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November 11, 2022


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Alcatraz AI expands into Europe and Middle East citing strong demand for frictionless access control

Alcatraz AI has expanded its business operations to cover the European and Middle Eastern markets, noting strong demand for frictionless access control solutions as a key factor.

AlcatrazAI-EuropeMiddleEast-22The company, which provides autonomous access control solutions via a facial authentication system, says that it is witnessing demand for biometric access solutions that boost security while also simplifying administrator and end user processes.

“Security leaders around the globe are asking for technology that not only reduces employee friction at the point of access, but simplifies the deployment and enrolment process, reduces integration challenges, respects employee privacy, and ensures their people and places are more safe and secure,” said Tina D’Agostin, CEO of Alcatraz AI. “In the last two years our world has changed and the needs of physical security professionals and the people and property they protect has also changed. Touchless, frictionless, automated security is here to stay.”

The Rock, Alcatraz’s facial authentication solution, is said to “fit seamlessly into existing access control systems creating a more secure, frictionless authentication experience at access points and solves the persistent challenges of access control without being a drain on people and resources, or an obstacle to efficient operations”.

The European and Middle Eastern offices will be led by Bodil Nilsen and Shaun Oakes, respectively.

Nilsen brings a wealth of physical security and access control experience to the team as Senior Director of Sales for Nordics, UK and Europe. Her network and experience helping end user customers and channel partners work together to solve the most pressing security challenges make her an ideal partner for the company’s growing base of customers and partners in the region.

Oakes joins Alcatraz as Senior Director of International Sales for the Middle East and Africa. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the physical security and biometrics industry to the Alcatraz team. He has had great success bringing innovative biometric technology into the security market.

“We’ve built a team with decades of success and experience in the physical security market and are excited to add Bodil and Shaun to the Alcatraz AI team,” added D’Agostin.

In addition to the expansion, the company announced closing of its Series A funding round in September that was led by Almaz Capital and included EBRD (The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), Endeavor Catalyst, Silverline Capital, and Golden Seeds, along with participation from existing investors JCI Ventures (the corporate venture arm of Johnson Controls), Ray Stata and LDV Partners.


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