SOURCE: Vidient Systems, Inc.

January 23, 2008 10:00 ET

Frank Pao Appointed Vidient CEO; Deepens Company's Data and Video Expertise

Technology Veteran Provides Video Analytics Leadership and Executive-Level Experience Building and Managing Public and Private Companies

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - January 23, 2008) - Vidient Systems, Inc., a leading developer of behavior recognition and video analytics software used around the world in security and safety applications, today announced the appointment of technology industry veteran Frank Pao as the company's new President and Chief Executive Officer.

With more than a decade of experience in executive positions managing and building startup and publicly held technology companies and with substantial experience in enterprise data mining and video management technologies, Mr. Pao deepens the directly related industry expertise of the company's management team.

Since its founding in 2003, Vidient has established a leadership position in the market for intelligent video analytics software used in conjunction with networks of closed circuit TV cameras to automatically detect, identify and deter safety and security breaches in airports, subway stations, ports, utilities, government and corporate buildings and other facilities. The company has also attracted a select set of strategic partners, including AMAG, Cisco/Broadware, Intergraph, NEC, 3VR and Vidsys, among others.

Sergio Magistri, Chairman of the Vidient Board of Directors and former CEO of InVision Technologies, believes Mr. Pao's background in data mining and video management is a key asset for Vidient.

"One of the primary challenges in video analytics is managing large amounts of information while automatically identifying customer specific video information to add value to business whether for safety, security or day-to-day operations," Magistri explained. "Frank knows how to address this challenge and is the ideal person to help us move our technology and the company to the next level."

Mr. Pao, whose executive management experience encompasses both venture-funded and public companies, was most recently President and Chief Operating Officer of Verity, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise search software.

"The era of broad video analytics use is just beginning," said Frank Pao, the new President and CEO of Vidient Systems, Inc. "Vidient's leading-edge technology has been proven in the most demanding environments over the past few years and is now being integrated into the core information and security backbones of businesses, institutions and facilities of all sizes. Vidient has a strong industry position with highly regarded solutions and partners and I am excited to join the team and help drive the company's next phase of growth."

Prior to Verity, Mr. Pao was the Chief Operating Officer of Autonomy, Inc. He helped grow Autonomy to a multi-billion dollar market capitalization as the world leader in enterprise software used for managing unstructured information. He also previously served as the Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at Virage, Inc., a video management enterprise software company he helped lead from early-stage startup to a successful IPO and subsequent acquisition.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Pao counseled numerous high-technology clients while at Gray Cary (now DLA Piper), a leading corporate law firm. He has also held various engineering positions at Advanced Cardiovascular Systems and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. Mr. Pao earned a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law and a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Vidient's SmartCatch® family of products is in use around the world in corporate facilities, public institutions and major transportation hubs such as international and regional airports in San Francisco, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Tallahassee and Helsinki. It is available worldwide through Vidient, NEC Solutions America, Inc. (NECSAM) through a marketing and distribution partnership with Vidient and through a select network of security specialty value-added resellers, systems integrators and manufacturers' representative firms throughout North America.

About Vidient Systems, Inc.

Vidient Systems, Inc., based in Santa Clara, Calif., is a leading provider of video analytics software and appliances and is funded by blue-chip global venture investors Blueprint Ventures, Canaan Partners, Trident Capital and Hotung Venture Capital. For more information, visit

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