Apple granted patent for Concert Ticket +
The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple the patent for its Concert Ticket + concept. Apple first unveiled the concept in 2010, as an integral part of its Passbook application, which helps users organize their tickets, boarding passes, and coupons. Apple now uses the application in conjunction with Apple Pay, allowing iOS users to not only store tickets, but also store credit cards and make payments. The patent was granted in a recent series of 37 patents awarded to Apple last week. It’s unclear if Apple will be working with ticketing companies or individual venues to access e-tickets, or if their software will support any e-ticket, similar to how Passbook currently works with airline boarding passes.

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2015 Safety and Security Report Infographic
Jacob Molz and ISS 24/7 created an infographic based on VenueDataSource’s 2015 Safety and Security Report. If you’re not a member of IAVM or don’t want to purchase the report, you can get a quick summary through the infographic, which Molz writes will help venue managers “make data-drive decisions.” Check out the infographic here.

Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame elects new members
In its most recent election, members of the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame elected board member Joel Smith as president for a two-year term. Also elected were Jack Wallace as vice president, Joe Crawford as treasurer, and Joe Powell as recorder. The retiring officers will remain on the Hall of Fame Board, which was founded in 1997 to preserve the history and traditions of the Ellensburg Rodeo, one of the top rodeos in the country. The newly elected Smith said that the priorities this year include fundraising and working with the nonprofit Ellensburg Rodeo Board to create a permanent home for the rodeo headquarters and hall of fame museum.

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