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Senator Richard Blumenthal to visit security-software maker at the CTech IncUBator at the University of Bridgeport on August 14

Leslie Geary
Friday, August 10, 2012

Senator Richard Blumenthal will get an inside look into the world of cyber-security when he visits CTech IncUBator, the small-business incubator at the University of Bridgeport (UB), for a special presentation by FaceChecks, a security company that is developing face-recognition and background-check software in partnership with UB.

During his private visit on Tuesday, August 14, Blumenthal will see a demonstration of the spy software FaceChecks™ and learn more about how police and other security professionals are being trained in the area cyber-security, said Alan Dressler, manager of FaceChecks.

“We’ve been developing the face-recognition software with the Engineering Department at UB—we’re launching a product by the end of the year—and we’ve got a prototype to show Senator Blumenthal,” said Dressler. “We’ve also been training police in Waterbury and Bridgeport and other law officials because more and more cases involve predators who are online. We’re also going to show him some of that training, too.”

FaceChecks was launched in 2010 by Colucci Investigations, LLC, a traditional investigations firm, due to “growing demand” for cyber security, said Dressler, who is a licensed investigator and expert in the field of cyber crime, computer forensics, data recovery, cell phone forensics, e-mail tracing, network-security audits, and digital cctv camera network installations. Colucci Investigations set up shop at CTech IncUBator in 2011 because “it was the perfect fit. We wanted to partner with UB’s Engineering Department,” Dressler said.

Funding to develop the face-recognition software came from a $25,000 grant from Connecticut  Innovations (CI), the state’s quasi-public authority for technology in Connecticut and a leading investor in emerging-technology ventures. It partnered with UB to bring CTech IncUBator to the University of Bridgeport.

The IncUBator is Fairfield County’s first university-based incubator intended to hasten the growth of start-up technology companies. It houses up to six ventures and facilitates commercialization of technology, initially focusing on information technology, digital media, advanced materials and clean-tech businesses.


Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu