Offering location based control and support tools for corporate travelers...
Emerging mobile phone features offer the promise of flexibility, connectivity and productivity for business travelers. As mobile technology evolves travel programs will take advantage of new functionalities for improved communication and enhanced trip experience. Travelers will increasingly rely on their mobile devices while on the move and the need for internal cooperation between IT, HR and travel departments will become more obvious. FindWhere applies the capabilities of mobile technology which benefits corporations and individual travelers using the full potential of their mobile phone when applied to travel programs. This is just at the beginning of a new way of managing Corporate travel and the safety of their employees.
Many business travelers are using their mobile devices to stay connected on the road yet often these are not part of the managed travel program. However, as mobile technologies evolve, new opportunities relevant to corporate travel are arising and mobile devices could soon play an integral role in corporations’ travel programs. Dramatic improvements in technology are transforming smartphones into multimedia devices that will also function as direction finders, paperless boarding passes, room keys, traveler security enhancers and payment methods. Travel suppliers and travel intermediaries are rapidly introducing and enhancing their services incorporating all these functionalities. It is clear that mobile technology is expected to have a major impact on how travelers can be tracked in case of emergency or to provide pro-active geographical oriented warnings when needed. Mobile travel services will enable corporations to gain more control over traveler safety during the trip and bring more information to the traveler based on their actual location during the travel process.
To date, most corporations have yet to embrace the mobile channel as part of their travel programs but as mobile services and applications meet the needs of the corporate travel market, travel managers will need to consider how usage of mobile devices could be optimized as part of their travel policies.FindWhere has evaluated the company-provided mobile device take-up, benefits, management and integration with the travel programs and incident management service providers. And we concluded that the inclusion of fast-evolving mobile services within the travel program will lead to increased traveller convenience and safety as well as more efficient travel processes and cost savings for the company.
iFind Mobile is designed to run in the background on mobile phones of corporate travelers which are already using mobile technology and through the SaaS platform share their location with travel management programs. FindWhere works closely with other corporate departments like IT and HR to ensure that usage complies with company’s procurement and security standards within budget and thus leading to improved traveler support and safety. Deploying iFind Mobile within corporations closes the gap between the capabilities of the mobile phone and the ‘perceived value’ reaping the full benefits of the available technology. And even better, it does only marginally increase the related wireless subscription cost since the data load is minimal and only used when it’s needed most.
Technology has evolved a lot and improves mobile location determination by iFind Mobile using GPS and GSM tower information. How it supports corporate travelers depends very much on the type of industry and geography of the traveler which is why all settings can be monitored and modified over the air. Changing from a personal alarm only use to continuous tracking or border crossing alerts takes less then a minute should the circumstances require so. The user readiness to allow for these types of location services increases dramatically due to general availability of navigation, social networking and location based advertising. FindWhere monitors all the current trends and is ready to facilitate the process whilst being sure that adoption will thrive.
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