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Insurance Firm, Intranets.com Team Up for Portal

Selective Insurance Group Inc. and Intranets.com Wednesday launched a service that delivers communication and productivity tools to more than 900 independent agents and their customers.

Financial details were not made public.

Selective and Intranets.com have forged mySELECTnet.com, a branded application that offers a customizable Intranet communication solution to users.

With the deal, Selective wants to give agents the opportunity to create a Web presence for their agency as well as a sell-through feature for their customers. Each customized intranet site becomes a free, secure place on the Web that agents and their customers can use for e-mail, document sharing and archiving, scheduling, and business related links.

In addition to insurance related topics, mySELECTnet.com will carry national, world, business, financial and other news; weather; business services and online shopping options. Intranets.com will host each mySELECTnet.com site for free and provide at least 25 megabytes of space on their servers at no cost.

mySELECTnet.com is the newest component of Selective's strategy to bolster its technology to compete with rivals in serving agents and policyholders.

Essentially, the firm is looking to get technology smart -- fast.

"Rather than using the Internet to circumvent personal service, we have chosen to provide tools that enable our agents and their customers to better manage both their operations and their everyday lives," said Gregory E. Murphy, Selective's chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Intranets.com is the second intranet creator in the last week to link arms with an insurance carrier to help it beef up its online presence. Last week, AFLAC welcomed Open Text's Livelink solution to improve its employee portal.