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Natural disasters are not a new phenomenon, however as these events increase in frequency, insurers must be able to assess damage quickly and respond rapidly to claims, so that communities can get back on their feet quickly. 

When Hurricane Michael hit the US in 2018, it was one of the strongest hurricanes in history, devastating more than 4,000 miles of  Florida Panhandle’s coast. Once the storm cleared, the GIC worked quickly to deploy its Gray Sky Response Program. It sent aircraft into the region carrying Vexcel Imaging’s sophisticated aerial camera system, the UltraCam Osprey, to assess damage. Over the span of two and a half days the GIC flew 85,000 sq km, prioritizing areas with the highest population density to capture ultra-high-resolution imagery.

The images were analyzed and damage was assessed through the use of Esri’s GIS cloud-based technology system. Before and after images were compared and layered on policyholder data to prioritize those with the greatest need for relief.

Post-Hurricane Katrina, the average rate for claims processing was one month. Because of the GIC’s rapid response during Hurricane Michael, insurers were able to validate the damage within 24 hours after the storm, helping insurers pay claims within that same day, so that people affected could begin rebuilding their lives.

This is one example of how through strategic partnerships, like  Vexcel Imaging, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and ESRI the GIC is transforming the insurance industry’s disaster response time and its ability to fight fraud in the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Michael.

This video, produced by ESRI, tells the full story of how the GIC played an instrumental role in making people and communities whole again after this historic storm.

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DES PLAINES, Ill., October 31, 2019 — The Kincade Fire has now impacted 76,825 acres in Sonoma County, CA, and is at 45 percent containment as of the last report. According to Cal Fire, a total of 266 structures have been destroyed, 133 being residential, and 47 structures have been damaged, with 32 of those being residential. On Tuesday, in response to the incident, the Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC) began flying over the impacted areas, collecting high-resolution aerial images of the damaged structures. The imagery was made available to GIC members yesterday afternoon.


Damaged houses in Sonoma County, California.

The imagery gives insurers the ability to search an address and view before and after aerial images of properties within the impacted area. These images provide insurers with vital information to better respond and pay claims faster to victims while increasing fraud detection. The imagery is also provided at no cost to emergency personnel, first responders, and law enforcement to assist in their response to the damage.


LEAPNOW educational organization on fire in Calistoga, CA.

“The communities affected by this fire are suffering. Firefighters won a huge battle last night, and instead of exploding further, crews managed to hold expansion to just a few hundred acres and double containment,” said Richard Butgereit, director of catastrophe response, GIC. “This marks a turning point for this fire and these communities. Recovery begins with post-disaster damage assessment. It is our hope that by quickly getting high-resolution aerial imagery to our GIC members and public safety stakeholders to assess these damages, we can help speed up the recovery process with the goal to ease this suffering and make these communities whole again.”


Soda Rock Winery destoyed in Healdsburg, California.

In 2017, the NICB started searching for solutions to help its member companies and law enforcement advance technology post-disaster by developing the Geospatial Intelligence Center Program (GIC) that licenses high-resolution aerial images from Vexcel Imaging US, Inc. 

“In order to help fight fraud, in the hours and days after a disaster like this one, the GIC fleet of aircraft will fly over impacted areas to capture and assess damage providing members with unprecedented imagery and data on impacted properties,” said Jim Schweitzer, senior vice president and COO, NICB. “This not only so we can serve our members better, but also stop fraudulent insurance claims, which ultimately drive up insurance costs for everyone. Educating consumers is critical. When a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is, so we encourage homeowners to make their first call to their insurance company before moving forward with a contractor.”

About Geospatial Intelligence Center

The Geospatial Intelligence Center’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive, precise, and up-to-date geospatial information to insurers. This insurance industry consortium delivers geospatial imagery and analytics, leading to more informed underwriting, better claims decisions, reducing fraud and delivering faster catastrophe response. GIC’s growing member base includes Travelers, Metlife, MunichRe, USAA, Allstate, Citizens, and Brit. To learn more visit geointel.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU

Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, learning and development, government affairs and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,300 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $496 billion in insurance premiums in 2018, or more than 81 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 92 percent ($254 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

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DES PLAINES, Ill., October 24, 2019 — After tornadoes struck the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area on Sunday night, the Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC) began flying aircraft over the impacted areas on Monday, collecting high-resolution aerial images of the damaged structures.

Imagery was made available to GIC members yesterday afternoon, giving insurers the ability to search an address and view before and after aerials images of properties within the impacted area. These images provide insurers with vital information to better respond and pay claims faster to victims while increasing fraud detection. The imagery is provided at no cost to emergency personnel, first responders, and law enforcement to assist in their response to the damage.

Post-disaster damage assessment is what drives the recovery effort after tornadoes and other events like this strike. Affected areas need to be assessed to ascertain how many houses and businesses were destroyed,” said Richard Butgereit, director of catastrophe response, GIC. “It is our hope that by getting in quickly and assessing these efforts via high-resolution aerial imagery, we can help speed up the recovery process.” 

In 2017, the NICB started searching for solutions to help our member companies and law enforcement advance technology post-disaster by developing the Geospatial Intelligence Center Program(GIC) that licenses high resolution aerial images from Vexcel Imaging US, Inc.

“Technological advances have improved in recent years, providing insurers with critical tools to enhance fraud detection and expedite fraud investigations. The GIC program is just another example of how the industry is leveraging innovation to help fight fraud in the wake of a disaster,” said NICB chief operating officer Jim Schweitzer.

About Geospatial Intelligence Center

The Geospatial Intelligence Center’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive, precise, and up-to-date geospatial information to insurers. This insurance industry consortium delivers geospatial imagery and analytics, leading to more informed underwriting, better claims decisions, reducing fraud and delivering faster catastrophe response. GIC’s growing member base includes Travelers, Metlife, MunichRe, USAA, Allstate, Citizens, and Brit. To learn more visit geointel.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU

Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, learning and development, government affairs and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,300 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $496 billion in insurance premiums in 2018, or more than 81 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 92 percent ($254 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

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Images available to emergency personnel, GIC member insurers, and the media

Boulder, CO, October 16, 2019 — As evacuation orders lifted and the Saddleridge Fire continued to be contained by the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC) began flying aircraft over the impacted areas on Monday, collecting high-resolution aerial images of the damaged structures.

The imagery was made available to GIC members yesterday afternoon, giving insurers the ability to search an address and view before and after aerials images of properties within the impacted area. These images provide insurers with vital information to better respond and pay claims faster to victims while increasing fraud detection. The imagery is provided at no cost to emergency personnel, first responders, and law enforcement to assist in their response to the damage.

Post-disaster damage assessment is what drives the recovery effort after a wildfire like this one. Affected areas need to be assessed to ascertain how many houses were destroyed,” said Richard Butgereit, director of catastrophe response, GIC. “It is our hope that by getting in quickly and assessing these efforts via high-resolution aerial imagery, we can help speed up the recovery process with the goal to make this community whole again.”

In 2017, the NICB started searching for solutions to help our member companies and law enforcement advance technology post-disaster by developing the Geospatial Intelligence Center Program(GIC) that licenses high-resolution aerial images from Vexcel Imaging US, Inc.

“Technological advances have improved in recent years, providing insurers with critical tools to enhance fraud detection and expedite fraud investigations. The GIC program is just another example of how the industry is leveraging innovation to help fight fraud in the wake of a disaster,” said NICB chief operating officer Jim Schweitzer.

About Geospatial Intelligence Center
The Geospatial Intelligence Center’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive, precise, and up-to-date geospatial information to insurers. This insurance industry consortium delivers geospatial imagery and analytics, leading to more informed underwriting, better claims decisions, reducing fraud and delivering faster catastrophe response. GIC’s growing member base includes Travelers, Metlife, MunichRe, USAA, Allstate, Citizens, and Brit. To learn more visit geointel.org.

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Mutual Customers Can Now Generate Insights from High-Resolution Imagery for Quoting, Renewals and Claims Processing
LAS VEGAS (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 Betterview, a predictive analytics platform that makes every property thoroughly understood for the sake of those who rely on them, today announced the integration of the Geospatial Insurance Consortium’s high-resolution aerial imagery into Betterview’s property risk management platform. The Geospatial Insurance Consortium’s (GIC) mission is to provide the most comprehensive, precise, and up-to-date location information to insurers. Its cloud-based imagery service captures coast-to-coast imagery of the continental US including ultra-high-resolution imagery of the top metro areas. The integration of this imagery will provide mutual customers with premium quality location data throughout the property and casualty lifecycle. “We have been working with the GIC for over a year. Our initial project involved a mutual reinsurance customer who wanted to leverage GIC’s ultra-high-resolution imagery so they could identify potential roof and property issues in their book of business,” said Dave Tobias, COO & Co-Founder, Betterview. “After completing this project and seeing the value of GIC’s imagery first-hand, we decided to integrate its aerial imagery into our property risk management platform, allowing mutual customers to quickly and easily generate insights whether they are quoting new business, renewing a policy or expediting the claims process before and after the first notice of loss (FNOL).”   Betterview’s predictive analytics and property risk management platform are used by over a dozen personal and commercial lines carriers and is backed by a team with deep experience in the P&C insurance industry. Mutual customers of Betterview and GIC will now be able to access, analyze, and take action from high-quality GIC imagery by entering an address or uploading a book of business into Betterview’s risk management platform. “We’re always looking to create value for our members by adding best of breed companies into our partner network,” said Rob Agee, Vice President of Business Development, Geospatial Insurance Consortium. “One of the great benefits of this partnership with Betterview is that if our members don’t have an in-house machine learning platform, they can utilize an out-of-the-box solution like Betterview from our partner network to automatically generate insights about roofs and properties.” Both companies are currently exhibiting at InsureTech Connect at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Visit the GIC at booth 533 and Betterview at booth 906 to learn more. For more information about this announcement, contact Paul Ptashnick at paul@betterview.com or Brianna Swales at brianna@swalesandcopr.com. About Betterview
Betterview provides property insight and workflow tools for Insurance companies to improve the customer experience by accelerating decisions and improving risk at every point of the life cycle. For more information about Betterview, visit: https://www.betterview.com About Geospatial Insurance Consortium
The Geospatial Insurance Consortium’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive, precise, and up-to-date location information to insurers. This insurance industry consortium delivers geospatial imagery and data, this leads to more informed underwriting, better claims decisions, reduces fraud and delivers faster catastrophe response. GIC’s growing member base includes Travelers, Metlife, MunichRe, USAA, Allstate, Citizens, and Brit. To learn more visit geointel.org.
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