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Occupancy People Counters


Our Occupancy People Counter solution featuring the People Inside Web Application enables organisations to view the number of people currently inside a venue. This feature is ideal for venues that are required to monitor capacity numbers in real time to comply with government regulations, liquor licensing laws, venue capacity limits, etc.

We currently have customers utilising this solution to assist with their compliance with the limits on organised gatherings due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 (internal gatherings of fewer than 100 people or outdoor gatherings of fewer than 500 people).

Our wireless people counters record the number of people entering and exiting a venue and automatically send the data every minute to the IMMOTION Cloud. We also offer Instant People Counters that relay data in real time without any lag to ensure you’re getting accurate to-the-second visitor numbers.

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Aurora Cloud Release v10.1.22


Version 10.1.22 of the Aurora LMS (Cloud Edition) has been released to all library customers. Highlights of the release include:

Circulation

  • The ability to check a user’s address details has been updated. It is now possible to confirm an address down to the street level. The new process checks the street, street type, suburb and postcode and will promote more accurate address details in your data.
  • User Lists have been enhanced to provide options when the operator does not know the exact name of a user they are searching for.  Left and right wildcards may be added using % and a prompt for these will come up automatically if no match is found. This function is activated in Name Search only.
  • There is a new optional ability to bypass the reservation placement charge on the 'Place a reserve' screen. This provides an operator a way to place a free reserve for a user, when the payment for the reserve is normally deferred until the reserve is trapped. This override can be turned off and/or set only for specific operators.
  • The ability to create 'blanket' reservations by linking several reserves has been added to User Links. The first item scanned into Returns fulfills the request and removes the other linked reservations for that borrower. This enables an operator to place reserves on a large print, adult fiction and YA fiction of the same work, and the user will only receive one of these copies. More than one set of blanket reservations can be added to a single user.
  • Barcode browse has been added as a new search option in ‘Search Items’ this provides the ability to find items within the collection where they have special item barcodes or where the item barcode has been entered incorrectly

Cataloguing

  • The Z39.50 search results have been modified to return a comprehensive set of results when searching specific libraries. The new process allows for more results to be returned for a single library search, however a multi library search will now only return the top 10 results per library.
  • Drag and Drop now caters for records that already contain previous image links. It now replaces the existing JPEG & THUMB links rather than adding new 856 tags. The new image is uploaded to the server and overwrites the previous one. This is a much more efficient workflow for the operator saving time and preventing errors.
  • The ‘Works to be done’ results list may now be refined by a database subset. Different departments can work on records without fear of writing over another departments records. This is particularly useful in a GLAM implementation.

Reports

  • A new tab in Key Reports called 'Filter Items', allows an operator to create a list of item barcodes that can be used in other functions. This is the first step in making it easier for operators to find and action works and items for batch processes. Another new tab, ‘Filter Works’ will be coming soon.
  • Collection Age of items in the statistics module no longer is limited by the start date of the CirculationHistory table. The program now uses date the item is added values which may have earlier dates due to a data conversion. These counts now also take into account the floating stock settings.
  • The expired trapped reserves report now contains a new checkbox option to allow trapped reserve items to be shown if; no notice has been sent, but the reserve has been deleted.

System

  • The background colour of the opening desktop screen can now be set per location. The same colour then persists on the status bar at the bottom of the screen. This helps operators know where the desktop they are working on is located. This is important for councils that use virtual workstations and/or floating profiles.
  • A new function 'Change URLs' has been introduced to the Batch Runs screen. This allows an Excel file with a specific structure to be used to amend catalogue record URLs in bulk.
  • A new shortcut icon is available on the desktop called 'Web reports available' this allows the operator to access a searchable list of all available web reports. There is also a section at the end that lists reports that are useful for the State Library statistical return. Please contact AIT if there are any reports that you would like added to this list.

The Aurora Library Management System is proudly developed in Australia to suit the requirements for Australian Public Libraries, Special Libraries, Education Library and Corporate Libraries. For more information on Aurora refer to the article Aurora LMS or Contact EvolvePlus for more information.

 

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New PC Bookings Website


We've launched a new dedicated website for BookingsPlus PC Bookings and Reservations at www.bookingsplus.com.au

The new site provides quick access to the key features including library public pc client session control, print & copy management and seamless integration to library management systems using SIP2 and web services.

BookingsPlus PC Bookings and Print Management solution is a cloud delivered solution providing libraries with an easy way to moderate the usage of Public PCs. Both staff and the library patrons can view availability and make booking reservations effortlessly with a minimum of fuss.

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Customising the PC Booking Client



The BookingsPlus PC Bookings client for Windows provides automated session control to ensure user sessions end on time, every time. Patrons login to their sessions using their library barcode and/or pin code, and once authenticated, patrons can view your acceptable use policy, which they must agree to comply with, before they can begin their sessions.

With BookingsPlus delivered as a Cloud PC Booking solution for libraries, you can customise the styling and branding of the PC Bookings client centrally without having to install any files individually on the library Public PCs.

Tip: display your logo on the login screen

To apply your library's logo to the welcome screen simply upload your logo via our EvolvePlus Support portal or email our helpdesk and we'll apply this to your BookingsPlus instance for you.

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People Counting and Privacy


In addition to accuracy, privacy is an important issue for many organisations implementing a people counting solution to ensure they remain compliant with the relevant GDPR and Australian data privacy regulations. 

The EvolvePlus Horizontal Wireless and Overhead Thermal IoT people counters are the ideal solution to provide anonymous traffic monitoring for all types of environments including office buildings, retail stores, libraries, public toilets, footpaths and leisure centres. 

Our Horizontal Wireless and Overhead IoT people counting solutions utilise Infrared and Thermal technologies to accurately measure footfall traffic in real-time without using cameras or capturing personal data.

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New People Counter Videos


We've updated the video section of our EvolvePlus website with several new support videos for the EvolvePlus people counter solution.

The new videos include:

  • Videos providing a step by step guide that shows how to change the batteries for the Wireless People Counters, USB People Counters and Display People Counters 
  • A video that provides a step by step guide on how to download data from the USB People Counter to a USB Memory Stick and upload to the IMMOTION software application

Other videos on the site include installing the IMMOTION people counter software application for Windows Server, an overview of the web application for viewing people counter statistics per hour, day, week, month and year, as well as an overview of EvolvePlus IoT wireless, USB and overhead thermal people counters.

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API for IoT People Counter Integration


A key feature of our EvolvePlus IoT People Counters solution is our IMMOTION software platform where data from our IoT traffic counters and devices are available from a unified dashboard & reporting platform. 

The platform enables organisations to analyse their people counter data using dashboards, reports and charts accessed via web browsers on desktops, tablets or smartphones. Users can filter by specific locations, positions, sensor and date/time periods ( hour, day, week, month, and year).

We also recognise the need for organisations to incorporate their people counter data into their Business Intelligence apps - so we make it easy for organisations to connect to the data platform using a range of APIs for your authorised BI apps to read the footfall data and incorporate in a combined dashboard. For example: Hourly People Count vs Sales, Hourly People Count vs Staff Rostering, etc.

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IPWEA International Public Works Conference


EvolvePlus is delighted to support the IPWEA International Public Works Conference being held from 25 to 29 August 2019 in Hobart, and is the largest public works Conference held in Australia

EvolvePlus offers an extensive range of people traffic counting solutions that deliver unparalleled accuracy and reliability. Our people counting systems solve a variety of traffic monitoring challenges for all types of public infrastructure including buildings, libraries, public toilets, footpaths and leisure centres, with models available for both indoor and outdoor use.

Whether you are trying to measure traffic to support project funding, optimise labour, determine usage, view occupancy or increase conversion ratios, the IMMOTION platform for Smart Cities offers a range of Internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect data and provides the ability to analyse the data to manage infrastructure and resources efficiently using data technologies such as NB-IoT, LoRaWAN, 3G/4G and Ethernet.

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Visit EvolvePlus at ALGIM Annual Conference


November 2019 is the inaugural exhibition of our Wireless People Counter solutions in New Zealand. EvolvePlus is delighted to support the ALGIM (Association of Local Government Information Management) at their annual conference being held from 4 to 6 November 2019 at TSB Arena Wellington.

EvolvePlus offers an extensive range of people traffic counting solutions that deliver unparalleled accuracy and reliability. Our people counting systems solve a variety of traffic monitoring challenges for all types of environments including council buildings, libraries, public toilets, footpaths and leisure centres, with models available for both indoor and outdoor use.

Whether you are trying to measure traffic to support project funding, optimise labour, determine usage, view occupancy or increase conversion ratios, the IMMOTION platform for Smart Cities offers a range of Internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect data and provides the ability to analyse the data to manage infrastructure and resources efficiently using data technologies such as NB-IoT, LoRaWAN, 3G/4G and Ethernet.

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Integrated PC Bookings with Print & Copy Management


EvolvePlus is pleased to announce the launch of BookingsPlus version 16 - which features the seamless integration of the cloud delivered BookingsPlus PC Bookings module with Papercut Print & Copy Management

Highlights of this release include:

Seamless Integration with Papercut MF

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New IMMOTION People Counter Software


The latest IMMOTION software application for the EvolvePlus range of IoT People Counters is now available for on-premise and cloud delivery platforms.

The IMMOTION software application continues to bundle the EasyReports, CentralManagement and SensorServer applications from the previous SensorServer software, and now includes:

  • New Graphical Dashboard for Traffic Counting data analysis and comparison
  • New Moodbox dashboard providing insight on the Smiley Feedback Counter results
  • New API using NODE.js

The IMMOTION application is available for the following footfall sensor technologies:

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Print Management for Libraries


EvolvePlus has released a new solution for Public Libraries in Australia - the HoneyLibrary integrated Print/Copy/Scan Management, PC Reservations and PC Control solution. 

 HoneyLibrary features the HoneyCube Print/Copy Management Column - a stylish print management column that controls local printers and multifunction devices (MFD) using an RFID or barcode scanner with integrated payment control and/or authentication. 

The HoneyCube will provide:

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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:

  1. 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 portal
  2. Connecting 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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Trevor
19 March 2020
Our Occupancy People Counter solution featuring the People Inside Web Application enables organisations to view the number of people currently inside a venue. This feature is ideal for venues that are required ...