faces in vision
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What are three interesting things about
you that people might not know? I love
to cook and entertain, and we often host
people at our house. I am a strong advocate for
education, and am an active member of the
School Improvement Council at my son’s
school. I’m also a foodie, a passion that’s
helped by my worldly travels.
What are your top three favorite movies
of all time? The Blues Brothers, The Big Leb-owski, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
What are your top three favorite TV
shows of all time? Big Bang Theory, The
Daily Show (both versions), and most of Dick
What are three of your favorite bands or
musical acts? The Stone Roses, U2, and
What do you like to do in your free time?
Cook or go to a restaurant, read, and attend
How did you get into your field of expertise? I was bartending at the time and got talking to a patron who was working in Intelligent
Transportation Systems. Turned out he was
looking for an engineer, and I was looking for
a full-time gig.
Why did you choose your profession? I
am an engineer by education, so this was an
easy one for me. I had been working in Qual-
ity Control for some time and wasn’t happy.
What do you like about working in your
field? Machine vision is no longer a description of an event in a company. In many cases,
it’s a division of the engineering team and
more. Large companies have dedicated
machine vision engineering teams, and it’s
now an option on many curricula for colleges. What I love though is that we are at the
cutting edge of technology and as such, I get
to see all the projects where our boards
are in use.
What is your company’s core focus and
mission? BitFlow’s focus is to continue to
lead the industry in frame grabber customer
and technical support. We have a great reputation for this already and receive customer
compliments weekly. As the industry adopts
new standards, we work two-fold on this, to
influence the direction of the industry and to
collaborate with others on making products
that are both user friendly and affordable, yet
What are you most excited about at your
company right now and why? The dynamics of our company and the fact that we are
continually producing new products shows
that we are a leading trendsetter in the industry. BitFlow doesn’t sit still and my time here
had shown me this.
In what markets or applications do you
see the most growth? Several markets are
starting to see vision as the best possible solution, including the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, security, medical, and military. Newer, larger sensors and faster speed
interfaces such as CXP allow a lot more data
to be gathered and analyzed in real time, leading to split second decisions. This will be one
path of our industry’s future.
How have market changes affected
product development at your company?
Since the arrival of Fire Wire and GigE Vision,
we have heard of the “end of the frame grabber companies,” yet here we are 23 years after
inception, still offering them. We always
watch the industry and see what’s next or new
in standards, and how we can offer a comparable product. We are also aware that the
frame grabber is more suited to certain areas
of industrial applications, so we focus mainly
What is one interesting way you’ve seen
your product utilized recently? With a lot
of NDA’s signed it is difficult to state some of
the cooler aspects of deployment of our products, but having seen where we are in the
Life Sciences market, and some of our military involvement, it’s definitely easy to say, we
are in some very interesting projects around
Director of sales BitFlow Inc. Year founded and location: 1993,
Woburn, MA, USA