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Coming Soon: New Custom Links Addon

We have an growing range of optional “addons” available to extend the capabilities of your MIDAS Room Booking and Resource Scheduling system.

Along with the forthcoming v4.17 update to MIDAS, we’ll also be launching a brand new “Custom Links” optional addon, based upon feedback we’ve received from some of our customers.

Customers have expressed the desire to be able to add their own custom links after the standard “Logout”, “Change Password”, “Help” and “Full Screen” links underneath the main date near the top of the screen when users are logged in:

Standard links when logged into MIDAS

Our new “Custom Links” addon allows administrators to do just that – add up to three additional custom links for logged in users:

MIDAS Custom Links Addon

Administrators will be able to specify the name of the link as it will appear on screen, as well as the URL to the webpage or resource to link to. Furthermore, administrators can also specify whether each link should open in a new tab/window, or within the main booking grid area:

Custom link to Wikipedia opened within MIDAS

Custom link to an Accuweather forecast opened within MIDAS

A note about opening custom links in the booking grid area: Some 3rd party websites prevent their content from being directly embedded within other websites/apps. In such instances, you would need to specify that your custom link opens in a new window instead.

As mentioned, the new Custom Links addon is expected to become available with the upcoming release of v4.17, but in the meantime be sure to also check out some of our other exciting addons available for MIDAS at https://mid.as/addons

MIDAS v4.17 is coming soon! To be notified when it becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list, or to be among the very first to try the v4.17 “Beta”, please consider becoming a beta tester (we reward our Beta testers too!)

Latest Addon: PRTG Sensors

PRTG Network Monitor
We have an ever growing range of optional “addons” available to extend the capabilities of our MIDAS room booking and resource scheduling software.

Our latest addon, available for MIDAS v4.11 (or later) allows system/network administrators to monitor – in “real time” – key parameters and metrics of a self-hosted or cloud-hosted MIDAS system in PRTG Network Monitor.

PRTG is a leading professional network monitoring software solution, trusted by over 150,000 network/IT administrators worldwide to provide unified monitoring of the performance and reliability of their entire networks, infrastructure and applications.
In fact, we also use PRTG here at MIDAS for 24/7 monitoring of our global infrastructure.

Real-time MIDAS monitoring in PRTG Network Monitor
With our new PRTG Sensors Addon, a system or network administrator can keep track on the number of users currently logged into a MIDAS system, the number of failed login attempts, the size of database, the number of visitors on your premises right now, the number of bookings taking place today, and much much more! – in fact, there’s 18 different parameters/metrics that can be monitored all in real time!

For more information on our optional PRTG Sensors addon for MIDAS, please visit https://mid.as/prtg

New customers can purchase our MIDAS web-based Room Booking and Resource Scheduling system along with the optional PRTG Sensors addon securely at https://mid.as/purchase

Existing customers running MIDAS v4.11 or later can add this optional addon to their MIDAS system right now by visiting https://mid.as/upgrade

Be sure to also check out some of our other exciting addons at https://mid.as/addons

New Addon: Slack Integration

SlackSlack is a versatile and increasingly popular team messaging platform, offering real-time communication and collaboration with your colleagues via the web as well as mobile platforms.

Slack already integrates with a vast range of tools and services you use every day to keep all your communication in one central place, but we are pleased to announce that our web based room booking and resource scheduling software, MIDAS is the very first room booking system to offer integration with Slack though our new optional addon!

Available for MIDAS v4.09+, our Slack addon allows “Watch” notifications from your MIDAS system to be posted in real-time to your team’s Slack feed..

Slack Stream

For example, you could setup Watch notifications to automatically post to your Slack stream whenever new bookings are added, or when certain bookings are cancelled, or whenever refreshments are added to bookings, or when you’re running low on consumables!

Emergency Access Addon Unlike the vast majority of our competitors, we offer two editions of our MIDAS web based room booking and resource scheduling software to meet the particular needs of all our customers.

Some customers prefer to download, install, and run MIDAS from their own server/infrastructure, so that they have complete control over their MIDAS system – we call this our “self hosted” edition.

Other customers prefer a completely managed system hosted in the “cloud” so they don’t have to worry about installation and updates – we call this our “remotely hosted” edition, and you can compare the difference between these two editions here.

We know that for our “remotely hosted” customers, maintaining 24/7/365 access to their booking information is crucial to the smooth running of their business operations. We therefore strive to make every reasonable effort within our control to ensure 100% uptime of our cloud servers and infrastructure.

However, as with any IT infrastructure, in the unlikely event that unforeseen circumstances arise which are beyond our control, 100% uptime can never be guaranteed. We are, for instance, reliant on external data centres and ISPs to provide us with infrastructure and services to then allow us to provide hosted MIDAS services to our customer. Our ISPs guarantee us 99.9% uptime of their infrastructure and services.

We actively monitor this to ensure that these high standards are met, and over the course of last year (2014) the combined total downtime for our hosted customers for the entire year was less than 10 hours.

That’s not a lot, and exceeds the 99.9% uptime guarantee we’re given. However, we fully appreciate that if any downtime were to occur at a crucial time of the day for our hosted customers, however brief, that this can cause implications for the day-to-day running of their operations.

That’s why, ever since we first launched MIDAS back in 2006, we’ve also offered all our hosted customers an optional “Emergency Access” addon.

Secondary Emergency Access URL With this optional addon, our hosted customers are provided with a secondary “Emergency URL” in addition to the primary URL used to access their hosted MIDAS system. At this secondary “Emergency URL”, a completely separate MIDAS system runs on a separate server, in a different data center, though a different ISP. Each day, the customer’s “live” system is automatically backed up to their “Emergency URL” to ensure that data in their backup system is never more than 24 hours behind their live system.

This means that should there ever be any issues affecting our customer’s ability to access to their primary scheduling system, with this addon, they’ll still be able to access all their booking and scheduling information via their secondary “Emergency URL”.

Over the weekend, we’ve now improved our Emergency Access addon in the following ways:

  1. Data is now backed up in “real-time” from customer’s “live” systems to their secondary Emergency Access URL (with their global MIDAS settings backed up every hour). Previously, data and settings were only backed up once per day.
  2. We’ve invested heavily in new infrastructure for our hosted customer’s Emergency Access backup systems. This means significantly faster server performance, should customers ever need to access their Emergency Access systems.

The price for this Emergency Access addon is only £89/year GBP ($139/year USD, $179/year AUD, $169/year CAD, €129/year EUR*) and certainly worth it for the piece of mind it provides knowing you’ll still be able to access your data in the event of an issues affecting our primary servers/infrastructure.

What’s more, for a limited time**, we’re offering 10% off our Emergency Access addon to all existing customers with remotely hosted MIDAS system who don’t already have it! To take advantage of this limited time offer, please upgrade your MIDAS system today!

If maintaining 24/7/365 access to your room booking and resource scheduling information is paramount to your operations, you should certainly consider this optional add-on for your remotely hosted MIDAS system!

New customers can add the Emergency Access addon to their “remotely hosted” MIDAS system at time of purchase, or at a later date.

* Prices correct at time of writing, but may vary slightly day-to-day due to fluctuations in global currency exchange rates. Current pricing may be viewed here for existing customers, or here for new customers

** Offer ends 23:59 UTC on Sunday 5th April 2015EXTENDED UNTIL 30th APRIL!!

Digital Signage Addon Improved!

Digital Signage The popular Digital Signage addon for our web based room booking and resource scheduling software is a feature-rich signage solution offering real-time display of your ongoing and upcoming room bookings on TV screens around your site! Whether you’d like to display today’s bookings to visitors in your reception area, or have an individual screen outside each room just showing what’s currently taking place in that one room, our optional Digital Signage addon is for you! Find out how it works in this Video Tutorial

Digital Signage Booking System

Today we’ve released an update to the Digital Signage addon.

This v1.09 update features better handling of server connection errors. Our Digital Signage addon has always allowed you to configure on a per-screen basis how often data on the screen should refresh (the default is every 5 minutes). This means that every 5 minutes the addon needs to connect to your MIDAS server to retrieve the most up-to-date information to display on your screens.

No more Unable To Connect ScreensIn previous versions, if the addon was unable to connect to your MIDAS server for whatever reason, your signage screens could then display an ugly browser “Web page not available”-type screen, which would then require a manual refresh in order to display data again.

We’ve massively improved this for v1.09 of the addon! Now, if the addon is unable to connect to your server fr any reason, it will simply retain the last known data on screen and display a small indication in the lower left corner that the connection to the server has been lost. MIDAS will then keep on attempting to automatically re-establish a connection to your server, and will update your screen(s) once the connection can be re-established.

We’re sure this update with meet with the approval of administrators, especially those running multiple screens around their site – now there’s no need to manually refresh all screens after a server reboot or other loss of connection!

The other notable improvement for v1.09 is in the way screen refreshes and transitions occur. Now the current screen will now smoothly “fade out” and then “fade in” the next screen.

You’ll find complete implementation, usage documentation and live examples of our Digital Signage at https://mid.as/signage

How to Get The Digital Signage Addon For MIDAS:

Our Digital Signage addon v1.09 is available as a FREE update to customers already using a previous version of the addon and who have an Annual Support Subscription valid for MIDAS v4.07.

Customers may update their addon via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage Addons → Addons Ready To Update

Customers who don’t already have the Digital Signage addon for their MIDAS can add it by upgrading

Customers who don’t yet have MIDAS can purchase MIDAS together with the optional Digital Signage addon here

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Case Study: Read how The Livingston Centre in Ontario, Canada use the Digital Signage Addon at their venue..