Posted in MicroInsurance blog on Jun 07, 2019
June is the start of the hurricane season, the world is warming up and yet it is predicted as a 'normal' season. Also what are these stripes all about....?
Posted in InsurTech blog on Jun 06, 2019
What does it take to be a Digital Insurer? Well one of the basics is to have a deep and a sound understanding of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the capabilities to actually develop these for 'insurance' case studies.
Computer Vision is becoming the central tech behind insurance claims processing. The ability to process claims and rely on algorithms is at the core of this. How is this different to the platform businesses of the GIG economy? Not much it seems as the workers and the platforms are all driven by the algorithm too it seems.
The first methods of providing a form of insurance can be found in Chinese and Babylonian history from the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC. Chinese merchants traveling treacherous river rapids would redistribute their wares across many vessels to limit the loss due to any single vessel's capsizing. The Babylonians developed a system where a merchant received a loan to fund his shipment, he would pay the lender an additional sum in exchange for the lender's guarantee to cancel the loan should the shipment be stolen or lost at sea. These were systems built around communities sharing in hazardous activities. The idea of insurance and community support seems to be lost to the current insurance industry.......
Posted in Cyber Insurance blog on May 01, 2019
vpnMentor’s research team recently (April 2019) discovered a hack affecting 80 million American households. Nothing new here you may say. Just another massive data breach. So lets wait for the apology and move on...... However this time there is a twist..........
When the produce being transported is fruit and vegetables, any disruption in the supply chain can lead to substantial losses because they are perishable goods. In these situations how can businesses know what decisions to make and how to deal with these issues? Real time tracking of supply chain is an answer.
Distributed ledger space is a huge talking point for insurance – smart contracts, security, cost reduction, trust – it all points to a move on to this tech. BUT blockchains come with limitations by design . In today's world SPEED is king and the slowness of blockchain is huge barrier. Even in the slow paced world of insurance its too slow really - how many applications are there that run on a database that can just do 5 transactions per second? None, I think. Hence blockchains have been all talk, to-date. Is there an alternative? Swirlds anyone?
Why should the insurance industry care about innovation? Their products are about claims, how can you stop those with innovation? they are part of the product, right? Well no, typically the insurance industry, as all businesses, cares about all its costs, the complete business model. Claims are part of these costs - in some cases the smaller part of the complete costs! Innovation should be focused on all areas of their business model.
The Atlantic coast hurricane season lasts from June through November, with the likelihood of storms peaking from August to October. The East Coast and Gulf Coast are most at risk, though damage from wind and rain can extend well inland. Make sure you read your insurance policy carefully to learn what it does and does not cover, and contact your local agent with questions or to discuss your insurance needs. This is really important.
Here at Microinsurance we continue to explore blockchain, the world of “a smart contracts”. It is our current belief that ‘smart contracts’ will be the core insurance uses-case for blockchain. The use of these contracts are now linked to the rise of blockchain and a change in technology and process that is still very young.