Lee County property appraiser's office turns to Pushpin change detection

Press Release · July 10, 2018 · Minneapolis

As part of its continuing efforts to increase office efficiency the Lee County property appraiser's office has partnered with Pushpin, a Minneapolis-based technology company. Using machine learning to analyze multiple years of aerial photography, Pushpin determines what kinds of changes, if any, have been made to county parcels and provides that data in an intuitive way to office staff for analysis.

"We fly new aerial photographs of Lee County every year to help with our parcel inspection and valuation process," said Kenneth M. Wilkinson, Lee County Property Appraiser. "Pushpin allows us to leverage that investment by identifying changes in parcels without costly on-site inspections."

With over 540,000 vacant and improved real property parcels to inspect, change detection technology allows the office to focus its efforts in a more effective manner.

"Having a full accounting of new construction, additions and demolitions is important in developing a fair and equitable tax roll for everyone," continued Mr. Wilkinson. "Pushpin is a great new tool we plan on utilizing to increase the accuracy of our data collection process."

About Lee County Property Appraiser

Ken Wilkinson, a member of the Property Appraisers Association of Florida (PAAF), has held the position of elected Property Appraiser in Lee County since 1980. A recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) he is known throughout the industry as an early adopter of advanced technology and appraisal techniques. For more information, visit http://www.leepa.org.

About Pushpin

Founded in 2015 and based in Minneapolis, Pushpin believes that people and computers intelligently combined can solve difficult mapping challenges better, faster, and cheaper than the alternatives. Pushpin works with tech-forward customers and partners to dramatically increase automation, accelerate workflows, and decrease costs. Pushpin applies patent-pending deep learning algorithms to aerial and satellite imagery to identify parcel changes, extract building footprints, and estimate impervious areas. Pushpin's customers include Carson City, Nevada; Lee County, Florida; and Maricopa County, Arizona. For more information, please visit https://pushpin.us.