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Blockchain in Insurance - Thematic Research

Blockchain in Insurance - Thematic Research

Summary

2018 will be a torrid year for blockchain technology. As the cost and complexity of implementing blockchain solutions becomes apparent, many of the early blockchain projects will either be quietly shelved in favor of more traditional approaches, or they will evolve in a way that reduces their dependence on blockchain technology.

Blockchain technology is at least three to five years away from delivering any real impact to any particular sector. Nonetheless, first to be affected will be parts of the financial services sector, notably in trade settlements, and international payments.Much of the hype surrounding blockchain industry has thus far been centered on cryptocurrencies.

As the digital trend continues, Insurance companies are becoming smarter, with the majority of business functions and processes being underpinned by the sophisticated interplay between data and new technology. Progress in the insurance digital space will certainly be driven by successful innovation, including the adoption of disruptive technologies such as mobile, analytics, big data, and payment platforms, not to mention progressive, up-and-coming technologies such as blockchain.

The ability to automate processes and complete transactions in a few seconds within a secure and transparent setting will resonate strongly. Blockchain promises exceptional value to underwriting, claims management, and peer-to-peer (P2P) insurance models, as well as the creation of new products and services, specifically through a combination of the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart contracts. Insurers this year will likely continue to explore the benefits case and seek to bring blockchain-based solutions to the market. The true impact will only be evident when operational infrastructures are sufficiently reconfigured through the value chain, to support smart contracts and other gains through the wider insurance value chain.

The report Blockchain in Insurance - Thematic Research, offers a framework in which to look at Blockchain, summarizes the important trends, and identifies the key players.The report also helps in identifying winners and losers based on technology leadership, market position and other factors.

Scope

  • This report analyses the impact of blockchain in the insurance sector.
  • It identifies the current leaders in blockchain technology and players looking vulnerable.
Reasons to buy
  • The report highlights some of the key players in the blockchain industry.
  • It identifies the key trends in this technology theme.
  • The report analyses the blockchain value chain by use case.
  • It also provides an industry analysis explaining how the technology is moving beyond the incubation phase, but is still largely the domain of proof-of-concept projects and small-scale production deployments.
  • The report also offers a technology briefing, highlighting how blockchain technology has developed over the last decade and how it works.


PLAYERS
TRENDS
Blockchain industry trends
Blockchain use case trends
Blockchain trends in the insurance industry
VALUE CHAIN
Asset registries
Financial services platforms
Industrial platforms
INDUSTRY ANALYSIS
Permissioned DLT networks insert a degree of trust into the equation
Commercial blockchains are at least five years away
DLT faces several fundamental technical challenges
What are the primary use cases for blockchain technology?
Logistics
Healthcare
Land registries
Digital fiat currencies
Smart grid
Commodity trading
What does blockchain mean for insurers?
Mergers and acquisitions
Timeline
COMPANIES SECTION
Public tech and financial services companies
Private companies
TECHNOLOGY BRIEFING
How does blockchain work?
GLOSSARY
APPENDIX: OUR “THEMATIC” RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

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