Aria Assistance has announced a new range of travel risk management services. In conjunction with specialists in the security industry, Aria Assistance will provide a service that advises and supports business travellers, as well as providing international organisations and insurers with a full range of assistance services. With all-hours access to a global infrastructure, the focus is on helping employers fulfil their Duty of Care to remote workers, as well as assisting with employee well-being and benefits. In addition to the advice and response elements of the service is a bespoke Travel Risk Information Portal (TRIP), a comprehensive medical and security gateway designed to help travellers mitigate the risks faced when working or travelling in unfamiliar locations. Additional medical and security consulting services can be added according to client needs, including remote medical services, crisis management planning, and security/medical staffing solutions. Travel Risk Protection Services include integrated medical and security advice, a vaccination arrangement service, pre-travel medical information, access to a Travel Risk Information Portal (including a health and security risk monitor, destination reports and an incident alert service), security training, contingency planning and customised risk reports. There is also a service for secure online medical record and travel information storage. When overseas, the service offers telephone access to medical and security specialists, medical referrals, coverage of medical expenses and monitoring, assistance with visas and legal assistance, and lost credit cards or passports. In the event of an emergency situation, the service delivers medical evacuation, a crisis hotline, security incident management and evacuation, post-incident counselling and arrangement of repatriation of mortal remains.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.