Kemper Auto and Home Deploys ISO HomeValue to Streamline Workflow for Agents and Underwriters

 — May 23, 2005 — 

Kemper Auto and Home, a Unitrin Company, has integrated ISO HomeValue™ into its agent policy-quoting system for a streamlined underwriting workflow. Developed by AIR Worldwide Corporation (AIR), ISO HomeValue is a highly flexible web-based residential replacement cost estimator that can be integrated into virtually any underwriting application. As a result of the integration, Kemper Auto and Home's network of underwriters and independent agents has seamless access to replacement values through the web.

"We participated in the initial testing and design of ISO HomeValue to ensure ease-of-use, customizability, accuracy, and value-added information for our agents," said Thom McDaniel, president of Kemper Auto and Home. "Since our implementation, we have been extremely pleased with the improvements ISO HomeValue has made to our underwriting workflow. Integrating ISO HomeValue directly into our price quoting process will make working with Kemper Auto and Home easier for our agents."

ISO HomeValue is completely integrated into Kemper Auto and Home's policy-quoting system, RightPrice Web. To generate homeowners and package policy quotes, agents simply link to ISO HomeValue to formulate the replacement value. Furthermore, ISO HomeValue is integrated with ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC™) codes, allowing agents to save even more time in the quoting process. Once the valuation is complete, all data associated with the record, including PPC codes, are seamlessly incorporated into RightPrice Web.

Additionally, RightPrice Web is populated with property-specific data imported through ISO HomeValue's unique pre-fill feature. This data is provided by ISO HomeValue's detailed database of key building features for more than 50 million residential properties in the United States. Agents simply enter an address and, in many cases, information including square footage, construction material, and other relevant property data is pre-filled into RightPrice Web.

"Integrating validated property information directly into RightPrice Web is a tremendous time saver for our agents," continued McDaniel. "It allows our agents to spend more time working with clients on the finer details of a property submission because the basics are already there."

"As insurers draw upon an ever-increasing amount of information to make underwriting decisions, the ability to provide seamless access to wide-ranging data is extremely valuable," said George Davis, actuarial consultant at AIR. "ISO HomeValue can be integrated with in-house and third-party applications, as well as with a wealth of data sources from ISO. In addition to PPC codes, ISO HomeValue can be integrated with A-PLUS™ reports, LOCATION® services, catastrophe hazard information, credit reports, and other information."

About Kemper Auto and Home, A Unitrin Company

A company specializing in the sale of personal automobile and homeowner's insurance through a network of independent agents, Kemper Auto and Home has been part of the Unitrin, Inc. group of companies since 2002. Rated "A" (Excellent) by leading industry rating authority A. M. Best, Unitrin (NYSE: UTR) boasts nearly 7,700 employees and has assets in excess of $8.7 billion. Kemper Auto and Home is Unitrin's largest holding with $1 billion in annual premium. For more information about Kemper Auto and Home, visit www.ekemper.com.

About ISO HomeValue

ISO HomeValue is an award-winning residential replacement valuation system that enables insurers and their agents to make reliable estimates of the replacement cost of residential properties in the event of a total loss. ISO HomeValue can improve insurers' underwriting profitability by helping to ensure policies are written to reflect full replacement value. ISO HomeValue can be integrated with virtually any underwriting or policy management system, as well as with a wealth of data sources from ISO. When integrated with AIR Worldwide's catastrophe models, ISO HomeValue enables insurers to assess the catastrophe risk of individual properties at the point of underwriting. Recognized with an A.M. Best E-Fusion Award for underwriting management, ISO HomeValue was developed by AIR Worldwide Corporation, a subsidiary of ISO. For more information, please visit www.isohomevalue.com.