Amica Insurance Selects Weather Fusion’s HailScope to Power Custom Mapping Applications for Claims Handling

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Amica addresses hail losses with HailScope™ by Weather Fusion LLC.

Weather Fusion LLC, provider of weather verification solutions for the insurance and construction industries, announces that Amica Mutual Insurance Company has selected their HailScope technology as the hail dataset within Amica’s custom mapping applications to provide best-in-class hail claims management.

Claims losses and related expenses are the most significant cost to property insurance organizations and subsequently have the largest impact on underwriting profits. It is important to an insurance company's viability that the claims process be effective and efficient. Amica developed custom mapping applications using the Esri ArcGIS platform (Graphical Information System) and overlays HailScope and other critical weather information to evaluate how different perils are affecting their policyholders in real-time.

“Using GIS technology allows us to be much more proactive in our response to policyholder claims after events like tornados and hail storms,” said Adam Kostecki, Manager in the Claims Executive Department of Amica. Kostecki further added, “Having access to Weather Fusion’s HailScope data provides us the ability to accurately predict an influx of claims, even before the first one is reported. This allows us to prepare our response proactively, which ultimately results in better service for our policyholders.”

The server-based mapping system was deployed to the Amica claims team in April of 2013. A targeted application with real-time feeds is used by managers and supervisors to spot events that could result in an influx of claims. Claim Representatives, adjusters and supervisors use interactive maps within the claims management system to show the proximity of the individual insured risk to the event that caused the claim.

“Insurance carriers need reliable weather verification when evaluating claims,” said Donald Giuliano, CEO of Weather Fusion. “We designed our pioneering HailScope technology from the ground up specifically for hail verification. For that reason, HailScope delivers superior accuracy and replaces outmoded data sources reliant on randomly-submitted hail reports and public safety hail detection algorithms.”

Giuliano then continued, “When Amica first approached us about incorporating hail verification into their claims process, they wanted to confirm HailScope’s accuracy. After engaging in extensive testing to evaluate HailScope against other data sources, Amica has now selected Weather Fusion as its vendor for hail verification. We are proud to have been selected by such a customer-driven carrier as Amica.”

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About Weather Fusion
Weather Fusion focuses exclusively on providing innovative weather verification services. The insurance and construction industries rely on Weather Fusion’s HailScope™ technology as the standard to inform their decision-makers regarding severe hail storms, both past and present. Weather Fusion is currently developing new technologies and product solutions for hail and other weather perils. Please visit: http://www.weatherfusion.com.

About Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country. Amica has been awarded several J.D. Powers and Associates customer satisfaction awards.

Media Contact:
Nicole Giuliano
Weather Fusion LLC
Vice President, Operations
405-217-0133
nicole.giuliano(at)weatherfusion(dot)com

Media Contact:
Vince Burks
Amica Mutual Insurance Co.
Corporate Communications
800.652.6422 Ext 24563

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