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Kespry, has secured another insurance client for its drone intelligence platform as they attempt to put a lock on the drone services for the insurance market. It was a goal of George Mathews when he joined the firm early this year. They have announced similar deals in the last couple of months: one with Farmers Insurance and one with Catastrophe Response Unit Adjusters which went through a rigorous evaluation process. Now they have secured an agreement with forensic engineering, research and testing firm, Haag, who also conducted an independent study analyzing the precision and efficacy of Kespry’s industrial drone platform. Kespry is the first drone services company rto receive Haag’s seal-of-approval for roof measurements.

Haag concluded that Kespry’s Roof Measurement Tool compared favorably with its own manual results. The study found an average difference of just 0.6 percent – well within industry benchmarks – using Kespry drones rather than traditional manual field measurement methods. Haag also noted that Kespry drones could effectively and rapidly inspect roofs that would otherwise be unsafe for manual inspection without the use of harnesses, ropes and ladders.

The study examined 17 buildings of varying slopes, geometries and surface areas in the hail-prone Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan region and calculated individual slope areas as well as total roof areas. Four of the 17 roofs selected for sampling were either too slick or too steep to reliably measure manually, without roping, which was not an issue using Kespry’s autonomous drone.

“Haag’s study showed that Kespry’s roof measurements are within the accuracy that has come to be expected within the industry,” said Justin Kestner, P.E., president / CEO and principal engineer with Haag. “Further, Kespry has demonstrated they can accurately measure a roof more safely and quickly than by hand, while greatly reducing any risk of damage to the roof or injury to the inspector.”

Haag is the latest of a series of claims adjusters and insurers to select Kespry’s system to obtain accurate data on roof inspections in a safe, efficient manner, particularly in areas prone to severe weather and hail storms.

The Kespry Drone System brings a level of accuracy not typically seen in field calculations. While Kespry can measure to the nearest millimeter, Haag recorded measurements to the nearest quarter inch for this study. In its findings, Haag noted that measurements to the nearest inch are common and acceptable within the insurance industry.

“The results of Haag’s study validate our team’s determination to deliver aerial intelligence that is just as accurate – if not more so – than measurements and calculations done manually by claims adjusters and roofing inspectors,” said George Mathew, CEO and chairman of Kespry. “We’ve reached a critical moment for the insurance industry where small, autonomous drones can complete complex roof measurements in a matter of minutes, significantly increasing the efficiency and safety of claims adjusters and roof inspectors by arming them with a new analytics-based productivity tool.”

Frank Schroth is editor in chief of DroneLife, the authoritative source for news and analysis on the drone industry: it’s people, products, trends, and events.
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