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Cernium, Inc. Forms Federal Advisory Board to Expand Government Use of Behavior Recognition Software and Intelligent Video Technologies.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Cernium, Inc. announced today that it has formed a Federal Advisory Board as the company further expands the roster of federal government clients utilizing Cernium's behavior recognition software and intelligent video systems. Named to the Federal Advisory Board are: William P. Crowell, Robert Branand, and Eugene Kopf.

"We are very pleased to secure the expertise of the founding members of Cernium's Federal Advisory Board, and anticipate that this board will be instrumental in educating a wider range of federal customers about the successes that Cernium has had with existing government and private sector clients," said Sean Patty, CEO of Cernium, Inc.

William P. Crowell is an independent consultant specializing in information technology and intelligence systems. He is the former CEO of Cylink Corporation, a position that he held until SafeNet Corporation acquired it. Prior to Cylink he held several senior positions at the National Security Agency, including deputy director of the agency and deputy director of operations. Mr. Crowell currently serves on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, which published two landmark studies on Homeland Security, Chairman of ActivCard Corp, a publicly held identity management software company, and is a Director at Broadware Technologies, Narus Corp., and ArcSight, all in Silicon Valley.

Robert Branand is a government affairs and international trade attorney. As principal of Robert Branand International (RBI) since 1983, Mr. Branand has represented U.S. companies and industry associations before the U.S. and foreign governments. He is serving his sixth appointed term as a vice chairman for the industry sector advisors to the Department of Commerce and the Office of the Special Trade Representative. Prior to forming RBI, Mr. Brannand was committee counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Banking Committee and special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Eugene Kopf is an independent consultant with more than 40 years of professional experience in the management of government acquisition, high technology research, and industrial operations. He is a former senior vice president of Booz-Allen, and was the managing partner of the Information and Special Systems Group that provided technical services to national security organizations and the space community. Mr. Kopf joined Booz Allen after serving as president of Litton Industries optical systems division. He is also a former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, for Research Development and Logistics, and a former Deputy Director at the Advance Research Projects Agency.

Cernium recently announced the appointment of James O. Griffin as vice president of federal systems sales, and the company has opened an office in Alexandria, Virginia to service its federal accounts.

Cernium's ExitSentry and Perceptrak behavior recognition software and intelligent video surveillance systems are currently being used in the U.S. and worldwide to protect many government facilities, airports, prisons, cultural institutions, hospitals, corporations, and academic institutions.

Cernium's Perceptrak system analyzes images from video surveillance feeds and alerts security personnel to behaviors that are suspicious or out-of-the-ordinary, such as a fallen person, lingering individuals or vehicles, erratic movement, abandoned objects, unauthorized personnel or vehicles in restricted areas, etc. Perceptrak currently monitors for 16 distinct, pre-defined behaviors. The system eliminates the boredom and fatigue-based errors that can arise from personnel monitoring dozens or hundreds of video feeds that are often displaying no activity at sprawling facilities over the course of a full work shift.

Cernium has been installing ExitSentry systems since 1996, and has installed more than 45 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved ExitSentry systems at 23 airports in North America. ExitSentry weaves together video surveillance cameras, behavior-recognition software, audio and visual alerts, and digital recording devices, to monitor for individuals and objects moving in the wrong direction through exit areas.

About Cernium

Cernium, Inc. is the leading developer and provider of behavior-recognition software and systems for the security industry, focusing on intelligent surveillance video analysis. The company develops proprietary security systems for industry sectors including government, healthcare, transportation, hospitality, education and cultural properties. The company's security products include Perceptrak and ExitSentry. Cernium is located at 146 W. Lockwood, St. Louis, Missouri 63119 and may be reached at 877-968-8383. For more information about the company visit
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