ONLINE MAPPING FOR RISK ASSESSMENT

Infoterra Ltd., Leicester, U.K., launched its GeoStore Explore service to enable professional risk assessment based on location-specific imagery and maps.

Using the GeoStore Explore service, underwriters and loss adjusters can easily identify and highlight the position of trees that could represent a subsidence risk, measure the footprint of a building within a property boundary or study the road junction layout at the site of an accident, according to the company. They also can then integrate these results in a full-color image or as a map complete with their annotations into their reports or as part of more detailed instructions for a site investigation.

GeoStore Explore is one of a range of advanced professional services, delivered through GeoStore, that provide access to Ordnance Survey large-scale mapping and high-resolution imagery on a “pay-as-you-use” basis for registered users.

AIR ENHANCES CATASTROPHE RISK MODELING SYSTEMS

Boston-based AIR Worldwide Corp. enhanced its CLASIC/2, CATRADER and CATStation catastrophe risk management systems. Version 9.5 features import, analysis and export enhancements designed to significantly improve performance and ease of use.

Enhancements to AIR ImportExpress decrease the time and system resources required to import data by up to 50%, according to the company. AIR also has introduced a new utility designed to enable users to easily import non-AIR exposure data files in Version 9.5 of CLASIC/2.

A new geocoding engine is now available for CLASIC/2 and CATStation designed to offer improvements to processing speed while maintaining the accuracy of the geocoding results. The new technology is approximately two times faster than the previous version, according to AIR.

In Version 9.5 of CATRADER, several enhancements were made for analyzing catastrophe bond portfolios, including those containing instruments based on the Carvill Hurricane Index. In addition, CATRADER enables the user to model CHI-based transactions by including the CHI value for each simulated event.

BLINK LOGIC’S SAAS SOLUTION EXTENDS COGNOS SERIES 7

Blink Logic Inc., a Mill Valley, Calif.-based provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, is delivering a new BI experience for Cognos 7 users that combines the assets of the Cognos Series 7 legacy platform with the power of a flexible, intuitive and customizable Software as a Service (SaaS) BI environment. Leveraging a simple Blink Logic installation, users can extend their Cognos Series 7 infrastructure with new capabilities including dashboarding, analysis, collaboration, annotation, scorecarding and location intelligence, according to Blink Logic.

Blink Logic’s SaaS solution layers on top of the existing Cognos architecture, and is designed to enable end users to readily navigate multidimensional data as well as create, organize and lay out interactive dashboards without relying on specialized report authors or the IT department. Blink Logic extends mission-critical capabilities to those Cognos Series 7 customers who have yet to transition to the Series 8 infrastructure, including: a fully collaborative BI environment, where users can collaborate by publishing views they created into a shared public library of views; end-user information self-service, enabling users to navigate their multidimensional data as well as create, organize and layout their own interactive dashboards; and full integration with the Microsoft BI platform, according to Blink Logic.

IMPROVED DATA ACCESS FOR MOBILE DEVICES

New York-based Information Builders, a specialist in business intelligence (BI) solutions, recently release WebFOCUS Mobile Favorites, a mobile BI solution that allows users to access critical business data from any mobile device and manage it through a standard BI dashboard. This offering leverages standard Web browser technology, enabling mobile BI to be delivered rapidly and cost effectively, the company says.

Mobile Favorites is designed to offer business decision-makers a tool that is compliant with emerging mobile technology trends.

Information Builders asserts this is a low-cost solution that doesn't require additional software or hardware investments, and no special security enhancements. Mobile Favorites also is capable of enabling users to vary their information requests through simple, interactive forms.

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