Insurance: Impact of IoT in the U.S. and Europe

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Real-time data provides a new opportunity for insurance companies to deliver value. The opportunities for new business models such as usage-based insurance are clear, as new products enter the market that can prevent or mitigate loss. Parks Associates' consumer research indicates strong consumer interest for these solutions:

  • 51% of U.S. broadband households find an IoT device that alerts them to smoke and fire highly appealing
  • 41% of U.S. broadband households find a device that alerts them to a water leak to be highly appealing

Insurance companies can leverage these smart home solutions to avoid costs, mitigate damage, and increase customer value and satisfaction.

This webcast features insights on the impact of Internet of Things on the insurance industries, new business cases and applications under development, and strategies for insurance companies to leverage data to provide new services.

Dr. Christoph Döbrich, Innovation Manager, Allianz Worldwide Partners
Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect

Curt Schacker, Senior Vice President, Connected Products, EVRYTHNG

Webcast Moderator: Barbara Kraus, Research Director, Parks Associates


Dr. Christoph Döbrich, Innovation Manager, Allianz Worldwide Partners

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Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect

Kevin Meagher is the SVP Business Development for ROC Connect, a technology company offering an enterprise grade cloud platform to support the IoT and the deployment of smart home products and services.

Meagher is the former VP and General Manager of Lowe’s Smart Home initiative. He led Lowe’s IoT program, including the development of deployment of connected products and services through stores. Kevin founded Intamac Systems, a UK company offering a Cloud platform delivering smart home solutions to the mass consumer market through telecommunications companies and utilities.

Meagher has been recognized as a global pioneer and thought leader in the smart home and IoT. He has lectured on business management and published papers at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards including Ruban d’Honneur as European Entrepreneur of the Year, and his company won the European Best Business Innovation Award. He has 3 patents. He has also served as a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force.

Meagher is a Chartered Engineer in Aeronautics and holds an MBA from the Open University. 

Curt Schacker, Senior Vice President, Connected Products, EVRYTHNG

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Curt has spent over 25 years in the Silicon Valley high tech community, having held a number of senior positions in sales, marketing, and business development, including VP of Worldwide Marketing at Wind River (Intel), Executive VP of Field Operations at Real-Time Innovations, and VP of Sales at Arrayent. He co-founded and served as CEO of Embedded Solution Partners, which was named the 20th fastest growing private company in Silicon Valley in 2006.

Curt has spoken and served as a panelist at numerous events around the world, offering education and insight into leading edge embedded and communications software topics. He is a strong advocate for advancement of Web- connected products. Curt began his career developing flight software for the NASA Hubble Space Telescope. He graduated with honors from Wright State University with a degree in Computer Science.

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