November 16, 2009 08:00 ET

Swett & Crawford Licenses AQS Access

Renowned Wholesaler Leverages Self-Development Tools and Maintenance, ISO Rates

HARTLAND, WI--(Marketwire - November 16, 2009) - AQS, Inc., a provider of policy administration systems for property/casualty insurance, today announced that Swett & Crawford, one of the country's largest insurance intermediaries, has licensed AQS Access for its commercial property/casualty business.

"We've been searching for a solution that would allow us to accommodate several carriers on a single system," said Terri Snell, Swett & Crawford's chief administrative officer. "We'd faced challenges; but with AQS Access, we expect to meet this objective and have greater self-development flexibility. And we're able to bring the product management in-house, which is what our goal has always been."

AQS Access is a policy administration system with complete rate-quote, underwriting, and policy-management capabilities for all property/casualty lines -- including self-service options for product configuration. It integrates ISO Rating Service® and packages ISO's loss costs, rules, and policy forms information.

"The architecture of AQS Access allows us to integrate with multiple technology platforms within Swett, as well as those of our business partners," added Chris Mitchell, Swett & Crawford's CIO.

"Being selected by Swett & Crawford is a milestone for both companies," said Dave Kerford, AQS's CEO. "For them, it gives them the tools and the self-sufficiency they want in one application. For us, it demonstrates that we can scale and adapt to the needs of carriers and MGAs such as Swett & Crawford, giving both groups the ability to react quickly to ever-changing business needs and product demands, along with an ISO-based rating system for efficiency and compliance."

About AQS, Inc.

Since 1979, AQS has been providing policy administration and business-support services to property/casualty insurers, supporting all transactions for all lines of business in all 50 states. AQS products deliver scalability and interoperability, using web services and .NET architecture to maximize extensibility, optimize integration with other systems, and automate the entire policy lifecycle. For more information, please visit

About Swett & Crawford

For more than 95 years, Swett & Crawford has delivered exceptional expertise and service to the commercial insurance marketplace as a wholesale insurance broker, serving as an intermediary between independent insurance agents and the nation's top insurance carriers. For the last four years, readers of Business Insurance magazine have voted Swett & Crawford "Best Wholesaler." Swett & Crawford works with retail insurance agents or brokers to provide comprehensive, cost-effective commercial coverages and specialty programs for a wide variety of risks, including exceptional access to more than 200 standard and specialty carriers, domestic and foreign. Swett & Crawford also has in-house binding authorities, exclusive insurance programs for niche businesses and industries, the ability to identify untapped market capability and capacity and the breadth and depth of marketing expertise of nearly 850 brokers, underwriters and support professionals.

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