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BetterView Integrates Understory Weather Data into its Platform Offering Underwriters & Adjusters a Way to Assess Historical Weather Events Before Drone Flights
“Betterview’s Pre-Flight Historical Weather Data Combined with its Post-Flight Artificial Intelligence Analysis Offers Insurers a Complete Risk Profile of Buildings & Properties.”
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 21, 2017 – Betterview, which is quickly becoming the platform essential to every transaction around buildings and properties, and Understory, Inc., a weather network and analytics company, today announced it has integrated Understory’s historical weather data into its UAV software platform.
This strategic partnership will now allow Betterview users to review historical hail, high wind and precipitation before sending a drone out to inspect buildings & properties. By simply entering an address into Betterview’s Tower platform, underwriters & adjusters can now review historical weather information, current weather conditions, satellite imagery, and building age to screen risk and investigate claims.
“Every time one of our insurance clients submits an order, they want to know as much about a building & property as possible,” explains David Lyman & Dave Tobias, Co-Founders, Betterview. “In order to create more context around buildings & properties, underwriters and adjusters often go to various websites to gather building information, weather data, building & property images, etc. Our partnership with Understory, pre-fills vital historical weather information to automate parts of the information gathering process, and more importantly, create a complete risk profile for our clients,” said Lyman & Tobias.
Betterview’s software platform provides users with a holistic view of risk by assessing various building and property attributes before drone flights, then using artificial intelligence in conjunction with construction & roofing experts to analyze imagery captured post-flight. Betterview’s computer vision is based on a proprietary database of over 1 million analyzed and tagged photos of buildings and properties. With every inspection Betterview performs, its computer vision gets better at identifying potential roof related claims, such as hail damage, wind damage, loose wires, water ponding, debris, and more.
“We are delighted to have formed a strategic partnership with Betterview,” explains Alex Kubicek, CEO, Understory. “Our data is the perfect compliment to the roof and property insights Betterview generates. For example, an underwriter may be renewing a commercial policy with a roof that is four years old. When the address is entered into Betterview’s platform, the underwriter may see there were significant hail and wind events over the last two years. While the roof may be relatively new, the underwriter may want to dig deeper due to these events, and use a drone to make sure the roof was properly installed or alert the policyholder of any other potential issues,” said Kubicek.
Betterview’s drone platform, used by over 30 insurers, also offers detailed reports for roof inspections, claims estimates, wildfire reports and more. For additional information about this partnership, contact John Cherbini, VP of Sales, Betterview (email@example.com) or Brian Glantz, VP Worldwide Sales, Understory Weather (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Betterview, founded in late 2014, is one of the leading software platforms and service providers for capturing and analyzing data from drones. Betterview, with its network of 4,400+ drone operators worldwide, has inspected over 7,400 buildings for over 80 customers in insurance, real estate, and construction. Betterview streamlines the inspection process by using drones and software to capture a comprehensive set of aerial building imagery, data and expert analysis. For more information, visit: https://www.betterview.net
About Understory, Inc.
Founded in 2012, Understory, Inc., is a weather network and analytics company that provides dense surface observations generated by their proprietary weather stations. Their composite of granular weather data has applications across a variety of markets, including broadcasting, insurance, agriculture, forecasting, and risk mitigation. The information collected by Understory is analyzed and processed to create real-time datasets, views, and actionable information from historical, current, and forecasted weather events to provide better insight and early detection of risks. For more information, visit www.understoryweather.com