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Keeping Skies Safe in the Age of the Drones

Pilotless aircraft that can drop a package at every doorstep or ferry you across town in a fraction of the time taken by the fastest subway train have been a staple of science fiction for decades. But the Drone Age …

Another Use for Drones: Investigating Car Wrecks

When police investigators tried to figure out what caused a multi-vehicle crash that killed an elderly woman in Morton, Illinois, last month, they looked to the sky for help. Like a growing number of police agencies throughout the country, the …

Drones Help Fight Fires After Dark

Kale Casey almost can’t believe what a metal bird 5 feet long, weighing 44 pounds with wings spanning 10 feet, can do to help fight a wildfire. “For eight hours a night, without getting tired, without needing a meal … …

Insurers’ Drone Use Picks up After 2017 Hurricane Season

Insurers’ use of drones to inspect property claims came into full swing in 2017, after the FAA began issuing permission allowing commercial firms to operate unmanned aerial vehicles in designated U.S. airspace. Nearly a year later, while some insurers remain …

ASU Students Use AI to Detect Wildfires

In 2017, nearly 72,000 wildfires burned more than 10 million acres nationwide, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. It cost $2.4 billion to fight them. In Arizona last year, more than 2,300 wildfires scorched nearly 430,000 acres, and the …

Best Inspection Program Incorporates Ground, Aerial Imagery

Dorado, Puerto Rico, Feb. 13, 2018–Blue roofs are visible in the town of Villa Santa in the municipality of Dorado. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey While aerial imagery offers the broadest range of images with the highest refresh rates, it isn’t usually at …

5 Critical Drone Takeaways for Insurers From 2017’s Hurricane Season

Last year represented a major inflection point for the use of drone-based aerial intelligence in the insurance industry. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wrought tragic devastation upon communities and property in Texas and Florida.The two storms resulted in $265 billion in …

Transforming Claims for the Digital Era

As insurers undertake digital transformation programs, many rightfully turn to the claims function. Claims is a very good candidate for such initiatives because of its importance to the relationship between customers and their insurers. Claimants and insurers both want speedy …

Surge in Drone Safety Reports Prompts FAA ‘Emergency’ Action

Reports of safety incidents involving civilian drones have surged to an average of 250 a month, leading to a federal “emergency” action to approve drone flights in restricted areas, according to a government notice seeking new procedures for the craft. …

Aerial Imaging, Machine Learning Speed Hurricane-Related Damage Assessments

In the wake of three devastating hurricanes this season, many carriers and vendors used drones and airplanes to assess structural storm damage in several states. The use of aerial imaging combined with machine learning has led to speedier claims resolution, …