G4S has launched G4S TravelAware, a ground-breaking security tool designed to inform business travellers across the globe. TravelAware will revolutionise the way organisations protect their employees by providing travellers with critical and reliable, location-specific security information through a smartphone app, while managers have access to precise tracking of app users in real-time. Through an online portal and via the app, TravelAware enables two-way communication, keeping employees and managers connected and informed at all times.
In the event an employee is at risk, the system automatically alerts the management team of the app user’s situation and provides the critical information and tools to coordinate an effective response. Working with Swedish partner Global Warning System (GWS), the patented technology is unique to the market and has already demonstrated its effectiveness. When the Fukushima tsunami hit the east coast of Japan in 2011, app users in-country received a SMS alert 47 minutes before the tsunami hit the coastline; a clear demonstration of how early warning alerts can save lives.
The product is supported by G4S’s Global Intelligence System (GIS), which combines analysis and advanced data mining technology to keep business travellers informed. G4S’s team of risk experts has unique access to ground truth intelligence from security teams in over 100 countries. More companies than ever are seeking opportunities in emerging markets. Yet one in three companies has no idea how long it would take to locate their overseas employees should an incident occur and over two thirds of companies admit they could not locate their travelling employees within an hour of a major incident. G4S TravelAware addresses these challenges.