Business Info - issue 138 APPS APP UPDATE New apps for business and leisure Gett goes carbon neutral Gett, the black cab hailing app, is offering customers in London a greener way to get around the capital. Following an offsetting agreement with Carbon Clear, every ride booked though the app or Gett’s One Transport business booking platform will be carbon neutral. Customers can make their ride ‘carbon positive’ by paying an additional 20p per journey, with a proportion of the funds raised used to help London schools meet their air quality goals. In a separate initiative, Gett aims to increase the number of LEVC TX Electric Taxis on London’s streets by waiving commission from electric cab drivers for their first six months with the platform. Connected life PyGo wearable devices allow you to stay connected with children, elderly relatives, pets, personal belongings etc., even when there is noWiFi or cellular network available thanks to the ability of devices within 12 kilometres of each other to create their own private mesh network. A network can be expanded and strengthened by opening it up to other anonymous PyGos in the area. All data remains confidential, as it hops from one device to another until it reaches its destination, directly or indirectly via the internet. The Pylife app consolidates all your Pygo devices in one digital dashboard, allowing users to send messages, see the location of each PyGo or track various stats. Click to pay Hospitality tech platform Flyt has created a payment bot for restaurants that enables customers to pay for their bill using Facebook Messenger. The first restaurant chain in the UK to start rolling out the technology is Byron.With Byron Quickpay, the customer simply opens Facebook Messenger, selects the Byron restaurant location and enters the table number. The bill is recalled from the POS system and displayed in Messenger for the customer to approve and pay with one click. Simplified set-up Skyroam, which provides travellers with WiFi connectivity in more than 130 countries through a portable hotspot, has launched a new app offering quick and easy online access. The Solis WiFi App enables users to connect their hotspot andWiFi account instantly by scanning the QR code on the bottom of their Skyroam hotspot, instead of searching for and entering codes or serial numbers. The app can also be used to monitor data usage, check connection speeds and buy more data. Reap the benefits Global professional services firm Aon has developed an app that enables employees to access and manage all their benefits from a smartphone. Employers can customise the Aon App with their own content and branding and create engagement campaigns, using push notifications to encourage employees to interact with benefits. Pocket-sized file server CortadoWorkplace is an on-premises enterprise file sharing solution that enables employees to access the same drives and files on a mobile device as on a desktop workstation. The solution is ideal for organisations that want to keep their data in their own network, while at the same time offering convenient access for employees. The ability to use existing access rights from Microsoft’s Active Directory eases set-up and enables IT administrators to see actions on mobile devices in theWindows Log. www.cortado.como Be prepared The SoapBox app lets teams plan and run meetings on the go. Users can set up meetings, collaborate on agenda items, share comments on the agenda and make notes on decisions made. Virtuo doubles car fleet Mobile car rental app Virtuo has doubled the size of its premium quality fleet, after attracting 25,000 users within just two months of its launch last summer. It has also added more choice, supplementing its fleet of Mercedes A-Class vehicles with larger Mercedes GLA models. Cars come with premium interiors and the latest technology including GPS, CarPlay and reverse cameras. Virtuo customers can book, locate, unlock and drive a rental Mercedes entirely through the app. Compliant call recording The Re:Call call recording app allows employees to record conversations with peers and customers in a compliant fashion. Ideal for firms with an international presence, Re:Call supports global, local and multi-territory compliance regulations including MiFID II in Europe, Dodd Frank in the US and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, all of which have rules around the use of communications monitoring and storage. Text to audio conversion Xerox has announced a number of new apps for its ConnectKey MFPs, including the Xerox Audio Documents App, which turns hardcopy documents into audio files that can be listened to while commuting or driving to a meeting. Byron Quickpay Virtuo Skyroam Gett 01732 759725 magazine 2 SoapBox