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Leading helicopter and software firms join forces to enhance safety

  • Written by Joe O'Brien


Leading helicopter and software firms join forces to enhance safety

A leading global helicopter operator and an innovative software firm are teaming up to deliver real-time risk management tools that will lift the bar on helicopter safety.

PHI International, formerly HNZ, the international operating division of PHI Inc, is partnering with Ideagen, a UK-based, global, software developer, to implement Ideagen’s Coruson software across PHI’s international business.

Coruson is an enterprise cloud-based system that enables real-time control, visibility and reporting of risks. By deploying Coruson, PHI International will extensively enhance its safety, risk and compliance oversight. The project also sees PHI International become the first in the helicopter industry to combine comprehensive bow-tie risk models with aspects of safety reporting and auditing.

“We fly helicopters in extreme environments all over the world from offshore Western Australia to the ice shelves of Antarctica, every day of the year, and our absolute, number one priority is keeping people safe,” said Robert Cavers, Safety and Quality Director at PHI International.

“Many places we fly to have dynamic and fast-changing operating conditions and it is critical that we have the best possible systems in place to help us manage any risks as they emerge. Coruson is a game-changing software system that will help us do that as it gives us real-time monitoring of hazards and risks in every location.”

Robert continued: “For example, if a pilot is on an offshore marine pilot transfer flight and observes a hazard, he or she can report that back to us immediately by inputting it to Coruson. We can then start tracking the risk factors and making the necessary safety adjustments straight away. It is a great tool to add to our industry-leading safety systems.”

By combining bow-tie risk models with all aspects of its safety reporting and auditing functions within Coruson, PHI International has enhanced its efficiency and oversight to enable continuous improvement of key safety controls.

Ross McLarnon, Ideagen’s Product Manager for Coruson, said: “PHI International is a well-established and globally renowned helicopter operator with a very strong focus on safety and quality. We are pleased to be partnering with them to integrate Coruson as part of their safety and risk management tools.

“More than 5,000 organisations use Ideagen’s products, including seven of the top 10 UK accounting firms, all of the top aerospace and defence companies along with 75% of the world's leading pharmaceutical firms, so we look forward to a close and successful future together with PHI International.”

PHI International operates a fleet of more than 20 single and twin-engine helicopters in New Zealand, Australia, Africa, South East Asia and Antarctica. It is growing its international operating footprint and Coruson will be a key enabler of safe and sustainable growth as it enters new markets.

Ideagen provides software and services to organisations operating within highly regulated industries such as aviation, banking and finance and life science, healthcare and manufacturing with its main operational premises spread throughout the UK, EU, US, Middle East and SE Asia.

Its Coruson software is a mainstay in its portfolio of governance, risk and compliance applications, with many high-profile customers using the software including Jaguar Land Rover, Haeco, Johnson Matthey, Air Asia, British Airways, Ryanair and Telefonica.

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About PHI International

PHI International is the international operating division of leading helicopter operator PHI Inc. The business was founded in New Zealand in 1955 and acquired by PHI Inc in October 2017. HNZ is headquartered in Nelson, New Zealand. The company employs approximately 250 people worldwide and operates a fleet of more than 20 single and twin engine helicopters that service the onshore and offshore oil & gas industries and marine pilot transfer services. PHI has a strong commitment to safety and is a member of leading industry groups Helicopter Association International, HeliOffshore and the International Helicopter Safety Team.

About Ideagen

Ideagen is a UK-headquartered, global technology company quoted on the London Stock Exchange AIM market (Ticker: IDEA.L).

The Group provides software and services to organisations operating within highly regulated industries such as aviation, banking and finance and life science, healthcare and manufacturing with its main operational premises spread throughout the UK, EU, US, Middle East and SE Asia.

With an excellent portfolio of software products including Q-Pulse, Coruson, Pentana Audit, Pentana Performance and PleaseReview, Ideagen helps its clients reduce costs, improve operational efficiency, strengthen compliance and oversight and anticipate and manage every detail of risk.

Currently, more than 5,000 organisations use Ideagen's products including seven of the top 10 UK accounting firms, all of the top aerospace and defence companies and 75% of the world's leading pharmaceutical firms.

Ideagen's diverse and varied customer base includes many well-known, global brands such as British Airways, Aggreko, BAE, Ryanair, US Navy, KLM, BBVA, Bank of New York, Commerzbank, Meggitt, Heineken, Johnson Matthey, Haeco Group and European Central Bank. As well as this, Ideagen counts 180 hospitals across the UK and US amongst its client base.

Ideagen directly employs more than 420 members of staff and touches every continent globally.

What sets Ideagen apart?

  • Ownership - UK AIM public listed company - Ideagen PLC - IDEA
  • Accreditations - ISO 9001:2015; 14001 & 27001 certified
  • Employees - Over 420 employees and a global Partner Network
  • Customers – 5,000 companies using the Ideagen suite of products globally
  • Support - Based in the UK, US and Asia, we provide 24/7 support
  • 1993 - Year of formation
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