Asia Insurance CIO Technology Summit에 다녀와서…

2016년9월5-6일에 싱가포르에서 개최된 Asia Insurance CIO Summit를 다녀왔다. 100명 가까이 되는 참가자들이 모여 성황리에 끝났다. 보험사, IT업체 그리고 스타트업들이 모여 자리를 빛냈다.

이틀간에 걸쳐 열린 이 이벤트의 첫날째는 보험업계의 방향성을 논하는 발표들이 눈에 띄었다. 접근방식에 다소 차이는 있으나 고객중심적으로 발전해가야 한다는 이야기가 많았다. 또 첫날째에는 저희 Celent가 심사위원을 맡은 제6회 Asia Insurance Technology Awards 시상식도 있었다. 모든 사례를 보고 수상자 선정을 한 저이지만, 발표를 보고 다시금 놀라웠다. 특히 PetSure (Australia) Everledger와의 만남은 인상 깊이 남았다. 응모용지나 기사에서는 못 느낀 기세를 느끼며 압도 당했다. 앞으로의 계획도 이야기를 나누어 주셨다. 그 이야기를 들으니 더 흥미진진해졌다. Celent에서는 이러한 best practice들을 수집하고 추적 관찰을 하고 있고, 앞으로도 그럴 것이다.

이틀째는 스타트업을 중심으로 한 InsurTech 관련된 이야기가 이어졌다. AI를 활요한 보험업계의 접근 방법, P2P 보험의 진화에 관련된 발표들이 인상에 특히 남았다. 그 중 싱가포르에서 창업된 P2P보험사 Insubee의 동영상을 소개한다.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-lv_4VHCAk&feature=youtu.be

본격적인 서비스 개시는 내년 초를 게획하고 있다고 한다. 초기에 나왔던 P2P보험의 약점을 보완한 비즈니스모델이라는 평가다. 서비스가 개시된 뒤, 이 모델이 어느 정도 받아들여지는지 궁금하다.

Asia Insurance CIO Technology Summit에 참여해 여기에서는 못 쓰는 이야기들도 다양하게 보고 듣고 왔다. 더 자세한 디스커션을 원하시는 분은 아래 연락처로 연락을 주시기 바란다.

공경순 (Celent analyst) kkong@celent.com  
Mr. Yuya Fukumori (Celent account manager 한국시장 담당) yfukumori@celent.com

 

FINOLAB

I recently paid a visit to Finolab, an innovative initiative in Tokyo designed to help support fintech initiatives. Officially dubbed The FinTech Center of Tokyo Finolab, the facility is an incubation office that opened in the Tokyo Bankers Association Building in February 2016. Sponsored by multiple firms (*1), the center is designed to support the launch and growth of start-ups as a hub to facilitate the matching of potential business ventures with companies and prospective investors.

For me, the facility conjured images of Level39 (*2) in London—and I don’t believe that I was the only person who felt that way. The Tokyo location overlooks Wadakura Fountain Park with its fountain and monuments and offers a sprawling view of the two-story picturesque Sakurada Tatsumi Yagura Keep and Imperial palace gardens and greenery. Stretching beyond that is the Kasumigaseki—the administrative heart of Japan. A good view can be essential when it comes to innovation. For fintech start-ups, a good physical location and community can be as essential to getting off the ground as having a good virtual presence.

“Finolab was established with the intention of creating fertile soil for and an environment conducive to fostering world-class financial innovation. It is backed by an enthusiastic cohort of promising fintech start-ups and stakeholders who are committed to spawning innovation and linking it to the existing ecosystem—that is Finolab,” explained Chie Ito, a founder of Finovators and manager of ISID, which is involved in the operation of Finolab. The birth of Finolab in the financial district of Otemachi area seems to aptly symbolize the current state of fintech in Japan today.

 

On the day, Akira Tsuruoka of the company Liquid, which has already taken up residence at Finolab and using it as its registered address, told me a bit about the company’s vision. Liquid is working to offer its Liquid payment service, which harnesses next-generation biometric authentication search engine technology, to obviate the need to carry credit cards or point cards. The Liquid reader (fingerprint reader) can be connected via a USB port to a POS cash register to make possible payment by fingerprint.

Conventionally, the hurdle for fingerprint authentication technology applications has been the time required for fingerprint matching confirmation, however, Liquid has succeeded in overcoming this by accelerating the verification process. Japan’s biometric technology has advanced from being able to confirm the identity of a person to being able to specify a user’s identity. The next area for which there are high expectations is using image processing and the ability to process reams of data across a broader range of biometric identifiers. Learning about Liquid’s technology and cloud-based service offering, I was struck by the possibilities that it has for boldly yet elegantly contributing to solutions for and potentially helping to redefine the very primitive applications of individual biometric authentication in the financial services industry.

 

(*1) Finolab is an endeavor jointly undertaken and backed by Mitsubishi Estate, Dentsu, and Information Services International-Dentsu (ISID). Finolab will be operated with the cooperation of Finovators, a corporation of professionals dedicated to promoting financial innovation. The Finolab will offer services through the finolab.jp website, with Dentsu and ISID responsible for service operations. http://finovators.org/  http://finolab.jp/

(*2) Located in the Canary Wharf financial district of London, Level39 is a fintech accelerator. Celent profiled it after it launched in 2013 in a blog entry. http://www.level39.co/  http://bit.ly/1oLjby7

 

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FINOLAB

FINOLABを訪問しました。FINOLAB(The FinTech Center of Tokyo FINOLAB)は、2016年2月、東京銀行協会ビルに開設されたフィンテック企業のためのインキュベーションオフィス。スタートアップの創業・成長を支援し、企業や投資家などへのプレゼンテーションやマッチングの拠点となるべく、複数企業(*1) のスポンサーシップにより開設されました。

眺望の素晴らしさに、ロンドンのLevel39(*2) を思い浮かべたのは、私だけではないと思います。和田倉噴水公園のモニュメントや大噴水が眼下に広がり、桜田巽櫓から皇居外苑を一望。その先には、日本の中枢、霞が関が展望されます。見通しの良さは、イノベーションに不可欠な要素。バーチャル空間だけでなく、フィジカルなロケーションも、つながるためにはとても重要な要素です。

「『日本に世界最高の金融イノベーションが生まれる土壌、環境、エコシステムを創ろう』。その熱い想いに賛同する有望フィンテックスタートアップやステークホルダーが集い、イノベーションを創発し、エコシステムをつなげる場が、FINOLABです。」FINOVATORSのファウンダーで、FINOLABの運営に携わるISIDの伊藤千恵氏はこう語りました。日本の金融の中心地「大手町」に誕生したこのスペースは、日本のフィンテックシーンの今を象徴するものと感じました。

 

当日は、すでにFINOLABに入居し、その住所に法人登記するリキッドの鶴岡章氏から、同社の取り組みも拝聴しました。同社は、次世代の生体認証検索エンジンを中核に、クレジットカードレス、ポイントカードレスを実現する決済サービス「Liquid」を提供しています。Liquidリーダー(指紋リーダー)を、USBポート経由でレジPOSに加えることで、指紋決済を可能とします。

従来、指紋認証は指紋の突合に要する時間がボトルネックでしたが、同社のテクノロジーは、その高速化に成功しました。日本の生体認証は、『本人確認』から『本人特定』する技術へ進化しました。次に期待される分野は、画像処理と大規模データ処理を通じた、識別対象の拡大です。その技術とサービスの全てをクラウドで提供するリキッドの取り組みに、個人認証といった金融サービスにおいて極めてプリミティブな領域を、大胆に、そして繊細に融解してゆく可能性を感じました。

 

(*1) FINOLABは、三菱地所(株)、(株)電通、(株)電通国際情報サービス(ISID)による3社協業事業。その運営は(社)金融革新同友会FINOVATORS が協力し、ウェブサイトFINOLAB.jp はFINOLAB事業の一環として、(株)電通、(株)電通国際情報サービスが運営している。http://finovators.org/ http://finolab.jp/

(*2) Level39はロンドンの新金融街Canary Wharf にある、フィンテックアクセラレータ拠点。2013年に開設当時の雰囲気は、セレント証券ブログに言及されている。http://www.level39.co/ http://bit.ly/1oLjby7

 

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