The founders of Blink Identity have over a decade of experience designing, developing and deploying large scale biometric identification systems internationally for the Department of Defense. Their extensive work with identity in motion technology has resulted in Blink Identity sensors being deployed for operational testing at US military bases around the world.
Mary Haskett is the co-founder and CEO of Blink Identity, an Austin, Texas based company specializing in facial recognition technology that identifies people at a full walking speed, providing next generation access control for a wide variety of industries. Haskett drives the business strategy and marketing direction of Blink Identity, and manages the day-to-day operations of the company.
Haskett has extensive experience in the international security and defense industry, developing embedded simulation-based training for the Advanced Tomahawk Weapon Control System (ATWCS). A founder of HCI Training, Inc., Haskett managed development and deployment of training programs for Dell, Sybase, and USAA, as well as the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. After acquisition by Ideal Innovations, Inc. in 2007, Haskett continued as Vice President of Software and Training, leading integration teams that provided comprehensive biometric solutions to both U.S. and foreign governments. Under her leadership, the first satellite office of I-3 (based in Washington DC ) grew from 4 people to 20 people with a project budget of $15M. Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan on a number of occasions, she was responsible for deploying the National Afghanistan biometric database system.
Using a set of innovative web-based tools to foster online collaboration, Haskett was a pioneer in the virtual office space, and managed projects and million dollar profits in a highly competitive industry. Nominated as one of the Austin Business Journal's Profiles to Watch in tech-savvy Austin, Texas, Haskett has also served on the boards of directors of the Association of Internet Professionals (AIP) and the International Interactive Communication Society (IICS).
Her first startup experience was a skydiving school, bootstrapped into a profitable business that operated three airplanes, taught thousands of students how to skydive and hosted regional skydiving competitions.
Haskett holds a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics awarded by the University of Texas at Dallas.
Dr. Alex Kilpatrick
Dr. Alex Kilpatrick has worked in applied research for twenty-five years, developing key work in space systems, computer science, microelectronics, and artificial intelligence. He serves as co-founder and CTO of Blink Identity.
During his military officer career, he rose quickly to manage the entire $12M Air Force basic research program in Computer Science. After leaving the Air Force, he built advanced training software for large enterprises, such as Dell and USAA, producing solutions used by tens of thousands of large company employees. He also developed microcontroller solutions for DARPA, as well as applied research in the areas of intelligent training systems, social network analysis, intelligent agents, and knowledge-based systems.
Commercializing biometric technology is Dr. Kilpatrick’s focus, having developed a number of biometric security and access control software products purchased by Government of Iraq and the Government of Afghanistan in use today. This includes the biometric security system for the Jordan Police Academy (used to train Iraqi Police), the largest police academy in the world. He also served as the technical lead on the Afghan and Iraqi national fingerprint databases, as well as the lead for deployment of thousands of biometric collection stations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. Kilpatrick is a frequently requested speaker on a variety of emerging technology and privacy issues including a focus on the use of the internet for teaching, training, interoperability standards, web technologies, and biometrics. He was recently published on Forbes.com.
Dr. Kilpatrick holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master’s in Systems Management (R&D) from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. from the Air Force Institute of Technology. His primary research interests are large-scale biometrics, machine learning, and social network analysis.