Mission Statement

Ai-RGUS is dedicated to Surveillance Camera View Wellness.

With our AI-based software, it is our mission to ensure

you can rely on your cameras to produce the security video you need.

Ai-RGUS started at Duke University

Duke University

Ai-RGUS has been deployed at Duke University since 2017 across 2,000+ cameras to protect:

  • 16,000 students and 8,700 campus employees

  • 1,400 acres of property and 180 buildings

  • $8.5 billion endowment

Duke CIO, Tracy Futhey, spearheaded development of AI-based camera wellness verification​ software to

  • Automate that verification happens

  • Easily audit verification quality

  • Uncover silent failures automatically

Duke Chief of Police, John Dailey, and the Duke University Police Department use this AI-based automated process.

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About the Ai-RGUS name 

We named the company after Argus the watchful giant with 100 eyes from Greek Mythology. Argus, with so many eyes, would sleep only a few of the eyes at a time and was therefore a very effective watchman. So too, our software is always and carefully monitoring each of your cameras for any view problems so you can depend on them always being ready and recording useful footage.  

The "ᴉ" is just an upside-down "i" to indicate that our Argus uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to do its job.

We pronounce Ai-RGUS as "Argus" and keep the "ᴉ" silent.

Team behind DVI

The Team

The Team

Daniel
Doctor in Philosophy – Electrical Engineering / Artificial Intelligence
Chief Executive Officer

Daniel is a machine learning engineer with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University.  Through his research he gained extensive experience in designing and implementing computer vision solutions to real-world applications and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications.  He has also been involved in several consulting projects related to document analysis and financial projections.

Joelle

Masters Business Administration 
Masters Math Education
Chief Marketing Officer

Joelle is the former CFO of Glasol, a diamond office owned by the president of the Antwerp Diamond Exchange (25 employees) for 11 years.  The company had a monthly recurring revenue ranging from $1-9 million and clients all over the globe.  Joelle owned a financial services company, customizing insurance and investment programs for individuals and businesses. She successfully developed her clientele by networking, hosting seminars, and social media marketing.  She is also co-founder of SI Career Coaches which led her to pursue a Master's in mathematics education.

Itsik

Chief Operating Officer

Itsik Reichman was CEO and Founder of Telelink, a pioneering satellite communications company (25 employees), owning and operating satellite communication systems to provide telephony and internet services in remote locations, especially in Africa.  The company had monthly recurring revenue of over $1 million in the last 5 years of operation and managed a force of over 1,500 sales representatives and operators.  Itsik also designed, coded, and maintained proprietary billing, accounting, and customer care software for clients, sales representatives, and internal operations.

Advisory Board

Tracy Futhey

   As chief information officer (CIO) at Duke, Tracy Futhey presides over the university's information technology endeavors, which extend to a global network in support of Duke Kunshan University in China and various other international programs and sites.

  Throughout her career as a technologist, Futhey has provided leadership in the use of commercial technologies within universities. In the 1990s this included pioneering the pervasive deployment of wireless networks and experimentation with early handheld devices at Carnegie Mellon University, where she spent 17 years prior to Duke.

   Over her 35 year career she has influenced the higher education technology landscape regionally and nationally, leading the introduction of the nation’s first national research and education optical network and as an active member of regional and national higher education organizations. She is a frequent advisor to research projects, startups and Fortune 100 technology companies, has been Principal Investigator on numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, and has received awards regionally and nationally for her technology vision and leadership.  

   She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration and a master's degree in industrial administration, both from Carnegie Mellon.

Kurt C. Schmidt

   Kurt Schmidt, a Mentor-In-Residence with Duke New Ventures, has extensive experience in all stages of startup operations. From founder to successful exit, his tenure in the entrepreneurial ecosystem includes operational, advisory, and investor roles. He has served as a board member, chairman, and advisor to technology innovators from San Francisco to Sydney to Shanghai.

   Kurt is a member of the Executive Committee and the President-Elect of Triangle Angel Partners, an angel fund that invests in technology startups. He serves on several boards, including the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

   As a TRW Fellow, Kurt earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Southern California and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. At Duke University’s School of Law, he honed his skills in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, and entrepreneurial transactions.

   Kurt is an adjunct professor in the Honors Carolina program at The University of North Carolina, as well as a guest lecturer at Kenan-Flagler Business School. Starting Fall 2018, he will teach entrepreneurship at Duke University.

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Durham, North Carolina

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Ai-RGUS is developing AI-software developed for Duke U. to automatically verify that security cameras continue to produce their intended video to improve safety and security on premises.

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