Today’s video and still photography footage captured show the ability to not only obtain intelligent, geo-referenced imagery but also process and analyze the UAS (unmanned aircraft system)-captured imagery.

The use of drones has evolved, beyond hobbyists, media organizations, freelance journalists, and marketing firms, but also into commerce. For example, in 2013, Amazon announced a new program called “Prime Air,” for the testing and development of technology and plans to use drones as delivery platforms.

EagleView Technology Corp.,, Bothell, Wash., a leading technology provider of aerial imagery, data analytics, and GIS (geographic information system) solutions, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Pictometry International Corp., delivered Canadian imagery via drones through its CONNECT platform.

As founding members of the Property Drone Consortium, EagleView and Pictometry continue to work on many fronts and markets to obtain and provide research and development for key UAS processes and technologies. The ongoing goal is the use of UAS to capture intelligent imagery for property inspection.

Pictometry is continuing research experimentation in Canada as the company waits for final approvals for specific drone research exemptions in the U.S. Federal Aviation Admin. 333 exemptions are pending, which would allow the companies to continue the research of image capture, collision avoidance, image processing, and overall imagery and data delivery for workflow integration.

EagleView is platform agnostic, according to Chris Barrow, president and CEO of EagleView Technology Corp. Whether it is a drone, phone, or airplane, he says the company’s core competency is camera and sensor systems and the technologies of processing and delivering high-resolution, intelligent imagery that easily allows for the extraction of highly accurate data.

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