issue 008, 2017

Looking back

This quarter, we will look back at recent blog articles focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it is influencing the world of claims investigations. From the perspective of our special investigations unit (SIU), we take a deeper look at how geo-fencing and image recognition technology has found its way into the realm of insurance investigations. And in a recent two-part series from our partners at Unified Investigations & Sciences, we explore how the IoT is impacting forensic investigations for property and auto claims. Look for additional posts in this series in the future.

Geo-fencing and recognition technology in the investigation toolbox
The IoT – and, more specifically, the data collected through interconnected smartphones, vehicles, buildings and other devices – has created a vast network of information that is now an invaluable tool for law enforcement and national defense agencies. Along the same lines, special investigation teams are also able to use geo-fencing and image recognition technology to track and analyze open source data collected through the IoT for claims investigation and resolution. Click here to read the full blog article.

The IoT – What is it and how does it affect forensic investigations?
The IoT is a rapidly emerging field of technological devices poised to affect virtually everyone, every day – including forensic investigators as they assess the origin and cause of property damage. Smart homes and industry are moving with expediency into neighborhoods and businesses. Smart hubs can link alarm systems, along with a host of other connected tech such as lights, door locks, outlets, thermostats, smoke detectors, etc., and feed data from all sensors and connections to a centralized app. This emerging technology presents forensic investigators with new knowledge and opportunity to build timelines and details into an investigation. Click here to read the full blog article.

The IoT and forensic vehicle investigations
Smart, connected automobiles have the ability to produce, capture, store, process, analyze, and transmit large amounts of data to assist drivers and provide information. We are seeing different devices and industries utilizing the IoT to capture and make use of this data; forensic investigators can find new details available to support their investigations and to verify their findings. Here are several trends we are seeing in different fields – telematics, car sharing, fleet operations, usage-based insurance and self-driving technology. What may be coming in the near future that could be useful for forensic investigations? Click here to read the full blog article.