Managing work flow while on the road doesn’t need to be complicated. And this week Amadeus announced a new suite of mobile solutions for a variety of handsets, including those running Windows Mobile, Symbian, and BlackBerry. This suite, which be available later this summer, will allow users to get itinerary-based location information on demand, plus employee security tracker software right to their handsets.
The Amadeus Mobile Partner can be synchronized with the Amadeus e-Travel Management software, which allows users to store complete itineraries on their mobile devices, and which can be used to provide access to such key details as flight schedules, hotel addresses, car rental information and other necessary key facts. The best part is that this can be accessed even when network access is limited or when the user is completely offline. This can allow for the checking of information without incurring any roaming fees.
The suite also gives those from the home office, such as the travel approvers and managers, the ability to confirm or reject trips while on-the-go via their own mobile devices. This way if a travel manager is also traveling s/he can approve travel plans as well. Approvers can be provided with full lists of trips waiting to be approved and can thus endorse or reject from the handset – and this can help avoid calls to planners.
The Amadeus SMS Traveler Contact Solution can also be used to monitor the user while traveling, which can provide quick and easy communication should someone need to be reached in an emergency or just if business plans change. This includes the ability to send and receive SMS and even e-mail to those with planned trips for a particular time or destination. The Mobile Travel Assistant (MTA) also helps the home office key up with those traveling, and can send helpful and useful information via SMS messages when it is needed most. And the MTA can also keep track of responses, and help anyone should there be security or other travel issues.
If your small-to-medium-sized business has several hardened road warriors, keeping track of their moves and itineraries, and providing updates to them while they’re on the road, just might get a little easier thanks to Amadeus. This suite will be available later this summer.
Mobile Travel Apps of the Week:
Travel Channel Go – This is a free mobile travel app from the Travel Channel. It can be used by any mobile Web-enable device, including an iPhone or BlackBerry (or other smartphones), but it does require a data plan so keep that in mind. It can provide users with more than 10 million points of interest and more than 2,000 Travel Channel-exclusive content references, including maps, directions, guides and even click-to-call narratives from Travel Channel show hosts. This is almost like having the show’s personalities along for the ride. So whether you’re just looking to find something different close to home for the weekend, or are exploring some far off destination, Travel Channel Go might make you feel like you’re the host of your show. To access Travel Channel Go, point your mobile phone browser to: go.travelchannel.com