James Noble wins Risk & Insurance’s Innovator award for Zurich Fleet Intelligence

Coming up with a comprehensive fleet telematics program that not only focuses on driver safety, but also fleet safety, costs and efficiency has earned Zurich and one of its risk engineers national recognition in the US.

Zurich Fleet Intelligence Award

James Noble, Line of Business Director, Motor Fleet, for Zurich Services Corporation’s Risk Engineering department, was named a winner of Risk & Insurance’s 2011 Risk Innovator award for the transportation category.

Noble won the award for the creation of Zurich Fleet Intelligence program, a system that combines vehicle telematics systems with extensive reporting tools that can help fleet managers turn data into insights that can help reduce crash frequency, lower loss and operating costs and greater efficiency.

‘Although ZFI was my initial idea, it is a great example of how the team we have here at Zurich came together to bring the idea to life’, Noble said. ‘I expected ZFI to be a market-leading product when it was designed and it’s great that it is now getting industry recognition’.

The Risk Innovator Award recognizes winners across different industries who have demonstrated innovation and excellence in risk management. These key individuals see risk differently and have resolved risk-related problems in a unique or innovative way. They view risk not only as a threat, but also as an opportunity for their organizations.

At the same time Zurich was also a three times winner at the 2011 UK Risk Management Awards, where the best international risk management talent was honoured on 16 November as the winners of the Risk Management Awards 2011 recognising excellence and innovation in all facets of risk management were announced at the Lancaster Hotel in London. One of these 3 awards was for Best Use of Technology in Risk Management for Zurich’s technological breakthrough in providing telematic solutions that promote driver safety, improved financial management of fleet operations (in maintenance and reduced wear and tear) and helping to monitor and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles. This unique solution is available throughout Zurich globally and is known as ZFI (Zurich Fleet Intelligence).

Ed Dubens President and CEO at Interactive Driving Systems said: ‘Zurich very much deserves this recognition for its innovative and industry leading approach to motor risk management. We at Interactive Driving Systems are delighted and proud to have supported them in this process over many years’.

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