Mar 24, 2021

ABBYY speeds up insurance with a new no-code AI platform

William Girling
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ABBYY speeds up insurance with a new no-code AI platform
Digital intelligence specialist ABBYY has launched a new no-code AI platform that it claims could accelerate front- and back-end insurance operations...

Called ‘Vantage 2’, the platform delivers a comprehensive range of cognitive services, including RPA (robotic process automation), chatbots, and mobile solutions.

ABBYY states that its tools can quickly integrate and ascertain important enterprise documentation, therefore allowing employees to work faster, better and smarter.

For insurers, these tools are valuable not just for general policy administration but also more complex tasks like claims management, underwriting, and FNOL.

Furthermore, through the company’s Marketplace, customers can discover, try and buy new AI-based applications piecemeal instead of overhauling their entire IT infrastructure.

COVID-19: Normalising digital interaction

ABBYY is acutely aware that the insurance industry’s future is now firmly rooted in digital technology. Both customer loyalty and overall experience are indispensable assets for ongoing profitability - reportedly US$470bn in global premiums have been lost through failing to realise their value - and digital is augmenting both in new ways regularly.

In fact, according to Accenture, even two years ago approximately 50% of customers preferred digital channels of communication with their insurer. It wouldn’t be surprising if this figure has now risen considerably. 

“The pandemic’s greatest effect on the insurance industry has been to normalise digital interactions across the widest spectrum of users. Customers previously resistant to online interactions have not only embraced them but become savvy technology users, said Eileen Potter, Solution Marketing Manager for Insurance at ABBYY. 

“This mass adoption of automating insurance customer interactions has set the baseline of automation higher than ever before, and these paths of automation will continue well beyond the pandemic. This is why insurance companies are acting quickly and turning to easy-to-use automation solutions to speed up their digital offerings.”


Insurtech keeps gaining momentum

ABBYY’s decision to target insurance firms with no-code AI-based technology is, perhaps, not very surprising: insurtech funding scored its best year so far in 2020 ($7.1bn) and some estimates calculate that the sector’s global premiums will reach $566bn by 2025.

The majority of insurers have also declared that investment in digital will be at the centre of their strategy for 2021. 

At the same time, commentators like BCG note that technology must be appropriately deployed to work ‘with’ rather than ‘against’ human workers. AI is not about replacing people so much as allowing them to be redeployed in more valuable areas.

In our article ‘Automating claims settlement: Meeting customer expectations’, Paul Donnelly, Executive Vice President EMEA, Munich Re Automation Solutions, believed that the industry is on the cusp of a watershed moment:

“Forward-looking insurers recognise that [automation’s] legacy will permanently alter the way we do business and are tooling up for a future of tech-enabled customer interactions. Underwriting or claims decisions, which previously took weeks, will be made within hours and, in some cases, immediately. This is only possible through automation and by removing the dependence on skilled claims assessors and underwriters to review routine cases.”

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Jul 30, 2021

Anti-fraud technology firm FRISS raises US$65mn in funding

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FRISS, an anti-fraud tech firm specialising in preventing insurance fraud, secures US$65mn in Series B funding to expand its business

FRISS, a technology firm specialising in anti-insurance fraud and provider of AI-focused insurance fraud prevention products, has today announced it has raised US$65mn in Series B funding to expand its business and develop new products. Led by private equity firm Accel-KKR, the round was endorsed by investor Aquiline and advised by FT partners.

The company, active in more than 40 countries worldwide, will aim to save insurers around US$2bn in capital obtained from fraudulent activity this year alone. “We’ve been around for 15 years and completed over 200 implementations,” said Jeroen Morrenhof, FRISS CEO and co-founder.  

“FRISS is ready to scale exponentially through our Series B, taking our mission of accelerating safe digital transformation throughout the policy lifecycle to the next level,” Morrenhof added.

How does FRISS’ anti-fraud technology work? 

The technology used by FRISS to detect fraudulent activity integrates artificial intelligence (AI) to help insurers reduce losses and increase operational efficiency. The company said it offers real-time end-to-end P/C insurance fraud analytics products and services covering the complete lifecycle of the policy, including automated underwriting risk assessment to fraud detection during claims and comprehensive case management. 

Alerts are displayed via integrations with core systems such as Guidewire, Duck Creek, Sapiens, and Keylane. In addition, the system can pull additional information from various available data points to create a “holistic view of the risks attached to each policy request, renewal, or claim,” the company said.

Insurance fraud and ghost broking 

Leading UK car insurance firm Aviva found more than 12,000 fraudulent claims were made in 2020, totalling more than £113mn. This amounts to 33 claims per day or one every hour. The company expects insurance fraud to increase due to the financial strain brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. It also found that more than 19,000 claims were under investigation for fraud whilst fraudulent policy applications and Ghost Broking grew by 34%. Ghost broking is a type of insurance fraud predominantly affecting the car insurance sector. It involves a fraudster or scammer targeting higher-risk individuals such as newly qualified drivers and elderly people, pretending to be either an insurer or someone who can purchase insurance on a driver’s behalf.

They tend to advertise their services on social media, university campuses, pubs, and students forums, promising cheaper insurance. After claiming to have purchased insurance successfully, they then cancel the insurance and leave the victim with no cover. They may also forge insurance documents or falisfy a driver’s details, invalidating the policy.


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