New York, USA, 26 April 2007: Pictometry International announced that the Hendry County, Florida Property Appraiser has implemented the company’s aerial imaging technology as part of the organization’s efforts to increase efficiencies and improve services to its constituents.
Hendry County is situated in the South Central Region of Florida and occupies 1,162.95 square miles with a population of over 39,000 residents. The Hendry County Property Appraiser is responsible for managing valuations for over 36,700 real estate parcels in the county with a total taxable value that was over 2 billion dollars.
“Using this technology along with our traditional valuation procedures, we will be able to more efficiently and more accurately review and supplement our valuations that we are required to conduct on an annual basis,” said Henry County Property Appraiser, Kristina Kupla. “The Pictometry system will enable us to better equalize valuations and assist residents in understanding how valuations are determined.”
As part of the company’s standard license agreement, Pictometry’s Rapid Response Program ensures that all its county customers that experience natural disasters such as a hurricane, receive post-disaster imaging services. These new images can be viewed with the pre disaster images by using Pictometry Change Analysis software that enables government agencies to simultaneously view both before and after images to better plan and expedite restoration efforts. From an assessment perspective, this service enables property appraisers, in the event of a hurricane, to view impact of storm damage using Pictometry and issue trim notices that are reflective of any disaster impact upon properties in their area.
Pictometry began its aerial flights over Hendry County in early January and then processed and delivered over 40,000 georeferenced aerial photos of the entire county at the end of the month. “The benefits of this system will be far reaching to all the citizens of Hendry County as we are introducing and administering the roll out of this state-of-the-art technology to all other qualified agencies in the county such as 9-1-1, law enforcement, fire departments, emergency management, and engineering,” said Hendry County Chief Deputy Appraiser Clifford Wood. For more information on Pictometry, visit www.pictometry.com.