SpatialKey® and HazardHub collaborate to give insurers easier access to hazard data

Posted on November 1, 2016 by Sarah Stadler

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SpatialKey Inc. (SpatialKey) is pleased to offer its insurance clients access to hazard data from HazardHub, a risk data provider. HazardHub specializes in developing proprietary models and processing past event data to help underwriters and exposure managers better understand the probability of future property damage, in order to write profitable business and maintain a strong portfolio.

HazardHub’s expert data is the latest to be seamlessly integrated into SpatialKey’s geospatial analytics solution. The integration complements SpatialKey’s applications designed specifically for insurers, and helps underwriters and exposure managers better visualize risk and understand exposure alongside hazard data. Clients can now easily layer on the HazardHub data from straight-line wind, hail, and tornado to new policy submissions during the risk analysis process and make more informed decisions. Additional hazards from HazardHub, such as wildfire, earthquake and hurricane, will be added to SpatialKey Underwriting and Hazard Analyst applications within the next few months.

HazardHub’s team of experienced data scientists translate, create, and deploy large volumes of geospatial data from past events that are translated into scores that represent future risk potential.

“Working with SpatialKey offers insurers a seamless way to visualize and analyze our data without the heavy lifting of having to integrate it into their own systems,” said Bob Frady, CEO and Founder, HazardHub. “This collaboration offers the marketplace an innovative approach to consuming and understanding hazard data without the need for internal GIS systems or expertise."

With Insurance Journal reporting that catastrophes contributed to increased underwriting losses during the first half of 2016, high-quality hazard data is increasingly valuable to insurers. The partnership between SpatialKey and HazardHub simplifies the process of deriving meaningful insights from hazard data for insurers so they can focus on driving underwriting profits.

“We’re delighted to expand SpatialKey’s hazard data offerings for underwriters and exposure managers in the U.S.,” said Bret Stone, COO, SpatialKey. “With HazardHub data seamlessly integrated within SpatialKey, our clients can easily access and analyze relevant data to better pinpoint new business opportunities in an increasingly competitive market.”

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Summer 2016 catastrophe wrap-up: Understand your exposure and prepare for future events

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Heather Munro

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With hail, hurricane, and wildfire seasons in full swing, summer is always a busy time for claims adjusters. This past summer was no exception, with several major events happening across the globe.

While California battled multiple, simultaneous wildfires, Hurricane Earl caused mudslides in Eastern Mexico. A tropical storm dropped 30 inches of rain in parts of Louisiana, which experienced its worst flooding since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The picturesque Italian town of Amatrice was completely destroyed by a magnitude-6.0 earthquake. Most notably, Canada experienced one of the insurance industry’s costliest wildfire events when the Fort McMurray wildfires spread rapidly and caused $2.5 billion in insured losses.

From June to August, 10 different weather disasters each caused more than $1 billion in losses in the U.S., according to CBS News. In addition, Swiss Re reports that global insured losses for the first half of 2016 reached $31 billion, which is 51% larger than the same period from last year.

With so much activity, you were undoubtedly busy determining your exposure to these events and sending adjusters into the field to assess damage and pay claims as quickly as possible. Now that summer is officially over, it’s a good time to look back at these events to examine your losses sustained, improve your claims response efforts, and identify potential loss drivers to better mitigate future claims costs.

Assessing the impact, thinking ahead

No matter if it’s a flood, hurricane, or wildfire, your first priority during an event is to respond quickly to your insureds. Visualizing which of your policyholders are affected within flood footprints, hurricane paths, and wildfire extents is the starting point to getting the information you need to take action.

During the active summer event season, SpatialKey clients used our event response apps, which integrate data from a variety of third-party providers, including KatRisk, JBA Risk Management, Impact Forecasting, Willis Re, NOAA, GeoMAC, and USGS, to manage their claims response efforts quickly and efficiently.

Not only did clients use our apps to understand events as they were happening, they learned valuable insights about their portfolio performance which they can now use to prepare for future events. With SpatialKey’s geospatial insurance analytics, you can compare your actual claims against forecasts, understand the drivers of loss by looking at hazard and location characteristics, and determine if changes are necessary to your underwriting guidelines.

In addition, you can perform a “what-if” analysis to see how a past event would impact your portfolio if it were to strike today. Sharing a snapshot of what you discover with your exposure management team will give them the data they need to determine appropriate actions to maintain or build a resilient portfolio.

Summer’s end may mean the end of hail season, but as you know, weather patterns are far from predictable. Wildfires continue to burn in California. In addition, hurricane season, which will run through November, could still bring plenty of wind and flood damage. SpatialKey’s Hurricane Forecasts and Past Hurricane Scenarios are always available and up-to-date to  help you prepare for the next tropical storm or hurricane.

Now’s the time to look back at what happened this summer, so you can proactively adjust your underwriting strategies and be prepared to take action during the next big event. To learn more about how SpatialKey can help you better understand and respond to events to reduce your claims costs, contact us today.
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Texas Storm Signals Hail Season in Full Swing for Insurers

Posted on March 25, 2016 by Sarah Stadler

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Golf-ball sized hail roared through Dallas/Fort Worth on Wednesday, marking the second storm for the area in nearly a week. Insurers know only too well that this is just the beginning of a busy season.

While it’s too soon to know the latest storm’s losses, the previous week’s storm caused an estimated $600 million in insured losses, according to the Insurance Council of Texas.

With such a large number of claims filed in just over a week, assessing the damages and responding to policyholders as quickly as possible will be a challenge. The last thing you need is clunky software slowing you down.

SpatialKey gives you seamless access to intuitive analytics and expert hail data in one spot, making it easier to mobilize your claims teams and quickly help your customers.

Understand the Potential Impact of Hail Events

What makes SpatialKey different? For starters, it’s seamlessly integrated with Weather Verification Services from CoreLogic® to help you quickly assess the potential impact of recent or past hailstorms and understand damage severity based on hail size.

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You can also filter by hail size for insight into potential damage to various areas and classes of business. Understanding damage severity helps you manage claims reserves and gives you a clear vision of what kind of damage your portfolio might experience.

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Finally, you can coalesce all of this information in one view with robust, purpose-built analytics to bring your full analysis to life and make truly data-driven business decisions.

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To learn more about how SpatialKey’s robust data, crisp visualizations, and industry-leading user experience can help you improve your policyholders’ claims experience, contact us today.

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Know your exposure to hail

Posted on August 25, 2015 by Sarah Stadler

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With over 5,500 major hail storms in 2014, insurers need to quickly assess the impact of hail events and expedite assistance to customers that may have been affected. SpatialKey Hail is seamlessly integrated with Weather Verification Services from CoreLogic® to help you quickly assess the potential impact of recent or past hailstorms, understand damage severity based on hail size, and ultimately, expedite relief to your insureds. You now have access to industry-leading analytics and expert hail data in one place without the limitations of time-consuming processes and clunky legacy software.

Within moments of a hail event, you can estimate the extent of your portfolio exposure using SpatialKey Hail.

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You can filter by hail size for insight into potential damage to various areas and classes of business. Understanding damage severity helps you to manage claims reserves and gives you a clear vision of what kind of damage your portfolio might experience.

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Finally, you can coalesce all of this information on one screen with robust, purpose-built analytics to power your business decisions.

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Get in touch with us today to gain access to this expert data, coupled with SpatialKey’s industry-leading user experience and visualizations. Download our data sheet here and take a look at SpatialKey Hail in action below.

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