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Trevor is a Director at EvolvePlus Pty Ltd - a company providing leading edge web based library solutions to organisations across Australia.

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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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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Visit EvolvePlus at PLWA 2017


The Public Libraries WA (PLWA) conference is taking place 7th and 8th September 2017 at The University Club of WA and is the premier professional development event for the public library network in WA.

EvolvePlus is proud to support the PLWA 2017 Conference "Challenge Accepted!" and we will  have an exciting range of cloud & technology solutions on display for libraries including:

Wireless People Counter Solutions, including 3G Connectivity, Infrared Sensor and Overhead Thermal CountersPC Bookings & Print Management Aurora Library Management SystemMillion Word Reading Challenge AppPD ManagerOnline Social Community Platform with Mobile AppsEvent and Room Booking ManagementCustomer Request & Reference TrackingWeb Reporting & Dashboards (Combining Data from People Counters, ILS and more)

We will be at Booth 16 in the Trade Exhibition - come and visit us to learn more about our People Counting & Cloud solutions for Libraries.

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People Counter Software Implemented on Linux


Our Wireless Infrared and Overhead Thermal People Counter solutions include the SensorServer software application which allows users to analyse traffic count data by hour, day, week, month, and year in table or graph form simply using their web browser. This valuable information reveals peak traffic periods to determine optimal operating hours and staffing requirements, and helps calculate peak visitor times. The People Inside Web App for SensorServer also enables organisations to view the number of people currently inside a venue, which is ideal for venues that are required to monitor capacity numbers in real time to comply with liquor licensing laws, venue capacity limits, etc.

Up to now the On-Premise edition of SensorServer has been installed on the Windows and macOS operating systems.  We are pleased to announce that we have successfully implemented the SensorServer software for our People Counters on the CentOS Linux platform.

This is ideal for customers who are using Linux as their preferred operating system platform. It also represents a lower operating cost when implementing a dedicated Linux virtual server in AWS or Azure compared to monthly costs of using a Windows virtual server. 

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People Counter Software Implemented on macOS


Our USB and Wireless People Counter solutions include the SensorServer software application - which customers can choose the On-Premise edition for installation on their own server/PC, or they can choose to use the Cloud edition delivered from the EvolvePlus cloud infrastructure.

Up to now the On-Premise edition has been installed on the Windows operating system.  We are pleased to announce that we have successfully implemented the SensorServer software for our People Counters on the Apple macOS operating system.

Gertrude Contemporary, a not-for-profit gallery and studio complex that has been supporting contemporary artists for over 30 year, uses Apple iMacs as their primary IT platform. 

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PC Bookings with Print Management


We are pleased to announce the availability of the Print Management and Self Service Kiosk capability for the BookingsPlus PC Booking solution for libraries.

Using BookingsPlus PC Bookings it’s easy for library members, guests and staff to easily reserve public access PCs and view availability. 

The new Print Management module and associated Self Service Kiosks makes it easy to manage printing and recover costs from members and guests printing from public workstations. It is designed to check and manage the usage of your print equipment, whether they are printers (network and local) or multifunction devices (MFD). 

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Visit EvolvePlus at EduTECH 2017

EduTECH 2017 is taking place 8th and 9th June 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Sydney, and is the largest education expo in the entire Asia Pacific region.

EvolvePlus is proud to support EduTECH 2017 and we will be have an exciting range of productivity & technology solutions on display for libraries, schools and tertiary education including:

Million Word Reading Challenge AppPD ManagerWireless People Counter Solutions, including 3G Connectivity, Infrared Sensor and Overhead Thermal CountersOnline Social Community Platform with Mobile AppsPC, Event and Room Booking ManagementCustomer Request & Reference TrackingAurora Library Management SystemWeb Reporting & Dashboards (Combining Data from People Counters, ILS and more)

We will be at stand 150 in the "Libraries Zone" - come and visit us to learn more about our Productivity & Technology solutions for Libraries and Education.

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Amlib Data Services

EvolvePlus offers libraries a range of professional services for the Amlib library management system that save time and automate regular tasks. Whether your library is looking to optimise its processes or migrate Amlib data to another system, our staff have extensive experience across all aspects of Amlib.

We offer cloud hosting, software customisation, project planning, data migration, consultancy and managed admin services for the Amlib LMS. Our services include:

Amlib Managed Admin Services & SupportAmlib Data Conversion & ExtractionAmlib Software CustomisationAmlib Cloud Hosting & ArchivingAmlib Project PlanningFully Featured Discovery Layer to Replace Amlib WebOPAC

Some of our most recent projects have included SMS integration for Patron Notices, delivery of web dashboards & reports that combine Amlib data with information from other sources (e.g. people counters), and troubleshooting SIP2 integration. 

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Integration of People Counters with SirsiDynix BLUEcloud Analytics


Statistical data from the EvolvePlus Wireless People Counter solution has recently been integrated into the SirsiDynix BLUEcloud Analytics platform.

 

The integration enables libraries to combine their people counter statistics with other SirsiDynix library data - for example loans, membership, etc. - and display this within unified web dashboards and reports.

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RefPlus Version 10 Now Available



RefPlus is an intuitive web based Reference and Request Tracking application that provides rapid information discovery and simple processes for capturing requests and responding with automated notifications.

With the release of version 10, RefPlus is even easier to use with a range of new features and enhancements:

New Advanced Search where you can search by any field (built-in or custom fields), save searches and have search results displayed in a separate list.

 

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BookingsPlus Enhancements





We've been busy collaborating with our customers to develop new features and enhancements to BookingsPlus - our cloud based bookings platform for rooms, events, public access PCs, game consoles and more.

Some of the latest enhancements include:

Room Bookings - Recurrent Bookings in Public View

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SurveyPlus Community Survey Web App


EvolvePlus is proud to announce the launch of SurveyPlus - a fully managed community survey web app that automates online surveys & questionnaires for your community, library members, visitors, ratepayers, staff, job applicants and more.

Importantly, SurveyPlus is delivered via our Australian cloud infrastructure, to ensure the privacy and security of your community's survey results and assist with compliance to your statutory obligations.

Some examples of how SurveyPlus can be used:

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Meet EvolvePlus at SWITCH 2016

NSW Public Libraries Association (NSWPLA) will be holding its annual SWITCH Conference from 22-24 November at the Ulladulla Civic Centre.

EvolvePlus is proud to support the event and will be have an exciting range of technology solutions & services on display for libraries including:

Indoor and Outdoor People Counter Solutions Wireless People Counter solutions with 3G ConnectivityUSB and Display Footfall CountersOverhead Thermal People CountersSensify Online Community Platform with Mobile AppsBookingsPlus PC, Event and Room Booking ManagementNetloan PC Bookings and Print ManagementRefPlus Customer Request & Reference TrackingWeb Reporting & Dashboards (Combining Data from People Counters, ILS and more)My Reading List Online Summer Reading ProgramVuFind Discovery LayerILS Data Migration

Come and visit us at stand 33 for a closer look or to take any of our solutions for a test drive!

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Launch of EvolvePlus Online Store

We are delighted to announce the launch of the EvolvePlus Online Store, which offers the opportunity to purchase from our comprehensive range of People Counter solutions. You can choose from our Wireless People Counters, USB Counters, LCD Display Counters as well as our new Overhead Thermal People Counter solution from our secure store with convenience of purchasing at a time that suits you best from our 24/7 site.

As part of the launch of our EvolvePlus Online Store we have also revamped our entire site and optimised it for access from all types of devices - whether you are using a desktop, tablet or smartphone. We've also simplified the navigation to make it easier to locate products as well as expand the information available on the site.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new Online Store and fresh new website!

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Web Dashboards for Amlib


Our new Web Dashboards for Amlib (and other library systems) lets you visualise, track and measure real time your Amlib library data. Not only do these dashboards look great, they provide a familiar way for staff to access and interpret library data. Importantly the dashboards are optimised to run on any device and can be embedded with other intranet web pages. 

Using the EvolvePlus Report and Dashboard builder you can easily create stylish web based dashboards with reports, charts and statistics.  There’s no need to schedule Amlib reports or install Amlib to view the dashboards - we provide real-time information directly to your web browser running on your PC, Mac or tablet (e.g. iPad).

We can also combine data from different sources, such as Amlib, Sensify, VuFind and EvolvePlus People Counters and present as a single integrated Dashboard.

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Pokémon Go - Measuring the Success using People Counters



Pokémon Go has become a global phenomenon since its release earlier this month. It is a augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices using the GPS and camera of a smartphone. Players capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on their smartphone as though in the real world.

Business News Daily have written an article that describes how businesses can "capitalise on the craze by attract local players to your location", whilst The Age reports that "soon any business may be able to buy an in-game landmark, pretty much guaranteeing foot traffic for as long as the Pokémon Go craze lasts".

If your organisation is thinking about using Pokémon Go as a strategy to attract people to your location, then the EvolvePlus People Counters provide the ideal solution to accurately measure the success of your campaign and to visualise any visitor traffic increase. 

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Visit EvolvePlus at ALIA 2016

EvolvePlus will be exhibiting at the ALIA 2016 National Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre from Tuesday 30 August to Thursday 1 September 2016.

Discover the exciting range of technology solutions & services we offer to libraries including:

Wireless Network, USB and Display People Counters (Indoor and Outdoor Models)Sensify Online Community PlatformBrushtail PC, Event and Room Booking ManagementNetloan PC Bookings and Print ManagementRefPlus Customer Request & Reference TrackingWeb Reporting & Dashboards (Combining Data from People Counters, ILS and more)My Reading List Online Summer Reading ProgramVuFind Discovery LayerILS Data Migration

Come and visit us at booth 67 for a closer look or to take any of our solutions for a test drive!

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Trevor
13 December 2017
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 en...