Airmic is over and the future is now

The team has returned from a successful visit to this year’s AIRMIC Conference in Liverpool. As with every year, the event consisted of an array of stands and workshops and provided valuable opportunities to engage in insightful discussions with those from across the industry.

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Understanding and managing construction risk

On the first day of Airmic 2018, our construction risk workshop hosted by HDI Global SE – UK’s Senior Risk Engineer Mark Allan will discuss some of the key hazards in construction risk management, how to identify them, and the mitigation techniques used to reduce them.

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What are the top 5 actions to manage construction risks?

Construction projects present various hazards, and potential risks to the successful delivery of the project if not managed correctly. From fire to flood, health and safety to employee liability, and damage to work to damage to reputation, the potential risks are vast and serious, all of which can impact the project.

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GDPR and clinical trials – a game changer for life science risk managers?

In the second of our articles on the new European directives impacting life science companies in 2018, we take a look at the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and what it means for clinical trials.

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Come and visit us at Airmic 2018

We are at the Airmic conference in Liverpool between 11 -13 June 2018.

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Is telematics a motor claims game-changer?

According to the DfT National Road Traffic Survey, there were over 136,000 reported road accidents in the UK in 2016. A significant percentage (estimated to be between one quarter and one third) of these involved people driving for work, generating a huge amount of claims and repairs for fleet managers to deal with.

Fleets with telematics installed typically see a reduction in the number of accidents and claims, but the pressure to reduce costs remains intense. Rising fuel prices loom again, and motor premiums have risen over the past few years due to changes in the Ogden rate, high numbers of whiplash claims and increases in insurance premium tax.

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Insurtech and the fleet safety revolution

As one of the early pioneers of the Internet of Things (IoT), telematics has been using wireless technology to collect and analyse data to increase fleet efficiencies and improve driving standards for years.

The technology involved and the data collected has become increasingly sophisticated, with the widespread adoption of smartphones enabling telematics adoption. The global surge in digital innovation and its application to aspects of insurance (known as insurtech) has led to a leap in the number of products aiming to encourage safer driving and reduce motor claims.

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Improving driver performance to reduce motor premiums

So, you’ve installed telematics technology and analysed the data to see where driver behaviour needs to improve, but what are the most effective ways to improve driver performance?

Fleet managers can have a variety of business objectives to meet when telematics technology is introduced. Common goals include reducing accident and fuel costs, improving vehicle maintenance, and greater operational efficiency through better planned journey routes and times. The data also provides driver risk profiles which influence the cost of motor insurance. The challenge for fleet managers is to identify which interventions will improve drivers’ behaviour and encourage the stable, fluid driving style which is more fuel-efficient and safer, and ultimately leads to lower premiums.

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Airmic round-up

It’s one of our favourite times of the year, where we head for an action-packed 48 hours at Airmic 2017. Hosted this year from the 12-14th June at the ICC in Birmingham, 2017 marked our sixth year attending the conference.

The event offers a unique opportunity for us to engage with our clients. With the industry currently undergoing unprecedented change in areas such as technology, demography, and consumer needs and expectations, the role of social media has become more important than ever. We received incredible feedback on our social channels, with our clients actively interacting and allowing them to gain a greater understanding of our products through the opportunity to engage.

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Come and visit us at Airmic 2017

We are at the Airmic conference in Birmingham between 12 - 14 June 2017.

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Could telematics reduce your fleet insurance claim rate by 60%?

There are many reasons why preventing accidents within a fleet is a good idea. Firstly, of course, there’s the potential for minimising injury and harm to drivers, whether that’s a fleet driver or other road users.

In addition, incidents on the road can be expensive – even if it’s an incident such as speeding rather than a full-on crash. There may be damage to the vehicle, disappointed customers, wasted stock and boosted insurance premiums. Plus, if the press takes an interest then there may also be reputational damage to take into account.

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Why is it time to ditch default passwords?

How many of your staff use default passwords for their devices? We recently spotted an article in Tech Crunch about a spate of website attacks and how they highlight the importance of switching from default passwords.

This is an issue on a global scale, relevant to all companies that use the internet to conduct business. No matter how large or small your business, it could affect you. The attack was focused on Dyn, a domain name service provider, and affected websites such as Twitter and Spotify that use this company to host their servers.

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How can the gamification of telematics improve driver performance?

Many of us find the idea of jogging extremely dull. Pounding the pavements in dreary British drizzle, it seems a chore that keeps you fit rather than something you might enjoy. This is where gamification – turning a routine task into a game – can help boost enthusiasm.

Take the running app Zombies, Run for example. Joggers use headphones to access the app, which sets up a spooky scenario in which they are not just going for a run – they are trying to escape a horde of zombies.

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Intellectual property: what are the risks for manufacturers?

According to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Index, the manufacturing industry was the second most frequently cyber-attacked sector last year – more than financial services, and second only to healthcare.

30% of these cyber-attacks were against the automotive industry, with other significant areas including pharmaceuticals, electronics and textiles. While financial services has been held to strict compliance standards, the manufacturing industry has not been regulated to the same extent.

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Making your data secure: 4 essential cyber security tips

There’s no denying that the ability to instantaneously access and share data from wherever you are in the world has been a great advantage for business. Yet, while this may enhance productivity, it also raises serious questions about cyber security and how well your data is protected in the event of an attack.

This is a pertinent issue in every industry but it’s extremely significant in manufacturing, where a breach of data could not only spell financial disaster but also raise significant safety issues.

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Agro-terrorism – a rising risk for food and beverage manufacturers

Agro-terrorism, when a food supply is contaminated intentionally, has been identified as a rising risk for food manufacturers.

Typically it has been speculated that the attack method would be biological pathogens, but the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and automation of processes in manufacturing widens this concern to include cyber-attacks.

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