Posts on Aug 2017

IOT in Insurance Sector: Home, Auto and Health Insurance

Internet Of Things is helping the Insurance Industry as well. Based on the reports we have read it is all set to transform the insurance industry in flexible and exciting ways. Last month Accenture insurance blog stated that 39% have already launched or are piloting connected home or connected building initiatives that use the Internet of Things, and 44% consider connected devices to be a driver of future insurance revenue growth.

Future insurance is set to be completely transformed because of IoT. There are already some insurance companies that have adopted IoT and Insurance Tech such as Bajaj Allianz, ICICI Lombard, HDFC life.

 

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In this article we plan to discuss how IoT is helping in home insurance,  auto insurance, and health insurance businesses.

Health Insurance:

Wearable devices such as fitness bands such as FitBit are helping people, especially elderly, to track their health details constantly. This information can further help doctors treating the patients requiring immediate medical attention. Insurance companies, at the same time, can reduce their claims by offering incentives to their policyholders to use these kinds of devices.

Home Insurance:

Sensors, Detectors connected via the internet could send early signals of smoke/radiations to the rescue services, helping in minimizing the damages. Information derived from inter-connected smart devices at home can also be utilized by insurance companies to determine the safety maintained at home. In the first place, smart devices used to keep an eye on their home while they are away. This would decrease the unfortunate incidences of theft or burglary and save people from losing their precious assets as well. Eventually, it would also bring down the claims raised by households.

Auto Insurance:

Telematics like monitoring automobile speed, the behavior of a rash driver could assist in making a clear judgment of claim policies for individuals and insurance firm.

Hence while IoTs and interconnected network could be a boom in offering policies, these minuscule are taking insurance services to the next step.A huge amount of data generated by the IoT devices can be used for predictions, understanding of the market, customers etc, that will help in distributions the policies in a very effective manner as well as a great customer satisfactions.

Laravel 5.4 Vs Yii2 : PHP Frameworks Comparison

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PHP frameworks make development faster. Among various frameworks, Laravel & Yii are two widely used frameworks. Recent releases are Laravel 5.4 & Yii2, we have analyzed the functioning of both these frameworks from the developer’s point of view.

Requirements

Yii is used by programmers for developing web portals and much more. The latest version Yii2 requires PHP5.4 or higher versions.
Laravel is designed for the purpose of building high-end web applications. Laravel 5.4 will be functioning only on PHP 5.6.4 or higher end versions.
Laravel Requires OpenSSL Extension, Mbstring Extension, Tokenizer Extension also.

Extensions

Both Frameworks offering various kinds of useful extensions. Programmers can find many valuable extensions in these frameworks. Laravel has a various number of user contributed / commercial extensions compared to Yii2. It has various kind of extensions providing different scopes in functionality which is ahead of Yii.

Object Relational Mapping

Yii2 Framework feature data access objects, Doctrine2 through plugins and Active Record Pattern. Laravel Also provides the same.

The object relational mapping (ORM ) of Laravel is Eloquent and Yii is Active Record.

Security

Yii2 and Laravel5.4 both have more security features related to authentication, authorization, SQL injections, CSRF coupled with the core code. Whereas Laravel provides these security measures with several extension packages.

Performance

When it comes to the performance of these two frameworks Yii is considerably fast when we compare with Laravel. Laravel5.4 takes 2ms as application startup time whereas Yii2 startup time is1ms.
Also, Yii has a wonderful caching system and supports DB based page, Memcache, XCache, segment caching and APC. While in Laravel cache necessities include Database, Memcached, and Redis.

Templating Engine

Laravel5.4 Using blade templating, which is simple yet powerful templating engine where you can use plain PHP code into views unlike other PHP templating engines. Blade view files are stored in .blade.php file extension. Vue.js javascript frameworks can be used for Laravel.
Yii doesn’t use any third party templating system by default. Still, Twig Or Smarty Template Engines can be used.

Conclusion

The selection of framework is clearly based on project requirements, Yii overtakes Laravel in some aspects like security and fast performance. Programmers should use the Laravel framework to avoid coding flaws.

Both these frameworks have their own pros and cons but Laravel and Yii both are excellent frameworks to work on.

Latest Trends in Insurance Technology

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Today, the insurance industry is at a digital transformative phase to enhance the business models. There are few key areas we can expect insurers to embrace as they seek to create more automated, user-friendly processes in Insurance sector.

Use of automations and artificial intelligence  

Insurance industry is shifting towards exploring automation of more complex and risky processes rather using of traditional method, which is less effective in case of time and accuracy. Using of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning provide the scope of intelligent automation for analysis of huge amount of data generated by IoT and smart wearables devices. These Analysis and cross checking of data help understanding the better customer insights, fraud detections, claims verification and processing.

With the more refined automated technologies and capability of analysing more data, insurance companies like AIG started employing smart drone for automated property assessment and claims processing, which not only helps in accurate assessment but reduces the operational cost also.

Redefining of Insurance distributions

For better user experience, insurers have already generalized the new channel of distribution such as online research, comparison platforms and chatbot for better interaction and understanding, which already impacted in the market of personal insurances. The new direct distribution channels and online comparison platform for direct small insurances are likely to be more effective in coming days.

Companies like Allstate is already allowing small business owner to buy policies in just five minutes, or P2P platform like Gather giving the opportunity to small business owner to self insure and coverage is offered through a captive which is owned by the businesses it insures.Thus offering greater transparency and reducing cost in policies for these type of enterprise.

Insurance through value chain disaggregation

As the market is growing, the specialization in sectors is becoming more popular. As insurers move into advanced and extreme digital stages there is more use of data, automation, connectivity, ecosystem integration, new development methodologies, and a smarter use of IT resources. Some of these companies are providing customer interface with a unique value propositions, some companies provides tools for specialized software solutions for the insurers.

Companies like PolicyBazar provides insurance comparison and gives customized suggestions and recommendations based on the customer needs and choices, using their artificial intelligence.

Data analytics to improve profitability and better customer experience

The exponentially greater data availability and better analytical capability of softwares provide the base of making decision. Cross checking and analysing on the large amount of data coming from various unstructured resources such as social media real time data through various connected devices, helps in better risk management to drive greater profitability as well as better customer experience. Applying a combination of techniques such as predictive modeling, text mining, databases searches and exception reporting, insures are able to understand better customer insight, fraud analytics which help them in making insight driven strategies and risk mitigation strategies.

Sensors, Detectors, and Telematics  for building data

IoT or internet of things refers to the physical objects that are embedded with sensors, which gather information about specific objects and transmit it. These transmitted data are then analyzed as discussed earlier.

In insurances, using of IoT technologies is becoming more popular. In case of home insurances, smart homes is one of the fastest growing segment. Insurances companies are giving more discount on policies for an internet connected Home/Smart home.

Various wearable devices are also in demand as it enables life and health insurers to better engage with customers while obtaining real time insight into risk. Aditya Birla Health  Insurance is offering their policyholders health benefits and rewards for connecting their approved apps and wearable devices to their health app so they can track one’s activity.

Property and casualty insurance companies like AIG , are going to use smart drone for better property assessment.

Blockchain Technology for fraud detection

In coming days Distributed Ledger Technology(DLT) or Blockchain Technology is going to be leveraged across all sector including Insurance for its revolutionary way of sending, receiving and storing information in a secure and decentralized way. Using of Blockchain technology in insurance will improve the quality of service, increase in the volume of data from new data sources, automate claims, also will reduce the operational costs. It has the potential to ease out fraud detection and risk prevention as per a report from EY.

Once insurance and blockchain technology are interconnected, key business process like policy management and claims management are likely to transformed and new business model are expected to emerge using Blockchain.

Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality in Insurance

Though Augmented Reality is leveraged by many other sectors, like in social media or in gaming and other sectors, insurance sector still is limited to areas like marketing or training by simplifying complex explanations, meant for customers and employees. How about a 3D modeling and simulations help customers in making insurance claims easier and faster? Or how about before you go for the home insurance a simulation helps you pinpoint all the areas under insurance rather than reading the lengthy document?

There are big challenges ahead for insurers. With more changing technologies, executives will need to carefully consider the opportunities.