Amica, Understory team up to test cutting-edge weather platform to improve claims handling

 Amica, Understory team up to test cutting-edge weather platform to improve claims handling

LINCOLN, R.I., March 16, 2016 – Amica Insurance is partnering with Understory, Inc.,
the developer of the next generation of weather sensor hardware and hyper-local data
analysis networks, to test an innovative weather detection and analytics platform.

In a recent independent study, hail was cited as causing more than $1.4 billion in
property damage and nearly $300 million in crop damage in the U.S. annually. The
Understory platform is unique in its ability to detect hail with precision. This
will allow Amica greater insight and accuracy in understanding how weather has
impacted its customers.

Advanced weather detection and analysis

Traditional, radar-enabled weather centers collect data by analyzing conditions
observed in the atmosphere. Understory – named for the area in a rainforest beneath
the forest canopy – detects rain, hail, wind and other weather events directly at
the earth’s surface, where the risk to life and property is greatest.

The Understory sensor, RTi, consists of a metallic ball about the size of a soccer
ball attached to a metal rod that is fixed to a base plate. It’s powered by solar
panels and has embedded wireless technology to upload data directly to the
Understory cloud.

Amica’s RTi sensor sits atop one of the buildings at its corporate headquarters, and
it measures temperature, wind speed and any hail impacts in real time. The company
hopes that the data from the sensor will help to more effectively handle future

“This data can be used in our mapping platform to improve our understanding of
severe weather events by incorporating ground-level observations,” said Adam
Kostecki, claims officer in Amica’s claims executive department and a member of its
enterprise innovation team. “With this detailed dataset, we hope to more accurately
predict claim volumes, especially after hailstorms.”

Understory has already deployed networks of RTi sensors in Kansas City, Boston and
Dallas, with additional deployments planned through 2017. The primary locations are
areas with significant exposure to strong wind and damaging hail.

“Severe weather is on the rise,” said Alex Kubicek, CEO and founder of Understory,
Inc. “The Understory network pulls precise environmental data into actionable
material Amica can use during the claims handling process. We look forward to
working with them for the benefit of their policyholders.”

(Photo info: Amica employees Adam Kostecki (from left), Brian Leroux and Larry Brown
(far right) with Nicole Homeier, vice president of Understory Weather, and Alex
Kubicek, CEO of Understory Weather, with the RTi on the roof at Amica’s corporate

About Amica Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was
founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer
of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through
Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than
3,400 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit