Gopass Global has unveiled plans to expand its focus beyond COVID19-related travel risks, to incorporate a full risk assessment model, including social, environmental and geo-political risks.
“Travel risk is constantly evolving and so we need to evolve too,” said Gopass Global CEO, Mark Radford. “The terrifying war in Ukraine and the far-reaching impact of sanctions, including airspace rights, are just another reminder of the volatility facing travellers in a globally-connected world.”
Radford explained that during recent successful Series A funding discussions, investors expressed their enthusiasm for the planned expansion, viewing it as a logical progression for the company lauded by Microsoft for its innovation and insightful use of AI.
Philippine Airlines A330-300 reg: RP-C8766. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.Philippine Airlines A330-300 reg: RP-C8766. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com “Our work with COVID-related risk is far from done,” Radford added. “The grim reality is that mutations of the virus, such as the BA.2 sub-variant now spreading in South Africa, will be with us for many years to come. But we also recognise that we have done a lot of the groundwork to build a more complete travel risk solution which fits perfectly with our mantra to help people everywhere to travel more safely.”
Within just a year of operation, Gopass says that it has delivered thousands of COVID19-related risk assessment reports to business and leisure travellers across the world.
The key to Gopass’ growth has been its ability to use AI to interrogate 35 sources of global risk data in near real-time and share the most relevant information via simple, user-friendly reports or an interactive bio-risk map.
Users can quickly learn about changes in border control rules, vaccination rates, testing and quarantine requirements and receive a risk score for their planned flight.
Radford says the risk score is particularly helpful for corporate travel managers and businesses wanting to be compliant with ISO 31030 travel risk management guideline introduced last year.
Gopass is currently planning on how best to develop and rollout the broader offering, which will examine factors such as ongoing conflicts, militarization and social cohesion, before year-end.
“We’ll share more details of the new model closer to launch. In the interim, we are continuing to make improvements to our COVID-risk assessments and will release a new leisure travel-focused solution within the coming weeks,” Radford said.