Alera Group acquires MD-based specialty insurance agency

Alera Group | April 15, 2020

Alera Group acquires MD-based specialty insurance agency
Alera Group has acquired Georgetown Insurance Service, an independent insurance agency in Silver Spring, MD. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Georgetown Insurance has been serving clients in and around the state of Maryland for decades, a release said. The agency has worked closely with clients from the construction, manufacturing, real estate and transportation industries, providing “specialty offerings and enhanced services.” “Georgetown Insurance Service, led by Remmie Butchko, is a fantastic addition to Alera Group as we continue to serve clients and enhance their experience with Alera Group,” commented CEO Alan Levitz. “We are excited to welcome Remmie and the entire team as Alera Group’s first P&C firm in the greater Washington, D.C. area.”

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Did you know that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among healthy U.S. citizens? Drivers who sustain fatal injuries in a single year are measured in the tens of thousands, and nearly 2.5 million are seriously hurt or permanently disabled. Statistics show that these numbers have been rising in recent years despite improvements in automobile safety features. The United States has more than 220 million licensed drivers, and they risk their lives every time they enter an automobile as driver or passenger.

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Did you know that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among healthy U.S. citizens? Drivers who sustain fatal injuries in a single year are measured in the tens of thousands, and nearly 2.5 million are seriously hurt or permanently disabled. Statistics show that these numbers have been rising in recent years despite improvements in automobile safety features. The United States has more than 220 million licensed drivers, and they risk their lives every time they enter an automobile as driver or passenger.

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Western Financial Group selects Sapiens' Policy Solution

Cision PR Newswire | August 26, 2020

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PZU Uses Tractable's AI to Enhance Auto Damage

PZU, Tractable | November 27, 2020

PZU, the biggest financial institution in Central and Eastern Europe, is using AI to upgrade how it audits its car insurance claims across Poland, it declares today. PZU handles almost 500,000 motor damage claims for every year. Prior to implementing AI, Poland's biggest insurer was performing a detailed audit of around 20% of its motor claims that are handled by body shops (the remaining body shop cases were affirmed with improved control). Presently, the AI solutions - gave by the tech organization Tractable - permit PZU to check in detail practically the entirety of the body shop claims it measures, progressively. The calculations can recognize any oddities that should be checked by PZU's specialists or affirm that all repairs are carried out in consistence with methodology and standards defined by PZU. Because of this development, PZU's specialists can zero in on those cases that truly need their consideration. PZU has worked with Tractable since 2018 and is the primary insurer in Poland to utilize AI to handle its motor insurance claims. Up until this point, the innovation has handled more than 150,000 claims, or 1/3 of PZU's yearly auto claims volume, worth PLN 1.3bn (£260m). According to PZU, the applied arrangement has made claims handling essentially more powerful, while likewise shortening the waiting time for vehicle repair. Marcin Kurczab, Director of Innovation Lab at PZU, and responsible for cooperation with start-ups, said: "At PZU, we strongly believe in cooperation with top insurtech startups to transform our business. I am pleased that together with Tractable, we have implemented innovative computer vision technology. Now, we are able to better control our cooperation with body shops and resolve any anomalies in a much more efficient way than ever before. We are pleased not only with the success of the project, but also with the fact that, as the first insurer in Poland, we have implemented this unique technology on such a scale in cooperation with a leading UK tech company." Established in 1803, PZU is the most seasoned and biggest insurer in Poland, with record-breaking benefit and deals in 2019. Net benefit totalled PLN 3,295m (£667m), deals totalled PLN 24.2bn (£4,91bn), and ROE was 21.2 percent, almost twofold the European normal among insurance companies. Adrien Cohen, Tractable Co-Founder and President, said: "It's been incredible to see how PZU, one of the most respected companies in Poland, has deployed our cutting-edge solution on a large scale. This proves PZU's dedication to innovation and placing it amongst the most advanced insurers in the world. Our solution gives PZU control over 100% of its repairs and claims, all in real time, thanks to the speed and reach of AI." Tractable's AI utilizes machine learning calculations and is trained on photographs and human repair choices across a great many verifiable mishaps. The innovation can be applied internationally to any traveler vehicle. The AI empowers insurers to survey car damage, shares suggested repair tasks, and aides the claims the executives cycle to guarantee these are prepared and settled as fast as could reasonably be expected. The framework continually improves as an ever increasing number of insurers and repairers profit by its utilization. Tractable's AI has handled over $1 billion in auto claims for the world's top insurers, including Ageas UK, Covéa, the biggest auto insurer in the French market, and Tokio Marine, the biggest auto insurer in Japan. About Tractable Tractable develops artificial intelligence systems for accident and disaster recovery. Its AI solutions have been deployed by leading insurers across Europe, North America and Asia to accelerate accident recovery for hundreds of thousands of households. Tractable is backed by $55m in venture capital and has offices in London, New York City and Tokyo. About PZU The Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń SA Group (PZU Group) is the biggest financial institution in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. PZU SA heads up the group and its traditions date back to 1803, when the first insurance company was established in Poland. The PZU Group's consolidated assets total PLN 377bn. The Group enjoys the trust of 22 million clients in five countries by offering products and rendering services to retail clients, small and medium enterprises and business entities. The Polish market is the PZU Group's core market measured by its magnitude and client numbers. Nevertheless, its subsidiaries play an important role on the markets in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine. According to spontaneous brand recognition surveys, PZU reached 92%, while aided brand recognition is 100%, making PZU the most recognisable brand in Poland. Since 2010, PZU SA has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, where it has been one of the large cap blue chips offering the highest amount of liquidity from its floatation.

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Xceedance Expands its Actuarial and Analytics Services for Insurance Organizations

Xceedance | December 01, 2020

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