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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.

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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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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Trevor
18 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 ...