瑞士保险区块链联盟B3i Service AG成立
为了加速保险行业区块链技术发展、并且加速试点项目推进速度，探索区块链技术在保险行业里的潜在用例，保险区块链联盟B3i Service AG宣布在瑞士正式成立。
该保险区块链联盟已经获得了全球多家保险巨头的支持，包括慕尼黑再保险公司（Munich Re）和瑞士再保险公司（Swiss Re）、苏黎世保险（Zurick）、安联（Allianz）、以及全球保险集团（Aegon）等。
目前，B3i Service AG保险区块链联盟将会首先启动一个基于区块链的交易系统，同时还要积极推动全球自然灾害国际保险项目的试运行工作。事实上，该全球自然灾害国际保险项目将涉及世界上最大的38家保险集团和保险经纪公司。根据该项目发布的新闻稿披露，其绝对效率收益率将会达到30%。
值得一提的是，B3i Serve AG并不是保险行业里第一个区块链技术联盟。2017年8月，航运巨头马士基联合微软、安永、以及一批保险公司完成了一项为期20周的货运保险区块链数据管理试运行项目；同年11月，德勤也携手一些保险公司测试了区块链技术在客户管理方面的应用。
A blockchain consortium backed by a group of global insurance firms has created an independent company with the aim of commercializing some of the solutions it has developed.
B3i is backed by notable firms including giants AIG and AIA as well as founding members like Allianz, Aegon and Swiss Re, among others. The group first debuted in 2016, aiming to develop applications of the tech for the insurance and reinsurance industries, and the transition to a fully-fledged company marks the next step in their work.
In statements, the group positioned the company's formation in Switzerland - long known as a hub for blockchain companies - as a way to advance the work with additional resources.
"As an independent legal entity with its own capital and intellectual property, B3i Services AG can streamline the development, testing and commercialization of blockchain solutions," B3i commented last week.
The consortium introduced its first product - a blockchain prototype for property catastrophe excess of loss reinsurance contracts - in 2017, and the new company expects to kick off the first live trades on the platform by the end of the year. It also revealed in the statement that it has several other products in development, though it did not provide further details.
More broadly, B3i Service AG will aim to "create an ecosystem of products and services developed 'by the market, for the market.'"
The newly incorporated entity was formed by the founders of the original initiative, and Gerhard Lohmann, CFO of reinsurance at Swiss Re, has been selected as to chair the company.
"The transition of B3i from consortium to independent company is a concrete step forward to realizing the enormous potential of blockchain for the insurance industry," Lohmann said in a statement.