Specialty Property Insurer in CT to Use Drones for Inspection, Loss Prevention


The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. (HSB), part of global reinsurance company Munich Re, has received federal permission to fly drones to help customers identify exposures, manage risks and prevent loss.

HSB, an engineering and technical risk insurer based in Hartford, Conn., received an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration to allow the commercial operations of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS). With a property owner’s consent, HSB plans to deploy UAS to inspect locations that may be inaccessible or unsafe for personnel to enter.

“Drones can save time and money when inspecting properties that are spread out – such as thousands of panels on a solar power farm covering many acres,” explains Jay Jablonski, vice president of HSB’s professional loss control business. “When equipped with sensor technologies, such as visual and infrared cameras, they give our engineers an efficient and powerful tool to analyze risks and system performance.”

The insurer says drone inspections would benefit HSB’s industrial and renewable energy policyholders; the insurance companies HSB supports with property loss control services; and parent company Munich Re, which operates in all lines of insurance and has over 43,000 employees throughout the world.

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