UK strengthens ability to assist citizens abroad during crises
(Ottawa, Canada – August 8, 2006)
The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a contract award to WorldReach Software Corporation for its Crisis Management and Traveller Registration software. British citizens make approximately 65 million trips abroad each year; and this number is growing annually by 4%. There are also 15 million Britons that live abroad. WorldReach’s software will help the FCO deliver assistance to these British nationals in any crisis – from natural disasters or accidents to man-made disasters such as terrorist acts or civil unrest. The Traveller Registration component will allow British citizens to go directly to the departmental website to register their travel details online, making it easier for the ministry to communicate with them in the event of an emergency. The system is expected to be in operational use by the FCO by the end of the year or beginning of next year.
Gordon Wilson president of WorldReach Software explains, “Citizens rely on their governments to provide assistance during times of need – whether the crisis occurs within the country’s borders or not. WorldReach products are relied upon by national governments to provide assistance as required on approximately 100 million trips per year.”
For almost 15 years WorldReach Software has been used to deliver assistance to millions of people worldwide involved in all types of routine consular assistance cases as well as natural disasters and terrorist attacks (Asian Tsunami, 9/11, Bali & Madrid bombings). WorldReach products are licensed to almost 700 sites in approximately 200 countries, including Canadian, British, New Zealand and Dutch embassies/consulates.
WorldReach Software Corporation is the leading provider of consular assistance management and consular crisis management software. During both normal day-to-day operations and large-scale crises, WorldReach is a proven consular partner enhancing the delivery of assistance to citizens abroad.
For more information, please contact: Shelley Bryen 1-613-742-6482 www.worldreach.com