"Big data" gets its name in part because there is so much of it;it's in identifying discernible patterns that it actually deliversvalue. And in some cases, discovering hidden threats — oropportunity — is likewise worth the price of admission.

In January, global information technology innovators NTT Data released a reportauthored by Senior Practice Lead, Insurance Data and Analytics,Normand Lepine that's focused on smart homes and how insureds might share dataon their domiciles if they received something in return — as wellas what valuable data the Internet of Things, at least as far assmart homes in particular, might present to insurers in the future.Both consumers and carrier executives were surveyed. (It's worthdefining at this point that "smart homes" are those that includedevices that have networked connectivity, such as security systems,frozen-pipe sensors, cameras and smoke/carbon dioxide detectors, toname a few.)

"IoT: Disruptionand Opportunity in the Insurance Industry" addresses suchquestions as whether homeowner-insurance buyers are ready for smarthome technology, and whether those insureds would share data fromthose devices to reduce risk and save money. The answers wererevealed by first dividing those consumers into two groups:Keepers, and Seekers.

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Shawn Moynihan

Shawn Moynihan is Editor-in-Chief of National Underwriter Property & Casualty. A St. John’s University alum, Moynihan has earned 11 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the Pulitzers of the business press; seven Azbee Awards, from the American Society of Business Press Editors; two Folio Awards; and a SABEW award, from the Society of American Business Editors & Writers. Prior to joining ALM, he served as Managing Editor/Online Editor of journalism institution Editor & Publisher, the trade bible of the newspaper industry. Moynihan also has held editorial positions with AOL, Metro New York, and Newhouse Newspapers. He can be reached at [email protected].