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Top 10 travel apps for iPhone and Android

Tony Ridley | Sept. 8, 2010
As International SOS director of security services for the Asia Pacific, Tony Ridley knows travel.  Here, he offers his thoughts on the best apps for both the Apple iPhone and HTC Android smart phones

Footprints (HTC)

The HTC Android device comes preloaded with HTC Footprints, which enables people to permanently chronicle their chosen location and events by capturing a digital postcard on their phone. Once captured, Footprints provides the ability to take notes and an audio clip of that favourite restaurant or special place while identifying its specific geographical location. In addition to identifying each postcard with its specific GPS coordinates, Footprints also auto-names each postcard with its general location or area. This one is great for revisiting or remembering client locations, accommodation or places to eat.

WaveSecure Mobile Security

Mobile phones are an attractive item and easily misplaced when travelling. It is therefore important to protect both your own personal information and any relevant information relating to your company or job function. The WaveSecure Mobile Security application enables you to remotely lock down your device and generally preserve the information you wish to protect. You can also be notified should someone attempt to install another SIM card.


It seems theres always an urgent requirement to communicate. This application is great for communicating with your laptop and other devices via your mobile. It enables you to tether one or more devices in order to send and receive e-mails or access cloud computing sites. I always keep in mind costs when doing this but its a great alternative that gives immediate and easy access at airports, hotels or even client locations.

In addition, for any professional who manages other travellers, I recommend that they arm themselves with travel tracking technology such as our TravelTracker product that is accessible both on mobile devices and online.

Programs such as these help monitor, locate and contact globally-mobile employees and, when offered in mobile versions, allow you to do so from virtually anywhere. In addition, some including TravelTracker offer push notifications that alert users when their travellers have potentially been exposed to incidents or serious events such as natural disasters, airline strikes or even terrorist attacks. This can be indispensible when situations arise abroad.

As the director of security services Asia Pacific, Ridley is responsible for International SOS' corporate and commercial security services to clients around the world.


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