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DES PLAINES, Ill., May 12, 2020 — The Central Insurance Companies has joined the Geospatial Intelligence Center program (GIC), an insurance industry consortium spearheaded by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), to help combat fraud using advanced aerial imagery.

 “Insurers are always looking to adapt to change, and the GIC showcases how the industry is ready to help policyholders by allowing adjusters to handle claims remotely,” said Central’s Vice President of Claims Paul Edwards.  “In this current climate, it’s essential to keep our customers safe, but still assist in the aftermath of catastrophe.” 

“This advanced imagery allows our fraud investigators to conduct an investigation remotely; without GIC imagery, that would not be possible,” said Central’s Director of Anti-Fraud & Recovery Jeff Lieberman.  

As the GIC’s newest member, Central now has access to advanced aerial imagery and detailed property data to better serve its policyholders. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to maintain business continuity is a crucial goal for insurance carriers like Central Insurance. Geospatial data from GIC provides additional resources to be used by desk adjusters and reduces the need for on-site visits by allowing field teams to conduct remote inspections using ultra-high-resolution imagery.  

“Having access to the value proposition offered by the GIC program is especially important as companies face the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Central recognizes the value and efficiencies that are achieved by having the GIC’s high-resolution imagery available with a click of a button on the desktops of their claims team,” said NICB Chief Operating Officer Jim Schweitzer.

Within the first several hours or days following a major disaster, the GIC fleet of fixed-wing aircraft will fly over impacted areas to capture and assess damage to provide members with unprecedented ultra-high-resolution imagery and data on affected properties. The NICB, working with law enforcement and disaster scene commanders, has provided the GIC program with access to disaster areas as soon as it is safe to fly. The GIC program provides imagery and data to members within 24–36 hours of the aircraft touching down.

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DES PLAINES, Ill., April 16, 2020 —After tornadoes struck multiple states throughout the Southeast this past Easter weekend, the Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC) began flying aircraft over the hardest hit areas on Monday, collecting high-resolution aerial images of the damaged structures. These areas include portions of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Monroe, Louisiana, and Seneca, South Carolina.

Imagery from many of the damaged areas is now available to GIC members, giving insurers the ability to search an address and view before and after aerials images of properties within the impacted area. High-resolution aerial imagery provides insurers with vital information to better serve policyholders, speed up the claims resolution process, and aid in improved fraud detection. Additionally, GIC imagery is provided at nocost to emergency personnel, first responders, and law enforcement to assist in their response to the damage.

“Post-catastrophe damage assessment is crucial to recovery efforts following devastating tornadoes and other events like these. Impacted areas need to be assessedto ascertain how many structures have been damaged or completely destroyed,” said Richard Butgereit, director of catastrophe response, GIC. “It is our hope that by getting in quickly and assessing these efforts utilizing high-resolution aerial imagery, we can help speed up the recovery process for those effected by these events.”

Several years ago, the NICB started searching for solutions to help their members and law enforcement advance technology post-disaster, that lead to the creation of the Geospatial Intelligence Center Program that licenses high resolution aerial images from Vexcel Imaging US, Inc.

“Technological advances have improved in recent years, providing insurers the opportunity to leverage cutting edge technologies like the high-resolution imagery provided by the GIC to enhance fraud detection and expedite fraud investigations. The GIC program is just another example of how the industry is leveraging innovation to help fight fraud in the wake of a disaster,” said NICB chief operating officer Jim Schweitzer.

About Geospatial Intelligence Center

The Geospatial Intelligence Center’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive, precise, and up-to-date geospatial information to insurers. This insurance industry consortium delivers geospatial imagery and analytics, leading to more informed underwriting, better claims decisions, reducing fraud and delivering faster catastrophe response. GIC’s growing member base includes Travelers, Metlife, MunichRe, USAA, Allstate, Citizens, and Brit. To learn more visit www.geointel.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU

Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, learning and development, government affairs and public awareness. The NICB is supported by morethan 1,300 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $496 billion in insurance premiums in 2018, or more than 81 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 92 percent ($254 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance. To learn more visitwww.nicb.org.

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Irvine, Calif.
Access to current, advanced aerial imagery offers comprehensive property assessment virtually and improved catastrophe response for insurance carriers. 
CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property analytics solutions provider, today announced the integration of the Geospatial Insurance Consortium (GIC) aerial imagery into the CoreLogic UnderwritingCenter™ virtual survey tool for insurance clients. CoreLogic is the first underwriting solutions provider to fully integrate GIC aerial imagery into its solution, which now provides insurers with an additional source of up-to-date imagery to virtually assess property exposure, condition and features, as well as survey post-catastrophe damage. Additionally, CoreLogic will integrate GIC aerial imagery into other solutions in the coming months, including its SkyMeasure roof measurement service. The GIC is an insurance industry consortium developed by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) to provide insurance carriers with high resolution imagery as well as geospatial support and data. The integration of GIC for CoreLogic clients allows transactional access through the UnderwritingCenter to the center’s database of U.S. property aerial imaging, which is updated annually and as early as 24 hours following natural disasters. ‘Through the GIC integration into the CoreLogic virtual survey tool, insurers have the most reliable analytics needed to make accurate, timely decisions when remotely assessing a property’s current condition in order to more accurately underwrite a coverage policy,’ said Rosanna Hancock, Senior Leader Product and Client Delivery. ‘With this additional source of premium imagery, insurers can save resources by utilizing ‘a laptop instead of a ladder’ survey approach to assess important property features and to identify any post-catastrophe concerns such as hail damage.’ In the event of a natural catastrophe, GIC imagery is updated after the disaster is safe to fly and within 24-to-36 hours of the aircraft touching down-a much quicker turnaround compared to other aerial imaging providers currently in the market. With nationwide coverage of the United States, GIC’s aerial imaging tools are a boost to the existing CoreLogic imagery database. CoreLogic has fully integrated GIC into the UnderwritingCenter and is currently available in all states. For more information, please visit the CoreLogic UnderwritingCenter page. About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), the leading provider of property insights and solutions, promotes a healthy housing market and thriving communities. Through its enhanced property data solutions, services and technologies, CoreLogic enables real estate professionals, financial institutions, insurance carriers, government agencies and other housing market participants to help millions of people find, acquire and protect their homes. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com. CORELOGIC, the CoreLogic logo, and UnderwritingCenter are trademarks of CoreLogic, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. About Geospatial Insurance Consortium The Geospatial Insurance Consortium’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive, precise, and up-to-date geospatial information to insurers. This insurance industry consortium delivers geospatial imagery and analytics, leading to more informed underwriting, better claims decisions, reducing fraud and delivering faster catastrophe response. GIC’s growing member base includes Travelers, Metlife, MunichRe, USAA, Allstate, Citizens, and Brit. To learn more visit geointel.org.
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GIC has activated to Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring for Tropical Storm Imelda At 1200 PM Central, the center of Tropical Depression Eleven was located near latitude 28.7 North, longitude 95.4 West, just off the coast of Freeport, Texas. Shortly after being named a tropical depression, the system was upgraded to Tropical Storm Imelda as sustained winds of 40 mph were measured near Freeport. The system is moving toward the north near 7 mph (11 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through early Wednesday. A north-northwestward motion is expected Wednesday night and Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of the system will move inland over the upper Texas coast later today, and move farther inland tonight and Wednesday. The system is expected to produce total rainfall accumulation of 5 to 10 inches with isolated maximum of 15 inches across the upper coastal region of Texas and into far southwest Louisiana through Thursday. The GIC Gray Sky Playbook calls for activation for imagery collection for hurricanes of Category 2 and greater or in special circumstances for Category 1. Therefore, considering both forecast track and intensity, imagery collection for this system is not anticipated. If you have questions please reach out to graysky@geointel.org. GIC post-disaster imagery is available for free to first responders and government agencies involved in response and recovery activities. GIC collects major disaster imagery areas for the use by insurance companies and shares this data with disaster response and recovery organization in order to help impacted communities recover. For more information and to sign up to be notified when imagery is collected, please visit Register for Post-Disaster Imagery
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GIC has activated to Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring for Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine. At 800 AM Eastern, the center of the disturbance was estimated near latitude 25.1 North, longitude 75.3 West, or 290 miles SE of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. The system is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some increase in forward speed through the weekend. On the forecast track, the system is anticipated to move across the central and northwestern Bahamas today, and along the east coast of Florida Saturday and Saturday night. Some strengthening is forecast over the next 48 hours, and the system is expected to become a tropical depression or tropical storm later today or Saturday. The forecast track maintains the eye of the storm offshore, and though the system could bring tropical-storm-force winds over portions of the Florida east coast over the weekend, widespread impacts are not anticipated. Considering both forecast track and intensity of this system, imagery collection is not anticipated. If you have questions please reach out to graysky@geointel.org. GIC post-disaster imagery is available for free to first responders and government agencies involved in response and recovery activities. GIC collects major disaster imagery areas for the use by insurance companies and shares this data with disaster response and recovery organization in order to help impacted communities recover. For more information and to sign up to be notified when imagery is collected, please visit Register for Post-Disaster Imagery
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