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Ageas adopts WeatherNet’s SurgeCast


Ageas UK has become the first personal lines insurer to incorporate WeatherNet’s SurgeCast application to identify and support customers most at risk of inbound extreme weather.

By integrating the precise geographical location of policyholders with enhanced weather forecasts based on historical events, the solution is able to warn Ageas policyholders of incoming weather events more than two weeks in advance.

Ageas Claims Director Stephen Linklater said, “We understand that climate change and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns are affecting our customers.

“With a focus on our technical capabilities, we are finding innovative ways to better protect our customers and help minimise the impact and disruption that these extreme weather events can cause. Not only does SurgeCast enable us to prepare our most at risk customers through timely advice and support, but we can also ensure we have the consultants and suppliers ready to respond.

“Climate modelling is a rapidly developing science, and we will continue to work with industry experts like WeatherNet to help us develop and apply our services.”

Stephen Roberts, Managing Director at WeatherNet, said, “SurgeCast delivers Ageas bespoke weather forecasts for the postcodes of its policyholders, up to 16 days ahead, refreshed four times every day. Ageas is the first to apply deep learning from a detailed study of historical severe weather events to predict the impact of forecast ones.”

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