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Cognitive Approach VS Digital Approach to Insurance

Digital transformation has gone from talk to action, with a momentum that shows no signs of slowing down. As cognitive capabilities have penetrated process, people, technology, things, augmented intelligence and decision making; the cognitive approach to insurance business is no longer considered a back-office ‘efficiency play’. 

A cognitive computing system replicates human intelligence and comes up with solutions for largely ambiguous and complex situations. Implementing this cognitive capability in Insurance enhances customer insights and deduce customer feel through interaction insights, sentiments and connectedness. 

In Insurance, where companies are constantly tweaking business models to improve profitability, the digital approach to insurance is falling short of industry expectations. The ‘Cognitive’ approach is a step ahead of the ‘Digital ‘approach to insurance, and Data is the key ingredient to going cognitive.

Cognitive Insurance a step ahead of Digital Insurance.

The word cognitive is often used interchangeably with the term Artificial Intelligence. However, there are subtle differences between the two, in terms of their purpose and application. Cognitive computing is a process used to describe AI systems that aim at implementing human thought processes such as real-time analysis of the environment, context and intent analysis; and the ability to solve problems. Where AI relies on algorithms to solve a problem, cognitive computing systems have higher goals of creating algorithms that mimic the human brain’s reasoning process to solve a number of problems with changing data and problems.

The purpose of going cognitive in insurance was created solely with the purpose of reducing human effort and refining the existing process across various insurance verticals. 

Examples of cognitive insurance use cases.

  • Traveller’s Insurance Group had sent a fleet of 65 drone surveillance operating-agents to Houston in order to assess the damage from Hurricane Harvey -the costliest tropical cyclone in recorded history
  • USAA had rolled out an Intelligent Personal Assistant, using Amazon Alexa and Clinc that has insurance industry-specific deep vocabulary and knowledge, that goes beyond the capabilities of traditional chatbots or digital solutions. 
  • Liberty Mutual introduced a new app to help drivers involved in car accidents, to quickly assess the damage to their car in real-time using a smartphone camera. The app provides damage-specific repair cost estimates. 
  • AXA Insurance implemented a Google Tensor Flow-based application by using deep analysis of customer profiles. The application can optimize pricing by predicting traffic accidents with nearly 78% accuracy. 
  • Fokoku Mutual, a large Japanese Insurance company, has replaced it’s 34 strong claims assessment workforce with an implementation of IBM Watson Explorer AI solution. The solution can analyze and interpret claim data including unstructured text, images, audio and video to decide policy payouts. 

In the past, insurance industry professionals made decisions based on experiences and historical data. A cognitive approach, to insurance business solutions, is at the helm of a new wave bringing innovation and transformation to insurance. These cognitive capabilities enable insurers to make strategic decisions based on a set of data which continuously updates in real-time, thereby leveraging AI to bring automated efficiency to insurers while delivering the best possible experience to the insured user.
  

 

 

References: 

https://www.mantralabsglobal.com/blogs/cognitive-automation-and-its-importance/ 

Use cases:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cognitive-use-cases-insurance-sushil-pramanick-fca-pmp/  

https://www.lntinfotech.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Moving-from-a-Digital-Insurance-Business-to-a-Cognitive-Insurance-Business.pdf  

https://searchenterpriseai.techtarget.com/definition/cognitive-computing

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Enterprises investing in Workplace Mobility Can Survive Pandemics

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Nearly one-third of the global population is under coronavirus lockdown. Large-scale quarantines and travel restrictions are posing challenges for businesses to continue their operations. While workforce protection remains the top priority for enterprises, prolonged isolation is an eye-opener to adopt workplace mobility.

As the world continues to fight the pandemic, flatten the curve and try to maintain normalcy by working from home — teams everywhere are trying to stay productive so that daily operations can continue to some degree. But this is not an easy task. By working remotely, there are a lot of challenges especially in communication and connectivity, not to mention challenges with remaining productive throughout the day. 

There was a time when mobility at work was considered a perk. Today, almost everyone, at some point, agrees that flexibility and liberty to work from home is essential. The 2020 Enterprise Mobility Trends Report anticipates that 42% (18.7 billion) of the global workforce will embrace mobility by 2020.

The need for workplace mobility

Workplace mobility empowers people to work from anywhere, at any time and from any device. It directly impacts employee productivity as well as the speed to execute business processes. How?

Dan Ariely, in his book Predictably Irrational, categorizes human behaviour in lines with the market and social norms. Market norms apply a monetary value to every transaction — salaries or payments against skill/talent. Whereas, social norms rely on the exchange of gifts, kindness, favour, etc. and is far away from any monetary transaction. 

While stringent work policies tend to inculcate market norms (skills are calculated against salaries), flexibility instils social norms (empathy and concern). People are willing to do more on their free-will.

In this 24/7 work environment social norms have a great advantage: they tend to make employees passionate, hardworking, flexible, and concerned. In a market where employees’ loyalty to their employers is often wilting, social norms are one of the best ways to make workers loyal, as well as motivated.

– suggests Ariely

How apps and AI-driven mobility solutions for employees can keep businesses operationally afloat?

By 2025, the number of unique mobile subscribers is projected to reach 5.9 billion. Market researchers also anticipate that there’ll be nearly 25 billion IoT devices, most of which will comprise business-related connected devices. However, it’s not just handy devices that are enabling mobility at work. Technologies are also empowering businesses to readily adopt mobility. 

For instance, Google has introduced a deck of enterprise mobility solutions. It provides cloud support to collaboration apps and management tools. Apart from G Suite, Google has invested in android and chrome platforms to support workplace mobility. 

Workplace mobility apps and features

Many organizations require time logs to ensure overtime and bonuses. Apps like SecurTime provide a cloud-based time-attendance workforce management solution with real-time tracking. It seamlessly integrates with payroll/HRMS and biometric systems without any dependency on hardware.

When people work remotely, creating a virtual collaborative environment can concern businesses. While email is the channel for all formal communication, it’s usual to lose track of conversations in emails and messengers. To organize work and priorities at the team level, Slack and Trello are popular apps.

Organizations with in-house software development teams often face hassles while planning, tracking, resolving bugs & issues and releasing products. Jira — an agile project management tool helps organizations to track every phase of product development and team progress irrespective of their physical location.

AI-driven enterprise mobility solutions

Mobile devices and cloud platforms are making it easier for teams to collaborate and deliver. Moreover, employees save substantial time on travelling, which gives them time to indulge in activities that foster creativity. 

Gartner predicts that by 2021, 40% of new enterprise applications will include AI technologies. So far, the adoption of AI was seen in consumer-facing operations to enhance customer experiences. Now, organizations are also focusing on enhancing employee experiences. For example, leading organizations are using NLP-powered chatbots for handling employee-queries regarding leave, work from home intimation, business-travel, etc. 

[Related: AI in recruitment and discovering talent]

Technology can equip employees with information at hand. AI solutions like Zelros provide instant information to Insurance sales advisors regarding products, clients, etc. 

AI-powered applications are becoming more human-centred and they can execute commands without touching/pressing a button. For example, with gesture recognition technology and voice user interface, simple tasks like sharing a file, reading a report, etc. can be done while driving, spending time with kids, evening walks, etc. removing dependencies that delay work.

[Related: How does AI recognize hand gestures]

The use of AI is evolving to automatically prioritize problems and send notifications to the concerned departments. SVM (Support Vector Machine) and CNN (Convolutional Neural Network) are machine learning algorithms for building classification models.

The bottom line

While one can prevent wars, natural calamities and pandemics are unavoidable. In the current context, the heat of the Corona outbreak is severely impacting industries including aviation, e-commerce, education, tourism, entertainment, hospitality, electronics, consumer and luxury goods. Businesses are thriving to remain operationally afloat. 

Embracing mobility at work today can prepare organizations for tomorrow’s pandemic resilience. 

Mantra Labs is helping enterprises invest in building their pandemic resilience by planning and scaling their mobility infrastructures, and enable greater use of mobility as a service. Talk to us today to know how we can help you, or reach out to us at hello@mantralabsglobal.com.

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