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If you are planning a trip overseas this summer, chances are you are somewhat concerned about two big security threats: 1) the threat of terrorist attacks such a we witness in Paris and Brussels, and/or 2) the threat of medical problems such as the Zika virus outbreak in South America. Whether you are a business traveler or simply a tourist, it pays to be prepared. While there are many concrete things you can and should do, this blog post will focus on the information aspects. Here are some pointers in terms of staying informed about travel security risks on a global level.
- Educate yourself about the countries you will visit. We live in the Internet age, and it can be as simple as a Google search and a Wikipedia read to get basic information on a country. Many Muslim countries, for example, have dress and clothing customs which can seem strange to a Westerner. Not being properly dressed in these countries can not only provoke some hostility but could also make one easier to “spot” as a target. Being culturally sensitive is always good advice.
- Buy some key travel books. Similarly, if you are going for a longer visit, consider purchasing in-depth travel guides. Publishers such as Fodors and Lonely Planet publish in-depth guides that explain many tourist features but also have information such as emergency contact numbers and procedures. With Amazon’s Kindle, you can even get these in digital format for your Kindle device or by downloading the Kindle App for iPhone or Android, you can have them on your smartphone.
- Subscribe to information updates. Click up to our home page, and subscribe to the IMG GlobalSecur service. These updates will keep you up-to-date on security warnings worldwide. Similarly, visit the Department of State website and sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
- Read the news. In between Google news and the obvious sources of information such as the New York Times, begin to read BEFORE you go abroad.
- Sign up for Google Alerts. Google’s free alerts can be set up by keyword (country name) and are another way to stay informed about a country.
These are just five key pointers to help you with travel security updates. Oh, and here’s a sixth one: have fun! Despite the fact that international travel, for both business and pleasure, can seem scary, remember that in point of fact you are much more likely to be hit by a car or mugged than you are to die in a terrorist attack or from some strange virus. These things can happen in Toledo, Ohio, just as easily as they can happen in Caracas, Venezuela. So being safe is just a habit of modern life. That said, going abroad is an amazing opportunity to see the world, experience new cultures, and meet new people. Enjoy yourself!
The smartphone has become an indispensable tool for modern daily life, and its importance is magnified in the context of overseas travel for employees or executives should not be discounted. Whatever you need to do, “there’s an app for that.” Except when there isn’t, as when an employee is overseas, and her cell phone dies or gets broken and yet she needs it for important medical or travel security information. Whether she is in Germany, the UK, Iran, or China, it really doesn’t matter. That iPhone or Android device is her lifeline to the home office, and reassurance about her own travel security abroad.
Our phones can serve as translation devices, can help with figuring out monetary transactions and proper exchange rates, can function as a flashlight; the list goes on and on. And of course the phone can also work in it’s basic capacity as a communication device–you can always phone home! On account of this, everyone should consider the issue smart phone travel security beyond avoiding pick-pockets. There is a fly in the ointment: the phone turns into a mere paperweight if it runs out of battery charge. Given how important this tool can be in keeping you on track and functioning while traveling, it is imperative that you a good backup plan for keeping the phone alive.
Beyond simple things like running virus scans to prevent hackers, and making sure one has fresh batteries, there is the issue of the ‘there there.’ When she calls out, does anyone answer? With time differences and cultural differences, the last thing you want is an employee to face an emergency abroad and find ‘no one home’ when he or she needs help.
Smart Phone Travel Security Means Getting Live Updates
Smart phone travel security involves having a backup plan for staying charged up. What if your charging block overloads or shorts out due to power-grid fluctuations (not uncommon outside 1st-world countries)? What if the power just goes down and shows no sign of coming back up (not uncommon in 3rd-world countries)?
This basic level smart phone travel security can be handled with some clever 3rd-party tools. Solar-powered chargers can trickle-charge your phone. A good option most times, but this can be slow, and of course sometimes the sun just does not shine (at night for instance!).
Another option is a hand-cranked charger. The only limitation on your battery life then is how vigorously you can turn the handle (hint: it’s not that hard to keep it charged).
Beyond the ‘simple’ problems, there is the problem of just being aware of what is going on in the country. And the problem or challenge of reaching out for help as for instance during an employee medical emergency in Syria or Iran, and needing to find on-the-ground assistance. That’s where we come in.
One of the most important class of apps you be locked out of if your battery died would be those from IMG GlobalSecur. These provide updates on security issues realtime. Think about it this way: If the power is down, that’s precisely when you’d most want to know what is going on?
To see how our software can help you, to reach out to us and have one of our friendly staff conduct an employee overseas monitoring audit and demo the available software.
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Nowadays, everyone has a smart phone. Some people prefer the Apple iPhone, while others are fond of the Samsung Android phones. The reality in today’s international corporate environment, is that nearly everyone has a smart phone! In fact, even many students and lower income individuals also have smart phones. The reality, in short, is that in the advanced countries such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, smart phones have become all but ubiquitous.
Therefore, as a coordinator of employee travel, and employee overseas deployments, you may realize that the smart phone provides a wonderful opportunity. In what way? Well, of course, the obvious opportunity is that you can call your employees from your home office, anywhere in the world. This, of course, assumes that they have their phones turned on and they have access to some type of cellular communications network. But again, even here, this is becoming ubiquitous.
Global International Security Monitoring: New Possibilities
Now, however, rather than bootstrapping your way to global international security monitoring, we have a unique offering that is worldwide smart phone monitoring. In conjunction with our FoneTrac travel security app, you are able to not only monitor your employees, and they can easily check in on a daily basis so that you know their whereabouts, but also the system has both check-in and panic buttons. In this way, the smart phone, can make international employee security monitoring so easy as to be almost brainless.
This is important, because, if a system requires a lot of pro active thought in participation on the part of the employee, the employee may simply forget to check in. In combination with the smart phone, our FoneTrac system, makes IMG GlobalSecur more powerful than ever. By using our service, your organization now has a powerful way to assist and monitor employees across the globe, and thereby improve the international travel security of senior executives and other employees who have been deployed in countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia, Germany, and Venezuela.