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EagleView Providing Rapid Answers Through Machine Learning Post-Hurricane Harvey


Eagle View Technologies (“EagleView®”), the leading provider of aerial imagery and property analytics for the government, insurance and commercial sectors, is responding to Hurricane Harvey by applying machine learning capabilities to high-resolution aerial imagery and creating property analytics data. As a result, insurance carriers can close claims rapidly despite high post-storm volumes. First to market, EagleView’s insurance customers will have access to pre- and post-storm imagery in conjunction with machine learning processed images, allowing for adjusters to close claims without physically visiting the property.

EagleView was staged and ready to fly areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, immediately taking-off once permitted into the airspace Monday evening to capture ultra-high resolution Reveal™ images. EagleView began to apply machine learning within hours of image acquisition to identify property damage across large areas of land at a very rapid rate.

Machine learning allows insurance carriers to review an image and classify damage efficiently by stratifying  potential property damage based on probability thresholds. This high-speed process allows billions of image pixels to be analyzed quickly – far faster than can be analyzed with the human eye.

“We understand that following a catastrophic weather event, timing is crucial,” stated Lars Dyrud, Senior Vice President of Machine Learning at EagleView. “Introducing machine learning into our existing claims inspection tools allows us to assess millions of property images for damage in just minutes, enabling our insurance partners to respond more quickly and position resources more effectively than ever before. This technology can be applied through aerial imagery whether derived from manned aircraft, satellites or drones.”

This morning, the TODAY show on NBC featured EagleView’s pre-and post-event imagery from Hurricane Harvey. These images are representative of the paired image sets that insurance carriers are able to access from EagleView instantaneously. In addition, post-event images are processed with machine learning, indicating areas and probability of property damage.

“Our image capture and processing capabilities are the strongest out there for insurance carriers processing claims after a storm of this magnitude,” stated Hugh West, Vice President of Insurance Sales at EagleView. “We’re thrilled to be able to help property owners in these stressful times by working closely with our insurance partners who service their claims whether through our imagery, property measurement reports, or EagleView OnSite Solutions™.”

EagleView is currently working with 18 of the top 20 property and casualty insurance carriers in the United States.

For more information about how EagleView’s machine learning capabilities assist insurance carriers during and after Hurricane Harvey, please contact Melissa Mazurek at [email protected] or (585) 444-2504.

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