Insurance, one of the most ancient of trades as well as one of the largest industries worldwide at present, has been, by far, left untouched by major technological disruptions. But the times are changing. Insuretech, a big buzzword in the industry, refers to the use of technology innovations geared towards improved efficiency and reduced cost. Blockchain, with it’s potential to simplify the insurance model while increasing trust and transparency at the same time, has a powerful role to play in the future of insurance.
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Marine Insuranceà EY is planning to launch the first blockchain platform for marine insurance, alongside Microsoft, A.P Moller- Maersk and others. The distributed ledger will be used to capture information about shipments, risk and liability, and to help firms comply with insurance regulations. It will also ensure transparency across an interconnected network of clients, brokers, insurers and other third parties. Marine industry is facing high administrative burdens of managing and writing claims with a lot of paperwork. All contracts are signed multiple times. They go from ship to ship, port to port, through quite a journey. Distributed ledgers are groupings of data shared across multiple locations without the need for central administrators and other middle men. The blockchain platform would enable the shipping giant to maintain a smoother relationship with the insurance market. Marine insurance has traditionally relied on physical contracts being shipped to and fro, from one port to another, in order to be eventually signed. Initially, focus was on marine insurance as it is well-suited to a blockchain solution as it has a complex international ecosystem, with multiple parties, multiple jurisdictions, high transaction volumes and significant levels of reconciliation. Blockchain can be applied to any commercial or specialty line of business with high-value assets. The blockchain solution was built on Microsoft’s cloud platform, Microsoft Azure. Blockchain is a transformational technology with the ability to significantly reduce the friction of doing business, especially streamlining business processes shared across multiple organizations. Marine insurance is a prime example of a complex business process that can be optimized with blockchain.
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