In this age of Blackberries and instant messaging, insurance carriers and agents alike are focused on finding high-tech solutions to conduct their businesses. Enter: Single Entry Multiple Carrier Interface-also known as SEMCI.The concept of SEMCI technology sounds simple. Vendors create applications that enable independent insurance agents to access one site, hopefully through their own agency management system, enter data once and then communicate with multiple insurance carriers to obtain real-time quotes.

Some programs that achieve at least part of the SEMCI goal have existed for 20 years, but according to industry sources, the creation of products that offer real-time access to multiple carriers is still in the infancy stage.

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