Two more firms have joined a handful of insurance carriers and received approval to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) commonly called drones for the aerial inspection of structures.

Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use drones for aerial inspections and surveys of structures and facilities. The technology is particularly helpful for projects involving steep-sloped roofs, towers, and bridges, and can also be used for accidents or catastrophic events. Their DJI Phantom2 Vision + weighs only three pounds and provides high-resolution images with a 14 megapixel camera.

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