Rapidly Growing Washington County, AR Agrees to Long-Term Deal With EagleView
Washington County to leverage EagleView’s patented aerial oblique imagery and change detection through 2030
BELLEVUE, Wash., April 20, 2021 – The third-largest county in Arkansas and a developing cultural hub, Washington County saw over $760 million in new construction in 2020, increasing the need for consistent and accurate property appraisal. To accomplish this, Washington County and EagleView, a leading geospatial technology provider of software, aerial imagery and analytics, today announced a new 10-year contract for annual flights, high-resolution aerial imagery and change detection solutions.
EagleView aircraft will fly just under 1,000 square miles over Washington County, AR every year through 2030, providing the Assessor’s office with patented orthogonal and oblique, or angled, digital images. These images and data are then made available online to business and property owners, various county departments, and the general public with daily updates.
“This new contract with EagleView ensures Washington County has access to the best imagery and change detection on the market, enabling us to complete fair and accurate tax assessments in a timely manner,” said Russell Hill, Washington County Assessor. “From small business owners who use the imagery to make important decisions to homeowners who measure their properties and schools ensuring that their students are in the proper district, this technology benefits all of our nearly 250,000 residents, and we continue to hear positive feedback on a daily basis.”
“We’re thrilled to continue providing our best-in-class aerial imagery to not only the Washington County Assessor’s Office, but other departments in the county as well,” said Jonathan Ballard, EagleView District Manager. “From police officers utilizing the imagery for much-needed measurements before entering a property to GIS professionals mapping out property lines, our imagery has become a staple in the county due to its versatility and precision.”
Fitted with highly sensitive camera equipment, EagleView’s fixed-wing aircraft simultaneously capture top down (orthogonal) and angled (oblique) images with viewable detail to 2” above the ground – 70 times clearer than satellite images. The images captured are then compared with older EagleView or federal government images to detect property changes which assessors, for example, can use to ensure accurate property tax rolls. Washington is among more than 1,600 counties in America that leverage EagleView’s patented technology.
“Though Washington County isn’t the largest in the state, we need to make sure the quality of the imagery we use matches the rest of the tools we use for property assessments,” said Hill. “Pair that with EagleView’s incredible customer service and constant communication, and we’ll never go back to the old way of completing assessments door-to-door.”
“Washington County has built a sustainable model for property assessment and cross-departmental collaboration built on the best technology available,” said Robert Locke, President of Government for EagleView. “The county’s digital capabilities enable its services to match the rapidly increasing development in construction. We are proud to continue earning the county’s business and to deliver the Reveal Essentials Plus product for the benefit of all residents.”
EagleView is a leader in geospatial technology, providing software, aerial imagery and analytics that transform the way our customers work. EagleView has the largest geospatial data and imagery library in history, covering 94 percent of the U.S. population. EagleView’s unique technology with over 300 patents creates highly differentiated software, imagery and analytics products for a diverse customer base.