Mr. Vennel has 24 years experience developing hardware and software solutions. He is currently the President and Chief Software Architect at Sciovid Inc.
Mr. Vennel is currently a member of the Transportation Sensor Systems (TSS) working group of the National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) standards development.
From 1993 to 2007 Mr. Vennel worked for Image Sensing Systems, Inc. There he co-developed the hardware for the Autoscope Model 2004. He developed a specialized FPGA that would capture and process the video from four asynchronous cameras simultaneously. He was the primary software architect behind the popular Autoscope Solo & Autoscope Solo Pro product line. Mr. Vennel was the Director of Software Engineering when he left ISS.
From 1992 to 1993 Mr. Vennel designed radar timing and control units for Metratek, Inc. He participated in air to air imaging of aircraft including the B2 Stealth Bomber.
From 1986 to 1992 Mr. Vennel was the VP of Engineering and part owner of Micro Concepts Corp. He engineered the hardware and software for the Boardwalker 101 & Boardwalker 102 in-circuit IC testers.
From 1983 to 1986 Mr. Vennel was a member of the technical staff at Rockwell International where he worked on guidance computers for the Peacekeeper and Small Missile program. He assisted the memory design and was responsible for the design of several chips.
Mr. Vennel has earned his BSEE from Clarkson University and an MSEE from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Smyrl has 18 years experience as a software engineer, primarily for embedded systems. In addition to his role developing embedded and systems software, he has held a position on the Sciovid Board of Directors since June 2008 and is currently serving as Chairman.
Prior to joining Sciovid in June 2007, Mr. Smyrl was a Senior Software Engineer for Image Sensing Systems (ISS), where he played a key technical leadership role in developing the infrastructure and system software for the Autoscope Terra, the flagship product line for ISS. He was also a Senior Software Engineer for AetherWorks/Nx Networks developing software for a carrier-class, multi-protocol Voice-over-IP (VoIP) media gateway, and the Director of Software Development for Knightronix, a small research and development start-up, where he was the principal software architect for an electro-pneumatic brake control system, the rights to which were later purchased by New York Air Brake. He is an author on two patents and has held a position on the Electrically-Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) Brake Communications working group of the American Association of Railroads (AAR), where his network management protocol working paper was subsequently adopted as the basis for the ECP Brake Network Image Specification (a multi-vendor interoperability standard).
Mr. Smyrl holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Lee has over 38 years experience in project management and engineering skills in hardware/firmware design, systems planning and applications engineering in the areas of: Instrumentation, Realtime distributed data acquisition and control systems, Facility management systems and Voice/data telecommunication systems. Also have broad experience in technical support to manufacturing processes and domestic/foreign subcontractor sourcing management.
From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Lee worked for Econolite Control Systems, Inc. Mr. Lee was the technical liaison for the Autoscope product line, coordinating the 3 company team work between Image Sensing Systems, Inc.(Engineering), Wireless Technology, Inc.(Manufacturing) and Econolite Control Systems, Inc.(Sales and Customer Support).
From 1986 to 1996, Mr. Lee worked for DEI Teleproducts, Inc. as V.P. of Engineering where he managed the development of T1 carrier related equipment, e.g. Short Haul Microwave (23GHz) system, T1 Multiplexer, Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum equipment.
From 1981 to 1986, Mr. Lee was the Founder and CEO of J.W Industries, Inc. where he developed the UPS system, and marketed in the Supermarket industry for Barcode reading computer systems.
From 1974 to 1981, Mr. Lee worked for Foxboro/Adec, Inc. There he developed microprocessor based remote data acquisition multiplexer for use in an oilfield production and refinery control environment. This system was designed with dual communication ports to facilitate polling from either of 2 master stations. Since the units were located at the well-head, provisions were incorporated in the design to insure the reliability of the product under extremely hostile electrical, environmental and mechanical conditions. He was promoted to V.P. of Engineering for his final 6 years.
From 1971 to 1974, Mr. Lee worked for Transensor Systems, Inc. where he developed Inductive loop Vehicle Detectors and a 4 phase Traffic Controller.
Mr. Lee holds a B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Mr. Richardson has been a software developer for 10 years. Currently, his roles at Sciovid include being a software developer and a Director.
Prior to joining Sciovid, Mr. Richardson was a Senior Software Engineer at Image Sensing Systems, where he developed user interface software, video streaming software, communications software and image processing tools.
Mrs. Vennel has over 20 years experience in small business management. She is currently serving as a Secretary for the Sciovid Board of Directors. She also functions as Export Control Officer for Sciovid.
For the last 18 years, Mrs. Vennel has owned and operated her own management consulting company which specializes in small business start-up and management. Past clients have included multiple medical offices in Maryland and California, the St. Paul School District, and Amity International in San Diego California. As a publicity manager for Adams Spanish Immersion School, she wrote and published articles in La Prensa de Minnesota, and the Community Reporter of St. Paul. Specifically, her business focuses on setting up accounting and billing systems, fraud and detection and avoidance, government compliance, contract management, staffing, internal audits and trouble shooting for troubled businesses.
Mrs. Vennel holds a B.A. degree in Business with an emphasis on business law from California State University, Fullerton.
Ms. Smyrl has 10 years of experience as a Controller for a small to medium-sized corporation. She is currently serving as Treasurer on the Sciovid Board, and has also assumed the varied day-to-day accounting responsibilities.
Prior to joining Sciovid, Ms. Smyrl worked for 14 years at the Service League of Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis, MN, which at first included managing and growing the hospital gift shop retail sales from $60,000/yr to $450,000/yr. Beginning in 1995, she developed and maintained the accounting and personnel functions for the Service League, along with the associated policies and procedures, to support its increasingly complex business interests and hospital assistance programs. The position also required preparing for the successful completion of yearly comprehensive audits from an accredited accounting firm, and working closely with a large Board of Directors, as well as the Finance and the Budget Committees.
Ms. Smyrl graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations - Commerce from the University of Minnesota, an interdisciplinary degree with an emphasis on accounting and practical business courses through The Carlson School of Management.