Ensera Inc., a Redwood Shores, Calif.-based technology provider, is releasing the newest version of iON Connection, a digital imaging, document management and Internet connectivity product for the insurance industry. Enhanced features of iON Connection 4 include: export assignments in EMS format to major estimating systems; import estimates in EMS or UDS format from major estimating systems; communication of estimates to insurance carriers via the Internet; and automatic archival of files to save disk space.Lloyd's of London has launched an Internet portal that will give its global brokers and intermediaries direct access to more than 1,800 specialty insurance products. By logging on to www.lloyds.com and inputting details of the type of risk they seek, brokers or insurance professionals can obtain a list of products tailored to their specific needs.

Fort Worth, Texas-based INSpire Insurance Solutions Inc., a property and casualty insurance outsourcing services provider, has upgraded its TransFluent product suite to include enhanced XML capabilities. Trans-Fluent is INSpire's proprietary universal data translation solution that works across multiple platforms, including mainframes, AS400, Unix, Vax and PC servers. TransFluent's enhanced XML features enable customers to import their Document Type Definitions (DTD) automatically, eliminating the need to rekey or redefine data.

New York City-based Reinsurex Intermediary Inc., a full-service reinsurance brokerage company that offers property catastrophe reinsurance, plans to launch a technology this month aimed at providing brokers with tools to enable them to structure and service reinsurance transactions more efficiently. The Reinsurex Brokerage System is an integrated Web-based platform designed specifically for a reinsurance brokerage company. Brokers who use the system will not pay a fee. Similar to other brokers, Reinsurex will be paid upon successfully intermediating transactions.

White Plains, N.Y.-based the Standard Life Insurance Co. of New York is making its secured Internet-based contract document system, E-Contract Documents, available at no cost to its new group policyholders. Offered under The Standard's AdminEASE services for group policyholders, E-Contract Documents can be accessed through The Standard's secured Internet site. Documents available through the service include group policies, amendments and certificates.

American International Cos., an operating unit of New York-based AIG Inc., is launching a Web-based application process using XML technology. Developed by Princeton, N.J.-based InsureHiTech and adhering to ACORD-based XML standards, the product-Vision Pac-will enable users to receive multiple insurance quotes with a single-entry online application.

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