SMARTCymru funding to enable a new mobile application with Covid-19 functionality
Ortharize announced that it has started work on a new mobile application to complement its web platform and improve user experience and traveler safety for organizations that choose Ortharize as their business travel partner.
The project which will cost around Â£ 100,000 over the next 12 months, which will see the recruitment of additional staff, is partially funded by the Welsh Government’s SMARTCymru project.
The app will work primarily as a companion app for business travelers, allowing them to store travel tickets, check routes, as well as store vaccination evidence and test results. The app will also allow employers to request the presentation of proof of vaccination and test results, which will then be stored on their central Ortharize portal.
The app will also offer the following features:
- The possibility for travelers to declare themselves safe once at destination, with notification sent to their manager.
- Monitoring of CO2 emissions for car journeys.
- Flight delay and the latest global information on border / airline restrictions.
Jon Maddison, CEO of Ortharize, said:
âThis app will be an essential tool for business travelers, helping them stay safe and up to date while on the road. Ortharize is constantly innovating and therefore we are delighted to collaborate with SMARTCymru.
âIt’s fantastic to see how quickly South Wales is transforming into a technology hub and we are delighted that this project gives us another opportunity to contribute to this trend. “
The first version of the application is expected to be released to the public in early 2022.
About Ortharize: Ortharize is a software start-up based in Swansea, UK. Founded in 2019, Ortharize offers a next-generation business travel management web-based platform that helps organizations reduce their carbon footprint, reduce administration time, and save money by rewarding travelers when ‘they save their organization’s money on travel.
After successfully raising just under half a million pounds during the Covid-19 pandemic in their seed funding round, Ortharize has already attracted over Â£ 2million in planned annual travel spending from the from its customers. Ortharize was voted Best Business Travel Management Platform in 2021 by Prestige Awards.
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About SMARTCymru: The Welsh government is committed to building a stronger and greener economy for Wales, based on the principles of fair work, sustainability and the industries and services of the future.
This includes supporting demand-driven research, development and innovation in Wales, and facilitating effective collaborations that foster prosperity and deliver real benefits for the people of Wales and its environment.
Our Economic Action Plan has built a stronger foundation for growth, energizing the industries of the future and empowering the regions of Wales at its heart. It includes our Economic Contract which frames a new relationship with a company based on the principle of public investment with a social purpose while helping companies to meet the challenges of the future.
We help companies innovate and introduce new products and services, do business with the UK and the rest of the world, improve our skills base and ensure Wales remains competitive in the Fourth Industrial Age. We are also working to enable more Welsh businesses to go light or carbon-free.
Through our aid package called SMART, funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh government is helping create jobs and improve people’s lives by fostering cutting-edge research and innovation.
- SMARTInnovation – Investing in research and development
- SMARTCymru – Finance to innovate
- SMARTExpertise – Academic collaboration for companies