Allstate‘s patent involves a system using mobile devices to collect barometric data and location information to detect catastrophic events. The system estimates property damage, insurance coverage, and likelihood of a claim to provide a partial settlement amount to users before a claim is submitted. GlobalData’s report on Allstate gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Insurance claim processing system using barometric data from mobile devices

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Allstate Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11887195B1) outlines a system designed to utilize data collected from mobile devices equipped with sensors to detect catastrophic events affecting specific geographic regions. The system involves a server receiving barometric data and location information from multiple mobile devices, analyzing this data to identify catastrophic events, and estimating property damage to insured properties based on the severity of the event. The system can determine insurance coverage amounts, likelihood of claims being submitted, and provide partial settlement amounts to users before claims are officially filed. Additionally, the system can compare barometric data against predefined thresholds for catastrophes, assign catastrophe resources to affected regions, and detect weather events based on atmospheric pressure measurements.

The patent details the use of various sensors in mobile devices, such as barometers, thermometers, GPS, and accelerometers, to collect data for analysis. It also includes methods for determining the severity of catastrophic events based on changes in atmospheric pressure and identifying fraudulent insurance claims by comparing data from different devices. The system aims to streamline the insurance claim process by proactively assessing property damage, estimating claim amounts, and providing partial settlements promptly. Overall, the system's innovative approach leverages mobile technology to enhance disaster response, insurance assessment, and claim management in the event of natural disasters like hurricanes, tsunamis, wildfires, and earthquakes.

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