Mitchell to use blockchain to increase data transfer in collision industry

Updated Jan 18, 2018

Mitchell International announced Tuesday it will soon release a secure solution for sharing data among users within the collision repair and insurance claims industry. Mitchell’s new solution will promote and foster the flow of collision data among trusted industry partners, using blockchain technology to provide a highly secure, distributed and advanced encrypted-data exchange between stakeholders, the company says.

“Data security has never been more important than it is today, and given the large number of existing systems and partner dependencies, limited efforts have been made to address the risks associated with estimating information saved in either EMS or BMS formats and stored in thousands of decentralized locations,” says Olivier Baudoux, Vice President of Global Product Strategy at Mitchell. “Although data have been transmitted over the network through secure protocols for many years, EMS and BMS standards have no inherent encryption mechanism to protect information saved everyday on local computers across the industry. Blockchain is an ideal solution, one where stakeholders enroll to become trusted partners and agree to share data through an open and secure framework. We are working with industry partners, suppliers, repairers, OEMs and insurance carriers to encourage the adoption of this technology across our industry.”

Blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, referred to as blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography, the company says. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification. Mitchell is proposing a collision-centric blockchain community that is a secure yet simple way to share data among trusted industry partners. The technology allows for a simplified, open and distributed ledger that is transparent, verifiable and self-administered by the community. As a trusted partner, a company will be able to validate and add to the chain, Mitchell says.

“The ideas of a single entity controlling the data and a single server system being used to ensure security are outdated and do not fit the distributed environment of vehicle repair and collision claims,” adds Ravi Nemani, senior vice president of Product Delivery at Mitchell. “Blockchain, on the other hand, is a modern and more robust method for enabling efficient data exchange in a highly secure environment.”

Mitchell is demonstrating partner integrations and new technology, including further details of its blockchain implementation, this week at an event in Palm Springs, Calif.

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