(Image source: DroneBase homepage.)
Geomni, a Verisk business (Jersey City, N.J.) has undertaken a strategic alliance with DroneBase (Los Angeles), adding DroneBase’s pilot network and API to Geomni’s fleet of fixed-wing aircraft to expand property inspections globally.
“The insurance industry is beginning to tap into the power of drones, and aligning with Geomni should demonstrate the ROI-positive impact drones can have for insurers,” comments Dan Burton, CEO and founder of DroneBase. “Through the scale of DroneBase’s pilot network and API, our imagery will help speed insurance claims and more.”
Geomni customers are now able to order roof or property data packages that include the most up-to-date property conditions via drone imagery, through the alliance. Geomni describes the new process as follows: upon ordering a Geomni UAV inspection, DroneBase’s API is alerted, and a local pilot trained to capture the aerial imagery for insurance work is deployed. Once the pilot returns the imagery, Geomni converts the imagery—in as little as 48 hours—into usable property data that gets sent to some of the most widely used insurance applications, such as Xactimate, Xactware’s (a Verisk company) estimating platform.
“DroneBase has demonstrated its excellence in capturing aerial UAV imagery and, paired with our current fleet of manned aircraft, is expected to add more options for insurers and other industries around the globe,” comments Jeffrey C. Taylor, president of Geomni. “This is an important time in insurance with hurricane season underway. With this additional offering, we’re prepared to provide the best and fastest service possible to aid in recovery and quickly help communities.”
Both Geomni and DroneBase assisted in post-catastrophe recovery during last year, a Geomni statement notes. Geomni provided aerial imagery and measurements for many of the top-tier insurance carriers in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, while DroneBase completed hundreds of missions in those same areas after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Geomni affirms that its alliance with DroneBase also has the potential to be leveraged for commercial applications such as parking lot imagery capture and mapping.