Marc Gyongyosi's Startup Raises the Roof with Indoor Flying Robots

His company, IFM is now staking a claim in the $5 billion warehouse analytics industry.

Marc Gyongyosi

Flight and robotics have always been EECS undergraduate CS student Marc Gyongyosi's biggest passions. At age 15, he built a flight simulator modeled after a Boeing 737. Four years later, he joined BMW’s Advanced Robotics R&D department in Munich.

Now the college senior is founder of a startup, IFM, that’s developed a Jetson-powered autonomous drone. The company first unveiled its indoor navigation technology at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in April, and is now staking a claim in the $5 billion warehouse analytics industry.

"We are very excited about our partnership with NVIDIA and our success with Bigelow Tea! It's great to call Chicago and Northwestern home!", said Gyongyosi.

IFM develops novel drone technology capable of fully autonomous flight in unstructured environments without the need for external systems such as GPS. Current drone technology can only fly autonomously outdoors since it relies on GPS. Leveraging novel algorithms in Computer Vision, Sensor Fusion, and an onboard NVIDIA GPU (graphics card) IFM Technologies is the very first bringing autonomous drones indoors, enabling fully automated data capture. Building upon this innovation, IFM Technologies leverages the collected data to offer turn-key analytics solutions. Working together with partners in industry, IFM Technologies aims to mitigate downstream risks in operations by improving monitoring accuracy and transparency along the supply chain.

Excerpted from "Startup Raises the Roof with Indoor Flying Robots" | 10/12/2016 by Lynette Farinas. Read the full Nvidia article

IFM TechnologiesMarc Gyongyosi & Nathan Matsuda