AMS, The Hartford Offer Rating, Agency Management Integration

November 20, 2002

AMS Services of Windsor, Conn. and The Hartford Financial Services Group of Hartford, Conn. announced the launch of a bridge allowing users of AfW and AfW Online management systems, or AMS rating products (QuoteWorks East and West) to transfer their data directly to The Hartford’s Quote-to-Issue (Q-T-I) Internet-based rating product.

After a successful pilot, the bridges are ready to be released in the states of Connecticut, New York, California, Florida and Arizona (states listed in order of roll out). The new bridges, which are based on ACORD XML standards, enable straight-through processing for auto insurance from the AfW agency management system and QuoteWorks rating products. The AfW to Q-T-I bridge will be rolled out first, followed by the QuoteWorks bridge.

The Hartford’s standard auto and non-standard auto in certain states are the first lines of business supported. The bridge will be expanded to support homeowners in the future. A bridge with AMS’s Sagitta management system is also being planned.

A recent AUGIE survey revealed that 80 percent of respondents would be more likely to place business with a carrier that allowed pre-fill from the agency management system to the company’s proprietary Web site, even if the price is not the lowest.

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