Wearable Convergence: Where Fashion and Technology Meet

Imagine wearing a jacket that taps you on the left or right shoulder indicating where to turn to reach your destination, or a ring that lights up when you have an incoming call or text message. Well these thoughts are already reality as technology becomes increasingly integrated to clothing and accessories. This emerging trend is the topic of our latest whitepaper titled “Wearable Technology: Function, Fit, Fashion Fun” authored by OneBeacon Technology risk control specialist Robert Morris. In this whitepaper, you will learn how various industries are weaving miniaturized computers into textiles and more to personalize technology. Bob also describes the current challenges such as battery life and privacy concerns, as well as directional opportunities. Even if you can’t see yourself wearing a health-tracking device, we’re confident that you’ll appreciate being aware of the power and functionality delivered through wearable technology.

OBGR’s Sarah Schmitz to Present at Claims & Litigation Management Conference

Sarah Schmitz, Claims Examiner at OneBeacon Government Risks, will be among the featured speakers at the upcoming Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) Conference. Schmitz will join a panel of four to discuss, “Municipal Law: The Legal and Insurance Ramifications of the Militarization of Police Departments.” We invite you to join her session on Thursday, March 26 at 2 p.m. PST.

The annual CLM conference brings together claims and litigation professionals for a mix of educational sessions and networking events. The conference takes place March 25 – 27 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. For more information, visit the event website. 

John Wurzler: Panelist at ACI Cyber & Data Risk Insurance Conference

If you’re attending the American Conference Institute’s Cyber and Data Risk Insurance conference in Chicago this week, we invite you to attend the cybercrime session today, featuring OneBeacon Technology President John Wurzler as a panelist. Titled: “Emerging Perils, New Risks and Cyber Crime Eclipsing Terrorism as the Principal Domestic Threat” the group will discuss new threats, corporate espionage, employee hacks and more. The session begins at 4:50 p.m. Central Time.

OBGR Exhibiting at South Carolina PRIMA March 22-24

Our Government Risks group (OBGR) is exhibiting this weekend at the South Carolina Public Risk Management Association’s (PRIMA) annual conference. If you’re in Greenville for event, please visit with OBGR’s VP of Business Development Bradley York at exhibit booth #3.

Beginning on Sunday, March 22, the three-day conference features speaking engagements, presentations and classes focused on the topic of risk management. The event is being held at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville. For more information, please visit the conference website.

Collaborating for the Future with MyPath

We’re excited to partner with MyPath (www.insuremypath.org) in its efforts to attract new talent to the insurance industry workforce. We invite you to browse our current internship opportunities and read about our specialty solutions by visiting OneBeacon’s MyPath partner page.

MyPath is dedicated to educating students and young professionals about the insurance industry and the career opportunities it has to offer. From financial analyst to underwriter, visitors can discover a range of job roles and responsibilities through the site. Additionally, students can search for scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

We encourage you to visit MyPath to learn about the impact of our industry and its various careers.

OBGR President Jeff Richardson Attending AGRIP Conference

The Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRIP) kicks off its annual Spring Governance & Leadership Conference on Sunday, March 8. Jeff Richardson, President of our Government Risks group, will join members of the pooling community at the three-day event.

Taking place at Bally’s in Las Vegas, the conference will focus on governance, operations and leadership education for pool boards and staff. The event will highlight key trends and risk-related issues impacting pools, including extreme weather and disaster preparation, medical drug advancements, and technological advancements such as drones.

For more information on the event, visit www.agrip.org.

Internet protocols: the next generation

These days, most of us take the internet for granted and rely on it for essential information ranging from weather forecasts to social media updates, texting, and online shopping or bill payments. What if the day came when you were unable to connect or had to share your connection, but only one person could be online at a time? Sound farfetched? Think again, as today’s “internet protocol” version (IPv4) is being sorely stretched, paving the way for IP version 6. Understanding these internet communication protocols and the impact of high web penetration is the subject of OneBeacon Technology’s latest whitepaper authored by risk control specialist Jack Morkovsky. Titled, “Comparing IPv4 and IPV6; Like comparing a beach ball to the sun” also addresses the risks faced by web-enabled devices owners and manufacturers to ensure compatibility with IPv6, which was adopted in 2012.

As insurance professionals, it’s important to recognize the broad impact of this new standard, as any technology company involved in R&D and manufacturing that somehow touches the internet must pay attention to these standards. We encourage you to review this paper and share it with your technology clients.

OBGR’s Kenny Smith to Speak at IRWA Conference

OneBeacon Government Risks’ VP of Risk Control Kenny Smith will attend and present at the upcoming Illinois Rural Water Association (IRWA) Annual Conference. Beginning on February 15, the two-day conference is being held at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Ill.

Smith’s session on February 17 will focus on the topic of fleet risk management. His discussion will include fleet risk management tips and insight into how water districts can mitigate their vehicular risks.

OBGR’s Business Development Manager Royanna Carle is also attending the conference. To learn more about the session or to visit with OBGR, please email Royanna.

Ocean City Bound? Visit with NMU at Seaside Boat Show

National Marine Underwriters (NMU) continues its busy boat show season with a visit to Ocean City, Maryland this weekend. If you’re attending the 32nd Annual Seaside Boat Show, please visit with our NMU representatives located at exhibit booth #427.

Taking place February 13-15 at the Ocean City Convention Center, the boat show includes over 140 exhibitors. To learn more about the show, visit: http://www.ocboatshow.com/.

NMU Underwriter Al Saunders mans the exhibition booth at the Sea Side Boat show.

NMU Underwriter Al Saunders will man the exhibition booth at the show.