Does your event need managing 'Minute-by-Minute'?.

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The computer you are reading this on wouldn't function without its central processing unit which has an internal "clock rate". The GPS you used to get to work relies on atomic clocks as well as a firm understanding in general and special relativity! The earliest calendar was created in 8,000 BCE in Scotland. So ways of tracking time is and always has been immensely important.

Back in 2010, Sagittarius CEO, Paul Stephen came to me with an idea which seemed revolutionary. The brief was to build a system that allowed events around the world to track what was happening minute by minute. But in that moment I began building something which for any event organiser is the ultimate tool, the worlds first real time event management system.... Minute-by-Minute was born!.

Minute-by-Minute has been specifically developed for the motorsport industry to coordinate the annual Race of Champions event. Race of Champions is an international motorsport event and features some of the world's best racing and rally drivers such as Formula 1 World heavy weights including Romain Grosjean, David Coulthard and Indycar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay to name but a few.

The bespoke software is at the heart of the event and is used as a complete operational tool for race control, event and venue staff as well as TV, broadcast providers, commentators, race teams, marshals and show control.

The minute by minute system allows race organisers to monitor everything that happens behind the scenes or on track. So when the doors open the system is updated and everyone with a web accessible device knows the people have arrived.

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The system keeps track of everything and every single person is kept up to date on whats going on. Nobody need be in the dark, no matter the role they perform all information is available for all.

Show Control

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Car Changing Area

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Individual Drivers

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The Fans

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The event management team in car changing area need to know who's driving next? Do they have a co-driver available? This system lets all members of the team know where the driver needs to be, if the driver needs to be down on track or waiting to race.

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Talking of passengers we have built a passenger management system. It keeps track of every passenger available for the cars. The weight category, contact details and preferred driver can all be stored. It also monitors those passengers that need to be available for contractual obligation. This makes cataloging available passengers a synch.

Are the drivers in the cars and "Race Ready" to go out on the track? The MBM system shows this status lettings everyone know that Car Changing Area is ready to go for the next heat.

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When the cars are on track and ready, the system can be updated to show that race is on going.

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It tracks everything that’s going on in real time, the organisers know if something is running late and can adjust what’s going on to make up the time if needed.

If you add new items to the tree the actual time that each subsequent item will update and be displayed. But those items can be compared to the scheduled time that was agreed at the start of the event.

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The minute by minute system allows organisers to track contractual obligations so if it’s important that a particular item starts at a given time these items can be marked up. A report screen allows you to view all obligations to make sure they are all met. The timeline also allows broadcast items to be added which are fixed at a given time. To allow you to see the times that television coverage is due to start or end and make sure that the more flexible main timeline doesn't get out of whack with fixed elements.

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The system pulls data in from Timing Solutions Limited to automatically mark winners for each race. It stores the times against each race driver for each race. Allowing the system too automatically pre populate the subsequent group stages

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At each Race Of Champions event each driver will compete in many different types of car. To ensure they all compete with an equal footing the MBM system has custom reporting to show which car a driver has driven and how many times. So the organiser knows that when two drivers go up against each other they both have equal chances of winning.

When the people leave after having a great day out, the seconds tick down and the last item gets marked as finished

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I can't help but have great pride in this development, nobody else has built a system like this. So to be able to enable a global sport event to run the event in a way which lets everyone pull together in the same direction is a great achievement.

Today award-winning digital experience agency Sagittarius is proud to have been certified to ISO 27001 Information Security Management systems standard by business improvement company, BSI.

Leading brands demand first-class information security from their agency partners and the only real proof of this is achieving the ISO / IEC 27001 Certification. If you’re in sectors such as Financial Services, Healthcare, or even working with Government and Third Sector you’ll know that regulation and compliance are essential throughout your supply chain and that the top priority is guarding information and data.

Nick Towers, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Sagittarius said “We wanted to ensure that brands can come to us in the knowledge that we take data security, data protection and privacy very seriously. Our mantra is ‘remarkable’ and this applies to not just what we do but how we do it and ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised best practice framework for this. To achieve this in six months’ pay testimony to the hard work and commitment to security and privacy that prevails at Sagittarius and I’m very proud of the whole team who have made it their mission to exceed the high standards needed.”

Sagittarius wanted to meet the very highest standard and so decided to work with BSI whose mission is to ‘share knowledge, innovation and best practice to help people and organizations make excellence a habit’. 
Achieving ISO 27001 certification clearly demonstrates that the Information Security Management System at Sagittarius meets international best practice and demonstrates to our customers and partners that we handle information securely throughout the business. 

The agency accepted that by embracing the implementation process they were actively encouraging their team to delve into internal processes and rather than accepting these as ‘the norm’, firstly making sure they were all documented sufficiently. Then as part of that process, they challenged and questioned each process to pressure test validity and innovate and improve where necessary.  BSI then rigorously audited Sagittarius’ policies, processes, and approach to data security. Through the audit stages, BSI shared opportunities for improvement and have helped refine the Sagittarius InfoSec roadmap. 

Data is the most valuable asset any business can have and to achieve peak performance through a truly connected strategy and digital experience it’s imperative that data and information is shared with the agency partner. Trust plays a pivotal role and assurances of confidentiality can only be achieved through an ISO 27001 accredited organisation.
Initiatives like the GDPR have raised the bar on compliance and the associated fines for having gaps in governance leading to breaches are significant. At Sagittarius we operate a single source of truth using tools and systems such as Confluence and Jira to provide documentation quickly and accurately and this was complimented by the auditors. 

Nick goes on to say “We are delighted to create even more value for our clients and prioritise the things that matter to them and their customers. This ISO 27001 certification bolsters our class leading NPS score of 85 adding deeper quality to our services. It sets us apart from other agencies when brands are looking for a partner with deeper credentials. We wanted to take the next step and ensure that Information Security became baked into everyday processes and the way we function as a business. We set an ambitious timeline of achieving the ISO 27001 certification and to meet the highest possible standards through independent auditing and we’ve nailed it. We pride ourselves on ensuring the data of our clients, team and partners are handled in the most responsible manner.”

Gigi Robinson, Regional Product Manager – Information Security & Business Continuity, said: "Protecting information is becoming increasingly difficult for organizations. Achieving ISO 27001 demonstrates Sagittarius' commitment and proactive approach in ensuring their information management processes are robust, secure and resilient for the future. We are thrilled to have supported Sagittarius in achieving this certification which demonstrates to customers and suppliers an ability to handle information securely."

Additional Notes
ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized best practice framework for an information security management system (ISMS). Sagittarius has designed a set of adequate and proportionate security controls within the ISMS to help protect our internal and our clients’ information against cyber-attacks. We have used the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the NIS Regulation as part of our framework.  

 

 
Richard Brisley
Richard Brisley
Tech Lead
Richard is the longest standing member of the Sagittarius team, he works tirelessly to support the development and side-facing team with problem solving and pitches alike. His skills as a .NET programmer and database administrator have been paramount to the success of Sagittarius and our continued success. 

In 2016 and again in 2019 Richard was recognise in the BIMA 100 awards for his outstanding work in Tech, his passion for digital and his contribution to the industry. 

Richard Brisley

Richard Brisley

09 Jan 2015 - 5 minute read
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