With insurance fraud costs exceeding an estimated $100 billionper year, insurance professionals are searching for newinvestigative technologies to more successfully combat fraud.Unmanned remote surveillance has become one avenue for thissearch.

The effective use of surveillance within the insurance industryhas evolved greatly due to the development of affordable andreliable video cameras. Good, clear video surveillance provides alevel of documentation that is difficult to refute. This samestandard of proof was not possible with the use of 35mm cameras andstill photographs.

Investigators have benefited from the continued development ofelectronics, aggressively using technology to enhance their claiminvestigations. Video cameras have become considerably cheaper,smaller, more sophisticated, and more reliable. Common features nowinclude near-zero lux ratings, allowing cameras to function in lowambient light conditions and still provide superior images.Built-in electronic immobilizers remove nearly all the shake andjerkiness commonly associated with surveillance videos. Digital andnon-digital zoom features provide the ability to secure clear andusable surveillance footage from distances easily exceeding 100yards.

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