News & Updates from Voyage Manager

16. January 2013 12:00
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Voyage Manager Supplies VM Light To Northcott Global Solutions

16. January 2013 12:00 by John | 0 Comments

Voyage Manager is delighted to supply Northcott Global Solutions (NGS) with the new “VM Light” global travel itinerary tracking solution.

Voyage Manager and Northcott Global Solutions (NGS) today announced a partnership agreement for Voyage Manager to supply NGS with a customized version of Voyage Manager’s new “VM Light” service for tracking and monitoring personnel.

The partnership shows NGS’s commitment to provide their clients with bespoke and integrated global safe travel and itinerary tracking support services. Voyage Manager’s VM Light provides essential travel monitoring and status reports, tailored to customers’ requirements. Further it allows Voyage Manager to expand into the security sector which has double digit growth annually.

Global business requires companies’ most prized assets, their people, to travel globally or to work in remote / high risk areas of the world that are exposed to a variety of threats, including operational incidents, natural disasters and terrorism.

In some cases, travellers may not be missed until they are overdue on their return – especially where communications are affected by working in different time zones. In seconds VM’s traveller locator system can accurately identify and communicate where travellers are located at any time. It is essential that companies safeguard their business by providing their travelling staff with immediate assistance or support that may be crucial to their health, safety, security, or even their lives. The VM traveller itinerary and real-time tracking capabilities allows greater duty of care to be exercised, even in the most challenging environments.

“The VM and NGS safe travel expertise will speed up reaction time and keep our clients in the picture about all staff movement around the world. Whether calamity has struck affecting a whole region, or and individual traveller is in need of repatriation, VM’s itinerary tracking and NGS will resolve matters fast. “ says Ted Jones, CEO of Northcott Global Solutions.

We are excited about the partnership as there are clear synergies between what NGS and we provide. It not only extends NGS’s functionality to a new level but it also brings NGS’s evacuation and incident management services to Voyage Manager’s existing and new customer base.“ says John Scott, CEO of Voyage Manager Ltd.

Response to travel related incidents will no longer be delayed by lack of awareness, slow access to vital facts or poor synchronisation between different internal systems. The VM’s itinerary tracking system is monitored 24 hour a day from NGS’s world class operations room located in the centre of London and sets a new standard in safe travel management, risk avoidance and corporate governance.

4. December 2012 12:00
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Voyage Manager Integrates With SPOT

4. December 2012 12:00 by John | 0 Comments

Voyage Manager provides integration with the personal satellite messenger, SPOT.

Voyage Manager Ltd has extended its range of tracking devices to include SPOT personal trackers. SPOT personal trackers are affordable GPS based tracking devices designed for use in inhospitable places. SPOT communicates using the Globalstar low earth orbit satellite constellation, ensuring near global coverage.

Voyage Manager integrates “VM Travel Tracker” with SPOT to automatically track travellers without any user interaction, making VM Travel Tracker the only completely automated travel tracking systems on the market.

This integration will further strengthen our leading VM Locate service. It allows the SPOT service to integrate with the device tracking we already offer through mobile phone, Iridium and GSM/GPS- based tracking of devices. It is all about offering our customers added value in safety and cost reductions through cutting edge technology." Christian Bunke, Business Development Manager.

SPOT tracking devices incorporate emergency buttons which can be activated in the case of an emergency. When travellers activate the emergency services, Voyage Manager’s emergency response is automatically activated, which includes notifying the traveller’s emergency response contacts.

6. November 2012 12:00
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Crewing Added To Voyage Manager

6. November 2012 12:00 by John | 0 Comments

Voyage manager Ltd, a technology company that specializes in travel security and tracking solutions, has recently announced the release of its crew management module, VM Crewing.

VM Crewing allows organizations to manage and monitor all aspects of crewing; from crew changes and rosters, to travel, training and compliance.

When crew managers plan new crew changes, VM Crewing will automatically recommend which crew members to associate with the crew change. This is done using on the roster of the latest crew changes. In order to ensure that all crew members have appropriate travel arrangements the system combines travel data from VM Travel Tracker with the existing crewing data, making it possible to flag any travellers who may be missing travel details.

It is common for companies to require a minimum number of specialist crew members within each department to be on board at any one time. To ensure that the current and embarking crews meet these requirements VM Crewing alerts managers and coordinators when the conditions are not met.

Maritime crews often travel to and from remote locations when embarking and disembarking vessels or installations. Having valid passports, visas, vaccinations when travelling and current training when working on-board is therefore essential. VM Crewing monitors all vital documentation to ensure that all crew members are eligible to travel and work, while providing early warning to ensure that problems do not arise during or immediately prior to travelling or while on-board.

Although VM Crewing was initially designed for maritime crews it can easily be adapted for use in connection with on and offshore oil installations, mining and other land based operations and so on.

17. October 2012 12:00
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Voyage Manager Accounces VM Light

17. October 2012 12:00 by John | 0 Comments

Voyage manager Ltd, a technology company that specializes in travel security and tracking solutions, has recently announced the release of VM Light, a user friendly itinerary tracking service.

VM Light is a standalone itinerary tracker, designed for organizations that do not require the full functionality of the VM Suite, but are looking for a cost effective, simple travel tracker solution to increase employee security and efficient business travel.

VM Light is designed to compete with the itinerary trackers provided by the likes of iJet, ConTgo, Control Risks Group and International SOS, yet provide additional features and benefits.

VM Light imports itineraries from the major booking engines and TripIt, as well as supporting manual data entry. Throughout the lifecycle of a trip its status is automatically updated to reflect the current situation, making it easy to see who is scheduled to travel, who is at a destination and who is in transit. VM Light also supports any mode of travel, not just flights and train journeys, allowing increased flexibility and efficiency improvements.

With the addition of VM Light to the product suite Voyage Manager has solutions to cater for every client’s needs, from the itinerary tracking level through to the most automated and advanced travel security and tracking in the market. VM Light is ideal for travel agencies as well as security and assistance companies that require a travel tracker to support their corporate offerings.

13. June 2012 12:00
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Voyage Manager Announces Parthership With Oysta

13. June 2012 12:00 by John | 0 Comments

Voyage manager Ltd, a technology company that specializes in travel monitoring and tracking solutions, has recently announced its partnership with Oysta; a company that provides location tracking of GPS based tracking devices, as well Android, Blackberry and iOS based smartphones. The partnership allows Voyage Manager to track any Oysta device, increasing the company’s portfolio of GPS tracking solutions to unparalleled levels.

Voyage Manager is the leading company in the travel technology industry, and is the only company to provide completely automated travel tracking. “This partnership moves VM Travel Tracker and VM Locate to a new level. Combined with our existing tracking features Voyage Manager now supports more tracking devices and phones than any other company in the industry.” says John Scott, CEO of Voyage Manager. According to Voyage Manager, the company is the only travel management company to incorporate phone tracking into their travel tracking solution.

Voyage Manager has developed the VM Travel Tracker and Safety Suite, a global travel management system that incorporates a travel tracker, a device tracker, an alert system and a sign of life service. Combining these services with Oysta, the company is setting new standards for companies that need to know where their staff are.

The Voyage Manager suite is the only product on the market that can be fully automated, reducing human interaction. This provides a complete, accurate and timely overview of employees’ travel plans and progress, and enables employers and security personnel to act quickly in an emergency.

15. May 2012 12:00
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Voyage Manager Integrates With AST

15. May 2012 12:00 by John | 0 Comments

Voyage Manager Ltd. has partnered with global satellite communications company, Applied Satellite Technology Ltd (AST Ltd), in order to provide Voyage Manager with access to Iridium as well as other major satellite communication platforms.

With its move into device and location tracking, Voyage Manager has partnered with Applied Satellite Technology Ltd (AST) as its supplier of Iridium based technologies and services. Using Iridium based tracking devices Voyage Manager can provide customers and travellers with GPS tracking in any location in the world, from the middle of the Sahara desert to the remote jungles of Asia and South America.

The integration of Iridium based device tracking with the Voyage Manager services enables VM Travel Tracker to automatically track travellers without any user interaction, making VM Travel Tracker the first completely automated travel tracker on the market.

VM Locate, Voyage Manager’s device tracking service uses the Iridium based tracking as a key component in its device tracking suite that includes mobile phone tracking and GSM/GPRS based device tracking.

1. May 2012 12:00
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Voyage Manager Integrates With Iridium To Provide Travel Tracking In Remote And Inhospitable Places

1. May 2012 12:00 by John | 0 Comments

Voyage Manager Ltd. has teamed up with the operator of the world’s furthest-reaching communications network, Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM), to enable travellers and other customers with its GPS tracking service, “VM Travel Tracker,” to have vital, global coverage anywhere on Earth, from pole-to-pole, from the middle of the Sahara desert to the remote jungles of Asia and South America.

With its move into device and location tracking, Voyage Manager offers Iridium®-based tracking devices designed and built through the Iridium partner ecosystem. Voyage Manager integrates VM Travel Tracker with these Iridium-based devices to automatically track travellers without any user interaction, making VM Travel Tracker the only completely automated travel tracking systems on the market.

“VM Locate” Voyage Manager’s device tracking service, uses the Iridium network as a key component in its device tracking suite that includes mobile phone tracking and GSM/GPRS-based device tracking.

Some Iridium-based tracking devices incorporate emergency buttons which can be activated in the case of an emergency. When travellers activate these two-way emergency services, Voyage Manager’s emergency response is automatically activated, which includes notifying the traveller’s emergency response contacts.

“This partnership enables Voyage Manager to provide unparalleled services to its global clients, ensuring that travellers are safe anywhere in the world” said John Scott, CEO of Voyage Manager.

“Iridium is proud to be the only global catalyst for such innovative partner services,” said Greg Ewert, executive vice president, global channel distribution and business development, Iridium. “These solutions are critical for making travel safer, more efficient and less of a remote experience for people and assets needing to stay in touch with home base.”

24. April 2012 12:00
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Voyage Manager Integrates With Twilio For Improved Reach

24. April 2012 12:00 by John | 0 Comments

Using cloud based voice service Twilio, Voyage Manager has become the first travel monitoring and tracking service to incorporate automated speech technology into its solutions.

Voyage Manager has pushed travel tracking to a new level with the integration of the VM suite with Twilio’s cloud based telephony services. With the new features Voyage Manager can automatically call travellers and key support personnel in order to notify them of any events, incidents or problems. The calls can also be used to request travel status updates from travellers, removing the need for travellers to proactively contact Voyage Manager.

As part of the new voice services Voyage Manager has also enabled an automated dial-in service, where travellers and personnel can call in; to confirm arrival, check into the system or declare an emergency.

Unlike SMS and email based communication voice is real time, ensuring that those being called have the most current information available. Where time is critical and every second counts, this can be a life saver.

13. April 2012 12:00
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Voyage Manager And Omnisense To Improve Safety At Sea

13. April 2012 12:00 by John | 0 Comments

Travel technology specialist Voyage Manager has teamed up with real time location company Omnisense in a joint venture to provide state of the art solutions for ensuring the safety of passengers and crew at sea.

In this 100th anniversary year of the Titanic, the recent Costa Concordia disaster illustrates that despite the many improvements in maritime safety in the intervening century, avoidable deaths continue to haunt us. In such situations, the speed of the rescue process has proven to be a key determinant of survivability, but this is hampered by a total lack of information about passenger and crew locations, necessitating a slow and painstaking room by room search of the vessel.

With this in mind, Cambridge based Voyage Manager and Omnisense have teamed up to develop the world's most advanced system for locating passengers and crew in real time, aimed at improving response times in the case of an emergency and reducing the chance of fatalities.

The system delivers an easy to use, easy to manage method for tracking the location of people as they move about a ship, one which places no additional demands on its users. This is essential as it's by achieving near-100% usage rates that the value of the system will be maximised in the case of an incident.

“The technology developed through this partnership will not only benefit passenger ships, but also cargo and production vessels, as well as on-shore and off-shore oil installations“ says John Scott, CEO of Voyage Manager.

“Our systems for sensing position and behaviour are uniquely flexible and easy to deploy, providing added assurance in the ability to account for everyone on board in the case of an incident. We are delighted to be working with Voyage Manager. ” says Andy Thurman, CEO of Omnisense.

10. April 2012 12:00
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Social Voyage Manager

10. April 2012 12:00 by John | 0 Comments

Voyage Manager becomes the first travel monitoring and tracking service to provide complete social media integration, enabling travellers living on the social networks to have their travel statuses automatically posted to their favourite social spaces.

As the world becomes more connected, and new generations of employees enter the workforce, catering for their social needs will be essential for staff hiring and retention. Young people have no concerns about sharing the most intimate details of their lives with everyone they know, and the sharing of travel information is no exception. Voyage Manager enables this.

Voyage Manager has made significant strides in the world of social media with the integration of the VM Travel Tracking Suite with the world’s most popular social media and messaging services, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Live Messenger.

The social media integration allows the Voyage Manager services to automatically post travellers’ travel status updates, allowing friends, family and colleagues to easily follow the progress of their trips. Through automation travellers do not have to perform any additional actions in order for their statuses to be updated, making the process effortless.

Voyage Manager recommends that clients using the social media features do so with care, as publishing travel and location details on these platforms can compromise security. Clients can enable or disable the social media integration at the company level. Each individual traveller can also choose whether or not to publish their data through the social channels, but only if the company has enabled the feature. For security reasons all social media integration is disabled by default, requiring the client to enable the features, should they choose to use them.