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Why Web 3 is too important for insurers to ignore

Baringa.pngBy Benedict Altier

Web 3 is transforming the way businesses, including insurance, interact with consumers. The advancements in technology, such as decentralized networks, blockchain and smart contracts, offer faster, more secure and cost-effective ways of exchanging information. With the rise of decentralized finance (DeFi), insurance companies need to be ready to adapt and respond to changes in the competitive landscape.

What are the potential benefits of Web 3 for insurance companies?

Insurance companies can benefit from several applications of Web 3 technology, including increased trust and automation. For instance, the use of smart contracts can result in new and innovative insurance products, with greater payment certainty and reduced delays. For example, ACRE Africa has been experimenting with smart contracts in parametric insurance, where farmers receive compensation against the effects of extreme weather. As soon as defined conditions are met, such as low or excess rainfall, smart contracts automatically pay policyholders.

Another area of opportunity for insurance companies is the distribution of insurance products. Decentralized insurance platforms could make it easier for non-insurers to offer custom-made micro-insurance products, by using their knowledge of the community's risk profiles. For example, a community group could launch an insurance product on a blockchain, where members manage and approve claims.

In addition to product development and distribution, Web 3 technologies present new challenges and opportunities for insurers in risk management and underwriting. Accurately assessing and pricing the risks associated with smart contracts and DeFi platforms will be crucial for exposure management. Insurers can also benefit from secure information sharing through ZK protocols, which can speed up due diligence and help them better understand individual and corporate risks.

As Web 3 technology continues to evolve, insurance companies need to be proactive in understanding its potential and embracing its benefits. While there may be challenges to overcome, there is also significant potential for companies to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and provide better products and services to their customers.

The question for insurance companies is: How can you embrace the advancements of Web 3 to stay ahead of the competition and provide the best possible products and services to your customers?




Last updated 10/02/2023