Willis Re, one of the world's largest reinsurance providers, makes it its business to understand risk from all angles. In a new post, Jesse Stanchak spoke with Nigel Davis, executive director of product development at Willis Re, who described how geographic/geospatial information systems (GIS) and social media were converging to provide insurers a more 360-degree view of what may be happening on the ground with policyholders.

Davis described his company's employment of GIS, which includes desktop analysis tools, server applications, mobile/Web browsers, 3D viewers and more. “GIS is at the very heart of our work,” he says. “Many of the problems that we are trying to solve in insurance are spatial ones, e.g., 'Which Japanese properties fell within the recent tsunami inundation zone?'”

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