Jean-Christophe Zufferey, senseFly: Drones will be the norm for surveying

Jean-Christophe Zufferey, CEO and Co-Founder of senseFly presented a business case involving drones for mapping and inspection at the 'Insurance in the age of drones' conference at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue. The event brought drone experts, drone racers, regulators, lawyers, and a hacker together with Swiss Re clients, to examine how drone technology will impact casualty and aviation insurance in the near and long term.

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Read the text version of Jean-Christophe Zufferey's video interview here:

"This is the eBee drone. It's a professional mapping tool. It looks like a piece of foam. It's actually not a toy. It's something that carries a camera and that can survey an area, take systematically pictures of it, and then there is a software that after the flights we process the pixels, all the images that we took during the flight, into a 3D map of the environment that is accurate at the centrimetric level.

There is a market nowadays for professional drones. There are people throughout the world, in more than 100 countries that are actually using those kind of tools, like surveyors. There may be also crop consultants in agriculture that use these drones in order to map the environment, better analyze it, understand it, and act upon reliable data, an accurate data.

It's very important for drone companies to meet with insurers because there is more and more demand for getting insurance, both hull insurance, but also third party insurance. We already have partnerships in North America to offer that kind of products to our customers, but we are still seeking for new partnerships to cover the rest of the world."