Donan, a Louisville, Ky.-headquartered forensic investigation firm, is partnering with DataWing, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services company based out of San Antonio, to provide UAV inspection services for insurance customers throughout the U.S.
Since the birth of its research and development department in 2013, Donan says it has researched and tested UAV technology and hardware, developed best practices, and consulted with carriers.
Speaking on the new partnership, Matt Kenney, Donan’s technical program manager, says, “Not only will this allow Donan to scalably utilize UAVs on any of our forensic inspections nationwide, but this will also provide our customers with a single resource for UAV services for a wide range of applications regardless of location.”
Together, Donan and DataWing will deploy a range of fixed-wing and multi-rotor UAVs with various cameras and sensor payloads. For customers wanting to operate UAVs themselves, Donan and DataWing will offer consulting and training services to assist them in setting up their own internal drone program.
“We look forward to leveraging our national network of licensed, trained and insured UAV operators to meet the large volume of demands for Donan and their associated clients,” says Landon Phillips, vice president of operations for DataWing. “From basic P&C claim work to underwriting, small UAVs are going to be an incredibly valuable asset for insurance providers from a cost and safety perspective.”