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Ungerboeck for Venues event management software launched in EMEA

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After the recent launch at the International Association of Venue Manager’s (IAVM) event “Venue Connect!” in Portland, Ungerboeck Software International (USI) has now launched Ungerboeck for Venues in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Although new to the industry as a whole, Ungerboeck has been working on creating, testing, and proving this cloud-based solution for some time.

Ungerboeck for Venues is available in three editions and web-based as well as easy to learn and use. Thanks to a dramatic reduction in entry price, the offering allows every venue, no matter what its size, to afford Ungerboeck’s popular event management software that is already used by more than 40 000 users worldwide. It caters especially to smaller and midsize venues’ needs and is pre-configured based on industry best practices. Thanks to its flexibility, venues can add functionality as their business grows and their needs change.

The “Community Edition” of Ungerboeck for Venues is designed for venues with 10 or fewer users. It is perfect for space management that goes beyond simple event booking as it offers basic booking, account, contact, and event functionality.

The “Flex Edition” is suitable for venues up to 30 users. It helps venues manage events from first contact to final invoice and offers all of the features of the Community Edition, plus CRM purpose-built for venues, greater event management, invoicing, and payments. Additional functionality is available on an “a la carte” pricing basis.

Ungerboeck Software International’s CEO Krister Ungerboeck is happy to put such a powerful tool within reach of a growing number of venue managers:

Our belief that every venue deserves a world-class booking calendar compelled us to create three editions of our software, picking the features most needed, based on industry best practices.

When being interviewed for IAVM’s publication Facility Manager, he explained:

I really do think the next step is for the mid to small-size venues to graduate into a more intelligent systems approach to manage their customer data and operations. There is a clear advantage to really having a tight grip on your data across the venue and the efficiencies and business insights that come with that.

He is convinced that marrying up attendee, customer, operational and financial data can lead to game-changing insights for venues:

This broader, single-platform approach makes it virtually impossible for details to fall through the cracks. It is also necessary to have a single, unified database if you are going to pull truly useful information and reports.

For organisations that require even more power, USI continues to offer the “Enterprise Edition” covering the needs of larger venues.

Software boost for live sport production

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3D Storm is making LiveXpert available to in-house broadcast teams at venues. LiveXpert tools cover a large scope of the tasks involved in live production and the new line for sport live production gives producers the ability to produce more content without compromising on budget and quality. Franck Lafage, director of 3D Storm said:

3D Storm and IDCromvideo worked together to develop essential tools dedicated to live production and live sport professionals. We are thrilled to distribute LiveXpert. These tools are essential to cope with all aspects of today’s productions.

LiveXpert Tools include add-ons for NewTek TriCaster which can be used as remote applications or as independent products, giving video switcher operators the freedom to focus on the production operations.

LiveCG Football is a complete management of football live productions: scoring, timing, statistics, database (players’ names, referees, teams, leagues, countries). LiveCG Football runs from a remote computer connected to the network input of a TriCaster. Producers can use high quality graphics for scores and statistics display, and also insert advertising and sponsors’ visuals. Over time, the in-house team can build a complete library of information to keep sports fans engaged and speed up production time for recurring games.

LiveMixer offers an efficient remote control of the TriCaster audio mixer from a physical console or a computer. With a dedicated sound operator using LiveMixer, the TriCaster operator can focus on the live production. It comes with factory presets and can be customised to suit the operator’s needs. LiveMixer supports the Berhinger BCF2000 and the professional Yamaha 01V96iaudio consoles.


First Golden Eagle Award goes to ISS 24/7 for Cowboys Stadium work

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ISS 24/7 recently accepted the first annual Golden Eagle Award, sponsored by SDM, at the 2013 National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) Conference for its case study on the use of the ISS 24/7 Incident Management System in Cowboys Stadium.

There were five entries for the 2013 award, which recognises excellence in the safety and security aspects of sports venues by their designers, builders and installers. Scott Meyers, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, ISS 24/7, said:

We’re truly honoured to be the inaugural winner of this award. The NCS4 has become the most important organisation to address safety and security at sporting events. Knowing that our services are making a difference in the industry makes the entire team at ISS 24/7 extremely proud. We share this award with all of our clients, as they are the ones whose feedback has allowed us to continually enhance and develop the products to the level they are today.

With three million square feet, a capacity of nearly 100,000 people and hosting marquee events such as Super Bowl XLV, the NBA All Star Game, and NCAA Final Four, Cowboys Stadium is a busy and complex operating environment. To support events, Cowboys Stadium utilises two command centres to coordinate the communications and activities of more than 6,000 stadium personnel.

Currently the stadium is expanding its wireless communications networks and expects to deploy the ISS 24/7 handheld units to more than 400 event-day personnel.