions with Congress and Executive Branch agencies. Prior to joining AAAE, Hauptli served as a congressional relations officer handling aviation issues at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Earlier in his career, he was Associate Director of Cabinet Affairs for President Ronald Reagan, held various positions at the Department of Commerce, and worked on the staff of the House Republican Research committee.
Mr. Hauptli is also executive producer and co-anchor of Aviation News Today, a weekly half-hour television program.
"Todd's public policy advice will be invaluable to Vidient, particularly with airport security remaining an important focus of federal national security activities," McChesney added.
Hauptli joins a distinguished group of advisors at Vidient that includes Admiral Steve Abbot, President & CEO, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and former Acting Homeland Security Advisor to the President; Richard A. Clarke, Chairman of Good Harbor and former senior White House security advisor under several administrations; Takeo Kanade, a world-renowned researcher and professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University; and, Admiral David Stone, former Assistant Security of Homeland Security, Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).
Designed for use in corporate, government, utility, and major transportation facilities, Vidient SmartCatch 2.5 intelligent video surveillance software was selected as part of an innovative new TSA-funded security solution for "The Airport of the Future" being deployed at Florida's Tallahassee Regional Airport. Other major airports using Vidient's recognition and analysis software include San Francisco International, San Diego International, Helsinki's Vantaa Airport, and Salt Lake City International.
Vidient SmartCatch 2.5 is available worldwide through a network of channel partners across North America, a global marketing and distribution agreement with NEC and directly from Vidient Systems.
Vidient Systems, Inc. designs, develops and deploys behavior recognition software systems that enable video surveillance cameras to monitor for and detect behaviors that threaten safety and security, alerting guards in real-time and intelligently managing event response. It is used today to monitor secure locations at major transportation facilities, corporations and public institutions. The Sunnyvale, California-based company was founded in 2003 and is funded by leading global venture investors Blueprint Ventures, Trident Capital and Hotung Venture Capital. For more information, visit www.vidient.com.