Shazam – Come On, You're Impressed Too!!

I got an iPhone last year. Didn’t think I would ever “go Apple” for anything. Grew up in the insurance industry so I was used to and happy with IBM computing, including laptops. Later I got a Nokia and “hello, love!” Palm was my device of choice for contacts, calendar, notes and such. Happy as the proverbial clam.

Then a year ago, my Motorola cell died. What to do? I really appreciated Motorola’s form factors and designs. I looked around and increasingly more of my colleagues were getting iPhones. And I was already on AT&T and wanted to stay on AT&T (spent a little bit of time at Bell Labs before divestiture… the thrill of working at Bell Labs was as palpable for me as when I was fortunate to get to Arthur D. Little in the late 1980’s.)

So, I got an iPhone. And one of the ‘apps’ I heard about was Shazam. Sounded too much like science fiction: you launch the app, make sure the iPhone can hear the music and within 15 seconds (or 10 seconds depending on how you set it up), it analyzes the sounds and then tells you what the song is, the artist, and even enables you to buy it on iTunes?

Really? Of course, you all know the answer is YES. OMG as the younger generation might remark. OMG.

Pattern recognition. Not of numbers in a document or table but of sound waves (which are probably decomposed to numbers of a sort). And that is really magic.

Now, it doesn’t work for all music and it certainly doesn’t work for classical music (no, I don’t mean music from the 1950’s or the 1960’s). But most of the time, it recognizes the music.

So, what’s the Shazam application equivalent for insurance? Well, it’s the beginning of my weekend and I’m logging off for the next few days.

You tell me what equivalent applications the insurance industry could use.

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Published in: on November 13, 2009 at 5:41 pm  Comments (2)  
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Shazam – Come On, You’re Impressed Too!!

I got an iPhone last year. Didn’t think I would ever “go Apple” for anything. Grew up in the insurance industry so I was used to and happy with IBM computing, including laptops. Later I got a Nokia and “hello, love!” Palm was my device of choice for contacts, calendar, notes and such. Happy as the proverbial clam.

Then a year ago, my Motorola cell died. What to do? I really appreciated Motorola’s form factors and designs. I looked around and increasingly more of my colleagues were getting iPhones. And I was already on AT&T and wanted to stay on AT&T (spent a little bit of time at Bell Labs before divestiture… the thrill of working at Bell Labs was as palpable for me as when I was fortunate to get to Arthur D. Little in the late 1980’s.)

So, I got an iPhone. And one of the ‘apps’ I heard about was Shazam. Sounded too much like science fiction: you launch the app, make sure the iPhone can hear the music and within 15 seconds (or 10 seconds depending on how you set it up), it analyzes the sounds and then tells you what the song is, the artist, and even enables you to buy it on iTunes?

Really? Of course, you all know the answer is YES. OMG as the younger generation might remark. OMG.

Pattern recognition. Not of numbers in a document or table but of sound waves (which are probably decomposed to numbers of a sort). And that is really magic.

Now, it doesn’t work for all music and it certainly doesn’t work for classical music (no, I don’t mean music from the 1950’s or the 1960’s). But most of the time, it recognizes the music.

So, what’s the Shazam application equivalent for insurance? Well, it’s the beginning of my weekend and I’m logging off for the next few days.

You tell me what equivalent applications the insurance industry could use.

Published in: on November 13, 2009 at 5:41 pm  Comments (2)  
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Is There An Insurance App For That?

By now most folks in the insurance industry – at least the personal lines property/casualty insurance industry – have probably heard that Nationwide has launched an iPhone app for FNL (first notice of loss) of an automobile accident. From the Nationwide web site, the Nationwide iPhone App mobile capabilities:

  • Calls emergency services
  • Helps you collect and exchange accident information
  • Stores your insurance and vehicle information for easy lookup (by the way, I’d love a docking station for my iPhone in my BMW that automatically collects my vehicle data from the VIN to maintenance done and scheduled)
  • Locates Nationwide agents near you (of course, this app leverages the location based information in the iPhone)
  • Takes and stores accident photos (well, you have to take the photos – no lepechauns yet – and Nationwide states on their site they are not legally obligated to use these photos)
  • Converts your iPhone into a handy flashlight (isn’t there an app for that already?)
  • Helps connect with towing services
  • Helps you start the Nationwide claims process (if you are a Nationwide customer… this app works for people who aren’t Nationwide policyholders so this specific capability won’t come into play)
  • Finds Nationwide Blue Ribbon (sm) repair facilities

What Else?

Staying with property/casualty – either personal lines or commercial lines – what iPhone apps would make your experience easier with your property/casualty insurer? Perhaps something for new policy applications, claims other than automobile (homeowners is obviously a natural addition to the auto claims FNL, or what ??? For commercial property/casualty, fleet FNL is also an obvious extension but so is burglary, fire and what?

What insurance iPhone apps would you want or could you imagine?

Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm  Comments (2)  
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