First Place (Tied)
Total value of prizes received through the mFIT Challenge: $115,750
Phase 1: $8,500
Phase 2: First Place (tied, $101,000) and First Responder Choice Award (tied, $6,250)
The Telos Identity Technology Innovation (ITI) team of engineers and innovators focuses on producing breakthrough biometric and identity-focused solutions on personal mobile devices using the latest emerging technologies. For over 10 years as an authorized FBI Channeler, Telos has provided innovative fingerprint identity and enrollment solutions for the Department of Defense, the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Census Bureau, and many other government and private organizations worldwide.
Charles (Chace) Hatcher, Team Lead
Charles is the former CEO and founder of Diamond Fortress Technologies, Inc. (DFT), inventors of touchless fingerprint biometrics software for smartphones and other mobile devices. He is the co-inventor with Will Lucas of touchless biometric technology patents. At Telos, Charles continues to revolutionize security for mobile devices in many applications such as mobile payments, banking applications, law enforcement and corrections, and healthcare.
Mac Funchess, Project Manager
Mac primarily works in the project management capacity and specializes in marketing support. He studied computer graphics in college and worked as a software engineer.
Keith Wojciech, Technical Lead
With 20+ years of experience as a product manager, tech lead, network engineer, and systems administrator, Keith has designed, developed, implemented, and maintained many enterprise cloud and on-prem biometric-based cybersecurity and identity management solutions for government and commercial entities, including the FBI, TSA, USCB, and many airports and airlines. With an MBA in technology management, he is a skilled and versatile technologist, innovator, writer, blockchain enthusiast, and problem solver.
Allan Neuhaus, Strategy Manager
Allan has significant experience as a key project planner and risk leader specializing in efficiency analysis and developing and managing strategic plans for software development. He is an expert in the Agile and Scaled Agile Framework methodologies and implementing them within varying environments to achieve maximum business agility.
Will Lucas, Chief Engineer
With both a BS and MS in computer science, Will took Chace Hatcher’s vision at DFT and turned it into reality. Specializing in machine learning and computer vision, he was tailor-made to be the chief engineer for ITI at Telos and brings his vast expertise to the company.
Chris Wheatley, Developer
Matt Wheatley, Developer
Tim Frazier, Developer
John Spell, Product Owner
John works as a product owner and quality control engineer, and provides development team support for Telos touchless fingerprinting-related solutions. He studied civil engineering in college.
Alec Hoggan, Product Owner
Alec works as a product owner and quality control engineer, and provides development team support for Telos touchless fingerprinting-related solutions. He studied cognitive science in college.
Telos Shield is an innovative, law enforcement-focused mobile device application designed specifically for the NIST mFIT Challenge; it is powered by Telos’ touchless mobile device fingerprinting system and software development kit (SDK), ONYX. Telos’s patented technology involves methods to convert a finger image capture, process accurate images, and compare them to a predefined template such as touch-based livescan devices. The core of Telos Shield is the ONYX SDK which captures high-quality digital fingerprint images, leveraging existing camera sensors in various field conditions using commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) mobile devices at consistently high-efficacy rates.