Jim Mazotas' latest creation was born on the back of a Bob Evans' place mat.

Jim Mazotas' latest creation was born on the back of a Bob Evans' place mat.

The user-activity management system, Intelligent ID, created by the CEO of OnGuard Systems took about a year-and-a-half to develop and was piloted beginning in June.

"We've converted all our pilot customers into paying customers," Mazotas said. "We're really happy about that."

The 11-person, Dublin-based company is offering Intelligent ID to private companies and local, state and federal government to uncover threats, increase productivity and reduce data loss.

The idea for Intelligent ID came to Mazotas while he was working as a tech consultant.

"I saw all the weaknesses in the market," he said. "Even trusted sources can turn on you or make a mistake. ... We need to protect the inside more than we do."

The product monitors user activity on computers to identify potential threats and unproductive user activities while protecting the reputation of a company or organization and making sure data is kept safe.

If a sensitive document were accidently emailed, Mazotas said, it would be tracked and encrypted.

"It looks for those sitting idle or looking at Facebook," he said, noting that the software already has caught employees downloading hacking and privacy-violating items.

"We created a solution that tracks user activity within corporate policy and productivity," said Mazotas, who added that Dublin is a good place to market such a system. "I love the area and all the businesses transacting. I'm surrounded by (company) headquarters."

"There is a lot of business-to-business interaction," said Dublin economic development manager Colleen Gilger. "The bigger companies are looking to hire smaller, boutique tech firms to come up with IT solutions."

Mazotas is one of many tech workers in Dublin, and the East Coast-native credits an environment that supports innovation.

"We have the best collection of seed-money aggregators here," he said, naming TechColumbus and Dublin's own incubator, the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center.

"I think two very compelling reasons why we're strong in that category has to do with the larger companies that are headquartered here and our highly educated workforce," Gilger said. "They also have a higher level of entrepreneurial spirit, so they're willing to take a risk and start companies. There's so much innovation here (and) so many smart people."

Mazotas has, in fact, benefited from TechColumbus, recently receiving $500,000 in seed money to develop a new IT safety innovation called Safe House.

"I have small kids, 3 and 5 years old," he said. "I'm worried about what they'll do with their phones and online."

Safe House, Mazotas said, will monitor online activity on computers and other electronic devices, and he also envisions a system that can alert police and automatically send pictures and video via cell phone when child abductions occur.

OnGuard Systems has an office in the CareWorks Technologies building off Emerald Parkway in Dublin and plans growth in the near future, especially as work begins on Safe House.

Intelligent ID took a year and a half to develop, but with the help of smart software and more employees, Mazotas hopes to have a Safe House prototype by February.

"We plan to hire an additional 33 people in 2012," Mazotas said.

A call center will need 10 to 13 employees and Mazotas is hoping to add people in development, sales and marketing.

"We need to hit the market quickly and hard," he said, adding that one the main goals for his company is to stay on the cutting edge in efforts to protect people and companies as technology continues to develop.