In 2017, hail storms affected 11 million properties. There were damages numbering $1.7 billion, and it became one of the worst years ever for hail damage in the United States. But how do you protect your home from something that literally just falls from the sky? The answer may lie in new developments in IoT and artificial intelligence.
Over the last 30 years, the average number of global catastrophes has increased by nearly 175%, with hail storms occurring every seven to nine days. In the United States alone, almost every state has had their fair share of destructive hail storms, though some more than others. Most common in central states, the likelihood of hail risks are beginning to extend even to Northeastern and Western states; this is a tricky situation for both homeowners and their insurance providers.
As varying winds make it hard to assess just how far storms will reach and how much damage they will leave, insurers and homeowners are looking towards new tech tools to help keep their homes safe. Artificial intelligence may may be able to crunch the data and give us some warning for incoming storms and the possibility of hail, as well as measuring potential risk from state to state. Meanwhile, IoT devices can monitor for damage so it can be repaired more quickly, before it becomes too costly.
As a possibility in every area that has thunderstorms, hail is still highly unpredictable. This infographic goes into deeper detail into changing global climates, how it’s affecting weather patterns, and how IoT tech is helping us keep up.
Infographics Sources: WeatherCheck.co
Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing , an industry leading infographic design agency based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast , and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018.