Travelers Invests in Kittyhawk

Kittyhawk, a provider of enterprise drone operations software, has announced a strategic investment from The Travelers Cos. Inc.

The insurance company launched its drone program in 2016 and conducted a large-scale deployment after Hurricane Matthew. Today, Travelers has nearly 600 dedicated claims professionals who are federally certified drone pilots, says Kittyhawk.

“Using drones to assess property damage enables us to enhance our customers’ experience, adjust claims more quickly and efficiently, and improve safety for our employees and vendors,” states Nick Seminara, executive vice president of claim services at Travelers. “Kittyhawk helps us manage the vast amounts of information we gather on inspections so we can help our customers recover from disasters faster than ever before. We continue to leverage new technologies in our business, including within our drone program, and we are pleased to further our relationship with Kittyhawk.”

Designed for drone operations that perform business-critical tasks, Kittyhawk’s platform makes it easier for companies to manage, track and fly drones safely and effectively.

“Travelers is a model for other companies to follow when scaling a drone program,” notes Jon Hegranes, Kittyhawk’s CEO and co-founder. “We’re excited to deepen our relationship with a trusted industry leader as we bring drone operations to new industries. Our focus at Kittyhawk is continuing to build the best tools that make using drones approachable and effective. Every company can be a drone company.”

Founded in 2015, Kittyhawk has received $9.5 million in aggregate funding from Travelers, Bonfire Ventures, Boeing HorizonX Ventures, Freestyle Ventures and The Flying Object.

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