Betterview, a UAV-based platform for buildings and properties, has announced it has integrated with AirMap, one of the world’s leading airspace management platforms for drones, into its mobile application.
Through the new partnership, Betterview users will now be able to get digital airspace authorisations at American airports participating in the FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program.
LAANC is an FAA program that enables third party providers like AirMap to help facilitate authorisation from the FAA.
“Insurers are becoming increasingly reliant on drones, both in their day-to-day business and in the wake of an emergency,” said Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap.
“With digital airspace authorization, Betterview can unlock thousands of miles of airspace for missions that make claims easier and more efficient.”
Prior to LAANC, commercial drone pilots were required to apply for FAA waivers to fly within restricted airspace by US airports, a process that can take up to 90 days. With LAANC, drone flights near participating facilities can now be authorized within seconds at certain altitudes.
Dave Tobias & David Lyman, co-founders, Betterview, added: “One of the most critical factors in post-catastrophe claims processing is capturing and documenting the scene on the ground.”
“After hurricanes Irma and Harvey struck, we received many requests from our customers to document claims that were in restricted airspace by airports. By integrating AirMap’s LAANC Deep Linking feature into our mobile application, we have reduced what could be at least a 24-hour waiver approval process to matter of seconds in some cases.”
Drone operators can now request digital authorisation to fly in controlled airspace surrounding 46 airports across the US and by the end of 2018 more than 500 towered airports are expected to offer digital airspace authorisation.