To some, it is magic. To insurance, it is reality. The ability to accurately discern the past and predict the future based on nothing but data points and the long-lived experience of actuaries and adjusters has served the industry well up to now, allowing insurance to become the multi-billion-dollar industry it is today. The past few years, however, have witnessed in a dramatic shift to this picture, prompted by the advent of the Internet of Things: technologies that collect, record and transmit live, granular data about their environment.
This increase in the quality and quantity of available data is already having some profound effects; the process of writing policies can now be far better informed by what is known about the risk level of an individual or entity, as opposed to simply what is known about the claims generated by an entire class of risk. Consequently, it is now possible to assess claims more accurately and efficiently, and even prevent them arising, based on high-quality, objective data.
This, in turn, has created the need for changes in how insurers and customers interact both before and after a claim, as well as the internal structure, operations and hiring processes of the carriers themselves. Already operating in an environment of squeezed profits, high regulation and low consumer trust, the industry is witnessing something of a perfect storm at present. The tools for insurance carriers to stay relevant and appeal to today’s consumer do now exist, but uncertainty over how best to implement such profound strategic transformation is holding many back.
To provide a comprehensive overview of the progress and prospects of Connected Insurance, Insurance Nexus have produced the Connected Insurance Report, an in-depth study of the progress of insurance technology globally, today, and in the future. The Connected Insurance Report is based partly on a survey of over 500 people working in insurance and related industries, as well as the exclusive insights of 20 renowned thought-leaders, including Matteo Carbone (Founder and Director of the IoT Insurance Observatory), Cecilia Sevillano (Head Smart Homes Solutions, Swiss Re), Boris Collignon (Vice President Strategy, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Desjardins General Insurance Group) and more.
The Connected Insurance Report was researched and produced by Insurance Nexus and is collaboration with the IoT Insurance Observatory. It is the first of its kind to conceive of insurance IoT holistically, as a paradigm shift necessitating changes in insurer business models, organisational structures and technology stacks. Insurance Nexus surveyed the experiences of more than 500 insurers and reinsurers to assess where they sit in the connected insurance market and to extract the challenges they face and their stories of success.
Along with a panel of 20 industry leaders who have been operating at the sharp end of the IoT revolution, Insurance Nexus looked at these hurdles and opportunities and pulled them apart to provide readers with the case studies with actionable insights to help guide decision-making as the industry tackles its own strategic milestones.
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