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March 11th, 2009
Crawford & Company Deploys Infoterra Solution

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PR – Infoterra Ltd, has developed a powerful
browser-based desktop survey solution for Crawford & Company – the
world’s largest independent provider of claims management solutions to
the risk management and insurance sectors.

The Infoterra
solution supports the activities of Crawford’s National Subsidence
Unit, enabling Crawford’s surveyors to gain a comprehensive
geographical view of claims. This web-based solution will allow
surveyors to validate a specific address – anywhere in GB – and then
call up aerial photography and mapping (OS MasterMap®) to assess a
subsidence claim, for example, proximity of trees to the property. They
can include, on the aerial photography or map, detailed measurement and
annotation using the solution’s online editing suite. Results can then
be saved for inclusion in Crawford’s insurance reports, as well as
providing site surveyors with clear visual instructions as to which
specific features need further investigation.

Commenting on the
Infoterra solution, Alex Finch, Managing Director of Crawford National
Building Services said: "this browser-based service provides our
subsidence claims team with a source of risk intelligence, allowing us
to equip our site surveyors with essential claims information, which
saves us valuable time. In addition, because this is a web-based
service, our users don’t need to have any specific GIS software or
expertise, and we don’t need to carry out expensive training – it is
intuitive. It’s this combination of relevant risk intelligence,
ease-of-use and a usage-based charging model that makes this such a
cost-effective solution for us."

"Infoterra clearly demonstrated
the value of geospatial data to our business and has created a bespoke
solution that meets our requirements exactly," he continued. "We’ve
also been impressed by Infoterra’s expertise in establishing suitable
licence agreements for the data and of course the implementation of a
flexible pay-as-you-use service."

Crawford & Company’s
pay-as-you-use service is backed by the power and sophistication of
Infoterra’s major geospatial hosting centre – Europe’s largest
dedicated commercial geospatial data facility. This ensures that claims
management queries are always supported by the latest geospatial data,
which is continually refreshed as part of Infoterra’s ongoing renewal
process.


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