Guardtime and industry participants launch the world's first marine insurance blockchain platform

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

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EY and Guardtime announce the world 's first blockchain platform for the marine insurance sector. The platform launches in collaboration with A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S, ACORD, Microsoft, MS Amlin, Willis Towers Watson and XL Catlin and after a 20-week proof of concept.

The blockchain platform - built on Microsoft Azure global cloud technology - is positioned to provide significant value to the insurance industry and is planned to be implemented from 2018 onward. The first of its kind in the insurance industry, the platform's initial phased rollout will involve deploying the benefits of blockchain for end-to-end use across the marine industry.

The global blockchain platform connects clients, brokers, insurers and third parties to distributed common ledgers that capture data about identities, risk and exposures, and integrates this information with insurance contracts. The platform's capabilities include the ability to create and maintain asset data from multiple parties; to link data to policy contracts; to receive and act upon information that results in a pricing or a business process change; to connect client assets, transactions and payments; and to capture and validate up-to-date first notification or loss data.

Jonathan Zhao, EY Asia-Pacific Insurance Leader, says: "Blockchain's potential to transform the insurance ecosystem has always been clear. What we have done is to move forward from potential to reality. This solution is the first to apply blockchain's transparency, security and standardization to marine insurance and is ready for commercial use. We look forward to deploying this technology across the marine insurance industry and are exploring how these findings and insights will be applied to other specialty insurance markets and beyond."

"Many insurers and regulators across the Asia-Pacific region are very keen to see the development of more FinTech solutions tailored towards insurance companies. InsurTech has enormous potential when it comes to transforming and enhancing insurers' operations efficiencies and controls, reducing costs and improving the customer experience. EY continues to be at the forefront of technology innovation in this space, working with insurance clients to transform their businesses, and the establishment of our live blockchain platform for marine insurance helps set a strong foundation for increased innovation in the Asia-Pacific market."

The blockchain platform supports the marine insurance industry to address the challenges of its complex international ecosystem involving multiple parties, long paper chains and duplication, high transaction volumes and significant levels of reconciliation - all potentially preventing transparency, compliance and accurate exposure management. The blockchain platform connects disparate data and processes to address and mitigate the issues associated with reconciliation and error applicability.

Lars Henneberg, A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S Head of Risk and Insurance, says:

"It is a priority for us to leverage technology to streamline and automate our interaction with the insurance market. Insurance transactions are currently far too tedious and frictional. The distance between risk and capital is simply too far. Blockchain technology has the potential to facilitate the desired development that is long overdue"

Insurers can use this blockchain platform to improve their capital and gain efficiencies, with increased transparency and reduced manual data entry or reconciliation and administration costs.

Mike Gault, Guardtime CEO, says:

"The KSI® blockchain stack is a proven technology for securing the physical, software and information supply chains that enterprises rely on for the integrity of their businesses. We are thrilled to be collaborating with EY to expand the number of real-world customer problems solved with our technology. Guardtime's technology and deep domain knowledge from EY represents a formidable combination for customers looking to solve hard problems with blockchain technology."

For more information, please see ey.com/insurance_blockchain

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About EY's Global Insurance Sector

Insurers must increasingly address more complex and converging regulatory issues that challenge their risk management approaches, operations and financial reporting practices. EY's Global Insurance Sector brings together a worldwide team of professionals to help you succeed -a team with deep technical experience in providing assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The Sector team works to anticipate market trends, identify their implications and develop points of view on relevant sector issues. Ultimately, this team enables us to help you meet your goals and compete more effectively.

About Guardtime

Guardtime is the world's largest blockchain company by revenue, headcount and production customer deployments. The company was founded in 2007 in Estonia and has since expanded to Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Guardtime federal was established in 2014 to exclusively support the cyber security and related security requirements for the US Defense Department, the US Intelligence Community, other US government departments and industrial communities supporting these US state capabilities. Guardtime Federal conforms to the federal regulations to assure government customers of compliance with US security objectives. This guarantees issues such as FOCI have been successfully mitigated ensuring protection against inappropriate disclosure of export controlled, OPSEC sensitive and classified information. The Guardtime technology stack is optimized for solving problems in enterprise with solutions developed for GDPR compliance as services, physical anti-counterfeit, digital content management, critical infrastructure protection and healthcare interoperability.

About the industry participants

A. P. Møller-Maersk A/S - a major multinational shipping company; ACORD - an international insurance industry data standards body; Microsoft -Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft), the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more; MS Amlin - a specialty insurer operating in 25 locations globally; Willis Towers Watson – a global advisory, broking and solutions company with more than 40,000 employees; XL Catlin - The XL Catlin insurance companies offer property, casualty, professional, financial lines & specialty insurance products globally.