Identified Technologies Listed Among Silicon Valley Heavyweights

Brilliant 100 Company Dick Zhang

Identified Technologies has been named an Entrepreneur Magazine ‘Brilliant 100 Company’ and one of the publication’s “Top 10 Tech Companies to Watch” for 2016.

Each year, Entrepreneur compiles its Brilliant 100 list by selecting several ideas, companies, applications and innovations that have unique solutions to common problems or marketplace voids. For 33 years, the publication has been a definitive resource regarding the diverse challenges of business ownership.

Identified Technologies shares the honor of being a “Brilliant 100 Company” with other startups like Ubeam and Magic Leap, who have raised $23M and $1.39B respectively. “It is thrilling to have our name alongside some of the largest startups in the United States,” said Dick Zhang, Identified Technologies’ CEO and founder. “It shows that major outlets are taking notice of the technology we are creating here in Pittsburgh.”

Before Drone Mapping Existed

Before Identified Technologies’ drone solution existed, construction job site data had to be gathered slowly and carefully by hand.  Entrepreneur recognized Identified Technologies’ impact as a company because of its aerial mapping drone and SiteIQ system.  The startup’s unique robotics and data analytics tools allow industrial companies to automatically gather construction project progress in minutes instead of months, allowing for continuous insights that reduce costs, physical injuries, and time delays.

Drone Technology’s Impact on the Job Site

Identified Technologies has found its market niche by using autonomous drones to quickly and accurately perform near-real time aerial surveying and monitoring, replacing certain survey norms such as manned helicopter flyover, fixed-wing aircraft, or land survey crews.  These expensive or slow options often forced companies to risk using outdated and inaccurate information.

Zhang founded Identified Technologies in 2013 while studying mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was involved with the school’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Laboratory’s research into small, unmanned aerial vehicles. Consequently, Identified Technologies won the University of Pennsylvania’s Y-Prize Business Plan Competition in 2013 after developing software and hardware platform based off SUAVs. Zhang then moved to Pittsburgh in late 2013 after being accepted into AlphaLab Gear’s inaugural class.

Since then, Zhang has raised 3.5 million in funding led by Birchmere Ventures, partnered up with industry leaders like EQT and P.J. Dick, and been selected as a Pittsburgh Business Times Fast TrackerErnst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year FinalistPittsburgh TECH 50 ‘Start Up of the Year’ Finalist, SXSW 2015 Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies Finalist, and a Finalist in the ‘New Technology Development – Product’ category for the 2016 Northeast Oil & Gas Awards.

Zhang credits the support of Alphalab Gear, Innovation Works, Birchmere Ventures, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Pittsburgh region’s entire entrepreneurial ecosystem for the success of Identified Technologies.

“All that we have accomplished can be traced to the support and collaborative approach of Pittsburgh’s start-up community. We are grateful to be a part of it,” said Zhang. “We have built a very talented and dedicated team here at Identified Technologies. This recognition is a reflection of all of their hard work and commitment to building a product that best serves our ever-growing client base.”

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