Kespry, a developer of drone hardware, software and cloud services, has received a seal of approval from Haag, a Dallas-based forensic engineering, research and testing firm.
Haag conducted an independent study analyzing the precision and efficacy of Kespry’s industrial drone platform. In the end, the firm concluded that Kespry’s roof measurement tool compared favorably with its own manual results. The study found an average difference of just 0.6% – well within industry benchmarks – using Kespry drones rather than traditional, manual field-measurement methods. Haag also noted that Kespry’s drones could effectively and rapidly inspect roofs that would otherwise be unsafe for manual inspection without the use of harnesses, ropes and ladders.
Specifically, 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 and 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,” states Justin Kestner, president, CEO and principal engineer at 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.”
Though Kespry says it 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.
Based in Menlo Park, Calif., Kespry serves customers such as Farmers Insurance, Hancock Claims Consultants, Catastrophe Response Unit, Fluor, Lehigh Hanson/Heidelberg, Sully-Miller/Colas USA and Webcor.
“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,” says 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.”