Playworld Systems releases updated version of PlayPod, its revolutionary mobile maintenance tool

Technology Now Includes Fundraising Functionality

LEWISBURG, PA (May 6, 2013) – Playworld Systems, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground and fitness equipment, today announced that its mobile maintenance tool PlayPod™ has been updated to include additional options for users, including a capability that enables fundraising for community playgrounds. The optional feature gives community members three ways to make a donation to the playground, including the ability to “donate now.” Also new is the customer’s ability to manage their play equipment information via the customizable PlayPod website.

“Empowering our customers to maximize outdoor play and fitness in their communities is a cornerstone of our family-owned business,” Matt Miller, chief executive officer of Playworld Systems. “Adding the new functionality to PlayPod helps simplify the process of maintaining a playground over time and increases the connections between playground operators and the communities they serve.”

PlayPod delivers a playground ownership experience unmatched in the industry. It does this via a website and an app designed for use on mobile devices. These tools access individualized installation and maintenance data, customer service links as well as fun play tips for the user. PlayPod employs Microsoft Tag to provide 24/7 mobile access to useful information for both maintenance professionals and families using the equipment.

In addition to accessing and organizing playground information from the office by utilizing the customizable PlayPod website, professionals can use the app on their mobile device to do the following:

• Review the bill of materials, including installation instructions, hardware details and part numbers, view color(s) and coating types for each specific part on the playground

• Obtain quick help from Playworld Systems

Other capabilities available to families through the PlayPod app include:

• Access to play tips that are refreshed each week and the ability to check in on Facebook

• Report problems they see around the playground

• Request a Playworld Systems’ catalog, find a local Playworld Systems representative and learn more about the playground equipment manufacturer

PlayPod is shipped with all new Playworld Systems playground equipment orders. For existing playgrounds, Playworld Systems is offering an upgrade to PlayPod. Owners should contact their local dealer for more information.

Users download the free Tag mobile app to a mobile device at http://gettag.mobi and scan the Microsoft Tag attached to Playworld Systems’ equipment. Once the 2D code is scanned, users are directed to a welcome screen with links to contact information for a local Playworld Systems representative and additional content.

For more than 40 years, Playworld Systems has led the playground industry with game-changing product introductions, from its environmentally-friendly PVC-Free Eco-Armor, NEOS, the first piece of outdoor electronic playground equipment, and now PlayPod.


About Playworld Systems, Inc.
For more than 40 years, Playworld Systems has delighted in igniting joy in people of every age and ability through play and fitness. Based on the belief that The World Needs Play®, Playworld Systems turns dreams into reality with its imaginative, customized commercial playground and fitness equipment. Our innovative product lines – PlayDesigns®, PlaySimple®, Playworld®, Origins™, NEOS®, ENERGI®, and LifeTrail®, to name just a few – are designed to unleash the transformational power of play, and imaginations soar and bodies strengthen along the way. An industry leader, we are first and foremost a family-owned company that cares about our customers as if they were family. Our customers benefit from unparalleled personalized attention from our network of local distributors and our value-added services. We invest significant resources to measurably reduce our impact on the environment. Our aggressive action to eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) helped Playworld Systems become the first and only playground manufacturer to have its products Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver. We are deeply committed to evolving the world of play by moving beyond accessibility to create truly inclusive play spaces. That’s why we developed the Inclusive Play Design Guide™, a free comprehensive resource that enables the creation of landmark inclusive play spaces.
Come out and play with us. For more information about Playworld Systems, visit www.PlayworldSystems.com.