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Aurora Software Release November 2018

Aurora Library Management System

A new version of the Aurora Library Management System Cloud Desktop has been released to all library customers on 31 October 2018. Highlights of the release include:

Circulation

Automatic renewals – this new process now running live in some initial sites and it can reduce the number of calls that librarians take from customers wanting to renew items. Contact support for more information if you wish to implement this featureBorrowers can now be prevented from reserving an item for x amount of hours after it has been returned by them.The homebound picklist can now be limited to a specific item format for easy picking.When permanently transferring items, a new optional setting will clear the floating flag so that the items will return to their new permanent home.New dockets are available with enhanced features including bold and larger fonts.

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New Smiley Feedback Counters




EvolvePlus has launched it's new range of battery powered Customer Feedback Counters to gather valuable customer satisfaction information. Our wireless Smiley Feedback and Mood Counters offer a reliable, user-friendly, and affordable solution that will help almost any type of organisation to gain valuable insight to improve customer satisfaction and customer loyalty.

The size and weight of our battery powered Smiley Survey Counters allows for installation almost anywhere, including Public Libraries, Airport Toilets, Galleries, Customer Service Centres, Retail Stores, and more. It is available with optional metal brackets for mounting on a stand or wall.

The IMMOTION Smiley Feedback Counters are designed and built in Europe for the highest quality, available with a choice of 5 separate smiley buttons and can be configured with a "feedback button press delay" to minimise repetitive button presses. 

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Email Notification for People Counter Software


Automatic email notifications are now available for our range of Wireless, Overhead Thermal and Single Side Laser People Counters.

The Mailer application for SensorServer enables you to configure your server to send automatic email notifications to display warning messages and issues with your Wireless People Counter solution.

It is a great way of ensuring that your People Counter solution is operating correctly without having to manually login to the CentralManagement web application each day.

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Visit EvolvePlus at SWITCH 2018


EvolvePlus is delighted to support the NSW Public Libraries Association (NSWPLA) at their public library conference SWITCH 2018, being held from 27 to 30 November in Coffs Harbour.

For public libraries interested in the latest library technologies & products we will have an exciting range of cloud & technology solutions on display.

Our IMMOTION Wireless People Counters and Gazelle Overhead Thermal People Traffic Solutions will be on display together with our new Smiley Feedback / Mood Counter - a portable, battery-powered sensor to generate feedback from users that can be implemented within a range of environments.

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Aurora Software Release July 2018


A new version of the Aurora Library Management System Cloud Desktop has been released to all library customers during July 2018.

Highlights of release 8.7.11 include:

Circulation 

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EvolvePlus at APLIC Conference on the Gold Coast


EvolvePlus is delighted to support the Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018 being held later this month at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

For public libraries interested in the latest library technologies & products we will have an exciting range of cloud & technology solutions on display.

We will be launching our new integrated Print Management and PC Reservation solution for Public Libraries with an attractive print management column that controls local printers and multifunction devices is an RFID or barcode scanner together with integrated authentication and contactless payment controls.

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Upcoming People Counter Products


We are excited to share our Product Roadmap for the next 12 months which includes new People Counter and IoT Smart Building solutions. Some of these solutions will be released shortly whilst others are in the development and pre-production phase.

We are investing in the latest data communication technologies for our products to support the delivery of innovative smart city projects. One of the new technologies that we will be implementing to connect some of our new people counter and smart building devices is Narrowband IoT (Internet of Things).  NB-IoT was developed to enable efficient communication and long battery life for implementing devices across wide geographical footprints and deep within urban infrastructure. It can be used to connect devices, such as sensors and deliver real-time information and analysis.

Some of the upcoming and planned products include:

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Aurora Software Release May 2018


A new version of the Aurora Library Management System Cloud Desktop has been released to all library customers during May 2018.

Highlights of the May 2018 release include:

Cataloguing & Headings 

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Integrating with People Counter Data


Our modular People Counter solution makes it easy to integrate the footfall data with other information systems that your organisation may be using - ranging from Sales & Finance systems through to BACnet Building Automation and Control Systems.

Two popular methods for integrating the EvolvePlus People Counter solution with other systems include:

Using our DashboardPlus web application to connect to your information systems (EvolvePlus People Counters, Sales & Finance databases, Building Automation and Control Systems, etc.) and to provide meaningful insight of data from a central dashboard portalConnecting to the EvolvePlus People Counter database and incorporating the data into your BI Reporting Tool or Building Automation Systems.

Whether you are using our Wireless People Counters, USB People Counters, Single Side Laser People Counters or Overhead Thermal People Counters, they all capture the counter data and save to an open source MySQL database, which makes it easy to connect to and automatically extract or link to the data for your own reporting analytics platform. We provide a detailed layout of the tables & column to assist with extracting your own data. In addition, a custom API can also be developed to suit your integration requirements.

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People Counter Videos


EvolvePlus has released a number of People Counter videos on our new product video website at https://video.evolveplus.com.au/people-counters.

Our people counter product videos provide a visual representation of how the EvolvePlus People Counters can be used in different environments, as well as the showing how easy it is to deliver in-depth analysis on your traffic counting statistics.

The most recent videos published on the site are:

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BookingsPlus Online Payment Gateway


Using the BookingsPlus Online Payment Gateway you can offer your customers the convenience of paying their deposit or the full fee using Visa, MasterCard or American Express for Events, Room Bookings, Resource Bookings and Facility Bookings.

The Online Payment Gateway is available with BookingsPlus version 15 that is being released to customers over the coming months, and it provides a secure and easy way to accept payments. We’ve partnered with Stripe, one of the leading vendors for processing online payments, to enable online payments for Events, Room, Resource and Facility Bookings.

Another key highlight in BookingsPlus version 15 is the new booking price calculation setting, enabling you to configure the deposit, hourly rate and fixed rate. With this new setting, the price for bookings created by customers using the Self-Service Web Portal will be automated calculated and provide a link for online payment.

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Aurora Software Release February 2018


A new version of Aurora Library Management System Cloud Desktop has been released to all library customers during February 2018.

Highlights of the February 2018 release include:

New Notices via Cloud 

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New Product: Single Side Laser Counter


EvolvePlus is pleased to announce the release a new product model within our wireless people solution - the Single Side Laser People Counter.

Whether you are trying to measure traffic to support project funding, optimise labour, determine advertising effectiveness, or count items on a production line, EvolvePlus provides the tools that assist organisations increase profitability and optimise operational efficiency by analysing visitor traffic to make informed business decisions. 

Our new Single Side Laser People Counter enables you to count pedestrians and moving objects via a user-defined counting distance (0.2 to 8 metres) without requiring a separate receiver or reflector.

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Aurora Software Release January 2018


A new version of Aurora Cloud Desktop has been released to all library customers during January 2018.

Highlights of the release include:

Circulation 

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My Reading List for Schools


Get ready for the new school year and preparing your strategy for how your school plans to engage students in wider reading.

My Reading List for Schools is a new approach to independent reading to inspire and engage students as readers. It provides a place for students to log their reading and write short reviews. It engages students through the hooks of technology, competition and the social aspect of reading other student reviews. 

My Reading List can help to enable dialogue between teachers and students about reading and the online nature of the application makes logging the books a fun activity. The application features have been developed with the input of Teachers, Librarians and Teacher-Librarians.

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We're On The Move


We are excited to announce that EvolvePlus has moved to a new location in Mulgrave, Victoria.  

After spending the previous two years in Scoresby we are on the move to the Monash Enterprise Centre.

This provides us (and our customers) with improved facilities including a training room with seating for up to 30 people as well as modern meeting rooms with large built in TV displays.

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CONTAINER – THE BOX THAT CHANGED THE WORLD EXHIBITION



People counting solution for the outdoor exhibition at Australian National Maritime Museum.

BackgroundThe first-ever outdoor exhibition held at the Australian National Maritime Museum where visitors can explore six colourful containers scattered around the museum like giant Lego pieces. Each container uses solar power to run internal lighting and displays.

The ChallengeTo gauge the popularity of the exhibition, a unique and cost-effective people counting solution was required. The people counting solution had to operate on batteries and/or required a minimum power drain from the solar power supply of each container. The people counting solution had to be inconspicuous and automatically report visitors in real time.

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Visit EvolvePlus at SWITCH 2017


EvolvePlus is delighted to support the NSW Public Libraries Association (NSWPLA) at their public library conference SWITCH 2017, being held from 21 to 23 November in Penrith.

For public libraries interested in the latest library technologies & products we will have an exciting range of cloud & technology solutions on display.

This include our Wireless People Counters, Overhead Thermal People Traffic Solutions, Public PC Bookings and Print Management, Aurora Library Management System, Million Word Reading Challenge App, Online Social Community Directory Platform with Mobile Apps, VuFind Discovery Layer and much more.

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Outdoor People Counters with Statistical Analysis



EvolvePlus deliver a range of Outdoor People Counter solutions that provide detailed statistical analysis via a web dashboard.

We offer Outdoor People Counter models with the choice between real-time visitor traffic analysis and offline pedestrian traffic analysis that is uploaded to a server on a regular basis. The weatherproof casing of the people counters enables implementation in a variety of outdoor environments including toilet blocks, outdoor pathways, car parks, festivals, markets as well as indoor venues that are exposed to water such as swimming pools and leisure centres.

The battery powered USB People Counter with Weatherproof Casing is moulded from the finest commercial grade plastic. The weatherproof case is designed to withstand the harsh outdoor elements whilst providing superior security for the counter sensors. 

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EvolvePlus Appointed Local Buy Approved Supplier


EvolvePlus is pleased to announce our appointment as Approved Supplier for QLD Local Government (Contract No. BUS243-1113 "Council Business Systems") by Local Buy - Local Government Association of Queensland.

As a Local Buy pre-qualified supplier it enables Councils, Local Government authorities and other Government entities to purchase directly from EvolvePlus without having to go through a separate time consuming and costly tendering process.

EvolvePlus is an Australian company providing a range of cloud based applications including Facility Booking Management, PC Booking Management, Library Management, Community Engagement Platform (including Community Directory), Reference Tracking and Customer Request Management, Reporting & Dashboard Designer, Community Survey Application, Deep Freeze Cloud and Content Management solutions.

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16 November 2018
A new version of the Aurora Library Management System Cloud Desktop has been released to all library customers on 31 October 2018. Highlights of the release include:CirculationAutomatic renewals – this new proc...