Bruce Seibert, Founder/Product Manager

“How the Insurance Industry Can Use Real-Time Aerial Imagery to Respond to Catastrophic Events,” 28-September-11

Bruce Seibert discusses some of this year’s natural disasters and describes how real-time aerial imagery services can support the insurance industry’s post-storm damage assessment needs. A PDF document with his answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about real-time video imagery and the insurance industry was made available at the end of the newsletter and can be downloaded from here. Read on.

ASSIST-U.S.® Founder Featured in Insurance Industry Podcast

Bruce Seibert, Founder and Product Manager, was interviewed recently by about how ASSIST-U.S. services help insurance companies. Listen to the podcast here.

New England Also Suffers as Severe Storms and Other Hazards Take a Toll Across America,” 29-June-11

Record numbers of severe weather events have caused multiple catastrophes across the U.S. so far this year. These storms and hazards add up to the worst severe weather season since 1953 – and hurricane season has only just begun!

Events like these create real problems for both first responders and insurance underwriters as they try to determine the extent, scope and location of the damage to people and property. ASSIST-U.S.® is ready to respond immediately when needed. Read on.

Update on “Manned vs. Remotely Piloted Aircraft (UAS)”

An article by David Olive, ”CBP’s Predator UAV Use Raises More Questions, Answers Elusive,” refers to a recent report by MIT’s Lincoln Labs (at a recent conference held there on Homeland Security technology R&D) of the Labs’ findings on the comparative effectiveness of manned, light aircraft vs. UAVs. That report, which stated that “light manned aircraft with off-the-shelf sensors was orders of magnitude more effective and was far less expensive to operate… in the [domestic] arena,” supports my argument (published in my blog article of 24-Feb-11, below) about the very same issue.  Read the article here.

“Aerial Surveillance Operations in the National Airspace:  Manned vs. Remotely Piloted Aircraft (UAS),” 24-Feb-11)

The recent cancellation of the Department of Homeland Security’s SBInet fixed border monitoring surveillance system due to reliability problems and cost over-runs has the government scrambling for a replacement system. (See “DHS unveils rigid requirements to replace terminated SBINet,” Washington Technology, Feb. 01, 2011.) Some would recommend the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), but manned, light aircraft may prove to be more operationally practical and even less expensive in total program costs. My white paper on this topic on my blog explains why this is so. Read on