Chapel Hill startup to deliver real-time COVID, other travel alerts to students, administrators

https://www.wraltechwire.com/2021/09/09/chapel-hill-startup-to-deliver-real-time-covid-other-travel-alerts-to-students-administrators/Chapel Hill startup to deliver real-time COVID, other travel alerts to students, administrators


CHAPEL HILL – Terra Dotta, a provider of a global engagement platform for colleges and universities, will partner with Riskline, a travel risk and intelligence company, the Chapel Hill-based startup announced this week.

The partnership will integrate Terra Dotta’s AlertTraveler mobile application to deliver the travel alert and intelligence insights from Riskline to administrators and travelers choosing to use the app.

According to Terra Dotta, the partnership will enhance the security of travelers affiliated with more than 600 higher education clients traveling to or between as many as 200 countries.  Riskline updates daily, according to the statement, and through the partnership, will make available information such as COVID-19 updates, travel advisories, country-level alerts, country reports, and city-level alerts, on Terra Dotta’s mobile application.

“As domestic and global travel begins to open up again amidst varied security dynamics and levels of uncertainty depending on location, it’s more important than ever for higher education institutions to address the complex safety needs of its student and faculty travelers,” said Anthony Rotoli, CEO of Terra Dotta in a statement. “With the help of Riskline, we’re excited to offer university and college clients an even higher level of duty of care by enabling them to track potential threats as they develop – keeping travelers informed 24/7.”

Riskline is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Having the right level of risk intelligence at the right moment plays a critical role in keeping individual travelers informed and empowered to maintain their safety,” said Suzanne Sangiovese, Riskline’s commercial and communications director in a statement. “Partnering with Terra Dotta is a natural fit as we can collaboratively help institutions maintain the highest possible levels of duty of care by sharing personalized, up-to-date safety information when and where it is needed most.”

Other terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

Prior to the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic, Terra Dotta told WRAL TechWire that it was poised for growth, with plans to add between 20 and 30 employees.  As travelers began to question airline travel, and students planning to study abroad began to wonder whether their programs would operate, Terra Dotta worked to inform students, faculty, and administrators about travel safety in March 2020. The company also worked to reimagine providing study abroad and international studies programs with its clients, pivoting its delivery model, WRAL TechWire reported earlier this year.

The Chapel Hill-based company raised $3.4 million in 2019, following earlier rounds of $3.3 million in 2017, and $6 million in 2015. It was named to the 2021 Inc. 5000 list, ranking 4,433 with a three-year growth rate of 61%.





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