A new mobile phone alert system to keep track of travellers was launched by FCm Travel Solutions at the Business Travel Show in Birmingham.

The system, called IRRIDIS, allows corporate clients to check on staff on trips. The client can send text messages to the IRRIDIS server quoting a password and either a country or destination name.

The system will respond by telling the corporate how many travellers it has in the destination and how many are due to go there.

If there is a major incident, clients receive an alert to a nominated mobile number.

Alex Woodworth, FCm director account management, said: “We believe we will be the first travel management company to launch this kind of ‘push and pull’ tracking and alert service in the UK.

“Security is high on our clients’ list of priorities these days and we work closely with them to find solutions to meet not only their commercial requirements, but also the need for their employees to travel as safely as possible.”

Also at the Business Travel Show:

BTI UK launched an enhanced version of its self service reservation tool BTI UK Online which enables “faster and simpler” bookings for online clients.
BTI said the enhancement provided clients with extra functions including a quick fare search, simple trip authorisation, GDS car hire, hotel search by price and greater flexibility in user profiles.

BSI, the online hotel booking agency, announced that it was opening a second office in the UK in the north west, at Cheadle near Manchester.
The agency already has its head office in Taunton in the UK’s West Country and a branch office in Paris.
Deputy managing director, Richard Eades said: “We really feel that there is a lot of opportunity for BSI to expand in this region of the country.
“In particular, the north has a thriving SME market, and this is an area that we really feel we are equipped to serve.”

The Travel Company, the UK’s largest independent travel management company, introduced two of its staff who will be running its northern operation.
Outside London, the company has offices in Manchester, Hull and York and opened a fourth one in Leeds this summer.
Thane Jackson, formerly the company’s general manager in its London City office, will head the northern operation and Mark Eden, who joined from Portman Travel, is sales manager for the region.

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