Schaumburg, Ill., — Zurich, one of the world’s largest property/casualty insurance companies, reports that its small commercial business agents in the United States now will be able to access real-time quoting via Zurich’s new interface platform: ZPass.

ZPass is delivered by a hub platform called SeaPass Hub, a technology provided by New York-based SeaPass Solutions, which develops and markets software that enables insurance carriers, agents, brokers and wholesalers to transmit and receive data in real time, and leverages existing systems to automatically interact with each other.

Zurich’s addition to the SeaPass Hub provides users with the ability to conduct successful transactions and easily market total solutions to clients.

ZPass will be available starting in April 2008 to Zurich-appointed agents who are subscribers to the SeaPass Hub. Agents using TransactNOW or IVANS Transformation Station will have access to ZPass during the second quarter of 2008, and will be notified by their Zurich representatives.

ZPass is designed to enable agents to conduct their commercial lines business in real time without duplicate data entry. Through a single transaction, agents have the ability to process quotes and proposals directly from their agency management systems without the need to re-key the data into a point-of-sale system. Agents can electronically upload client data, obtain quotes, generate proposals and issue policies in real time for their customers purchasing a business owner’s policy, and commercial auto, commercial umbrella and workers’ compensation coverage.

With the addition of quoting to its existing real-time inquiry and commercial download capabilities, Zurich is providing its agents with the ability to support their workflow from quote to policy issuance and from download to inquiry transactions. Zurich plans to continue adding transactions to its real-time platform.

Laurie Kimmel, director of distributor and customer interface solutions for North America Commercial, says that Zurich is committed to providing ease-of-doing-business for our agents. “We are listening to what our agents need, and we are delivering it.”

Source: Zurich

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