Dragonfruit AI makes key appointment to drive retail business in North America


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Dragonfruit AI has appointed Ray Cooke as Vice President of Business Development. 

In his new role, Cooke will be helping large retailers use Frontier – which combines a powerful Base Station leveraging the Apple M1 architecture with advanced cloud intelligence – to derive insights from video to address pivotal challenges such as optimising staffing, detecting unsafe conditions, accelerating investigations, managing store layouts and streamlining operations. 

“We’re excited to have Ray onboard to engage with our retail customers,” stated Dragonfruit CEO Amit Kumar. “He brings a wealth of experience in video technology coupled with a practitioner’s eye for problem-solving that will be invaluable in helping retailers navigate the possibilities of video AI.” 

Cooke has over 25 years of experience in safety and security solutions at companies such as IBM and Cisco. Prior to joining Dragonfruit, he spent over eight years at Hanwha Techwin America, where he started as VP Business Development.

In that role, Cooke landed the first and largest enterprise project win in retail for North America. Later, as SVP of Products, Solutions & Integrations, he expanded Hanwha’s product line while growing their roster of third party integrations.  

“I’m excited to be joining an innovative and customer-focused company like Dragonfruit,” added Cooke. “I look forward to working together with retailers to leverage Dragonfruit’s AI advantages to provide the data and visibility needed for their most important decisions.”

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