Risk Strategies snaps up relocation insurance specialist

Risk Strategies | February 19, 2020

Risk Strategies, a national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, has acquired UNIRISC, a specialist in global relocation insurance and risk management for corporate personnel and private individuals moving domestically and overseas. Virginia-based UNIRISC was founded in 1972. Its clients include Fortune 100 companies in the automotive, financial, pharmaceutical, insurance, service, manufacturing, communications, technology, and relocation industries. It provides claims services and custom relocation assistance to mitigate the risk and complexity of relocation. The company is organized as two distinct divisions: insurance brokerage and third-party administrator.

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The insurance industry has not been immune to AI’s advancement – whether implementing robo-advisors for investment management or applying AI to insurance and loan underwriting (i.e. the Chinese search giant Baidu, which provides enhanced risk assessment capabilities). The 90% of data that is available for last 2 years is enough to build better AI Systems for operational efficiency. In the current and future time, delivering the best personalized consumer experience to its policyholders in an efficient and cost optimal manner is important. Emerging AI techs have become the utility because of improving quality of output, reduce human efforts, and increase in efficiency in terms of system, cost and time.

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The insurance industry has not been immune to AI’s advancement – whether implementing robo-advisors for investment management or applying AI to insurance and loan underwriting (i.e. the Chinese search giant Baidu, which provides enhanced risk assessment capabilities). The 90% of data that is available for last 2 years is enough to build better AI Systems for operational efficiency. In the current and future time, delivering the best personalized consumer experience to its policyholders in an efficient and cost optimal manner is important. Emerging AI techs have become the utility because of improving quality of output, reduce human efforts, and increase in efficiency in terms of system, cost and time.

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DL Holdings Group Limited | February 21, 2022

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