FCM Travel Solutions expands artificial intelligence assistant

FCM Travel Solutions has announced that it is enhancing its artificial intelligence pocket travel assistant application, Sam, with extra features for use by travel managers.

This is in response to client demand for greater visibility of their travellers in-trip and dovetails with the global travel management company’s FCM Connect technology strategy to meet the needs of managers, bookers and travellers.

Sam blends artificial intelligence with the expertise of real FCM travel consultants to deliver personalised, relevant information to business travellers’ mobile devices through a chat-based interface.

The new version for travel managers will help enable them to manage their current travellers and itineraries, so that they are aware of potential issues, can take appropriate action or communicate directly with the traveller to ensure their wellbeing.

Meanwhile the premium version of Sam for use by FCM clients’ travellers, which was launched via the global app store last November in the UK, USA, Canada, France and Switzerland, has now been deployed in an additional five countries: Ireland, Belgium, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

By the end of April 2018, Sam will be available to FCM customers in a further seven markets including Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Poland. 

Sam’s premium features include auto-synching the traveller’s bookings, integrated self-booking tool, live chat with an FCM consultant to provide service and make or amend bookings on the move; and the option for the user to ‘share location’ via FCM’s Secure risk management technology.

Sam will also soon provide enhanced traveller safety and duty-of-care features as the app will recognise the user’s location via a blend of itinerary information and GPS and match this to any critical incidents, triggering real time relevant alerts with an ability to respond with appropriate action for the individual traveller.

Another new feature in the pipeline is Sam Community – a chatbot assisted ‘community’ for business traveller users to share tips and advice, anything from flight delay updates, to quiet and comfortable places to rest or the best place to find power-points in an airport to charge a laptop. Click here for a video explaining Sam Community.