PRINCETON, ON and LAVAL, QC, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Frank Cowan Company, a
leader in providing specialized insurance programs, and Baseline
Telematics, an important supplier of Telematics based solutions for
insurers, have partnered to deliver an innovative web based weather
monitoring and operations management platform called Snowman,
specifically designed for municipalities across Canada.
Snowman has been designed to help municipal clients, specifically in
Ontario, meet legal requirements under the Minimum Maintenance
Standards (MMS) legislation. The requirements, which changed on January
25, 2013, now set out that municipalities are obligated to: monitor the weather, both current and forecast to occur in the next 24
hours, once every shift or three times per calendar day, whichever is
more frequent (Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways,
O-Reg 239/02, s. 3.1).
The Snowman platform with enhanced integration to Environment Canada
weather services will be available free of charge to Frank Cowan
clients in October, 2013 which is just in time for the beginning of the
winter maintenance season.
Snowman is a proven and powerful web based solution designed by
Operasoft Inc. It is specifically built to automate the operations of
any organization working within the snow and ice management industry.
Currently serving over 100 private and public sector clients across
Canada and the US, it's users can quickly and seamlessly plan and
manage their operations, human resources, vehicle GPS tracking,
routing, and much more.
Barb Szychta, Director, Risk Management, Frank Cowan Company: Various
weather monitoring measures are currently being used by municipalities.
We've worked closely with Baseline to adapt Snowman into a
comprehensive weather solution to help our clients automate weather
verification, and documentation, thus simplifying compliance to the MMS
weather verification requirements.
Paul-André Savoie, CEO of Baseline Telematics: Working with the Frank
Cowan Company to adapt an existing fleet and operations management
platform such as Snowman, so that it helps insurers help their clients
better plan, manage and document their activities to reduce risk has
been a great customer-focused project. We are confident that Frank
Cowan Company, and its municipal clients will both benefit from many
innovative features integrated in the Snowman platform.
Under joint and several, municipalities can be held accountable for tens
of millions of dollars in award costs should they be found just 1%
negligent and the other named defendants can't fund the judgement. The
MMS is meant to help municipalities defend their actions in court.
Derek Sarluis, VP, Claims, Frank Cowan Company: We have seen the
frequency and severity of road liability claims escalate significantly.
Snowman, combined with our risk and claims management programs, is
another tool municipalities can use in their arsenal when it comes to
providing evidence to defend against claims.
About Frank Cowan Company
Frank Cowan Company is a leader in providing specialized insurance
programs, including risk management and claims services for
municipalities and public service, healthcare, education, community,
children's and social service organizations across Canada. Proven
industry knowledge, gained through over 85 years of partnering with
insurance companies and independent brokers, gives Frank Cowan Company
the ability to effectively manage the necessary risk, advisory and
claims services for both standard and complex issues. About BaselineTelematics
Baseline Telematics has been designing risk management solutions for
property and casualty insurance companies across Canada for nearly 20
years. Its first solutions led to the installation of nearly 300,000
tracking devices to recover stolen cars in Canada, totalling over 200M$
in saved theft claims in just 10 years, in collaboration with over 30
insurance companies. Baseline was the first to launch a usage based
insurance solution in Canada with Industrial Alliance www.mobiliz.ca. Its solution is the first in the world to allow insurers to rate and
invoice auto insurance on a variable monthly basis. Since 2009,
Baseline has been the leading Canadian provider of telematics based
insurance platforms, and offers one of the most comprehensive solutions
on the market today. For more information, visit www.baselinetelematics.com
For additional information about Frank Cowan Company visit www.frankcowan.com. For risk management thought-leadership articles, checklists and tools
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