EagleView Releases Ultra-High-Resolution Aerial Imagery Post-Hurricane Michael

The imagery, combined with the vendor’s machine learning capabilities offers customers a more complete understanding of the visible damage.

(EagleView Technologies image of damage caused by Hurricane Michael on the Florida Panhandle coast.)

EagleView Technologies (Bellevue, Wash.), an aerial imagery and property data analytics firm, has released ultra-high-resolution images, at .75-inch ground sample distance (GSD) in the wake of Hurricane Michael to assist its clients in assessing the extent of damages caused by the Category 4 storm, which hit Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina last week.

Before-and-after imagery illustrating the extent of damage from Hurricane Michael. Source: EagleView Technologies. (Click to enlarge.)

Having staged assets prior to the hurricane’s landfall, EagleView sent its craft into the air on October 9, as soon as permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The firm uses satellites, drones, and fixed-wing aircraft to obtain the images for its library.  Customers in local government, insurance and electric utilities are able to assess damage caused by the storm, utilizing the more than 400 million pre- and post-storm aerial images on the firm’s platform CONNECTExplorer.

“Our high-resolution aerial imagery along with our machine learning capabilities truly offer customers a complete understanding of the damage seen,” says EagleView CTO Ajai Sehgal.

The technology can highlight and categorize potential property damage in each image by stratifying properties based on probability thresholds. This allows insurance carriers to rapidly analyze the imagery and classify damage efficiently, resulting in closing claims faster, according to the firm.


EagleView Technologies image of inland damage from Hurricane Michael. (Click to enlarge.)

“Machine learning is changing the way our customers respond to disasters like Hurricane Michael,” says EagleView CEO Rishi Daga. “In the end, we want to make sure communities can begin to rebuild, and with this advanced technology, they’ll be able to do so quicker than ever before.”

EagleView says it will continue its disaster response until all areas of interest are captured and processed for its customers.

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Teri Ryan // Teri Ryan is the Business Director at Insurance Innovation Reporter. She has been with the magazine since its launch in 2013. Prior to her current role, she had most recently worked as a freelance technical writer on topics relating to the use of IT in the insurance industry. She has previously worked as a B-to-B account manager, selling specialty ingredients to personal care companies. She can be reached at TeriRyan@IIReporter.com

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