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Page 12 • MICEBTN - DEC 2016 - FEB 2017 Showstorm tips healthy future for M’soft Hololens technology Employee tracking moves to a new level uK traveL IT firm Voyage Manager (https://www.voyagemanager.com) says corporate payments data now can be used to help employers track their road warrior employees’ where- abouts. Voyage Manager founder John Scott said monitoring where travellers are at any given time is important for employers for security and to satisfy duty-of-care requirements. Voyage Manager works by using transaction and expense data from cards used by employees while travelling to identify where they are. “If an itinerary states an employee flies into Heathrow, the only thing the employer knows is that their staff member should have arrived at Heathrow,” he said. “By adding card transaction data, we might learn the employee spent GBP25 at a restaurant in London: it gives additional informa- tion the firm otherwise wouldn’t have.” If there is an emergency or an event that occurs in a particular part of the city, knowing exactly where an employee is can mean a more-effi- cient notification and warning for that worker. For the accounts department, transaction data also shows where the employee is and where corporate funds are being spent. It’s only recently that employee tracking via payment data could be used in this way. The old systems took days to process credit card transactions, but transactions made today with a company credit card offer near-instant notification of that payment. Melody, a new cabin concept for its ACJ320neo aircraft, has been release by Airbus Corporate Jets. Melody features flowing lines inspired by the curves of nature, such as rolling rivers and desert dunes. These flowing lines are represented in both the main pathway through the cabin and the curved walls of zones within it. The new concept also focuses on providing a more attractive environment that is both quieter and better adapted to providing sound and vision in a ‘home cinema’ setting. “A key feature of Airbus corporate jets is the better travel experience that they deliver – through freedom of movement and enhanced sociability as well as their greater space and comfort – and the new Melody cabin highlights this benefit over traditional business jets,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, Customers. The combination also benefits from new technologies – such as weight-saving carbon fibre in tables and cabinets and the simplification that comes from greater use of wifi – to enable delivery of a lighter cabin, and hence to increase aircraft range. Airbus Corporate Jets’ Melody is lighter, quieter - and flies further EuROPEAN software development firm Showstorm has taken delivery of Microsoft’s Hololens, claimed to be the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling users to engage with digital content and interact with holograms in the world around them. Mark Bellinger, Showstorm’s manag- ing director said: “I believe Hololens is one of the most powerful innovations of this decade; businesses with vision can use it to leverage massive advan- tage over their competitors.” Early adopters primarily have been big companies including Lowe’s, Case Western Reserve university, NASA, Saab, Volvo and real estate company Skanska, which plans the “world’s first holographic real estate leasing centre,” for a high-rise office project in down- town Seattle. General uses are likely to include: Training, remote instruction, 3D computer-aided design, presentations, gamification of tasks, decorating, virtu- al reality user interfaces, holographic attractions and entertainment plus sales and showroom tools.