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Welcome to autonomous_ID.

Creators of the (Bio_Sole) and world leaders in wearable

identity, mobile health and analytic devices.

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Research and development at autonomous_ID began in 2007 to provide a means to positively identify authorized personnel (workforce, soldier, officer, etc.) using biometric information, without the need to validate authenticity from an external source. Our solution remains the cornerstone for autonomous_ID products and services.

 

autonomous_ID continues to develop workforce identity systems based on the Bio_Sole®, a revolutionary advance in wearable biometric authentication; it enables users to authenticate identity with a minimal risk of error and eliminates privacy concerns.

 

The shape and weight distribution of a user’s feet create a unique biometric signature (Pedo_Biometrics®).

 

A strong and well-rounded management, technical and development team leads our product research and commercialization efforts.  Foundational sciences in autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and decision analytics are core disciplines applied to our end products and services.

 

Intelligence, imagination and ingenuity are our driving principles in helping to solve our customers' most pressing identity, security and resource-access control concerns.

 

Necessity is the mother of invention!

 

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Executive Management

  • Todd D. Gray - Chairman and CEO

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    Mr. Gray, the founder of autonomous_ID and its principal inventor, has built a career in designing, developing and implementing leading-edge products, systems and services. Mr. Gray has collaborated with industry-leading CEOs, CTOs, and the governments of the United States, Canada, India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

     

    In close collaboration with his colleagues and research partners, Mr. Gray works at the leading edge of innovation in material sciences, distributed systems, user-directed communication systems and networks, adaptive connectivity and infrastructures, cyber security/defense and intuitive utilities. He also has interests in media, sports and distributed gaming.

     

    Since establishing autonomous_ID in 2009, Mr. Gray has led the firm’s work in evaluating possible applications for its technologies in the military, security, critical infrastructure and transportation sectors. He has also led its efforts to develop Pedo_Biometrics as a discipline in the field of biometric sciences.

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  • William (Bill) Bates - Executive Vice President and Board Member

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    Bill Bates has over 55 years of management and leadership experience, including nearly four decades of experience in professional project management in industry and government. He has developed several project management methodologies and software systems, and delivered more than 800 seminars internationally. His achievements span the areas of engineering, social services, aerospace, high technology, facilities and accommodations, information systems, manufacturing, government, oil and gas, mining, and construction.

     

    Mr. Bates is the retired President of Bates Project Management Inc., a private company with a business history of 34 years, specializing in project management services. He founded Multinational Management Systems, Ltd. of Springfield, Virginia, and Projetronics Inc. of Ottawa, Canada. He served also as vice president of information systems for an electronic engineering and manufacturing company. Mr. Bates is a retired officer of the United States Marine Corps with 20 years of service.

     

    Mr. Bates holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in the Technology of Management from the American University. He is active in professional organizations, and is past Chairman of the Board of Watercan, a non-governmental organization dedicated to providing aid to developing peoples. He is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Robert Land Academy, a private school in Ontario and has served on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Project Management Institute.  He has served on PMI’s Research Advisory Committee, and contributed articles to Datamation, Computing Canada, The Government Computer Magazine and other publications.

     

    Mr. Bates has held significant positions in academia. He was Chairman of the Data Processing Department of Strayer College, Academic Head of the U.S. Marine Corps Computer Sciences School and Lecturer in the College of Continuing Education of the American University and the Executive MBA program of the University of New Haven.  He has taught with the Masters Certificate in Project Management for York University, Memorial University and St Mary’s University.

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  • Dr. Erik G. Mettala - Executive Vice President / Chief Technology Officer

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    Dr. Mettala has been a key figure in the U.S. Intelligence community for over 35 years. He served with the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Army Communications and Electronics Command. Recently Lieutenant Colonel Mettala retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service to his country.

     

    Dr. Erik G. Mettala served as the Cyber Chief Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute’s National Security Global Business. Prior to joining Battelle, Dr. Mettala was the Chief Scientist in SPARTA’s National Security Systems Sector, responsible for the strategic technology planning and research for SPARTA’s intelligence, computer network operations, and information assurance business areas. Dr. Mettala led McAfee Research, which was acquired by SPARTA in April, 2005. As the Vice President and Director of McAfee Research he managed the strategic technology research for McAfee, including R&D business development and laboratory efforts. Under his direction, McAfee Research focused on high risk research addressing the needs of McAfee product lines including anti-virus, anti-spam, host-based and network-based intrusion prevention, and in cooperation with U.S. Government agencies, directed the development of solutions to many of the pressing and difficult problems in information assurance, intrusion prevention, remediation, and network security.

     

    Prior to joining McAfee, Dr. Mettala served as the President of Advanced Coordination Technologies (ACT) providing secure system integration technologies in complex manufacturing and health care markets. Prior to ACT, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of Elagent Corporation providing enterprise management and security systems integration. Dr. Mettala was also the Chief Technical Officer at the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), the cooperative research and development consortium founded in response to Japan’s 5th generation computer project. Dr. Mettala also served as the Associate Dean of Engineering for Research, and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he led the College of Engineering’s research business development efforts while teaching graduate level courses in computer vision, artificial intelligence and formal methods.

     

    A retired U.S. Army officer, Dr. Mettala served in a succession of positions of increasing complexity and responsibility in the United States Army. His roles included Deputy Director and then Director of the Software and Intelligence Systems Technology Office (SISTO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Deputy Director in the Information Science and Technology Office (ISTO).

     

    In June of 2012 Dr. Mettala was induced into the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) International Hall of Fame.

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  • Dr. Vladimir Polotski - Chief Science Officer

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    Dr. Vladimir Polotski brings decades of design and engineering experience to his role as Chief Technology Officer. He has worked with an Ottawa spaceflight engineering company, integrating and testing modules, sensors and algorithms for space technology applications and their terrestrial counterparts.

     

    Previously he worked with an Ottawa robotics firm engaged in defence and commercial security applications, where he held responsibility for test design and field testing. In a decade of research at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, Dr. Polotski designed autonomous navigation systems for robotic vehicles, and explored obstacle detection in an underground environment. He also worked on sensor fusion for three-dimensional  mapping.

     

    He holds a PhD in Mechanics and Control from Moscow State University.

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  • Bill Davidson - Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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    Bill Davidson, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer, is an action-oriented leader with over 20 years of operational experience and a diverse background covering all aspects of business. In this role, his responsibilities include the following: corporate strategy, business segment management (consumer, small business, enterprise, and commercial), IT, marketing, communications, sales and marketing operations, customer care, facilities, and human resources.

     

    Bill's extensive work with multinational, operationally-focused organizations (public and private) allows him to consult on topics regarding international "best practices". He is adept at programmatic and operational analysis with a continuous focus on opportunities for improved process controls, resource allocation, and cost management.  Bill has a talent for finding innovative solutions to challenging problems that focus on maximizing efficiency and profitability. In 2011, he was tasked with accelerating the transformation and growth agenda of manufacturing firm through the advancement of key global business units and transformational business opportunities. Bill developed an aftermarket service contract business model which included: defining transformational business model, financial sustainability, implementation strategies and benchmarks, change management, and organizational structure resulting in $1M in increased revenue, increasing to $3M by year three. In 2010 he developed a new model of repair part supply chain management enabling management of inventory, transportation, distribution, and redistribution of parts across operational installations spanning thousands of miles and achieving and overall turnaround time improvement of 45%; solution subsequently became the standard model.

     

    Bill earned a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University, Master of Human Resources Management from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Stayer University. Bill is certified in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Phillips ROI Methodology, MBTI, Situational Leadership, and currently resides in Chicago, IL.

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  • Barry Smale - Chief Program Analyst

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    Mr. Smale has more than four decades of experience in the research and development of scientific software with particular strengths in real-time applications, simulators, embedded systems, and telecommunication. He specializes in simulation, man-machine interface, troubleshooting and diagnosing problems.

     

    Before joining autonomous_ID, Mr. Smale worked with an Ottawa robotics firm, designing, coding and testing various aspects of robot design and operation. In his time with an Ottawa aerospace manufacturer, he contributed to improvements in satellite-based search and rescue technology, improving location accuracy and accelerating rescue efforts. His work earned a NASA Recognition Award. In his role as senior systems analyst for a Canadian telecommunication manufacturer, he designed, coded and tested a range of applications.

     

    Mr. Smale studied Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at Brigham Young University.

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  • Tony Robinson - Vice President, Cyber Security and Compliance

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    Mr Robinson, cyber security executive and technology visionary, has a long career focused within the security sector covering Risk Management and Operations to development of new services and products. Mr Robinson has held positions of Global Security Manager, CTO, CISO and CEO from Startups to the F100.

     

    Mr. Robinson's recent efforts cover cyber security within large enterprises covering DoD, R&D, and Automotive. His emphasis has been on the Internet of Things (IoT), embedded systems and the critical infrastructure environment within Medical, Smart Grid, SCADA, Energy, and Vehicle Security sectors.

     

    Mr Robinson has more than 28 years of experience in various fields of cyber security and technology management. Mr. Robinson has global experience with cyber security and Intellectual Property (IP) protection as a subject matter expert.

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  • Dr. Bernard Grisoni - Executive Vice President, Consumer Product

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    Dr. Bernard Grisoni has more than 25 years of experience in biomedical materials, product development and commercialization.  His leadership roles have included large corporations and start-up companies.

     

    Prior to joining autonomous_ID, Dr. Grisoni successfully developed numerous new products and technologies that have driven millions of sales dollars in the fields of wound care, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, tissue engineering, and orthotics.   These companies include Dow Corning, Allergan, Wright Medical Technology, Schering-Plough and Merck.  He created his own company, BioGeneration, developing, manufacturing and selling bone graft substitutes for the orthopedic market.  In his 16 years as Principal Scientist at Dr. Scholl's, Dr. Grisoni developed numerous very successful insoles and orthotics for professional and consumer markets.

     

    Dr. Grisoni’s education includes a BS in Material Science, a MS in Polymer Science, a PhD in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA in Business Administration. He has numerous patents and publications, and has presented at seminars on biomaterials.

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Advisory Committee

  • Barbara Lopez Kunz

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    Barbara Lopez Kunz is an experienced leader with a track record of success in financially accountable roles for socially-responsible organizations that impact education and health. In her current role as Global Chief Executive of the Drug Information Association (DIA), she has lead the organization forward through a series of strategies impacting global positioning, product portfolio, strategic partnerships, and organizational and talent strategies.  In Barbara’s prior role as President of Battelle’s Global Health and Life Science business, she transformed the business and, through strategic investments, alliance development, and technology commercialization, delivered high rates of growth that fueled major reinvestments.

     

    Barbara’s leadership experience also includes roles as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Biosciences business, where she championed the formation and growth of the business through a series of acquisitions, and Vice President, Latin America and Global Vice President, Enterprise Business Group for Uniqema, one of the ICI portfolio businesses.  She has also held senior roles in DuPont and PPG Industries, after starting her career as a research scientist.  She holds 14 patents.

     

    A leader on numerous corporate and non-profit boards, Barbara has been heavily involved in governance as the chair of the board of one of the world’s largest academic medical centers; the creator of a board subcommittee on Technology Commercialization which lead to the creation of a multi-million dollar portfolio; board director for a for-profit ventricular assist device company that went through IPO then acquisition.  She currently is a member of the Chairman’s Advisory for Autonomous ID, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and trustee of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

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  • Faye Sahai

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    Faye Sahai has more than 20 years of experience in leading innovation, catalyst for change and strategic initiatives across multiple companies such as Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield, Deloitte Consulting, Charles Schwab, Disney, HP, and Toyota. She has been responsible for managing innovation labs and innovation fund, structuring strategic collaborations, innovation center advisors, coordinating network of innovators, holding annual strategic innovation challenge and awards. Faye is a health innovation adviser to companies, start ups and accelerators and serves on the UCSF Catalyst Advisors.

     

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  • Steve Sandquist

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Bio_Sole ®

 

The Bio_Sole® platform was designed from the ground up as a self-contained biometric credentialing system to meet the security, mobility and user-privacy needs for identity and access control automation. The Bio_Sole® introduces an identity credentialing system with a level of reliability and repeatability suitable for the most sensitive controlled-access applications.

 

Risks due to lost cards, compromised codes or impersonation will be eliminated.  Code management risks and associated privacy, security and administration overhead are also eliminated, delivering a more rapid return on customer investment.

Pedo_Biometrics ®

 

At its heart, the Bio_Sole® runs our patented algorithm (Pedo_Biometrics®), which produces an autonomous biometric modality or Pedo_Biometric® signature...the fusion of physiological and behavioral characteristics measured from the pressure dynamics of the sole of the foot while standing or in motion.

 

By coincidence, the Bio_Sole® apparatus and the associated Pedo_Biometric® software also assure privacy of the wearer's biometric information as the biometric data used to create the signature is neither stored on the device, nor transmitted from it.

Mobile Health

 

Mobility impairment is by far the largest contributor to chronic disability worldwide and represents an enormous burden on the economy. Our Bio_Sole® technology provides the ability to intervene earlier in progressive mobility impairment, and to prevent occupational exposures that predispose otherwise-healthy workers to cumulative load injury of the musculoskeletal system. autonomous_ID has partnered with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) to study and evaluate the Bio_Sole® technology during a variety of locomotion activities. Bio_Sole® sensor data being gathered is processed using the Pedo_Biometric® software, resident on the insole, to formulate a baseline biometric signature for each individual. Monitoring these biometric signature baselines over time can be used to provide an early detection for the onset of multiple pathological conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia and others.

 

The focus of ongoing research is for applications in the areas of occupational health and safety, performance and mobility, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pharmacology:

 

Injuries caused by inappropriate lifting and load carriage have a tremendous impact on workers’ health and quality of life and can represent a significant financial burden on the manufacturing industry; the ability to unobtrusively monitor and detect factors to prevent musculoskeletal injuries could save industry billions of dollars per year

 

Injury and subsequent mobility impairments, are a driving factor in sports injuries, and their repetition negatively impacts rehabilitation and physiotherapy efforts; research suggests that the Bio_Sole® demonstrates the potential to function at the heart of a rehabilitative and therapeutic device for training and therapeutic purposes

 

Recent literature suggests that falls in seniors are most often caused by inappropriate weight transfer during task transitions. The ability to monitor and detect these features could enable the development of a fall-prevention tool that alerts the user when their load-transfer technique is placing them at risk; this could be of great benefit to those with Parkinson’s, stroke, lower limb amputation, diabetic neuropathy, and others

 

Further to the application above, falls are very high in patients receiving new medications, such as antidepressants and antipsychotic medications, or using multiple medications, especially in seniors; this type of balance impairment is typically acute, rather than chronic, and is therefore very difficult to observe by caregivers. The ability to monitor and detect this acute instability could reduce the enormous cost, in both dollars and loss of quality of life, of adverse drug effects.

Analytics

 

In addition to our patented Bio_Sole® devices, autonomous_ID’s innovative AiDA Project® brings sophisticated Big Data machine-learning to advance the state of the art in human mobility analytics.  Current and future institutional partnerships will ensure a continuous inflow of raw and structured data enabling AiDA to continually isolate and refine disease pathology biomarkers, human performance metrics and a range of mobility impairments through the use of Pedo_Biometrics®.

 

Using our patented methods and apparatus, the result is a personalized wearable diagnostic device or Bio_Sole®, which resembles a simple in-shoe insole insert.

Administration

 

The administration console enables real-time change control, audit, system mapping, analytics, intelligence and emergency location services providing a common picture of the deployment environment and its active resources and authorized personnel.

 

As a closed-loop identity platform, this minimizes the use of client infrastructure.  Administrative overhead, which includes secure storage and site bandwidth allocations, is dramatically reduced.

Research & Development

 

While the identical Bio_Sole® hardware remains the core of all applications, the software algorithm is adjusted to the application.  The company is currently accepting research proposals in a variety of fields for award consideration beginning Spring 2015.  Below is a simple illustration of some of the current research undertakings:

Go to Contact Us and select the subject matter ‘Research Proposal’.

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