Mitchell Announces Secure Blockchain Solution
Jan. 17, 2018—Mitchell International 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.
“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,” said 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.”
“The ideas of a single entity controlling the data and a single server system being used to ensure security are outdated and do not fit the distributed environment of vehicle repair and collision claims,” said Ravi Nemani, senior vice president of product delivery at Mitchell.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.”