Technology rapidly redefining business travel

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Technology rapidly redefining business travel

Savvy executives know that staying in serviced apartments and corporate housing is an excellent - and cost effective - alternative to corporate suites at chain hotels. These types of accommodation combine the luxury and service of a high-end boutique hotel with the comforts and convenience of an apartment in the city, making them the ideal choice for business travelers. However, streamlining the corporate travel experience isn't as simple as choosing a place to stay. Fortunately for busy executives, technological solutions are becoming an increasingly popular way for business travelers to get the most out of their trips and take the headache out of corporate travel.

Through the looking Glass
According to Entrepreneur magazine, Google's upcoming augmented reality headset Glass is set to take business travel by storm. Offering users the functionality of a smartphone in a compact and discreet eyeglass-style apparatus, Glass could be the next big thing in corporate travel.

The news source reports that there are many advantages of using Glass on corporate trips. Individuals who rent cars upon arrival at their destination may find Glass especially useful, as the augmented reality headset can provide users with driving directions, traffic updates and a wealth of other information directly in the lens of the device. This enables drivers to quickly and efficiently navigate to their destination without relying on temperamental GPS units or stopping to check maps on their smartphone.

Similarly, frequent fliers are likely to find Glass invaluable on future trips. Executives using the augmented reality headset can receive notifications on flight delays, cancelations and airport security alerts in real time, without users having to monitor their smartphone for incoming messages or status updates. Plus, Glass aggregates pertinent information about users' flights and presents it in an intuitive, easily read interface, making staying up to date on flights simple and responsive. However, one potential drawback of using Glass in airports is the potential for the device to cause delays at security checkpoints, as many customs agents are unlikely to be familiar with the new technology.

There's an app for that
Of course, it will be some time before executives can get their hands on Google's latest game-changing technology. However, that doesn't mean that business travelers cannot leverage the power of smartphone applications on their next trip.

In a separate report, Entrepreneur outlined some of the must-have apps for executives on the go. Among the most useful is Parker, a free app available for both iOS and Android platforms that provides users with real-time updates on available parking spots in major cities across the U.S. An added bonus of Parker is that it enables users to find their vehicle quickly and easily - a feature that could prove especially useful when traveling to places like New York City.

Of course, before executives reach their destination, the chances are good that they will have to find a suitable seat on a flight. While many companies have travel management professionals who can determine the best seat in business class on behalf of busy executives, business travelers who want to do the legwork themselves should consider using SeatGuru. This helpful app utilizes a database of airplane layouts for more than 100 airlines, enabling users to pinpoint their perfect seat and book their flight with just a few taps on their touchscreen.

One of the best all-around travel apps for executives is TravelNerd. Combining real-time travel updates, information on the best restaurants and attractions, and money-saving social coupons, TravelNerd puts a world of information at users' fingertips. Whether they're staying in furnished extended stay apartments or short-term rental units, executives using TravelNerd can navigate their next destination like a local and leave the tourists behind.