The insurance and telecoms sectors have become the latest industries to embrace drone technology as they seek to harness the aerial gadgets to assist in disaster relief.
This new-found reliance has been thrown into sharp relief by Hurricane Matthew, which has devastated a string of towns along the Carolina coast of the United States and many damaged buildings remain too dangerous to inspect manually.
Considering this,Verizon has flown an unmanned craft over the affected area to assess the status of cellular site locations where infrastructure, such as roads remains submerged by floodwater, dispatching boats and engineers to restore services where connectivity, has been lost.
Another area where drones are coming into their own is the assessment of roof damage to properties, with insurance company AllState utilizing a drone in place of a cherry picker to assess the integrity of properties where trees have fallen through roofs.
Not only that, scientists from NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have also got in on the act of using drones to collect meteorological data from the eye of the storm at the height of its rampage.