Esure is to use 'eye in the sky' photography to speed up claims handling and cut fraud on its motor book.

The insurer has signed up with ActiveGeo to use its electronic location viewing system to assess the validity of claims where there is a dispute or the possibility of fraud.

The system will give claims handlers access to high resolution digital photographs of the UK's road system enabling them to get a detailed view of where an accident took place, without leaving their desks.

Esure head of claims Gordon Hannah said: "Hundreds of thousands of claims every year involve information about the physical layout of the world - whether it is roadmarkings, the design of a junction or the size of a flat roof.

"This technology will enable our staff to virtually go there from their desks to check the evidence."

ActiveGeo is reported to be in talks with a number of other UK motor insurers about using the product.