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BURLINGAME COMPANY IS FIRST IN STATE TO USE DATABASE SOFTWARE TO PREVENT SCHEDULING CONFLICTS OVER USE OF CONFERENCE ROOMS

BURLINGAME COMPANY IS FIRST IN STATE TO USE DATABASE SOFTWARE TO
 PREVENT SCHEDULING CONFLICTS OVER USE OF CONFERENCE ROOMS
 BURLINGAME, Calif., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A Burlingame law firm is the first company in California to use an innovative database software program that enables corporations and organizations to avoid scheduling conflicts over the use of their conference rooms and equipment.
 The software, called the Conference Room Information System, (CRIS) is an event-driven program that instantly identifies the availability of an unlimited number of rooms at any company through the year 2099, ensures that facilities are set up correctly and on time, and provides instant updates and confirmation reports for any scheduling changes.
 Carr, McClellan, a law firm based in Burlingame, is using CRIS so that its partners and other attorneys can check on the availability of its six conference rooms, which are used about 70 percent of the time.
 CRIS, which is installed on the firm's intra-office computer network, also enables attorneys in its San Francisco office 16 miles away to help schedule the use of the conference rooms when they have meetings with clients in the Burlingame office.
 According to John Meyer, the firm's network administrator, the new system affords attorneys and staff the opportunity to manage meeting spaces and therefore provide better client service. Before installing CRIS, the firm used a calendar book to track room reservations. Unfortunately, he said, users would sometimes overbook the rooms, resulting in problematic situations where conference rooms were not available for waiting attorneys.
 Meyer said that "CRIS now makes it impossible to over-schedule our meeting rooms. The program was easy to learn and is very easy to use."
 CRIS is an improvement over other scheduling programs because it is a dedicated reservation database that schedules rooms, not people; provides a graphic "bird's-eye view" of entire room schedules at a glance; can run on both networks or stand-alone personal computers; and does not require the constant input of a burdensome amount of information in order to be useful or effective.
 CRIS was developed by Tracking Technologies, Inc., a software design firm based in Arlington, Va., that recently announced the release of an expanded version of the software. Major improvements of version 2.0 include expanded event information, customized reports, multiple event scheduling, increased program flexibility, and allows companies to provide employees with unlimited or controlled access to the software to make or change their own room reservations.
 Version 1.0, which was released in September 1991, is now used by more than a dozen other organizations in Washington, D.C., Ohio, Arizona, South Carolina, Michigan, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
 CRIS' main screen provides users with a complete picture of the schedule of up to 23 rooms over any six hour period. The screen is divided into two windows. The top window features an overview of rooms, dates and times. The bottom window includes details and arrangements for each meeting, such as the name of the person requesting and making the reservation; expected attendance; required arrangements such as video equipment, flip charts, extra chairs and tables, and refreshments; and billing information.
 Reservations can be made, changed or canceled by pressing a single key.
 CRIS will not permit events to be scheduled if the time slot is already reserved or if the expected attendance would exceed the room's capacity. The database and scheduling reports can be customized by users to meet the particular needs of their agency or department, including the name or number of conference rooms, seating capacities, and audio visual capabilities.
 CRIS can be run on any DOS-compatible computer with at least 512K of RAM and DOS 3.1 or later, and also operates on any DOS-compatible network. CRIS sells for $399.95, features a free 30-day trial offer, and is available on either 5.25-inch or 3.5-inch disks.
 Since 1985, Tracking Technologies has sold thousands of copies of information-tracking and customized software programs for use by organizations in the United States, Canada, England, Europe and New Zealand.
 To order CRIS, contact Steve Guidos, Tracking Technologies, Inc., 4625 North Second Road, Arlington, Va. 22202. The phone number is 703-528-0320; the fax number is 703-528-0932.
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 /NOTE: CRIS is a trademark./
 /CONTACT: Edward Segal of Edward Segal Communications for Tracking Technologies, Inc., 202-333-7966/ CO: Burlingame Company; Tracking Technologies, Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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