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Triggering innovation

How smart contracts and parametric insurance bring policies to life

9 Jul 2019

Imagine a world where a claim is paid before the customer realises they have experienced a loss. Lloyd’s recently published vision for the future invites us to visualise a next generation claims service that offers a transparent and automated response to customer loss.

Smart contracts and parametric insurance could be applied to make this vision a reality. They have the potential to automate aspects of traditional insurance contracts including risk placement, payments, warranty enforcement, claims assessment and settlement.

With Lloyd’s market participants exploring and adopting these technologies, Lloyd’s has launched two reports that look at how smart contracts and parametric insurance can power efficiency and enhance the customer experience.

Triggering innovation: how smart contracts bring policies to life

Working with experts at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University, the Innovation team has produced a report that showcases how smart contract solutions could be implemented across a range of products and explores the technology, design choices, and legal and regulatory considerations that insurers will need to think about to make it happen.

Exclusive market only report on parametric insurance

The Class of Business team have also produced an accompanying Market Insight report accessible exclusively to Lloyd’s managing agents and syndicates. Produced in collaboration with the School of Risk Management of St. John’s University, It gives an overview of parametric insurance and outlines how the Lloyd’s market’s structure provides a comprehensive ecosystem in which parametric products can be developed.

Triggering innovation: Smart contracts

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Buying protection for volatile milk prices

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Protecting farmers from extreme weather

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