FAA approves insurer to test use of unmanned aircraft to inspect hard-to-reach spots

HARTFORD, Conn., 20 April 2016. FAA officials in Washington have granted The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB), a specialty insurer and part of Munich Re in Hartford, Connecticut, federal permission to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, to help identify exposures, manage risks, and prevent loss.

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HARTFORD, Conn., 20 April 2016. FAA officials in Washington have granted The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB), a specialty insurer and part of Munich Re in Hartford, Connecticut, federal permission to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, to help identify exposures, manage risks, and prevent loss.

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HSB, an engineering and technical risk insurer, received an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration to allow commercial operations of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). HSB will use UAS with a property owner’s consent to inspect locations that may be inaccessible or unsafe for a personal inspection to support its insurance claim and underwriting activities.

"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," affirms Jay Jablonski, vice president of HSB Professional Loss Control. "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 drone inspections would benefit HSB’s industrial and renewable-energy policyholders, the insurance companies HSB supports with property loss control services, and HSB’s parent company, Munich Re.

Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), a member of Munich Re’s Risk Solutions family since 2009, is a specialty insurer providing equipment breakdown, other specialty coverages, inspection services, and engineering-based risk management. “Today, as throughout our 150 year history, our mission is to use our engineering knowledge and insights to help clients prevent loss, advance sustainable use of energy resources, and build deeper relationships that benefit business, industry, public institutions, and consumers,” a company official says.


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