Identified Technologies News Coverage


Mines adopt drone technology

Elko Daily Free Press, November 24, 2017

Marigold Mine Chief Surveyor Alan Clayson lands a drone near a leach pad. SSR Mining Inc. began the process of incorporating unmanned aerial vehicles at this Nevada mine in January.

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Next-Gen Surveying at Mining Projects

ConExpo, November 21, 2017

With the help of technology, mining construction has evolved to be more efficient, accurate, and sustainable.

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Construction Drone Startup Identified Technologies Brings in Seasoned Engineering Manager to Meet Increasing Industry Demand, November 21, 2017

Due to increased demand for its services as the construction market modernizes, Identified Technologies today announced it has expanded its team including adding a senior member to the executive team, Steve Robbibaro.

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Construction Mapping w/ Drones – Identified Technologies Interview

IheartPGH, November 21, 2017

Pittsburgh is home to a plethora of tech leaders, from Google to Uber, to Duolingo. But, did you know that this City home to a company that maps construction sites with drones?
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Identified Technologies and DJI speed up drone mapping of mines

International Mining, September 27, 2017

Leading fully-managed commercial drone provider Identified Technologies’ Boomerang UAV solution is now available with integrated Post-Processing Kinematic (PPK) for clients in mining.
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Drone Mapping Proves its Worth for Kentucky Highway Construction

Unmanned Aerial, September 20, 2017

Identified Technologies, a Pittsburgh-headquartered provider of drone mapping for construction and energy job sites, has announced a new partnership with Ohio-based Kokosing Construction Co.
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UAVs: Contractor partners with drone mapping company to cut costs on Kentucky highway project

Roads & Bridges, September 7, 2017

Identified Technologies, the leading provider of automatic drone mapping and tracking for construction and energy job sites, announced a partnership with Kokosing Construction Company in May 2017; the partnership reduced costs and increased efficiency on a multi-million dollar Kentucky highway project.
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Drone Mapping Data Changes Business Economics

Information Week, September 5, 2017

Drones gather mapping data about all kinds of things in the real world. Today we’re using apps, data, and IoT devices, including drones rather than human surveyors on site or in a plane. Have you considered how your company might use drone mapping data in business apps to deliver new value to your customers? If not, perhaps you should.
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IoT Is the Next Frontier for Drone Data

Construction Executive, August 28, 2017

Not every company is using drones on their jobsites, but adoption is increasing at a steady clip. Usage is only set to increase further with more accurate RTK and PPK positioning technology, reducing the need for laying time-consuming ground control points before surveying.

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Construction drone ahead: How tech is helping speed up summer roadwork around Pittsburgh

The Incline, August 11, 2017

For everyone who hates orange barrels and construction traffic, a Pittsburgh company is using drones to speed up roadwork times and help crews.

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Identified Technologies Improves Drone Mapping Efficiency by 75%

Commercial UAV News, August 7, 2017

Identified Technologies, a company focused on increasing project visibility and team productivity with drones for different industries, has upgraded its Boomerang UAV solution to significantly reduce time spent on data gathering.

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Filling the gap: Automation fundamentally shifting way many jobs are done

Pittsburgh Business Times, July 21, 2017

Before last November, a typical day at work for Dustin Drost involved a lot of walking — around briars, up hillsides, over rocks and through streams, collecting data point-by-point with a tall pole-mounted GPS and tripod.

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Drones Take Flight in Highway Construction

Public Works Magazine, July 14, 2017

Kokosing Construction of Westerville, Ohio, used the Boomerang mapping system developed by Pittsburgh-based Identified Technologies to create 3D models using photogrammetry.

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Drone Insurance & Your Homeowners Policy

Quote Wizard, June 27, 2017

“Taking the time to get your Part 107 commercial drone license will ensure you know all the FAA requirements and can avoid unsafe flights,” says Dick Zhang.

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Identified Technologies Aligns with DJI to Offer Commercial Drone Solution

Civil + Structural Engineer, June 15, 2017

Pittsburgh — Identified Technologies announced an alliance with DJI to provide DJI’s aerial-imaging technology to its Fortune 500 clients in the construction, mining, energy, and landfill industries. Identified Technologies integrates its software and services with DJI’s Inspire aerial imaging platform to increase project visibility and team productivity for industrial leaders. Together, the fully-managed solution handles everything from FAA compliance and flight planning, to automatic flight, data processing, and analytics. Clients typically improve their surveying speed and productivity by up to 90 percent, the company said.

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One City in Pennsylvania is Poised to Crush the 21st Century

BizPhilly, April 29, 2017

On a blustery late-winter morning with a light whorl of snowflakes falling near the banks of the Allegheny River, Sarah, a friendly young PR person for Uber, opened the rear passenger door of a Volvo SUV that had so much electronic gear installed on the roof, it looked like it was wearing a crown. She gestured for me to take a seat. We were in the parking lot of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, a converted restaurant-equipment warehouse just north of downtown. I was about to have a very special Uber ride, and not just because it was free.
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From oil rigs to construction sites, Texas embracing drone technology

Crian’s Houston, April 10, 2017

The subject of drones in business these days inevitably loops back to high-profile companies like Amazon and its widely publicized campaign to eventually deliver purchases via drones.
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Identified Technologies’ drones save construction firms time, money

Crian’s Pittsburgh, April 7, 2017

Dick Zhang’s original plan for his startup, Identified Technologies, was to sell commercial drones. But a shift over the past year from a hardware-based model to a software-based one has proven a shrewd move for the young CEO and the company’s place in the drone industry.
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Top trends shaping drone use on the job site

Construction Dive, March 27, 2017

For Dick Zhang, founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based drone company Identified Technologies, these partnerships stand to provide mutual benefits. “It’s all about driving progress, productivity and helping [construction companies] win jobs,” Zhang said. Across the board, fully managed drone solutions — like Identified Technologies’ — can help construction users select the right hardware and software from the multitude of options in the marketplace today. “Much like how most [construction workers] don’t manage their own servers, they shouldn’t be managing their own end-to-end drone solution,” he said.

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18 drone companies taking off in construction

Construction Dive, March 27, 2017

Pittsburgh–based Identified Technologies offers end-to-end DaaS solutions to the construction and excavation, energy and gas, mining, engineering and surveying industries. The company’s system features automatic flight planning, volumetric calculations and analytics, and 3-D and orthomosaic mapping. In March 2017, the company introduced Truck IQ, and Internet of Things–enabled integration with fleet-telematics sensors to improve the optimization of materials in earth-moving applications.

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How are Construction Professionals Using Drones in 2017?

Commercial UAV Expo, March 2017

The transition between data and an answer that means something on a given project is something that Dick Zhang has seen professionals encounter in numerous ways. As the founder and CEO at Identified Technologies, he’s seen construction and industry professionals capture massive amounts of data, but then struggle because they don’t know what to do with all of it.

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Commercial Drone Startup, Identified Technologies, Grows Revenue 900% in 2016, Brings in High Profile Staff and Adds New Customers Nationwide

Global Business North America, March 2017

In an increasingly dynamic commercial drone market, Identified Technologies is flying high on 2016 growth. The company which provides a fully managed commercial drone solution to the industrial sector including construction, energy, and mining companies grew revenues by 900%, added 325% more customers, and increased headcount by 150%.

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Truck Tracking Device

Public Works, March 15, 2017

Identified Technologies, announced Truck IQ, a new Internet of Things device for the construction market.

Truck IQ is a sensor package and software solution that measures load and cycle times from each vehicle on a job site and combines it with aerial drone data to decrease unit costs and cycle times to move earth faster. Truck IQ can be used with any vehicle involved in the process of earthmoving (such as excavators, haul trucks, and bulldozers).

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The top 5 tech trends at ConExpo 2017

Construction Dive, March 15, 2017

“Drones in a vacuum aren’t all that slick and can’t do much. It’s only in the increased integration with machine telematics and other job site systems and use-case technologies where we’ll see a surge in user value,” said Dick Zhang, founder and CEO of Pittsburgh–​based Identified Technologies, which introduced at ConExpo its Truck IQ platform, a sensor and software package to measure and combine vehicle load and cycle times with aerial drone data to boost earth-moving efficiency.

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10 Pittsburgh startups painting the tech world yellow and black

Geektime, March 9, 2017

Founded in 2013, Identified Technologies pitches itself as an “eeDaas” (end-to-end Drone as a Service) company that manages and even automates surveying for construction sites.

“It means we offer a fully managed commercial drone solution. We do everything but push the start button on the drone,” Identified Founder and CEO Dick Zhang recently told Geektime. “Our integrated software and services includes everything from FAA compliance and flight planning, to data capture and advanced analytics.”

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Drones and Change Detection Technology Helping Enterprise Users Derive Value and Make Better Decisions

Commercial UAV News, March 9, 2017

Last time we caught up with Identified Technologies CEO and founder Dick Zhang, we talked about what sort of essential data drones can capture for and deliver to construction stakeholders, as well as how he’s able to answer questions around the kind of ROI drones can provide. With Identified’s release of their change detection technology (CDT) tool, the company has created a powerful instrument that speaks to both of these needs.

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Identified Technologies launches Truck IQ (IoT)

CCWorld Construction, March 8, 2017

Identified Technologies, the leading commercial drone solution announced Truck IQ, a new Internet of Things (IOT) device for the construction market. Truck IQ is a sensor package that measures load and cycle times of vehicles on a job site combined with aerial drone data.

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Keep a Project on Target with Drones for Change Detection

Construction Executive, March 7, 2017

The ability to know the exact cost per yard and accurately predict profitability has always been more of an art than a science for construction projects.

The most common way to track progress has historically been through manual surveying and aerial imagery from planes or helicopters. Unfortunately, these traditional options came with significant costs and delays. Each option could take weeks or even months from the time one reaches out to book the survey or flight to the time when data is returned. By then the jobsite has progressed and the old data no longer accurately represents where the jobsite is today.

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Some take a chance — with their wallets — on startups

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 6, 2017

This is a story about that startup rocket fuel — capital investment — that comes from individuals and outfits like Birchmere willing to bet against the odds for a chance on a big payday. Birchmere took such a chance with Larimer drone company Identified Technologies Corp., so the story is also about the value of personal relationships to succeed in Pittsburgh’s startup world.

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Drone startup Identified Technologies mirrors marriage of steel and silicon as Pittsburgh rises

Geektime, February 27, 2017

While drones seem to be a dime a dozen these days and becoming more a nuisance than a toy for some, their presence in the construction industry is getting ubiquitous. Every city seems to have at least one company promising the world and there is a rush to get at least one of these companies into venture capital portfolios. With four investors and $3.5 million in hand, Pittsburgh’s Identified Technologies is one of the companies in the race.

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The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Jobsite Drones

Construction Business Owner, February, 2017

Construction business owners sometimes live in a rearview world, where visibility into their work is retroactive, advance planning is nearly impossible and the bidding process is unnecessarily complicated. Until recently, the only way to measure cost per yard on a project had been a combination of estimates or guesses based off of previous work or truck counting. But with new technology, such as drone mapping and advanced data capture and processing, construction companies have an opportunity to turn their guesses into certainty when it comes to cost measurement, cash-flow analysis and bidding.

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Drones set to invade accounting profession

Journal of Accountancy, January 23, 2017

The new guidance on commercial use of drones will put drone use into the hands of all types of businesses, said Dick Zhang, founder and CEO of Identified Technologies Corp., a Pittsburgh-based company that sells specialized drones with computing and photographic abilities. “The barrier to entry has been reduced, so you’re going to see folks doing a lot more things in the commercial space,” Zhang said.

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2017 Northeast & Gas Awards Nominations Survey Response

Oil & Gas Awards, 2017

The following are the results from extensive surveys the Oil & Gas Awards and its Media & Association Partner carried out at the beginning of October 2016. We would specifically like to thank PIOGA, Marcellus Drilling News and YPE Pittsburgh for their extra help.

The following companies received multiple nominations and one of our team will be in touch with your organization soon to discuss, however, in the meantime please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions.

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Commercial Drone Startup, Identified Technologies, Grows Revenue 900% in 2016, Brings in High Profile Staff and Adds New Customers Nationwide

Robotics Tomorrow, January 17, 2017

In an increasingly dynamic commercial drone market, Identified Technologies today announced it’s high flying 2016 growth. The company which provides a fully managed commercial drone solution to the industrial sector (including construction, energy, and mining companies) grew revenues by 900%, added 325% more customers, and increased headcount by 150%.

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Only Up From Here: Drone Market Expected to Expand in 2017

Government Technology, January 11, 2017

Ned Renzi, a partner at venture capital firm Birchmere Ventures and chairman of Identified Technologies’ board of directors, said hype around commercial drones hit its peak in 2015 and 2016. The Gartner Hype Cycle, a graphic used by information and technology research firm Gartner Inc., puts drones at the front end of its “Peak of Inflated Expectations.”

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Drone use took off in 2016, and it’s expected to only get better

TribLIVE, January 10, 2017

Identified Technologies, which makes software and sensor packages for drones, will announce Wednesday that its revenues grew 900 percent in 2016. Zhang declined to discuss specific revenue figures. He says the Larimer-based company had to hire 15 employees during the year to keep pace and saw its customer base quadruple.

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Commercial drone startup Identified Technologies grows revenue 900% in 2016

sUAS News, January 10, 2017

Pittsburgh, PA – In an increasingly dynamic commercial drone market, Identified Technologies today announced it’s high flying 2016 growth. The company which provides a fully managed commercial drone solution to the industrial sector (including construction, energy, and mining companies) grew revenues by 900%, added 325% more customers, and increased headcount by 150%.

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Cost Reduction, Greater Efficiency Focus of Technology in 2017

Rigzone, January 06, 2017

Drones can help oil and gas companies conduct inspections of hard-to-reach equipment and assets. Dick Zhang, CEO of Identified Technologies, told Rigzone that easing Federal Aviation Administration regulations in the United States and fully managed commercial drone solutions could prompt more energy companies to use drones in 2017.

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Mapping Drones Help Keep Construction Work On Track

NPR 90.5 WESA, December 13, 2016

The logo may look like a drone, and the drone might get all the attention on the job site, but the leadership of Identified Technologies Corporation in Larimer says drones are not the focus of their growing company.

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Mapping Drones Help Keep Construction Work On Track

Construction Executive Guide, December 14, 2016

The logo may look like a drone, and the drone might get all the attention on the job site, but the leadership of Identified Technologies Corporation in Larimer says drones are not the focus of their growing company.


“We do use them as a tool as part of this work flow, but the drone has become the least interesting and least special part of the work flow,” said Dick Zhang, the company’s CEO and founder.

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Drones in Energy: Firm Improves Safety, Efficiency and Bottom Line

Ummanned Aerial, December 12, 2016

In order to support its energy client base, Keystone Consultants Inc. is bringing in drones. Specifically, it has selected Identified Technologies, a provider of automatic commercial drone mapping and tracking for industrial job sites.

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BuiltWorlds’ Construction Gift Guide — Holiday 2017

Ummanned Aerial, November 28, 2016

Drone mapping — it’s a whole new way to track and monitor your jobsite. These automatic drones can quickly fly over and survey a jobsite and, using the data collected, create 3D maps, distance measurements, volumetric analysis, and more.

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Eye in the sky: 5 commercial drone trends for construction

Construction Dive, November 16, 2016

“Your typical mid-sized earth-moving company is deploying a ton of capital for labor and equipment, so turning topography data and imagery into a tool that can drive better bidding and earth-moving efficiency has been key to excavators,” said Identified CEO Dick Zhang.


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Technology and Software Rundown

Construction Executive, November 15, 2016

Identified Technologies’ eeDaaS (end-to-end Drone as a Service) subscription saves time and money by securely and automatically capturing 3-D jobsite updates at the push of a button. The integrated hardware and software system provides 3-D aerial mapping updates 60 times faster than traditional methods.

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Bentley Development Co., Inc. Selects Identified Technologies Automated Commercial Drone Solution

Construction Equpiment Guide, November 11, 2016

Currently, Bentley is conducting surface mining operations at a 180-acre site in Somerset County PA, and will use Identified Technologies’ fully-integrated mapping and measuring systems to track their progress and profitability.

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Identified Technologies tapped for large mining project

Crains, November 7, 2016

The Pittsburgh startup and its high-flying, autonomous drones will assist Blairsville-based Bentley Development on a large surface mining project in Western Pennsylvania.

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Drones in the Utica-Marcellus: Interview with Dick Zhang

AAPG, October 31, 2016

Drones can help collect very important surface data that helps in exploration, production, and environmental quality assurance in shale plays. Welcome to an interview with Dick Zhang, Identified Technologies, who talks to us about how digital data acquired through drones has revolutionized the world of construction as well as oil and gas operations.

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Drones Leading Construction Industry Into the 21st Century

Tech.Co, September 30, 2016

Dick Zhang, drone expert and CEO of Identified Technologies, invented the Bnboomerang, an intelligent mapping drone that can replace its own battery mid-flight and used to capture and process job site data into 3D map reports.


“A large development site, like a highway or an apartment complex, needs to be meticulously mapped by a team of surveyors. Depending on the project, this can take weeks or even months,” says Zhang. “But a drone that is operating on highly sophisticated software and that has state of the art cameras onboard can do even the most complex job in a fraction of the time, sometimes in minutes.”

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This Startup Uses Self-Flying Drones to Map and Manage Construction Sites, September 27, 2016

Identified Technologies uses self-flying drones to map out and manage large-scale construction projects. Using physical labor, the mapping process commonly exceeds a month, from planning to execution. However, by using their advanced drone technology, the entire mapping process can be completed within minutes, allowing the process to be repeated and tracked daily without extending timelines or exhausting budgets. Other aspects of the mapping process include pre-flight planning, post-flight analysis and detailed reporting.

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Startup and Entrepreneur Roundtable – Dick Zhang

Pittsburgh City Channel, August 18, 2016

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Birchmere Ventures Founder Talks Investments, ‘Shark Tank’ Reality

Tribune Review, July 25, 2016

Trib: What’s the most promising company that you’ve recently invested in?

Renzi: I’d highlight Identified Technologies. They’re a company in East Liberty that uses a fully autonomous drone to provide mapping and other data services to construction and energy industries. That company is growing like crazy, 20 percent month over month for the last year.

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Disruption By Drone: Why Construction Will Never Be The Same

Huffington Post, July 18, 2016

Drone expert and pioneer Dick Zhang started a company called Identified Technologies that leverages these modern flying machines for construction mapping and analytics. He says construction will never be the same without them and I wanted to know why. So I asked him to share details about an industry we hear very little about.

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Props To Identified Technologies – A “Brilliant 100″ Company

Drone Business, July 14, 2016

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.

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Why Drones are Becoming the New Hi-Tech Must-Have in Construction

Inc., July 1, 2016

Drones, which are incredibly popular with amateur photographers, might seem about as out of place on a construction site as an earth mover would in an art studio. However, as those of us who have been following the construction of Apple’s new “spaceship” headquarters can tell you, drones provide invaluable perspective. Construction expert Dick Zhang, CEO of Identified Technologies, says builders are rapidly falling in love with the hovering aircraft.

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10 Tech Companies to Watch – Entrepreneur’s Brilliant 100

Entrepreneur, June 25, 2016

Our brilliant tech companies do everything from making us smarter to protecting our families and re-charging our phones.

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Creating and Assessing “Plan Versus Performance” for Drones in Construction

ExpoUAV, June 21, 2016

Dick Zhang is the Founder and CEO at Identified Technologies, and his company is dedicated to helping construction professionals make fast informed decisions using aerial job site data gathered by automatic drones. Their Boomerang mapping drone and SiteIQ tracking software provides project managers and stakeholders with invaluable information that was previously impossible to obtain.

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Saviors in the Sky: Could Drones Save 100s of Construction Workers’ Lives Each Year?

Sociable, June 18, 2016

Drones are disrupting a wide range of industries, and with increased interest in the field from industry leaders and investors, the technology is advancing rapidly. From scanning for subtle signs of damage using machine vision, to site management and monitoring equipment on work zones, drones have quickly moved from the realm of a fun accessory for camera enthusiasts, to an indispensible multi-billion dollar tool.

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane – No, It’s a Drone Over Oakmont Country Club

Crain’s Pittsburgh, June 17, 2016

Cutting edge drone technology might seem a bit misplaced in a traditional sport like golf, especially flying high above the championship course at Oakmont Country Club. Last August, in fact, a drone took to the skies over the course. Drone developer Identified Technologies in Pittsburgh had received a call from the United States Golf Association to assist with planning leading up to the 2016 U.S. Open that got underway this week.

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U.S Open Site, Oakmont, Using Drones for a New Approach to the Green

Drone Life, June 16, 2016

Flying 400 feet above the greens, Identified Technologies is using their self-piloting commercial UAV, mapping every square inch of the prestigious golf course. “It’s an honor to be able to use our technology to help with something that I’ve grown up loving” said Dick Zhang, a New Jersey State Ranked Golfer, and the Founder and CEO of Identified Technologies.

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Investors Pump Money Into Drone Developer Identified Technologies

Pittsburgh Business Times, June 7, 2016

A three-year-old developer of drones has marked a 20 percent business boost each month since last September. So when Identified Technologies Corp.’s Founder and CEO Dick Zhang told his investors that a fundraising round was necessary so the startup could hire to keep up the pace, they proposed a different strategy.

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Build the Future of Drones.

4 the 412, June 6, 2016

Pittsburgh-based Identified Technologies is using their advanced drones and software to increase efficiency and safety at work sites in Pennsylvania and beyond! Ryan O’Shea WTAE visited their Bakery Square area headquarters to learn more about their innovative technology, how Alphalab Gear helped their success, and how they are using local talent to build the future of drones.

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Drones Pique the Interest of Enrepreneurs

New York Times, May 25, 2016

Some new businesses, like Identified Technologies, based in Pittsburgh, have hired experts to address legal and regulatory issues. Identified Technologies uses drones to create 3-D maps of construction sites that allow clients to monitor progress, allocate crews more efficiently and detect problems early. The company has raised $4 million in financing.

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Identified Technologies Brings New Spin to Construction Site Surveying

TEQ, May 10, 2016

Using autonomous drones and high resolution mapping systems, Identified Technologies has been able to save construction companies a hefty chunk of change.

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Pittsburgh Drone Developers Hope to Use New Technology to Save Lives

WPXI, April 7, 2016

A drone being developed in Pittsburgh is turning lots of heads because of how quickly it can work. Its creator spoke with Channel 11’s Katherine Amenta about how he hopes to use the technology to save lives in the future.

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Exploring Pittsburgh’s Future as a Leader in Robotics

WESA.FM, April 7, 2016

Pittsburgh is known as a leader in the steel, sports, livability, and…robotics?  As the technology and robotics field continues to expand, entrepreneurs and start-up companies have flocked to Pittsburgh for a chance to work with cutting-edge researchers and generous investors.

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Pittsburgh-based Drone Producer Woos Potential Customers with ‘New Possibilities’

Tribune Review, March 14, 2016

When Dick Zhang started pitching the idea of flying drones to business leaders 2 12 years ago, most prospective customers only knew about the technology’s military uses. A year later, people knew drones could take cool pictures, Zhang said, noting how drones had become popular with hobbyists and garnered some controversy as curiosities hovering in the sky.

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Magnificent Monday: PTC Members Making Headlines

Pittsburgh Technology Council, February 15, 2016

Identified Technologies Selected as Finalist for Prestigious Fourth Annual Northeast Oil & Gas Awards.

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PGH Industrial Drone Startup Helps Agora Students Aspirations Take Flight

Identified Technologies, February 4, 2016

“It’s hard to play with an aerial drone and not get excited about the potential. I’m thrilled that we get the chance to pass our love of science and robotics on to the next generation.” said Dick Zhang, CEO of Pittsburgh based startup,Identified Technologies.

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Impact of Drones Expected to be Huge: Pa. Listed among States to Benefit in Big Way

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, February 4, 2016

Identified Technologies, which works with clients in the construction and energy sectors, had to build up a network of licensed pilots across the country for its business.

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A Star(tup) is Born: Why Construction Startups are Capturing Major Industry, Investor Interest

Construction Dive, January 14, 2016

Startup drone company Identified Technologies, which features autonomous drones that can land and launch themselves, has seen a steady stream of investors since its launch in 2013 and this year moved to larger digs to accommodate its expansion plans.

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4th Annual Rocky Mountain and Northeast Oil & Gas Awards Finalists Announced

Oil & Gas Awards, January 12, 2016

Identified Technologies named as finalist in Northeast Oil & Gas Awards.

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ID Tech TechVibe KDKA Radio Interview

KDKA, January 8, 2016

Podcasts from TechVibe Radio, Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Audrey Russo and Jonathan Kersting interview Pittsburgh’s most dynamic technology companies and entrepreneurs.

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Governor Visits Alpha Lab Gear to See Latest Entrepreneurial Inventions

CBS, January 7, 2016

Then there’s Dick Zhang with his drone with unique software that can map progress on construction sites. “We’ve got all these software tools to help construction superintendents say, I’m on progress here, I’m behind schedule here, I need to get guys on the ground over there.”

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Opportunities and Pitfalls of Using Drones on Your Construction

Lorman, January 6, 2016

Can drones help put an end to late, over-budget projects?Inspection-grade construction data provides a permanent record and is an important part of construction project planning, tracking, communication and documentation. Using drones to perform jobsite data collection is becoming commonplace and this topic will help those responsible for construction project management answer questions about what kind of data can be collected, how it’s captured, how drones compare to traditional alternatives, and what common mistakes to avoid. Learn why drones in the construction industry are taking off!

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Where the Manufacturing Jobs Are

Inc., December 1, 2015

The onetime steel center has remade itself into a high-tech hub, thanks in part to Carnegie Mellon’s engineering expertise. Now Pittsburgh is home to startups like Identified Technologies, which makes drones that map and survey land.

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#43 – Dick Zhang, Sending in the Robots with Identified Technologies

Going Deep with Aaron Watson, November 23, 2015

Dick Zhang is President and CEO of Pittsburgh, PA based Identified Technologies. Dick leads his rapidly growing team’s efforts to deliver real-time job site updates to industrial companies around the world using robotic aerial drones.

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IDTech Interview with P-Tech

Pittsburgh Tradeshow Group, November 13, 2015

Identified Technologies was an exhibitor at the 2015 Pittsburgh Technology Expo and Conference. They specialize in leasing autonomous aerial mapping drones.

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Let’s Do Drones Right

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, November 8, 2015

Several operators and startups right here in Pittsburgh have accepted responsible rules of the road and successfully applied for a special FAA exemption to fly drones legally. East Liberty-based Identified Technologies, for instance, can fly unmanned vehicles around industrial sites such as natural-gas rigs to survey the grounds while transmitting infrared and other data back to the company.

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Drones Can Boost Our Economy

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, September 20, 2015

Founded in 2013 in Pittsburgh, Identified Technologies has built its business around collecting visual, infrared and gas data with unmanned aircraft. With help from the University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Lab, the aircraft deliver insights for a myriad of purposes through land surveying and aerial mapping.

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Future of Drone Policies Up in the Air

Point Park News Service, August 24, 2015

After working with drones at the University of Pennsylvania, Identified Technologies CEO Dick Zhang saw the industrial need the machines could meet. He soon realized that clients did not want to deal with the drone; they just wanted the data the machine could gather.

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DEEP DIVE: Could Drones be the Next-gen Tool for Evaluating Sites?

Site Selection Magazine, July 2015 Cover + Feature

“Drones are not about the drones but rather what data they are able to collect, how that data is processed and how it’s useful to the consumer,” says Jeff Black, senior business consultant for Pittsburgh-incubated Identified Technologies. But in the next breath he’s as wide-eyed as the next guy. “Almost on a daily basis there’s something exciting happening in this space,” he says.

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Cleveland Wants to Make Sure the Next Wright Brothers Come From the Rust Belt

Next City, June 22, 2015

One accelerator graduate, Dick Zhang of Identified Technologies, moved from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to launch his company. Identified, which uses drones to do survey-grade mapping of large-scale construction sites, recently raised $2 million in venture capital funding. “We were fortunate to have manufacturers close by, so that we could iterate on our product in days, instead of waiting weeks and months,” he says. “You’re never going to get it right the first time, or the second, third, fourth or fifth, so you make the first one, get feedback, then fix the feedback.”

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Drones Are Becoming the Oil Industry’s Guardian Angels

HPE Matter, June 2, 2015

Self-piloting drones like the Boomerang are leading a small but fundamental change in the industry. In oil and gas, equipment doesn’t move without data—where to drill, how deep to go, and so on. With the traffic bottleneck removed, suddenly equipment can move more nimbly and exploration startups can get in the drilling game for a fraction of the traditional entry cost.

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Identified Technologies: Aerial Drones – 2.0 in Real-time Mapping and Data Gathering

Shale Gas, June 1, 2015

To kick-start our weekly interview feature we are talking today to Dick Zhang, the CEO of Identified Technologies. The company was recently shortlisted in the prestigious Ben Franklin Shale Innovation Awards for their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and docking system.

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Startup Spotlight: Identified Technologies

Imagine Careers, May 25, 2015

This week’s featured startup is Identified Technologies, a graduate of AlphaLab Gear building drones to improve worksite safety and efficiency.

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Drones are Back in the Marcellus, April 30, 2015

Drones have been in and out of the news for quite some time now, but just recently a Pennsylvania firm has decided to use them for work rather than play.

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This is Cool: Self-piloting Drones Fly Over Marcellus

Petro Global News, April 30, 2015

Drones have been steadily making their way into the all corners of the energy industry and now a Pennsylvania based firm is looking to make it cheaper and safer to survey sites with aerial drones.

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Self-piloting Drone Maps Out Construction Sites in Pennsylvania

Building Design + Construction Network, April 29, 2015

A company called Identified Technologies wants to make mapping a job site an easier task by using drones.

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Identified Technologies’ Drones Will Automatically Map Your Job Site So You Don’t Have To

TechCrunch, April 27, 2015

Mapping a job site – be it a construction site, oil field, or giant human battery pod factory – is a tough job. That’s why Identified Technologies’ Dick Zhang wants you to send in the drones.

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Future Innovations in Shale Gas

Oil and Gas 360, March 31, 2015

The Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center announced the 14 finalists for this year’s shale gas innovation contest. Four of the finalists will be selected as winners and receive $25,000 each to help develop their ideas.

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Identified Technologies’ Drones Will Automatically Map Your Job Site So You Don’t Have To

TechCrunch, April 27, 2015

Mapping a job site – be it a construction site, oil field, or giant human battery pod factory – is a tough job. That’s why Identified Technologies’ Dick Zhang wants you to send in the drones.

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Could Drones Detect Leaks at Oil and Gas Sites?

NPR, March 12, 2015

Inside a former bowling alley in Pittsburgh, the future of environmental protection could be taking flight. Dick Zhang is CEO of Identified Technologies, a startup that makes small drones.

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Drones Could Help Monitor Methane from Fracking

The Allegheny Front, March 6, 2015

Inside a former bowling alley in Pittsburgh, the future of environmental protection could be taking flight. It’s 3.5 pounds of technology and it’s whipping around a vacant floor above a robotics lab.

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#CITYOFMAKERS at AlphaLab Gear: Dick Zhang of Identified Technologies

Awesomecast, June 24, 2014

Inside a former bowling alley in Pittsburgh, the future of environmental protection could be taking flight. It’s 3.5 pounds of technology and it’s whipping around a vacant floor above a robotics lab.

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Could Drones Make Pennsylvania’s Energy Business Safer?

Public Source, June 11, 2014

In Pittsburgh, for example, drones are being touted for use by the natural gas industry. In a Shadyside startup company, a small black drone with skinny white legs hovers in the hallway. It buzzes aggressively as it lifts off, musses the hair of its creator and then lands softly on the floor.

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