News & Updates from Voyage Manager

14. May 2018 15:38
by John
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Anonymous Tracking is Taking Off

14. May 2018 15:38 by John | 0 Comments

With GDPR taking effect as of the 25th of May 2018, data privacy is now at the front of every company's mind. 

At Voyage manager we are strong belivers in people's right to privacy, which is why, in 2015 we introduced the world's first anonymous travel tracker. We developed anonymous travel tracking to help companies comply with their duty of care requirements while at the same time giving travellers and employees the privacy they want. Our anonymous travel tracker tracks where travellers are, while hiding their identity. When a disaster or incident occurs the client can disable anonymity so that security staff can respond to the traveller. Once the issue has been resolved, anonymity is re-enabled.

Interest in anonymous travel tracking has grown exponentially over the last year as companies realize the benefits of anonymous tracking. Travellers are more likely to support and engage with a tracking platform that preserves their anonymity.

For more information about anonymous tracking see https://www.voyagemanager.com/Landing/Voyage_Manager_Anonymous_Travel_Tracking.aspx.

23. May 2017 12:00
by Kim
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MSI's Business Travel Tracking division partners with Voyage Manager

23. May 2017 12:00 by Kim | 0 Comments

In today’s ever-expanding global regulatory environment, it is imperative that organizations implement a consistent process for collecting and managing employee travel and location information to address employee security, tax, and immigration related concerns, along with a broad number of corporate risk, permanent establishment and compliance issues.

To respond to this growing need, MSI has partnered with Voyage Manager to leverage their technologies and processes in order to meet the compliance and duty of care requirements of corporations worldwide.

“We believe our partnership with Voyage Manager, allows us to bring the most comprehensive employee travel tracking and data management solution to the marketplace today ” said Timm Runnion, CEO of MSI. “This solution provides  standardized processes and technology which can be applied enterprise wide, eliminating the redundancies inherent when providing necessary information to multiple downstream service companies and globally to governmental tax and immigration departments.”

MSI Global Talent Solutions LLC is a professional services organization that focuses on helping organizations to grow compete and globalize.  Through our compliance support businesses,  MSI Global Immigration and MSI Global Compensation and Tax Administration, we are also able to seamlessly interpret the employee travel data into mission critical services designed to proactively keep their employees  compliant and to avoid any unnecessary security risks that may result from their travel activities.

Voyage Manager CEO John Scott says "We are delighted and excited to be working closely with MSI and their team and we look forward to the opportunities this partnership will bring to Voyage Manager, MSI and our clients."

27. April 2017 01:32
by Kim
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Join us on at the "Managing and mitigating the tax liability of travel" round table session at the Duty of Care Conference

27. April 2017 01:32 by Kim | 0 Comments

We are exhibiting at the Duty of Care conference in London next week. Please come by our stand or join us at the "Managing and mitigating the tax liability" round table discussion that we are chairing. 

For more information on the conference please go to: https://www.quaynote.com/conference/duty-care-protecting-workers-expats-overseas/

14. February 2017 11:42
by Kim
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Passive, Active and Automated Travel Tracking

14. February 2017 11:42 by Kim | 0 Comments

What is travel tracking
Travel tracking or itinerary tracking is the process of monitoring the movement of travellers. The systems that perform these services are generally referred to as travel trackers.

There are 3 main types of travel trackers, passive, active and automated.

Passive Travel Tracker
The most common type of travel tracker is the passive travel tracker. A passive travel tracker imports the itineraries from the booking engines (GDS), email itineraries or through manual entry and makes the data available to travel or security managers. They can only tell you where your employees are supposed to be, not where they actually are. This reduces both the accuracy and completeness of the data, making the systems less reliable than automated travel trackers. Passive travel trackers are still the most prevalent trackers on the market.

Active Travel Tracker
Active travel trackers are semi or fully automated tracking systems. They import itineraries in the same way as the passive travel trackers, but that is where the similarities end. Active travel trackers will then monitor the itineraries until they are completed, ensuring that the traveller has actually made it to the destination. This ensures data completeness and data accuracy, which is vital when incidents occur.

Automated Travel Tracker
Automated trackers are the next generation of travel trackers. They reduce the interaction required by travellers and support personnel to the bare minimum, ensuring more complete and accurate data than passive systems, while minimizing the burden on travellers and support staff. Travel activity is automatically processed and logged, and incidents are relayed to support staff immediately and automatically.

Automated travel trackers use a combination of itineraries, location tracking (GPS on devices or phones), expenses and other tools to provide the most accurate and complete tracking. 

Automated Tracking In Use
The screenshot below shows automated tracking in progress. The large green dot on the map is an itinerary location, in this case Oslo Airport. Green indicates that the traveler has arrived at the airport. The white does leading from the airport are GPS points where the traveler and the little green person just above Drammen is the currently location of the traveler. It is clear that automated travel tracking provides a level of detail that basic passive tracking cannot provide.

 

28. December 2016 17:21
by Kim
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Preventing Credit Card Fraud

28. December 2016 17:21 by Kim | 0 Comments

With real time expense tracking through Voyage Expense and travel tracking through Voyage Manager we can now provide real time card fraud monitoring, alerting and prevention. We are in a unique position of having information about the location of travellers as well as the locations of card transactions, something which is invaluable in identifying potential credit card fraud. Credit card companies will generally be limited to only having card transaction data. They do not have information about where the card owner is located. This makes it significantly more difficult for them to detect potential fraud.

24. November 2016 14:38
by Kim
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Voyage Manager adds real time travel tracking via card transactions and expense receipts

24. November 2016 14:38 by Kim | 0 Comments

 

We have added real time location tracking using expense receipts and card transactions. This means that we will be able to track travelers not just from travel bookings, check-ins and GPS data but also from the spending trail travellers leave during their trips. 

The moment a traveler makes a purchase using their card or they enter their expense into Voyage Expense (through the expense app, website or emailed receipt) Voyage Manager's travel tracker can automatically add the location of the transaction into the traveler's location trail. This further enhances our travel tracker, giving us additional information about where a traveler is and has been. 

Since the start of Voyage Manager we have provided travel tracking based on data from more sources than any other tracking platform. Our feeds include but are not limited to TMC (travel agency) bookings through GDSs, direct feeds from TMCs, email forwarding through TripIt and WorldMate, direct trip entry through apps and website, SMS, GPS, phone location and check ins. With expense receipts and card transactions we continue to innovate and provide the best and most accurate and flexible tracking platform on the market. 

 

 

15. November 2016 16:08
by Kim
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Credit card transactions from Yodlee

15. November 2016 16:08 by Kim | 0 Comments

We have implemented integration with the Envestnet | Yodlee Aggregation API. When we go live with the API, Voyage Expense will be able to fetch credit card transactions from major banks and credit card providers. Envestnet | Yodlee is the leading data aggregation and data analytics platform for financial data – delivering secure, user-permissioned access to over 15,500 data sources.

The Envestnet | Yodlee integration will allow all transactions made through users' accounts and cards to feed directly into our expense, tax and security platforms. This makes managing travel expenses significantly faster and easier, and provides a new level of tax and security monitoring. 

When used with the Voyage Manager tracking platform, Voyage Expense can monitor and alert of card fraud more accurately than any other fraud detection system.

25. October 2016 12:38
by John
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Voyage Expense integrates with Monzo card

25. October 2016 12:38 by John | 0 Comments

Voyage Manager has integrated with fintech startup Monzo Bank. Monzo is a new generation of bank, which only exists online, on your smartphone. 

The Voyage Expense integration allows all transactions made on user's Monzo cards to feed directly into the Voyage Expense platform in real time. With real time transaction processing Voyage Expense and Voyage Manager provide a new level of tax and security monitoring as well as expense management. 

When used with the Voyage Manager tracking platform, Voyage Expense can monitor and alert of card fraud more accurately than any other fraud detection system.