PLNAR Joins Guidewire PartnerConnect Solution Alliance Program; Publishes Ready for Guidewire Integration for Virtual Interior Inspections

Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently, today announced that PLNAR, a leading provider of virtual claims technology solutions for the insurance industry, has joined Guidewire PartnerConnect as a Solution partner. The companies also announced that PLNAR’s new Ready for Guidewire validated add-on is now available to insurers in the Guidewire Marketplace.

Insurance customers have high expectations of their insurers and are not afraid to find a new insurer if their expectations are not being met. According to a 2020 J.D. Power study, homeowners insurance claimants can be driven to shop their policies with other insurers if they are required to exert a high level of effort to get their claim resolved. To make the interior property claims process as smooth as possible and help insurers meet these high expectations, PLNAR created their contactless claims platform to put the power in the hands of the policyholder and enable digital adjusting of interior property claims.

Since 2012, PLNAR has worked to develop a program for insurers that combines intuitive AI (artificial intelligence) and AR (augmented reality) technology while leveraging technology that eighty-one percent of Americans already own – smartphones. PLNAR’s platform streamlines the interior property claims process for adjusters and claimants alike by enabling a self-service, digital claims process. With PLNAR’s technology, anyone with a smartphone can document interior property and damage to put desk adjusters virtually into interior spaces and shorten cycle times.

PLNAR’s contactless claims platform, delivered through their Ready for Guidewire add-on for Guidewire ClaimCenter, takes digital photos captured with the PLNAR SNAP app and transforms them into fully measured, interactive 3D models. PLNAR SNAP guides users through simple, standardized steps and procedures to capture photos. Photos taken with SNAP are embedded with dimensioning data, ensuring that adjusters receive the proper claims data, including comprehensive and detailed measurements, without needing to send an adjuster or inspector on site. PLNAR leverages this dimensioning data to generate complete data sets and a fully measured, interactive 3D model of the interior property. Additionally, desk adjusters can assess and measure damage and other details within the pictures using PLNAR’s patented SmartPix technology.

PLNAR’s Ready for Guidewire integration enables claims professionals to:

  • Easily send a PLNAR SNAP project link to field adjusters, gig-workers, inspectors, or policyholders directly from ClaimCenter;

  • Receive access to photos taken with SNAP, interactive 3D models, comprehensive detailed measurement data, and other virtual adjustment tools within ClaimCenter;

  • Enable virtual and desk adjusters to assess and measure damage anywhere in the room with the measure-within picture, SmartPix, technology; and

  • Keep all parties safe by allowing a completely contactless self-service interior property claims inspection.

“Consumers have grown accustomed to being in control with online platforms and apps and are now, more than ever, concerned with safety,” said Andy Greff, CEO, PLNAR. “By enabling contactless inspections for interior property claims through ClaimCenter, Guidewire and PLNAR enable a fully

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With Investment from Interior Logic Group, Roomored Solidifies Position as Nation’s Premier Virtual Home Design Solution

ILG adds Roomored’s virtual design capabilities to its enterprise technology platform for homebuilders.

DALLAS, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Roomored, a visualization platform that allows homebuilders to drive the virtual home buying experience through sales and design technology, announced a strategic investment from Interior Logic Group (ILG), the nation’s leading provider of interior finish solutions for homebuilders. 

With this investment, Roomored will accelerate the adoption of its virtual modeling technology that enables a fully digital, end-to-end experience for homebuilders to engage buyers — transforming the way people shop for and design their homes. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the home search and customization process online, with virtual touring increasing by 400% since February. Combine that with an acceleration of existing home sales, and homebuyers are increasingly looking for ways to realize their perfect vision of a dream home.

Roomored, powered by ILG, provides a uniquely immersive experience for home and interior finish selection that homebuilders can offer buyers entirely online, while still accommodating those who prefer to meet in a sales office or design studio.

“ILG immediately recognized the vast market potential of Roomored’s mission to revolutionize the homebuilding industry. Their investment provides us with the capital, resources, and relationships needed to rapidly scale our business and offer even more capabilities,” said Roomored CEO Farrukh Malik. “With ILG backing us, Roomored is positioned to continue transforming the homebuyer experience with digital-first solutions at every stage of the process.”

The investment from ILG will bolster the company’s sales force, expedite integrations with third-party services, and accelerate the development of new technology offerings. 

Used by some of the industry’s top homebuilders, Roomored’s solutions include virtual walkthrough tours that allow homebuyers to browse, visualize and select finish options for their future homes. For homebuilders, Roomored dramatically reduces cycle times for home purchase and design and boosts revenue from upgrades.

“We were impressed with the way Roomored’s lead capture and visualization tools bring the entire home design process into the cloud,” said ILG CEO Alan K. Davenport. “The nation’s building industry has been clamoring for these capabilities as buyers become increasingly confident in making home-related decisions online, a trend that has only grown with the pandemic. We’re excited for the strategic investment in Roomored, which will become a key component of ILG’s innovative and unique technology platform.”

About Roomored
Roomored Inc. transforms the way homebuyers shop for and design their homes. Roomored’s visualization tools provide unlimited finish options, including flooring, cabinets and countertops, enabling builders to offer real-time design and selections directly to homebuyers, without having to enter a design center, showroom, or model home. Join leading homebuilders across North America in using Roomored’s technology. For more information visit  

About Interior Logic Group, Inc.
Powered by its industry-leading technology platform, Interior Logic Group, Inc. is  the largest provider of interior design and finish solutions to homebuilders. Our scalable solutions increase homebuilder profitability and improve construction quality and cycle times. We also provide supply chain management and

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Mother shares her VERY simple solution that leaves grimy bathroom tiles impossibly shiny in minutes

Mum shares her simple cleaning trick that leaves grimy bathroom tiles impossibly shiny in MINUTES – without a drop of toxic chemicals

  • When Carey Barling moved into her new rental, the bathroom floor was filthy
  • She scrubbed the tiles with hot water, sugar soap and dishwashing liquid
  • Her efforts transformed the floor from grimy to gleaming in minutes
  • The mother-of-two shared photos comparing the difference on Facebook
  • Her post has gone viral with one woman replying: ‘Now that’s what I call a clean!’

A mother’s homemade solution that leaves dirt-encrusted tiles impossibly shiny without a drop of toxic chemicals has attracted widespread praise on social media.

When Carey Barling moved into her new rental in southeast Queensland, the bathroom floor was filthy.

The mum-of-two immediately set about scrubbing the tiles with hot water, sugar soap and dishwashing liquid – transforming them from grimy to gleaming in minutes.

Photos comparing the difference have gone viral since they were shared in an Australian cleaning group on Facebook, with one woman replying: ‘Now that’s what I call a clean!’

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A mother transformed the filthy bathroom floor of her Queensland rental

With a simple solution of hot water, sugar soap and dishwashing liquid

A mother transformed the filthy bathroom floor of her Queensland rental (left) from grimy to gleaming (right) with a simple solution of hot water, sugar soap and dishwashing liquid

Ms Barling, who is expecting her third child, said she used a handheld scrubbing brush instead of a mop to achieve the impressive sheen.

‘I used a bit of a scrubby scrub, not with a long-handled floor scrub. I feel like it doesn’t do as good of a job as I do on my hands and knees,’ she said. 

And people were quick to praise her handiwork with comments including ‘so satisfying’, ‘top job’ and ‘you should be proud, looks stunning’.

‘This is amazing! Like a completely different floor,’ one woman said.

A second said: ‘Fantastic job! Pity it was in such an awful state to begin with.’

‘What a difference a little scrubbing does – look how beautiful the grout came up,’ added a third.

The tiles gleamed after just a few minutes of scrubbing with a handheld brush

The tiles gleamed after just a few minutes of scrubbing with a handheld brush

Ms Barling’s simple solution for sparkling tiles is the latest cleaning hack to catch attention on social media, following a mother’s budget-friendly trick for stopping plastic containers flipping and filling with water in the dishwasher.

Turned upside down, $7 drying racks from Kmart keeps loose lunchboxes and other utensils in place during the cleaning cycle, putting an end to splashback and spillages on the kitchen floor once and for all.

The hack – originally shared on Reddit and reposted in a cleaning group on Facebook – has gone viral, drawing dozens of comments like ‘fabulous suggestion’ and ‘this is brilliant, thanks for sharing’.

An upside down dish rack (pictured) can be used to secure loose containers in the dishwasher, preventing them flipping and filling with water during the cleaning cycle

An upside down dish rack (pictured) can be used to secure loose containers in the dishwasher, preventing them flipping and filling with water during the cleaning cycle


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This Indoor Garden System Is the Perfect Solution for All Gardeners

During these strange times, we’re all doing what we can to curb the spread of COVID-19. And, unfortunately, that means sheltering in place while limiting our time in public spaces. This less-than-ideal new social norm has led to many new hobbies and interests. For my family at least, this means testing our green thumb to grow some tasty and healthy additions to our diet.

When it comes to gardening, the tedious upkeep and meticulous care that goes into growing fresh produce can be intimidating. And if you’re a complete newbie in the garden (hand raised) or simply without outdoor yard space to plant anything, Rise Gardens hydroponic indoor gardening system might be the perfect solution for your lifestyle.

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Photo: Courtesy of Rise Gardens

These gardens are fully customizable to your living space and garden needs. They can be as basic as a single level, or up to three levels to accommodate your gardening aspirations, and the nutrient system is as simple as it gets. After assembly of your garden, just add water, unpack the pre-packaged seed pods of choice, place them in the tray, and watch them grow day after day. It’s a sophisticated system that’s not only easy to build, but requires minimal upkeep once you start. The directions are laid out step-by-step, and the simple system does most all the work.

Pair this system with your smartphone via the Rise Gardens app to remotely control the lights (and pre-programmed lighting schedule) as the plants’ nutrient regimen—it’ll even tell when it’s time to add more water.

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Photo: Courtesy of Rise Gardens

It’s an elegant system that not only makes an attractive home addition, but it’ll also be an intriguing conversation piece the next time you entertain guests. The benefits stack up as well: growing your own healthy food, with a system that adds fun and reduces stress (an even more attractive quality in appliances these days). In fact, I’ll vouch for the delight this system brings the household as a legitimate stress reliever. It’s a new hobby that the whole family enjoys on a daily basis.

Below, we asked CEO and Founder of Rise Gardens Hank Adams a few questions about this intuitive gardening system.

MJ: What makes Rise Gardens stand apart from other indoor gardening systems?
HANK ADAMS: Rise Gardens is unique in the marketplace in a number of important ways. It’s the only modular, consumer hydroponic system allowing consumers to choose between one, two or three levels of growing. The ability to grow multiple plant types simultaneously is also unique to Rise Gardens. Nobody else enables gardeners to grow greens, herbs, tomatoes, microgreens, vining crops, and rooted veggies at the same time in the same system. This is part of Rise Gardens’ patent-pending set of innovations.

Rise Gardens is also an IoT system, allowing consumers to manage their system and get guidance and alerts from our mobile app. Water levels, light settings, and nutrient levels all have sensors on the system and can be controlled.


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Bathroom Accessories – Simple and Elegant Solution

Bathroom accessories help you to beautify the look of your bathroom. It is a place where you spent most of your time in morning and so it needs to be pleasant and comfortable. It is important that you clearly understand how you can change the look of this place, making it more attractive and comfortable with the right products. You can keep it organized and clutter free by using proper accessories. By utilizing the available space properly, you can create storage in walls, under the sink, behind mirror and doors. Decorating your bathroom is not difficult, but you need to pay a little attention before selecting the accessories.

With the increasing demand for bathroom accessories, there are multiple choices available in terms of faucets, stands, rods, curtains, bathroom sets and other decorative units. There is great demand for contemporary units which can enhance the look of any modern washroom. There is a whole range of designs from small to large that can add style and flair to the décor. Manufacturers have realized the growing needs for these units and are trying to make every amenity within the reach of the user. The norms on which these products are designed meets today's fast paced lifestyle, where people have no excessive time for cleaning. Also these units represent the needs of the fashion conscious crowd where the look and style are very important. We all face space constrain, keeping in mind this problem these units are designed in such a way that they would not occupy too much of space and offer great functionality.

The assortment of bathroom accessories give varied uses. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs which can blend with any modern to classic décor. The price spectrum of these units is as wide as the choices available. There are simple basic units which are usually made of plastic that costs less while other high end units, like designer pieces which are usually made of glass, chrome and stainless steel are expensive. It is up to you to decide what kind of units you want to buy for your home or establishment, depending on your need and budget.

They are also available with different themes to match with the theme of your bathroom. The most common ones are underwater sea creatures, corals and floral types. Many homeowners like to decorate this place by using bathroom accessories which come in sets and are usually designed with the same theme. This gives the bathroom a sense of luxury and a kind of high end appearance in more ways than one. They are also available in fun kid's design that makes it appealing for the children to carry out their morning routines. Colorful images and accessories of their favorite characters can make it attractive for the kids. There are many soap dishes and tooth brush holders found in animal shapes which are liked by most of the kids.

With the right kind of bathroom accessories like brush holders, soap dispensers, …

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