Based in Australia and the UK, conTgo offers a number of services that are designed to make the travel experience more efficient. One of the services offered through conTgo is the ability to match local deals with business travelers depending upon where they are traveling. For example, deals can be distributed based on location and itinerary data, including merchants located in airports. The service also is designed so that travelers can plan a trip using location and hotel data from a number of colleagues, allowing everyone to stay in the same hotel.
Microsoft used the technology to better inform its workers in Japan after a massive earthquake hit country in 2011, using the conTgo service to identify the locations of workers.
“Within minutes, we could tell who was where and what facilities were near the dangers,” said Mike Howard, Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Global Security. “We could determine how many travelers we had in the country and ping them quickly.”
As you may recall, Concur last year established a $150 million fund — The Perfect Trip fund — to bankroll startups in the online travel arena. It also acquired TripIt for $120 million in 2011.
“We continue to seek out game-changing technologies that enhance the business travel experience and advance our vision for the Perfect Trip,” said Michael Hilton, EVP of Product Strategy at Concur, in a release. “The conTgo team developed an award-winning solution for companies to track, locate and communicate with employees regardless of their location. Working together with the Concur ecosystem of application developers, customers, and suppliers, we plan to deliver a variety of new location-based applications that benefit companies and their travelers alike.”
Concur has a market value of $3.96 billion, and its stock is up about 17 percent in the past year.