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Thursday Schedule Detail

Session Name: Insurance~~Disaster Response Goes High-Tech
Session Description:

Hurricane Harvey marked the second major hurricane in which insurers had a chance to use drones for disaster assessment. At least 10 insurers used drones to gather claims information in the Houston area following Harvey. That means a claims adjuster could process three houses in an hour, whereas without a drone, an adjuster on the ground could expect to handle that many in a full day. Use of unmanned aircraft to inspect disaster areas will increase since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) loosened restrictions on drones in 2016. Additionally, smartphone apps have geo-tools to help assess a scene well before inspectors are allowed in. The phones also give property owners the means to take and send damage photos directly to the insurer to prepare for the adjuster’s visit. These innovations will make for a safer environment while also expediting claims payments. Learn about the tech tools for disaster response and what’s on the drawing board in this session.

Day of Week: Thursday
Time Start: 3:30PM