Drones are checking data with a bird’s-eye view

Auditors and assessors have a new tool at their disposal: drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as Sarah Ovaska-Few reports for CPA Insider. For example, PwC in 2013 launched a center that uses UAVs to conduct risk assessment. Drones flying over worksites can capture imagery that shows whether workers are wearing helmets and cranes are properly configured, among other safety concerns. Other firms are using the machines to assess physical holdings, such as mineral deposits. “It’s a new type of data assurance,” said Michael Mazur of PwC. And with recent changes to US aviation rules, it’s only getting more accessible to businesses.

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