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Technology Gains Over the Years Improved Catastrophe Claims Response

Claims handling has come a long way in 30 years. Just ask Randall Beal, manager of the field technical unit for American Modern Insurance Group. He began working in claims in the early 1980s, when his toolkit consisted of a …

Study Finds Small Drones Unlikely to Cause Major Head Injuries

The small, popular drones flooding the commercial market are unlikely to cause severe head injuries if they fall out of the sky and strike people, a new study has concluded. The results are similar to findings earlier this year by …

Risk Managers’ Top Concern is Privacy When it Comes to Using Drones

When it comes to commercial drones usage, 61 percent of risk managers are concerned about the potential for invasion of privacy, according to a 2017 survey conducted by Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (Munich Re, US) during the Risk Management Society …

Fewer Ladders, More Drones Being Used to Adjust Harvey Claims

Insurance adjusters are bringing more drones with them than ever before as they head to Texas to assess the damage from Harvey. Companies are using the drones on a much larger scale to record images, save time and spare human …

Drones, New Intelligence Platforms Offer Carriers Highly-Accurate Alternative to Manual Roof Measurements

The use of drones has grown tremendously in just a few years. While figures vary, sales grew 60-100 percent between 2015 and 2016, and represent as much as $4.5 billion in revenue, according to a recent Recode article. The insurance …

Update: Claims Teams Begin Handling Onslaught of Harvey Cat Losses

Hurricane Harvey has set a U.S record, according to the National Weather Service, dumping 51.88 inches of rain in parts of Texas. As the tropical storm moves over southern Louisiana, claims catastrophe teams are moving in to devastated cities in …

Police Push Tracking as Rogue Drones Hover Over Fire Scenes

At a recent apartment blaze in Oakland, California, a sheriff deputy directing firefighters with a drone-mounted video camera encountered a new hazard: a civilian quad copter that buzzed onto the scene. “It’s happened twice in the past few months,” said …

Farmers Begins Drone Use on Residential Losses

Farmers Insurance announced a new microdrone fleet that will assist adjusters on residential roof damage claims in areas impacted by hailstorms and other severe weather events. The insurer tapped Calif.-based Kespry for the micro UAV quadcopters that weigh 4.4 pounds …

UK Plans to Tighten Drone Rules After Near-Misses With Planes

British officials announced plans Saturday to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation. The new rules will require drones that weigh eight ounces (226.79 grams) or more to be registered and users …

A Drone Pilot’s Perspective on Insurance Claims

Drones are proving to be an affordable, scalable solution for conducting aerial inspections. For large businesses looking to conduct adjustments more efficiently, drones are the optimal way to conserve time and money. In 2016, the FAA’s updated regulations granted insurers …