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IoT could open up new possibilities to insurance sector

Lloyds report suggest IoT can provide data for better risk management, and enable new insurance products

IoT could open up new possibilities to insurance sector
The IoT can give better data for the insurance sector.

The Internet of Things could increase risks to businesses, but it may also enable insurance companies to provide better risk management and insurance services, according to a new report from Lloyds.

The report says that IoT has the potential to increase complexity and amplify risk, but it could also enable more innovation throughout the entire insurance value chain, including the way claims are settled in future.

The ‘Networked World: Risks and Opportunities in the Internet of Things', which is published by the specialist insurance market in collaboration with

University College London and the Petras Internet of Things Research Hub, highlights a number of areas where the IoT can support and enhance the sector.

IoT will lead to data capture and management at an unprecedented scale, according to the report. This could mean better risk assessment and more flexible, bespoke and real-time products. It may also increase policyholder concerns about the use and accuracy of their data.

Meanwhile, interconnectivity will create new business models where more is known about insureds, policies are generated in real-time and are bespoke, and fraudulent claims are recognised quicker. The ability to create personalised policies will also enable insurers to more accurately predict and mitigate risks.

However, the report also noted that new types of threats will emerge, which will increase the demand on insurers to come up with new products and services. The scale and variability of the type of disruption that could occur will affect multiple sectors and lines of business.

In addition, the range and quality of security standards that currently exist for the IoT will make it hard for insurers to make risk assessments. And there are critical blind spots in the regulation and legislation of IoT devices and their impacts. These include uncertainties surrounding attribution and liability should anything go wrong.

Dr Trevor Maynard, Head of Innovation at Lloyds said: "Insurers should play a role in shaping the IoT landscape and Lloyd's has proposed several options from leading on data standardisation to working with governments and tech companies. Insurers should proactively talk with clients to review and assess all risks associated with IoT to provide them with advice on best practice and appropriate risk solutions, thereby shaping the development of the IoT ecosystem in which they operate."

Dr Madeline Carr, Director of STEaPP's Digital Policy Lab, said: "Any large-scale technological shift raises challenges to the status quo and creates opportunities for those who see them early on in periods of transformations. Early adopters, especially in markets, are afforded additional benefits, as they can shape expectations, terms of engagement, and best practices in ways that address their interest. This report with Lloyd's provides a timely study of not only the challenges but also multiple opportunities that the IoT will introduce into the sector."

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