AI for the future from the pioneers of streaming media

SAFR from RealNetworks is a visual intelligence platform specializing in face and person-based computer vision optimized for real-world performance.

Building on a 27-year legacy of digital media expertise and innovation, RealNetworks has created a new generation of products that employ best-in-class artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance and secure our daily lives. A US-based public company, RealNetworks has maintained a global presence.

SAFR leadership

Brad Donaldson

Paul DiPeso



Paul DiPeso joined RealNetworks in June 2022 as President of SAFR. Mr. DiPeso has over 25 years of top management experience in physical security with leading industry corporations. He was most recently Executive Vice President and General Manager of Feenics Incorporated since its inception in 2014 until the acquisition by ACRE late in 2021. Feenics developed an enterprise Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) software platform that had exponential growth over its years in existence. He previously served in various physical security executive roles at Tyco International, Lenel, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, and Honeywell International. Mr. DiPeso earned his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Towson University.

Brad Donaldson

Brad Donaldson

VP, Computer Vision & GM


Tasked with leading strategic development and market expansion for SAFR, Brad Donaldson brings extensive experience in physical security to his role as General Manager of SAFR. Before joining RealNetworks, Donaldson served as VP of Product Development for Arecont Vision Costar and held various management roles within GE security. He also served in the US Navy.

Charlie Bennett

Laurie Aaron

VP, North America Sales and Business Development


Laurie Aaron is a 30-year veteran in the security industry, with a background in engineering, sales, and business development. She has a passion for innovation and a thirst for knowledge. Laurie has held executive positions in several Identity, access management and video surveillance technology companies and has a track record for driving extraordinary revenue growth and profitability.

Having completed an MIT Sloan School of Management Artificial Intelligence Business Strategy course in 2022, she joined the RealNetworks team to support the channel development and market growth for AI driven Facial Authentication by SAFR. Laurie is responsible for SAFR's sales channel growth and market adoption across the US and Canada.

Charlie Bennett

Charlie Bennett

VP, Europe Sales and Business Development


Joining RealNetworks in 2021, Charlie is responsible for SAFR’s growth across Europe. Charlie has more than 9 years of experience with video analytics and facial recognition in the security industry, with his previous role being the Head of Sales for EMEA at Ipsotek. Charlie also spent 5 years based in the Middle East where he was involved in major video analytics and facial recognition deployments for airports and government projects.

Noriaki Takamura

Noriaki Takamura

VP, APAC Sales and Business Development


Noriaki Takamura joined RealNetworks in 2017 and manages SAFR’s ambitious business growth across APAC with special focus on Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, and Indonesia. With 30 years of direct sales, distribution, marketing, and management experience, previously, Takamura held executive positions at Schneider Electrics and Rittal Corporation, as well as sales leadership positions at Cisco Systems.

Walter Candelu

Walter Candelu

VP, EMEA Sales and Business Development


Walter Candelu joined the SAFR Team in 2020 to drive its growing sales and business development initiatives across the Middle East and Africa Region. Prior to joining SAFR, he held senior positions with leading security companies where he successfully drove the exponential growth of their technical capabilities and revenue.

Milko Boic

GM, Engineering


Milko Boic has served as lead for several video technology initiatives in his 20 years at RealNetworks, including leading research and development for SAFR. Awarded with eight patents, Boic has previously led development of embedded software for computer vision guided semiconductor assembly equipment at Kulicke and Soffa Industries, and taught graduate level courses in Computer Science.

Noriaki Takamura

John Cassise

Chief Product Officer


Access Control Security Executive with over 25 years of progressive experience within start-ups to multi-million-dollar organizations both as an employee and as a principal starting, building, and selling Innometriks Inc. Advanced knowledge of Physical Access control strategies, principles, and best practices. Throughout his career, he has been dedicated to the OEM side of the PACs industry, Access Control with AMAG and Softwarehouse, and biometrics and smartcards with Bioscrypt and Innometriks. John has been involved in all aspects of the business, product development, business development, manufacturing, training, sales, support, and management.

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A high-growth team within RealNetworks, we’re on a mission to build the foremost — and the most ethical — computer vision platform in the world.

US-based with offices around the globe

US locations

Seattle, WA – SAFR HQ
1501 1st Avenue S., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: 1-206-674-2700

New York, NY
470 7th Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 1-212-391-6668

SAFR Locations

Salzburg, Austria
Sonystrasse 18
A-5081 Anif
Salzburg, Austria
Phone: +43 6246 77007 1700

Zagreb, Croatia
Ulica Florijana Andrašeca 18a
Zagreb 10000
Phone: +385 1 496 1180

Lisboa, Portugal
Av. D. João II, n. 16, 1ºDto
1990-091 Lisboa
Phone: +351 218 937 010

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rua Samuel Morse, 74, sala 183,
Cidade Monções, São Paulo, SP,
Brazil 04576-060

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Internet City
ED 23, Ground Floor, Building 16
Dubai, UAE

Gurgaon, India
Awfis Co-working Spaces
3rd Floor, Tower B
Unitech Cyber Park
Sector 39, Gurgaon 122003
Phone:+91 124 480 7050

 Tokyo, Japan
Humax Ebisu Building 8F
1-1-1 Ebisu-Minami, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0022 Japan

Seoul, South Korea
9F Kyewon building
71 Cheonggyecheon-ro
Seoul 03189 South Korea
Phone: +82 (0)2 2014 5523


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