openIDL platform provides a standardized data repository streamlining regulatory reporting and enabling the delivery of next-gen risk and insurance applications
San Francisco, Calif., April 12, 2021 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, and the American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS), today are announcing the launch of OpenIDL, the Open Insurance Data Link platform and project. The platform will reduce the cost of regulatory reporting for insurance carriers, provide a standardized data repository for analytics and a connection point for third events to deliver new applications to members.
openIDL brings together some of the world’s largest insurance companies, including The Hanover and Selective Insurance Group, alongside with technology and service providers Chainyard, KatRisk and MOBI to advance a common distributed ledger platform for sharing information and business processes across the insurance ecosystem.
The first use case for the openIDL community is regulatory reporting in the Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance industry. Initially constructed with guidance from AAIS, a leading insurance advisory organization and statistical reporting agent, openIDL leverages the belief and integrity inherent in distributed ledger networks. The secure platform guarantees to regulators and other insurance industry participants that data is correct and complete, implemented by a “P&C Reporting Working Group” inside the openIDL community.
“From the very beginning, we recognized the enormous transformative potential for openIDL and distributed ledger technology,” said AAIS CEO Ed Kelly. “We are pleased to work with the Linux Foundation to help affect significant, positive change for the insurance ecosystem.”
Insurance sectors past P&C are anticipated to be supported by openIDL in the coming months, and use cases will expand past regulatory. A “Flood Working Group” has already been assembled to develop use case catastrophe modeling in support of insurers and regulators. openIDL is also collaborating on joint software development activities, building upon Hyperledger Fabric, Hadoop, Node.js, MongoDB and other open technologies to implement a “harmonized data store,” enabling data privacy and accountable operations.
The combined packaging of this software is called an “openIDL Node,” approved and certified by developers working on this project, and every member of the community will be operating that software in order to participate in the openIDL community. Additional joint software development for analytics and reporting are also included in the openIDL Linux Foundation community.
“We’re delighted to join openIDL with AAIS and the Linux Foundation. It is strategically necessary for Selective to be part of industry efforts to innovate our regulatory reporting and use distributed ledgers,” said Michael H. Lanza, executive vice president, general counsel & chief compliance officer of Selective Insurance Group, Inc.
openIDL is a Linux Foundation “Open Governance Network.” These networks comprise nodes run by many different organizations, bound by a shared distributed ledger that provides an industry utility platform for recording transactions and automating business processes. It leverages open source code and community governance for objective transparency and accountability among participants. The community and the node software are constructed using open source development practices and principles managed by the Linux Foundation in a manner that enterprises can belief.
“AAIS, and the insurance industry in general, are trailblazers in their contribution and collaboration to these technologies,” said Mike Dolan, senior vice president and general supervisor of Projects at the Linux Foundation. “Open governance networks like openIDL can now accelerate innovation and development of new product and service choices for insurance providers and their clients. We’re excited to host this work.”
As an open source project, all software source code developed will be licensed under an OSI-approved open source license, and all interface specs developed will be revealed under an open specification license. And all technical discussions between participants will take place publicly, further enhancing the ability to expand the community to include other participants. As with an openly accessible community, organizations can develop their own proprietary applications and infrastructure integrations.
Additional Members & Partner Statements
“Chainyard is pleased to join the OpenIDL initiative as an infrastructure member,” said Isaac Kunkel, Chainyard SVP Consulting Services. “Blockchain is a team sport and with the openIDL platform, companies, regulators and distributors are forming an ecosystem to collaborate on common issues for the betterment of the insurance industry. The full industry will advantage through more correct data and better decision making.”
“The openIDL platform will serve to increase entry to state of the art catastrophe modelling data from KatRisk and others, serving to reduce the friction required to house and run said models. KatRisk expects all events, from direct insurance entities to regulators, to see an increase in data quality, reliability and ease of entry as catastrophe modelling output is effectively streamed across OpenIDL nodes to generate automated reviews and add to or create internal business intelligence databases. If catastrophe models are about owning your own risk, then the OpenIDL platform is an efficient tool to better understand and handle that risk,” said Brandon Katz, executive vice president, member, KatRisk.
“The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) is delighted to join with the Linux Foundation, AAIS, and insurance industry leaders in founding OpenIDL. Data sharing and digital collaboration in business ecosystems via industry consortium ledgers like OpenIDL will drive competitive advantage for many years to approach,” said Chris Ballinger, founder and CEO, MOBI.
For more information, please visit www.openidl.org
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Established in 1936, AAIS serves the property casualty insurance industry as the modern, Member-based advisory organization. AAIS delivers custom advisory solutions, including best-in-class forms, rating information and data management capabilities for commercial lines, inland marine, farm & agriculture, commercial auto, personal auto, and householders insurers. Its consultative approach, unmatched customer service and modern technical capabilities underscore a focused dedication to the success of its Members. For more information about AAIS, please visit www.AAISonline.com.
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