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5 Reasons Crystal Event App Technology Is The Best (Part 1)

It’s easy to spot the great interface design and powerful features in our Event Apps but there’s also a lot of clever technology under the bonnet. In the first of a two part post, I explain some of the key reasons why Crystal Event App Technology is best in breed.

1. Designed for Vote Now

Over the years we have found that one of the biggest challenges for interactive software is handling the Vote Now scenario where hundreds of people all push the Submit button at once.

Our Event App Technology has been designed from the ground up to handle Vote Now scenarios for several thousand devices.

2. Great Team of Engineers

Apart from our excellent graphic designers and app developers we have a team of 5 highly skilled software engineers working on the core technology constantly improving Crystal Event App features, performance and security.

3. Enterprise Security

Unnecessary security can often be at odds with a great delegate experience and not all events require it. But security isn’t an afterthought for us.

Our Event App Technology is built to enterprise security standards and has been designed to conform to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) 2013 standard for unauthenticated web threats, plus we offer a multitude of options that determine how users securely authenticate through the login process.

4. High Performance Event App Technology

Our apps push the design and performance limits of our iPads and network and are built using the same real-time communication technology proven by Facebook and Twitter.

Unfortunately real world public and mobile networks, firewall filters, plus a zoo of legacy smart phones and desktop browsers conspire to break apps (and not just ours). That’s why we like to use our own kit wherever possible.

Fortunately for Bring Your Own Device events and tricky network conditions we can quickly tune the app to ensure that all the features keep working at the optimum performance for the environment.

5. Works Offline

It can be difficult and costly to network large spaces reliably so we have developed an offline capability that allows our web apps to operate in areas where there is no WiFi coverage. This allows us, for example, to capture surveys and feedback when offline then synchronising the inputs when the delegates return online (usually in plenary).

Use the Best

We work hard to ensure that our Event App Technology provided to our clients is the best as well as tried and tested. You can trust us to make sure you and your delegates have an amazing Event App experience.

Read Part 2 of my blog post here.

Crystal iPad Air

iPad Air We Go

I’m excited to announce that as of Monday 3 March our new fleet of iPad Airs will take to the skies. 

Our total commitment to putting the latest event technology into our clients’ hands continues.

After two and a half years of service and many thousands of miles travelling in cold trucks and planes, to over 100 events each, our iPad 2s go back to their maker.

So what are the reasons for the make over?

Awesome Retina

First, I am excited about moving to Retina technology. I have seen some of our app designs and graphics really pop on Retina screens. Rather like exceptional quality Hi-Fi, I never realised there was anything wrong with the old display, until I saw the new iPad Air one!

Incredibly Skinny

Second, I think the lightness implied by the name will be crucial. Our feedback from delegates has always been that iPad 2s are bulky for carrying around all day and the significant improvements in portability will be very important. I love our minis for their portability but if delegates are looking at detailed slides or sharing devices I believe the Air will provide the best of both worlds.

But it’s the innards that I most want to get my hands on.

Fabulous Apple Hardware

The iPad Air is the first device designed specifically for iOS 7. The new OS promises support for iBeacons to make our apps location aware indoors and much improved device management.

At its heart, the iPad Air boasts a significantly faster processor which will enable us to work on some very exciting new developments later this year.

The improved camera means we can expect better, sharper photo sharing and the faster WiFi will further improve our delegates’ experience.

Watch this space for further developments!

If you want to find out more about our new iPad Airs, call Lindsay or Madeleine on 020 3176 2000.