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Israel-based HTS opens U.S. subsidiary, names John Whiteman as CEO

John Whiteman

HTS (Hi-Tech Solutions) Ltd., a supplier of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and computer vision systems, has announced the opening of its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, HTS Americas, which is based in New York.

HTS Americas Inc. was formed as a result of the rapidly growing business in the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, along with the company's desire to provide enhanced service and support levels  to its expanding customer base in these countries, says a news release it issued on Oct. 6.

"Sales growth and customer support are a top priority and will be accomplished with a dedicated team of business and technical professionals that are local to our customers," said Phil Elovic, president and CEO of HTS Ltd., which is headquartered in Israel

HTS Americas will drive HTS's expansion into strategic markets, including parking, access control, transportation, critical assets, border surveillance and safe city.

HTS Ltd. has recruited John Whiteman to lead HTS Americas as its CEO. Whiteman has more than 20 years experience in the electronic security systems industry with extensive experience in government, homeland security, military, retail and Fortune 1000 markets. He previously served as president of ioimage Americas and has held senior level management positions at DVTel, Axsys-IR Systems, Vicon Industries and Sentry Technology.

"There is tremendous demand and opportunity for more robust LPR based systems in a number of exciting markets. HTS’ License Plate Recognition and proprietary Vehicle Identity Recognition (VIR) technology provide the technological advancements and comprehensive solution that the markets are thirsting for and our customers are demanding” said Whiteman.

"We are pleased with the growth in our Americas business and recognize that this is the time for HTS to establish a fully-dedicated sales and support center for the region," added Elovic. “We welcome John on board and are confident that he will be a significant asset to the growth and expansion of HTS."