Westwood, Mass.-based MIB Group Inc., a purveyor of database and information management tools to the global risk management community, has launched a program to help locate life insurance policies for the families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. With support from a coalition of North American life insurance companies, MIB is working directly with tenants of the World Trade Center. A Web site, located at www.mib.com, contains full details, including a "MIB Affidavit in Lieu of Death Certificate," which can be downloaded, and links to other disaster relief, industry and governmental organizations.Responding to customer requests for a way to connect their Applied management databases to the Internet and other third-party applications, University Park, Ill.-based Applied Systems Inc. released a translator that enables Applied's Agency Manager, to exchange information with another database using XML technology. Called Applied ConneXion, the toolkit enables data exchange between an agency Web site, for example, and The Agency Manager. Customer and prospect information, policy details and claims and billing information no longer have to be rekeyed, the company says.

Jersey City, N.J.-based Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) has expanded the functionality of its antifraud claims solution to enable insurers to perform more in-depth cross-line searches. The expansion of ISO's ClaimSearch antifraud system, a data repository designed largely for auto insurance claims, has been expanded with a detailed database of auto physical damage claims (APD) records. The composite database has grown to 129 million detailed claims records, including five years of new claims-history records. ISO plans to expand the APD database with APD FastCheck service this year, which will provide immediate information on prior auto physical damage claims at first notice of loss-to insurers' call center or claims department.

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