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