Concur’s innovation arm, Concur Labs, is taking a look at virtual reality for corporate travel.
Reports Monday (March 27) said Concur Labs has created a prototype using virtual reality (VR) technology that may help corporate travel managers when a security incident occurs. The VR tool provides a 3-D simulation to managers of such an incident, like an earthquake, to help these professionals find and communicate with employees traveling for the company.
According to Concur, the prototype was “inspired” by its existing Risk Messaging solution. Earlier this month the company expanded its employee tracking capabilities, a reaction, the firm said, to increasing risk exposure due to global travel.
The firm’s virtual reality solution has other potential uses to mitigate this risk. According to Concur, it is exploring use of the tool to provide managers with an instant view of where employees are.
Reports said the technology isn’t available to Concur clients but that Concur Labs will continue to explore use of VR for situations like traveling employee safety and communication between traveling employees and their managers.
Employee tracking has been a focus for Concur for several months now. Last October the firm first announced capabilities for employee tracking and adding location data fees into its platform using various sources of information, including card transactions and passenger booking records.