ISO CatCubeTM Puts Over 50 Years of Catastrophe Data on the Web

NEW YORK, February 26, 2001 — Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) has launched ISO CatCubeTM — a flexible, fast and easy way to access and analyze data in ISO's Property Claim Services (PCS) Catastrophe History Database.

Insurers, risk managers and other industry interests use the Catastrophe History Database for catastrophe planning, reinsurance purchases,resource allocation, and underwriting and marketing programs.

ISO CatCube uses Cognos PowerPlay online analytical processing software that enables users — armed only with a Web browser and a password for ISOnet, ISO's Internet information service for insurance professionals — to explore any combination of database elements and examine how different types of information interact.

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For instance, an insurer might look at information on catastrophes such as windstorms, fires or hurricanes, by catastrophe serial number, date of occurrence, state(s) affected, any of 10 categories of catastrophe types, amount of loss and type of insured-loss estimate (preliminary, resurvey or final).

Users can drill down through multiple levels in each information category and display results in a number of preformatted reports or graphs. Using ISOnet also makes it easy to link with other PCS information, such as catastrophe bulletins and daily event reports for events since January 1998.

The PCS Catastrophe History Database, with data from as far back as 1949, remains the only source of U.S. insured-loss evaluations for catastrophic events.

ISO is a leading source of information, products and services related to property and liability risk. For a broad spectrum of commercial and personal lines of insurance, ISO provides statistical, actuarial, underwriting and claims information and analyses; consulting and technical services; policy language; and information about specific locations. In the United States and around the world, ISO serves insurers, reinsurers, agents, brokers, self-insureds, risk managers, and insurance regulators and other government agencies.

ISO CatCube is ISO's first product to be launched powered by Cognos software. ISO recently partnered with Cognos Inc. to enhance and develop products via Cognos business intelligence platform.

Release: Immediate

Contacts:
Giuseppe Barone / Erica Helton
MWW Group (for ISO)
201-507-9500
gbarone@mww.com / ehelton@mww.com