What We Do

K.V Innovative Technology Team (“KV”) is developing an image-based product recognition technology that replaces the need for barcodes in the retail industry and the fast-growing order fulfillment industry – the backbone of e-commerce. By utilizing KV’s solutions, retailers can introduce a revolutionary smart shopping cart and order fulfillment players can eliminate many of the most labor-intensive tasks and human errors in the pick and pack order fulfillment process.

KV’s solution enables recognition of a plurality of items simultaneously in the field of view in both static and dynamic situations. It is based on smart algorithms running on simple off-the-shelf computer hardware that can recognize and differentiate products by subtle visual nuances within a fraction of a second.

 

Who We Are

KV is an Israeli technology company specializing in computer vision. KV’s founders and leadership team enjoy over 80 years of experience in developing and implementing electro-optic solutions in Israel’s leading developer of advanced guided missile systems, as well as over 40 years of experience in starting and managing logistics, fulfillment and manufacturing operations in the US.

A multidisciplinary team with extensive experience in the defense industry and in logistics, with unique expertise in the following fields:

  • Electro-optics solutions
  • Algorithm development
  • Data fusion
  • Deep learning algorithms
  • System integration & implementation

Our Team

Senior Management Team

Rami Vilmush
Co-Founder and C.E.O
Rami is the Company’s co-founder and CEO. Prior to that he was the founder and the managing partner of a consulting practice focused on commercial military projects and armed systems. Over the last 20 years, Rami consulted to the largest Israeli defense company on a variety of projects, including on the development and the commercialization of a highly successful electro-optic based missile system. He has an extensive experience in characterizing products, defining development directions for complex systems and managing them.
Rami holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Colonel rank in the Israeli Army reserve.

Shmuel Kotzev
Co-Founder and VP R&D
Shmuel is Company’s co-founder and VP R&D. Before that and for the last 37 years, Shmuel worked at largest Israeli defense company, specializing in electro-optical missile systems. Over the years, he served as a system engineer, project leader and finally as the head of one of the main product line’s of the company. Shmuel has extensive and varied experience in the development of electro-mechanical and electro-optic products and systems in a wide range of fields, from concept/prototype through all stages of development and testing to production, supply, technical and on-going logistical support.
Shmuel holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Technion, Israel and an MA in mechanical engineering and robotics from UBC University in Vancouver, Canada.

Yoram Evan
Co-Founder and VP of Business Development
Yoram is the Company’s Co-founder and V.P. Business Development. Yoram is also an investor in and actively promotes several US, Russian and Israeli companies in diverse areas including innovative media technology, education and consumer products. Prior to his current position, he served as Chief Commercial Officer of SodaStream International, responsible for the company’s worldwide commercial strategy and P&L execution across 45 countries. Between 2008 and 2013 he led the development and later became the CEO of Tsvetnoy Central Market, a 400,000 sq.f. first of a kind department store in the center of Moscow, Russia hosting over 400 fashion, beauty, cosmetic and lifestyle brands. Tsvetnoy Central Market was awarded numerous international awards including the WGSN Global Best Store 2013. Between 2003 and 2007 he was CEO of USA Detergents, a NJ based consumer packaged goods company specializing in the manufacturing and marketing of laundry and household cleaning products and scented candles. Prior to that, between 1998 and 2002 he served as CFO and VP Operations of NetGrocer, a NJ based on-line supermarket start-up, which was a pioneer in e-commerce.
Yoram holds an MBA and a BA in economics, both from Tel-Aviv University and a Major rank in the Israeli Army reserve.

Dr. Tal Nir
CTO and Algorithm Development
Tal is the Company’s CTO and Head of Algorithm Development. From 1994 to 2007, Tal worked at largest Israeli defense company as the head of a knowledge center that dealt with computerized LOS control systems in weapon systems and image processing subjects.
Between 2007 and 2016 he served as CTO of MST, in which he led the development of a robot for laparoscopic surgery. Tal has extensive experience in the development of computer embedded control systems, stabilized systems and line of sight control, algorithm development, simulations, image processing, automatic tracking, image enhancement and system engineering.
Tal holds a PhD in electro optics from Technicon, Israel. He gained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Technion, with honors and a third degree in Computer Science.

Ury Alon
Project Management, Software and Integration
Ury is the Company’s Head of Software and Integration. He has been developing software since 1995, among others, as head of operations at the largest Israeli defense company and as a program manager at Microsoft, Israel. Ury has extensive experience in the development of large multi-disciplinary systems and in recent years has led development activities in the fields of video and image processing in start-up companies in the field of medical devices and the distribution of digital content.
Ury holds a B.Sc. In computer science and an MBA both from the Technion, Israel.

Demetri Ratner
Algorithmic and Software Development
Demetri is developing algorithm and Software in the company.
Between the years 2008-2012, high studies at the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics. During the years 2001-2013, he worked at the GAZPROM research labs as a research scientist on topics such as optimization of gas operation models in pipelines, decision support systems in various fields, and more. He immigrated to Israel in 2013 and was a partner in the initiative to accelerate and solve large-scale equations (a rapid solution for CAD systems). In 2017, he worked on an “eye tracking prediction model”
Dmitry has extensive knowledge and experience in algorithms and programming.
Demetri holds a BA and MA (2001-2006) in Applied Mathematics (and a calculated simulation) from Moscow’s Govkin University.

 

 

Advisory Board

Mordechai (Moudi) Ben-Shach
Investor and Entrepreneur in down steam technology and energy business, Israel and abroad
In 1979 Moudi took control of his family business, Petrolgas which was one of the four LPG distribution companies in Israel. In 1993, he sold his company to Paz-Gaz (a subsidiary of Paz Oil Company, the largest oil company in Israel) and was appointed CEO Pas-Gaz as part of the transaction. Four years later, in 1997 he was appointed CEO of Paz Oil and served in that position for 11 years until 2007. He managed to increase shareholders’ value from less than $400M to over $ 1.5B and, in the process, turned Paz Oil into the biggest oil company in Israel, with approximately one third market share. During his 11-year tenure he, among others, introduced a new system of “in-house operation” for the petrol stations, established of the company’s Convenience Stores network at petrol stations and led the successful acquisition of the Ashdod Refinery (one of the largest in Israel with a capacity of 90,000 barrels/day). He earned a BA in Economics and Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds a Lieutenant Colonel rank in the Israeli Army reserve.

Jeff Kaiden
Co-Founder, Capacity, LLC
Founder and CEO of Capacity LLC., a US based leading warehousing and order fulfilment company specializing in e-fulfillment. Jeff has managed Capacity since its inception in 1999, guiding innovation in fulfillment technology and customer satisfaction. He brings a combination of engineering knowledge and passionate leadership to the organization where has overseen triple digit growth over the past three years and steady growth throughout the company’s 18 year history. Jeff works closely with Capacity’s Operations and Engineering teams to craft and deploy unique technology and materials handling solutions. These solutions enable clients to rapidly scale their ecommerce channels from hundreds to thousands to tens of thousands of daily orders and also to handle the complexities of their domestic and international retail customer shipments.
Prior to founding Capacity, Jeff served as Senior Consultant at Sigman/Kaiden Consultants, working from 1995 to 1999 with major corporations around the USA to develop and implement warehouse designs and material handling solutions. Standout projects included an innovative design for the launch of Fresh Direct in New York. Between 1990 and 1995, he worked as project manager on the design, financial modeling, development and construction of private sector infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia with Hopewell Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong and the Keppel Group of Singapore. Jeff holds a degree in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University.

Frederick J. Horowitz
Founder & CEO A.P. Deauville
Frederick J. Horowitz has over twenty-five years of active entrepreneurial experience covering most facets of building and growing companies, combined with critical understanding of branding, licensing, and retail sales channels.  Broad and deep experience in areas such as manufacturing, distribution, trademarks and licensing, asset finance, working capital management, real estate acquisition and disposal, social media and investor relations, Asian sourcing, and public company issues. He is also experienced in turnaround situations in both private and public companies.
Horowitz is currently the Chairman and CEO of A.P. Deauville a leading personal care company located in New Jersey. Deauville’s primary brand is the Power Stick ® brand of anti-perspirants, deodorants, and body wash which is the leading American value brand sold primarily through mass and dollar and channels and manufactured primarily in Deauville’s own New Jersey facility.  In addition, Horowitz is a managing partner in American Brand Holdings which is the owner and licensor of the Hang Ten ® brand of apparel and hard goods sold Costco, Marshalls and other large retailers.
A founding investor and CEO of NetGrocer.com during the first internet era 1997-2000, Horowitz was also a co-founder of USA Detergents, Inc., the nation’s leading manufacturer and marketer of quality value brand laundry and cleaning products, such as XTRA ® which he sold to Church and Dwight (NYSE: CD) in 2000. Prior to detergents, he was a corporate finance analyst at LF Rothschild and holds a degree in Semiotics from Brown University.