The current release of WPROL – ready for the 2012 season - includes the following functionality:
Liberation Management with Weather Maps
In response to the green movement, the impact of climate change on the pigeon sport and concerns by the public and animal protection organisations, the purpose of Liberation Management is to support liberation officials and fanciers to ensure pigeons are liberated in optimal weather conditions.
All races in the race program are shown on a Google map with liberation points, arrival points and lines of flight.
Up-to-date actual and forecasted weather information for every point on the map provides fanciers and liberation officials with valuable input for liberation planning.
Crossing lines of flight highlight the risk of pigeon clashes and liberation officials can get in touch with each other at the click of a button to coordinate liberation times.
Fanciers receive text messages at liberation and at multiple intervals during the flight with up-to-date weather information.
After a race, detailed reports show the number of pigeons basketted, number of pigeons returned and lost and the weather conditions of the race. This allows for intensive analysis of data to optimise liberation decisions and minimise pigeon losses.
To reduce the effort involved in managing members and to facilitate timeous and effective communication, pigeon organisations need a central repository to administer member data.
WPROL offers a central database with comprehensive member and loft information, making it easy to manage pigeon organisation members. It is fully integrated with all other modules on www.wprol.com such as Financial Management, Pool Management etc.
Race & Championship Management
The main purpose of Race & Championship Management is to calculate race and championship results online as well as making the results available for download and printing. The pigeon sport needs reliable, fast, realtime and cost effective results calculation to make the sport more attractive and affordable to its participants.
A central database with pigeon, member, loft, liberation point, race and championship data forms the basis for this functionality.
The easy and quick online upload of basketting and clocking files produces immediate race & championship results on all organisation levels on race night. This includes the calculation of provisional race results based on the phoned in arrival times of individual pigeons.
Extensive error handling (e.g. finding duplicate ring numbers) ensures transparency, accurate results and quick fixing of data problems.
Any championship on any organisation level (including club level) can be set up and calculated quickly and easily! The results are easily verifiable.
This functionality addresses the need to reduce the time and effort to manage the finances of members and pigeon organisations.
Invoices to fanciers are produced automatically after races, showing all relevant race information and costs incurred by the fanciers including pooled amounts and winnings.
Administration, printing and any other costs incurred by pigeon organisations are reflected in user friendly reports on all levels of the organisation making reconciliation quick and easy.
Creation of websites for pigeon organisations
Many pigeon organisations need easy to manage and cost effective websites of their own.
WPROL creates websites for pigeon organisations and seamlessly integrates the race and championship information on www.wprol.com for the organisation into the organisation’s own website.
WPROL is committed to continuously meet the changing needs of the pigeon sport. Future releases will provide the following functionality:
Online advertising is one of many ways for pigeon organisations to earn revenue using www.wprol.com and thereby reducing the cost incurred by organisations and fanciers to participate in the pigeon sport.
Many pages on www.wprol.com will provide advertising space that pigeon organisations can sell to advertisers. www.wprol.com allows advertisers to create exposure to a well defined target group and high volumes of traffic.
Online Pedigree System
WPROL’s own Online Pedigree System will be fully integrated with all other functions on www.wprol.com. Updates of the pedigree system with race results information will be automatic with no effort by the fancier. It will be an online system with no need for the fancier to install the system or any upgrades to it.
Fanciers can choose to make their pedigree information accessible to the public or not.
In many countries pooling on his / her own pigeons has become too cumbersome a process for fanciers and organisations. Pooling does however add an additional attraction to the pigeon sport.
Online Pooling on www.wprol.com will allow fanciers to quickly and easily pool on their own pigeons any time between basketting and liberation at their own leisure and with no administrative overhead to the pigeon organisation.
Online auctions are another means for pigeon organisations to create revenue for themselves and their members.
Online Auctions are conducted by pigeon organisations using www.wprol.com as the technical platform. Official race and championship results and up-to-date pedigree information all on one platform creates a high level of credibility for interested buyers.
Pigeon organisations can choose to use this module or not.
Online sports gambling is a pastime entertained by many and an effective way of creating revenue for pigeon organisations. The pigeon sport with its extensive data and many variables affecting the outcome of a pigeon race is ideally suited for online gambling.
www.wprol.com will have all the elements required to provide the rich and credible data gamblers enjoy to analyse before making their gambling decisions. This includes official race results, liberation information, pedigree information, auction results etc.
If a pigeon organisation chooses to make its data available for online gambling, it can benefit from the revenue created from this activity which can be put back into the sport to make it attractive to its participants.
Realtime interfaces with all electronic pigeon clocks
There is a need to upload basketting and clocking data directly from the fancier’s clock to www.wprol.com to reduce the time it takes to produce a race result and the number of data errors incurred in the current process.
This functionality will transfer data directly from the master clock to www.wprol.com without manual intervention or the need for a club calculation system.