Origo to launch pensions dashboard connector tool

Origo has announced plans to launch the Origo Dashboard Connector, a "comprehensive and cost-effective" tool to help pension providers connect to the pensions dashboards.

The tool, which is expected to launch in September 2022, provides three distinct types of service: connect, find and view.

The connect feature securely links a pension provider to the pensions dashboard central digital architecture, whilst the find service responds to a saver's request as to whether a company has a policy in their name.

This can be customised to meet each provider’s individual data matching preferences, and is expected to help ensure pension providers do not have to scale up their technology operations to handle policyholder finds and matches.

To facilitate the find service, limited policyholder data is held on Amazon Web Services (AWS), with technology in place to keep it secure.

The third service, view, holds all the pensions data necessary to fulfil a saver's request and makes it available on the dashboard, with data that underpins this service also held and managed securely in AWS.

Whilst providers can choose which of the services they would like, the full service means that the any requests will be dealt with fully by the dashboard connector tool without any input from the pensions provider, other than regularly updating the data available to the tool.

Commenting on the plans, Origo CEO, Anthony Rafferty, said: “On a phased basis, all pension providers will be required to connect to the pensions dashboard to serve consumers with their individual data on request.

“If companies directly link to the central digital architecture, this could mean they receive millions of requests a year for their already stretched resources as individuals search for their details. For most providers that is a situation to be avoided.

“As a complete service, the Origo Dashboard Connector takes away the technology and the resource issues for providers and helps them deliver on their legislative requirements cheaper, faster and with less risk.

“Not surprisingly, the many providers we have spoken to want to connect via an interface connector, as it makes sense from a business perspective, with most opting for the full-service option because of its full functionality, which helps reduce their time and resource costs."

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