EASE Standard - Renewal Fee, 1 Year

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EASE Standard - Renewal Fee, 1 Year

This version of EASE provides an intermediate level of calculations for rooms with more complex geometries and uneven distribution of absorption. In these cases, there often are local differences in reverberation or audible echoes.

EASE Standard is able to calculate the impulse response at specific locations in the room by using ray tracing algorithms. Geometrical ray tracing calculations can be performed based on stochastic methods with image model precision. A more accurate picture not only of the performance of a loudspeakers’ system but also of the general behavior of the sound in a room can be obtained.

EASE Standard is helpful when advanced acoustical evaluations are the focus in order to analyze and solve acoustical problems, like:

  • When the assumptions of Eyring and Sabine formulas for the calculation of the reverberation time are not met, and thus ray tracing algorithms are recommended.
  • For local analysis of reflections in the room in a manner similar to positioning a measurement microphone on site in order to look at arrival time, level, or frequency response. This enables you to become aware of obstacles or issues that could remain hidden without enhanced investigation.
  • For evaluating the spatial characteristics of reflections in detail with respect to their direction of incidence and the sequence of surfaces hit, for any location in the room.
  • For designing sound systems in acoustically challenging venues, where not only the reverberant field plays a role, but also strong discrete reflections or focusing effects.
  • For determining local decay times, i.e., when the reverberation time cannot be assumed the same for all places in the room.

In order to keep calculation times within acceptable ranges, ray tracing algorithms are often employed to calculate only the early part of the room’s impulse response. The so-called “statistical tail” is then computed and used for the later part. This approach is generally sufficient for rooms where you would not expect reflections with considerable energy in the later part of the impulse response.

Typical use cases / room examples are:
All types of projects that can be dealt with in EASE JR as well as rooms with potentially non-uniform diffuse sound fields or increased echo probability, such as stadiums, theaters, auditoriums, classrooms, office spaces, cathedrals (for reflection analyses only), train stations, industrial halls, but also specific churches, and public spaces.

  • For more advanced investigations and types of projects as well as precise auralization results, it is recommended to consider EASE Pro.
  • For specific application scenarios, some users may not yet find all the tools they need in their workflows, especially when they are in-depth users of EASE 4.4. In these cases, it is recommended to consider EASE 4.4 instead of EASE 5. For a detailed overview please have a look at the Feature Comparison EASE 5 vs. EASE 4.
Features

  • Easy import of drawings in DWG and image file format
  • Straight forward import of 3D models in DWG and FRD (EASE 4) file format
  • Integrated light-weight CAD editor for creating the 3D model
  • Clear software structure with state-of-the-art presentation and navigation
  • Extensive loudspeaker database covering the majority of the world’s renowned loudspeaker manufacturers
  • Intuitive tools for inserting, configuring and finetuning of loudspeaker systems
  • Fast line array configuration
  • Effective material management supported by an extensive database
  • User-defined audience areas and listener seats as reference for mappings, response calculations, and auralization
  • Fast direct field mapping and coverage analysis
  • Accessible statistical room acoustics based on Eyring or Sabine
  • Powerful ray-tracing, reflection analysis and measurement Probe
  • Continuous feature delivery


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Version Comparison

The table below gives an overview of the feature sets of EASE Junior, EASE Standard and EASE Pro.

Please also see the following articles for more details:

 

Feature / Version EASE JR EASE Standard EASE Pro
Importing drawings and 3D models
- Import 3D and 2D DWG files from CAD tools such as AutoDesk AutoCAD software or Trimble SketchUp Pro
- Load floor plans and section views in image file formats, such as JPG or PNG as reference for drawing
- Import and export EASE 4 projects
- Export geometry and loudspeaker cases to CAD tools via DWG files
Creating the 3D model
- Integrated light-weight CAD editor for creating the 3D model
- Insert and modify surfaces using snapping functions, constraints, relative coordinates, and projection from drawings
- Use move, duplicate, extrude, mirror and numerous other advanced tools for model construction and modification
- Adding or combining projects in EASE format or DWG format
- Slices, orthogonal views, and geometrical analysis functions for verifying model consistency
Clear software structure and environment
- Modern window management with docking functions and customized arrangements
- Different model views and displays including wireframe, X-ray, solid rendering, as well as central and parallel perspective
- Interactive mouse navigation for zooming, panning and rotating model views
- Highlighting and hovering functions
- Saving graphics to clipboard or file
- Interactive tables for all room items supporting highlighting and selection functions as well as sorting, searching, filtering, and grouping
Extensive loudspeaker database
- Extensive loudspeaker database covering the majority of the world’s renowned loudspeaker manufacturers 
- Simulate more than 2500 products of more than 140 brands including line arrays and steerable columns
- Database management including filter and search functions
Loudspeaker handling
- Inserting, configuring and finetuning of loudspeakers and loudspeakers systems
- Signal processing functions for loudspeakers, loudspeaker inputs, groups of loudspeakers and the whole sound system
- Input configurations and predefined filters as provided by manufacturer
- Copying loudspeaker configurations
- Loudspeakers table can be viewed and exported
Configuration of line arrays and clusters
- Detailed configurator window
- Select frames and boxes, adjust splay angles and gain interactively
- Tuning and schematic view for line arrays as well as tabular overview
- Import configuration (XGLC) files
Material management
- Extensive, reviewed database of materials for ceilings, walls, and floors
- Database management including filter and search functions and data preview
- Detailed information about room materials in tabular format including covered surface area
- Integrated material editor for creating new materials and adjusting existing materials
Receivers
- User-defined receiver locations as reference for mappings, response calculations, and auralization
- Define audience areas as virtual calculation planes using the standard drawing toolset
- Define listener seats for representative listening or measurement locations
Grouping
- Multi-select of room items is available for all modification functions
- Loudspeakers can be assigned to processing blocks according to necessary signal processing
- Faces can be grouped by their materials
- Selection sets can be used to group any selection of items and recall them for viewing and modification
Selection Sets
- Create, modify and delete sets of selected items with user-defined names
- Cross-highlight included items in other windows and vice versa
- View properties of included items such as assigned speaker models and acoustic materials
- Recall selection for all room modification functions
- Select single items and subsets of items for further use
Calculation parameters
- Supported frequency range from 100 Hz to 10 kHz
- Calculation in bandwidths of 1/3rd octave, 1/1 octave, 3 octave, broadband or user-defined
- SPL can be viewed Z-weighted and A-weighted
- Supported input signals: Pink noise, speech (IEC 60268-16:2020), music (EIA 426B), program (IEC 60268-1)  
Mapping functions
- Calculate mappings on faces, audience areas and listener seats
- Isoline contour plots on audience areas and faces
- Frequency response curves, distribution statistics
- Result export as pictures and tables
Direct field mapping
- Fast direct field mapping and coverage analysis
- Arrival times and propagation delays
- Loudspeaker coverage overlap
- Initial Time Delay (ITD) Gap
- Loudspeaker density mapping (3 dB, 6 dB, 10 dB)
Statistical room acoustics
- Accessible statistical room acoustics based on Eyring
- Import of measured reverberation times and background noise levels
- Acoustic parameters view with detailed data on geometrical and acoustical room properties
- 3D mapping on faces, audience areas and listener seats 
- Total SPL and Sound Pressure Levels L7, L50, L80
- Speech Intelligibility STI, ALCons
- D/R Ratio, Critical Distance, Clarity
- Privacy Index and Articulation Index
- S/N Ratio mapping
STI analysis and optimization
- Apply changes to signal level and noise level after mapping calculations and update STI results without recalculation.
- Automatic STI optimization function for determining best signal level at given S/N.
 
Localization
- Horizontal angle mapping shows the direction of the localized sound source.
 
Mapping with reflections
- Statistical mapping results extended by early specular reflections
- Total SPL and Sound Pressure Levels L7, L50, L80
- Speech Intelligibility STI, ALCons
- D/R Ratio, Critical Distance, Clarity
- Local Decay Time
 
Reflection patterns
- Visualize and analyze 3D reflection patterns
- Verify loudspeaker aiming and reflector orientation 
- Ray and particle displays
- Save and recall result files
Reflection analysis
- Analyze reflectograms regarding reflection arrival times, levels and directions
- Select and visualize individual reflections in 3D
- 3D Hedgehog displays for directional analysis
 
Measurement Probe
- View and analyze response files and reflectograms created by ray-tracing calculations
- Reflectogram, Impulse Response, ETC views
- 3D Waterfall and 3D Hedgehog displays
- Frequency response and sound pressure levels
- Reverberation times
- Speech Intelligibility results MTF, STI and ALCons
- Clarity and Definition
- Tail prediction methods for ray-tracing results with time cut-off
 
Full-length analysis with scattering (based on AURA module)
- Advanced ray-tracing functions based on 64-bit and multi-threading including scattering effects
- Accurate, full-length echograms and impulse responses
- Acoustic result quantities according to ISO 3382 and IEC 60268-16
- Various control parameters
   
Full-length mapping
- 3D mapping on faces, audience areas and listener seats 
- Direct SPL, Total SPL
- Clarity and Definition Measures (D, C50, C80)
- Center Time, Sound Strength G
- Reverberation Times EDT, T10, T20, T30
- Lateral Fraction LF and LFC
- Speech Intelligibility results STI and ALCons
- Echo Criteria for Music and Speech
- Echogram and histogram displays
- S/N Ratio mapping
   
Full-length response analysis
- Detailed reflectograms and response files for analysis and auralization
- Response (RSP) files for detailed analysis in Probe module
- Binaural (BIR) files for auralization in EARS module
- B-Format (WAV) files for auralization in Ambisonics setups
   
Full-length auralization (based on EARS module)
- Perform auralizations based on direct sound, ray-tracing and full-length response calculations
- Creation of BIR filter files using selected HRTFs
- Display of BIR files as binaural impulse response or frequency response
- Auralization using BIR files and dry signal input files (WAV) or from a live source (real-time convolution)
- Stereo convolution and mixing
   
Which applications can be addressed with EASE 5?

EASE 5 is the tool of choice if you wish to model sound systems and room acoustics in 3D, possibly in just minutes or a few hours. Due to its intuitive user interface and fast workflows, it allows designing loudspeaker systems and investigating acoustical questions very efficiently. In this sense, EASE 5 provides a stable basis for many kinds of applications and projects. Please see the FAQ: In which cases do you recommend to still work with EASE 4 instead of EASE 5?

EASE 5 is recommended for project realization in the following fields of application:

  • Sound system validation and planning – straight-forward analysis of direct SPL
    • Evaluation of different products and brands from a large database
    • Simulation of direct sound coverage on audience areas
    • Investigation of undesired sound radiation onto surfaces that should be avoided
  • Evaluation of room acoustics – easy statistical acoustics
    • Analysis of interaction between modeled room acoustic parameters
    • Use of the large built-in material database
    • Tuning of the reverberation time by changing acoustic materials
    • Estimating or verifying the amount of acoustic absorption required
    • Calculation of design criteria and metrics such as delay, clarity and speech intelligibility
  • Advanced room acoustic investigations – accessible ray-tracing analysis
    • Detecting echo problems or focusing effects and optimizing reflectors by simulating sound radiation and reflection patterns
    • Detailed reflection analysis with Probe module, including arrival time, level, frequency response and direction at a selected receiver position
    • Quick calculation of RT, STI and ISO 3382 quantities with AURA mapping (full-length impulse response data)
    • Precise auralization with AURA Response and EARS
What licensing and pricing model do you offer for EASE 5?

With the new version of EASE we are moving to a new licensing model. The software is provided under a time-limited license for a period of one or two years.

Starting with EASE: If EASE 5 is licensed for the first time, an Initial Fee has to be paid:

  • One-year license: Initial Fee, 1 Year
  • Two-year license: Initial Fee, 2 Years*

Renewal Costs: Upon expiration of the license, the license can be renewed by paying a Renewal Fee:

  • One-year license: Renewal Fee, 1 Year
  • Two-year license: Renewal Fee, 2 Years**

When renewing the license, the existing feature level can be maintained or any other feature level (JR/Std/Pro) can be chosen, regardless of the feature set of the previous license. Also, the time limit can be different from the previous one.

Upgrading from EASE 4: Customers who already own a license of EASE 4 are entitled to start directly with the reduced Renewal fees for licensing EASE 5.

  • One-year license: Renewal Fee, 1 Year
  • Two-year license: Renewal Fee, 2 Years**

After the purchase, the existing EASE 4 license remains unchanged and additionally a license for the new EASE 5 software is delivered.
This is not so much an upgrade within an existing software, but rather the purchase of a new software at a reduced price.

Please note: The renewal of the license is not automatic. The license can be renewed any time before the license term expires or up to 30 days after the license term has expired. After the period of 30 days an Initial Fee must be paid to activate the license again. The license expiration will be displayed in the software for the last 30 days of the license term and you will also receive reminder emails.

In order to find all offerings and prices for EASE 5, please have a look at the EASE 5 product overview

The licensing conditions for EASE 5 are detailed in the End User License Agreement (EULA).

* The price for this is calculated as follows: Initial Fee, 1 Year + Renewal Fee, 1 Year - 10 % package discount
** The price for this is calculated as follows: Renewal Fee, 1 Year + Renewal Fee, 1 Year - 10 % package discount

 

Purchase

EASE Standard - Renewal Fee, 1 Year

Purchase

EASE Standard - Renewal Fee, 1 Year

Applies to existing EASE 5 and EASE 4 users.
Simulation Software License, 1 User ​​​​​​
The End User License Agreement for EASE 5 applies.

Price
890 EUR (net)

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Upgrade Note

You may upgrade to a higher feature level at any point during the term of the license, that is, before your time limit expires.

In order to switch, you have to pay the Renewal Fee for the one-year or two-year license of the software with the higher feature level. Your license will then be upgraded by AFMG to the new feature level. 

At this point the new license term will begin and the previous term ends before its time limit is reached. If you decide to switch to a higher feature level within the first half of your current licensing term, you will be credited 50% of the fee paid for the previous licensing term.

The licensing conditions for EASE 5 are detailed in the End User License Agreement (EULA).

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Additional Sales Terms

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  • Prices do not include VAT. Depending on the origin of the customer and the type of product, VAT might be charged in addition to the net price.

  • Valid prices at any time are the ones listed in this document. Other, possibly older printouts, prices cached in search engines, outdated proposals etc. are not applicable.

  • All prices are subject to change without prior notice.

  • At any time, the price provided in Euro (€) is valid. Prices provided in other currencies are approximate and provided for rough orientation only.

  • In principle, only one discount can be applied to any purchase.

  • If authorities in the land of the customer's origin or the customer himself demand original documents in paper form, the customer accepts additional courier costs of 60 EUR within the EU or of 120 EUR per shipment outside of the EU. These costs need to be paid by the customer prior to shipment and will be noted as a separate line item on the final invoice. If the customer decides to employ his own forwarder, only the costs for the original document (30 EUR) apply.

  • If you purchase an upgrade or module for only a subset of User Keys, we will split your license. Your existing license will remain with a reduced number of User Keys. You will receive an additional new license with the new feature scope for the respective number of User Keys. Does not apply for EASE 5 (1 User per license).

  • Certain license-related services, updating of company data in licensed programs, transfer of licenses etc. may be possible at a service charge of 50 € net.

  • Delivery principally is by download from our website. After settlement of payment and credit entry, you will receive an email with your license information.

  • Manuals and/or tutorials are included in the online help and documentation of the programs.

  • All paid software licenses include 6 months of email and telephone support for installation, licensing, or technical software issues as part of the purchase. This service does not apply to trial or educational licenses. Project consulting services are not part of the software purchase.

  • Most of our software, manuals and tutorials are provided in english language only.

  • Installation CDs/DVDs and manuals/tutorials can be ordered separately and at extra cost if desired. Delivery may be by an external service partner of AFMG.

  • Educational institutions such as schools or universities can apply for special educational or research license offers.

EULA

EASE 5 Second Edition1) - End User License Agreement

 

AFMG is a worldwide leader in the development of software for the pro-audio industry. AFMG has developed, amongst other programs, and is the sole owner of the Software EASE, currently available in its version 5 Second Edition (hereinafter “EASE 5-SE”, or the “Software”). The EASE software suite provides sound system designers and acoustic consultants with a set of tools for all aspects of professional practice, from detailed, realistic modeling and simulation of venue acoustics and sound system performance to informative and engaging client presentations, as well as professional data assessment and verification. The Software is provided by AFMG or authorized distribution partners (AFMG’s “Partners”).

This end user license agreement (“Agreement”) governs the legal relationship between AFMG Technologies GmbH, Borkumstr. 2, 13189 Berlin, Germany (“AFMG”), and the commercial end user of the Software (“User”). As AFMG does not license the Software to private end users, this Agreement does not apply to those. By paying the License Fee in the order process, or by downloading the Software from AFMG’s or its authorized Partners’ websites, the User unconditionally accepts the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

 

1.    Subject of the Agreement

1.1.    The subject of this Agreement is the provision of EASE 5-SE against payment of the License Fees as set forth in Section 5 for a limited period of time.

1.2.   AFMG provides the Software for download from its web portal available at http://downloads.afmg.eu. AFMG provides the User with the number of user keys purchased by the User. Each user key purchased by the User (“User Key”) allows for the User to use the Software for the term of the Agreement on one (1) computer at a time while the installation on several computers is allowed.

1.3.    The establishment and maintenance of a functional hardware and software environment is the sole responsibility of the User. The minimum system requirement for the installation of the Software is Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit).

1.4.    AFMG does not provide and has no obligation to provide the User with the source code of the Software.

1.5.    The User shall observe all instructions provided by AFMG for the installation and operation of the Software.

 

2.    Granting of Rights

2.1.    AFMG grants the User a time-limited, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable and non-transferable right for the term of this Agreement to use the Software on a number of computers only. This number corresponds to the number of User Keys purchased from AFMG or AFMG’s Partners.

2.2.    Reproduction of the Software is only permitted insofar as it is necessary for use of the Software in compliance with this Agreement. The User may produce backup copies of the Software as is necessary and in keeping with good practice. Backup copies on removable data storage media must be labeled as such and must bear all copyright and proprietary notices.

2.3.    The User is not authorized to change, adapt, arrange or otherwise modify the Software unless expressly allowed under the applicable copyright law or upon prior written consent by AFMG.

2.4.    The User must not transfer or sublicense the Software to third parties without prior written consent by AFMG.

2.5.    AFMG remains the sole owner of all rights in and to the Software and reserves all rights not granted to the User under this Agreement.

 

3.    Technical Support and Maintenance Updates

3.1.    AFMG shall provide the following technical support services (“Technical Support”) to the User:

•    E-mail support within AFMG’s regular business hours;
•    Telephone support within AFMG’s regular business hours;

Technical Support shall be provided for a period of six (6) months after the date of the conclusion of the Agreement.


3.2.    Furthermore, AFMG shall provide the following maintenance support services (“Maintenance Updates”) to the User:

•    Bugfixes for the Software;
•    Adaptations of the Software in the event of changes to the current operating systems;

The scope and provision of Maintenance Updates lies in the sole discretion of AFMG. Maintenance Updates should be provided unless terminated by AFMG. AFMG will notify the User at least one (1) year prior to the termination of Maintenance Updates.

3.3.    Technical Support and Maintenance Updates shall be provided by AFMG free of charge.

3.4.    AFMG is entitled to terminate the provision of support services for good cause. In this event, AFMG shall notify the User about the termination. With the termination of the support services, all rights to use the Software and/or the Upgrade (see Section 4) shall immediately cease and the User is no longer entitled to use the Software and/or the Upgrade.

 

4.    Term of the Agreement

4.1.    AFMG offers two licensing models for EASE 5-SE, a “One-year license” and a “Two-year license”.

4.2.    The “One-year license” has a fixed term of twelve (12) months. The “Two-year license” has a fixed term of twenty-four (24 months).

4.3.   The term of the agreement begins with the provision of the Software as set forth in Section 5.2.

4.4.    There is no automatic renewal of the Agreement.

4.5.    In the event the User wishes to renew the Agreement, the User has to conclude a new license agreement with AFMG according to the terms and conditions then applicable. AFMG may reach out to the User prior to the end of the term about the options to conclude such new license agreement.

4.6.    During the term of the Agreement, the User has the option to upgrade its license to a higher plan, i.e., to a version of the Software with more features than provided under the license initially agreed upon. Upon request of the User, AFMG shall provide the User with information on the versions of the software available for such upgrade and the respective license fees. In the event the User chooses to upgrade the license to a higher plan, this Agreement terminates and will be replaced by the newly concluded license agreement. In the event the User upgrades to a higher plan within the term of the license, AFMG may offer to offset the License Fees, according to the Schedule of Fees, in whole or in part, for the remainder of the term time period of this Agreement initially agreed upon, against the license fees payable for the higher plan under the new agreement.

4.7.    The User and AFMG have the right to terminate the Agreement for good cause prior to the end of the respective fixed term.
 

5.    License Fees

5.1.    The license fees to be paid by the User to AFMG and details regarding the available packages are specified in the Schedule of Fees in the version applicable at the date of the conclusion of this Agreement. The Schedule of Fees is available on AFMG’s website at https://www.afmg.eu/ease.

5.2.    AFMG shall provide the Software after prepayment by the User. AFMG shall provide the respective download link by e-mail generally within two (2) business days. 

 

6.    Limitations of Liability

6.1.    AFMG shall not be liable for any claims for damages or any claims for reimbursement of wasted expenses, regardless of the type of violation involved and regardless of the legal grounds, except:

a)    In cases of damage from injury to life, body or health due to negligent breach of duty by AFMG or intentional or negligent breach of duty by a legal representative or a person used to perform an obligation of AFMG;
b)    In cases of other damage arising from a grossly negligent breach of duty by AFMG or from an intentional or grossly negligent breach of duty by a legal representative or a person used to perform an obligation of AFMG;
c)    In cases involving personal injuries or damages recoverable under the German Product Liability Act (Produkthaftungsgesetz), where liability shall be governed by applicable law, regardless of default.

6.2.    Except as provided in Section 6.1. above, AFMG shall not be liable for any damages, including, without limitation, financial losses of any kind.

6.3.    The strict liability for damages for defects which already existed at the time of conclusion of the Agreement is excluded.

 

7.    Indemnification


7.1.    The User shall fully indemnify AFMG from all third party claims, which arise from any illegal, culpable use of the Software by the User. This includes in particular patent claims, copyright claims or other commercial intellectual property right claims as well as claims arising from a violation of personal rights or from the unauthorized collection, storage and application of personal data. The User will indemnify and hold harmless AFMG from all legal fees reasonably incurred by AFMG that are attributable to any such claim.


7.2.    In the event the User learns or must learn that the infringement of such right is imminent, the User shall immediately inform AFMG.

 

8.    Trademarks


Unless otherwise agreed between the parties in writing, the User shall only use AFMG’s trademarks in accordance with AFMG’s Trademark Guidelines which can be accessed on AFMG’s website at https://www.afmg.eu/trademarks.

 

9.    Jurisdiction, Governing Law, Final Provisions


9.1.    Any disputes arising from or in connection with this Agreement shall be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in Berlin, Germany.


9.2.    This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Germany. For the avoidance of doubt, the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) does not apply.


9.3.    This Agreement reflects the entire agreement between the parties. The parties have entered into no oral or written collateral agreements with respect to the subject matter hereof. Any terms and conditions of the User do not apply. For the avoidance of doubt, it is expressly agreed between the parties that this Agreement shall prevail over any terms and conditions used or referred to by the User.


9.4.    If any provision of this Agreement shall be held invalid, the validity of the remaining provisions shall remain unaffected thereby. Any invalid provision shall, to the extent permitted by law, be replaced by such valid provision as most closely reflects the commercial intent and purpose of the original provision. The forgoing shall apply respectively if any provision shall have been inadvertently omitted from this Agreement.

 

1) Includes usage of predecessor version EASE 5 First Edition.

Version: 1.3
Berlin, September 14, 2023


AFMG Technologies GmbH Company Data

AFMG Technologies GmbH
Borkumstr. 2
13189 Berlin
Germany

Management:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Wolfgang Ahnert
Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Feistel
Registered at:
Berlin-Charlottenburg    HRB 115012 B
VAT-ID:    DE261093044

Data Protection Policy

Data Protection Policy for EASE 5 Second Edition

Overview

1. General

1.1. Data Controller and Data Processor identification
1.2. Definitions

2. Automated data processing via the Software

  2.1. To activate and deactivate the Software
  2.2. To send Software error information as well as usage data to AFMG
  2.3. To notify about available software updates

3. Recipients of the Personal Data

4. Your rights as a Data Subject

 

1. General

  1.1. Data Controller and Data Processor identification

The Data Controller in relation to the processing of personal data via the EASE 5 Second Edition software is AFMG Technologies GmbH (hereinafter: “AFMG”, “we”, and “us”), Borkumstr. 2, 13189 Berlin, Germany. Tel.: +49 (0)30 467 092 – 30, Fax.: +49 (0)30 467 092 – 27, email: @email.

AFMG´s Data Processors in this context are:
•    Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA (server hosting); and
•    IP-Projects GmbH & Co KG, Am Vogelherd 14, 97295 Waldbrunn (server hosting).

  1.2. Definitions

Personal Data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“data subject”); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

GDPR is an abbreviation for REGULATION (EU) 2016/679 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation).  

Data Controller means the entity that determines the purposes and means for the processing of Personal Data.

Data Processor means the entity that processes Personal Data on behalf of the Data Controller.

Sub-processor means any Data Processor engaged by AFMG’s Data Processors, such as UseResponse, Mailchimp or their affiliates, to assist in fulfilling their obligations with respect to providing services as Data Processor to AFMG.

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2. Automated data processing via the Software

  2.1. To activate and deactivate the Software

  Explanation and purposes of processing

When starting the Software and it is not activated, for instance at its very first start, you are required to activate the Software before it can be used. As part of the activation process, we collect Personal Data from you to generate a license key, which is stored on your computer to verify the proper licensing of the Software.

The following data is collected for this purpose:

  • Log-in credentials (email and password)
  • Time of log-in and license activation
  • License selected by you for activation (if several are available under your account)
  • Hardware information (BIOS version, CPU information, etc.) to generate a hardware key on which the license is based
  • Possibly further information voluntarily provided by you during the licensing process, such as the computer name.

Except for the information voluntarily provided by you, this data will be used to generate the license key and for support purposes with regard to licensing and will not be further stored. It cannot be reconstructed from the license key.

Additional information provided by you during the licensing process, such as the computer name, is stored for support purposes.

At any moment you can deactivate the Software. This process removes the installed license key from your computer and e.g. allows the software to be activated on a different machine.

The following data is collected for this purpose:

  • Log-in credentials (email and password), depending on the setting defined by you or other user during Software activation for “Permission for Software Deactivation”
  • Installed license key information

Furthermore, at every startup of the Software, information related to the installed license key is automatically sent to AFMG for verification of its validity. If for any reason the installed license key is no longer valid, it is removed from your computer and the software is deactivated.

The collected Personal Data described in this section will be stored and processed only for as long as it is required for the purposes for which it has been collected, provided no exception as per Art. 17 (3) GDPR applies. Art. 17 (3) GDPR lays out the exceptional conditions for not erasing Personal Data.

  Legal basis

The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b GDPR. Data processing is necessary for the purpose of fulfilling the contract in order to ensure proper licensing of the software used.
 

  2.2. To send Software error information as well as usage data to AFMG

  Explanation and purposes of processing

In order to assist us with the development of the Software, and to allow us to better understand how users utilize the software so that we can make improvements to it, you have the option to provide AFMG with some Personal Data that is collected in an anonymous way, and automatically via the Software.

At first startup, you have the possibility of selecting the type of information that you would like to provide to AFMG via a dialog window:

  • Anonymized error information activates the sending of an error log, including time stamps and the Software version number, to AFMG every time a critical error in the Software occurs. This allows AFMG to identify the error incidence and provides information that usually helps us investigating the cause of the problem.
  • Anonymized usage data, e.g. session duration activates the sending of anonymous software usage data to AFMG every time the software is closed. At this point, only information regarding the session duration, including time stamps and the Software version number, are collected.

The processing starts only after you select the type of information you would like to provide and press the “Confirm Selected” button, or by pressing the “Allow both” button.

The collected Personal Data described in this section will be collected and stored in pseudonymized form by us until you revoke consent or until the Software development expires. The data will be stored and processed only for as long as it is required for the purposes for which it has been collected, provided no exception as per Art. 17 (3) GDPR applies. Art. 17 (3) GDPR lays out the exceptional conditions for not erasing Personal Data.

  Consent

The above data processing takes place on the basis of your consent, given when you mark the type of information to be provided and confirm the selection by pressing the “Confirm Selected” button, or by pressing the “Allow both” button, via a dialog window that appears at Software startup. This window includes the following content:

We would like to ask for your help! 

We want to improve EASE continuously and make it better for everyone. Please support our effort by providing some bits of data in a completely anonymous way:

[  ] Anonymized error information
[  ] Anonymized usage data, e.g. session duration

The information will be sent to our server when an error occurs or when the application is closed. The data will be collected, used and stored as detailed in section 2.2. of our data protection policy.

You can change your preferences and revoke consent at any time via the application settings.

[Confirm Selected]   [Allow both]


You have the possibility of changing the preferences above, and revoking consent granularly through the Software settings at any time with effect for the future.

  Legal basis

The legal basis for this data processing is Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. a GDPR. 
 

  2.3. To notify about available software updates

  Explanation and purposes of processing

We provide updates for the Software frequently as part of the end user license agreement (EULA), article 3.2. These typically include bug fixes as well as new functions. Software updates are important in order to deliver bug fixes for critical security issues as well as to ensure proper functioning of the Software.

In order to inform you about the availability of a new version for the Software, the Software connects to the AFMG web server regularly. If the Software detects that the locally installed version is older than the last one made publicly available it indicates so in the main window. The Software will typically make such a request to the AFMG web server once or twice a day while it is running.

When the Software connects with the AFMG web server, information collected and processed through technically automated means is sent to our Data Processor´s servers, which are located in Germany.

The following information is automatically processed:

  • The IP address of your computer or other end device (e.g. tablet)
  • Date and time of the request

The IP address of your device is necessary for technical reasons, so that the connection to the AFMG web server can be established. The service cannot be accessed and operate properly without this data being processed. In addition, the IP address related to the access is saved in server log files to be used for internal system administration and maintenance, as well as for statistical purposes.

The collected Personal Data described in this section will be stored and processed only for as long as it is required for the purposes for which it has been collected, provided no exception as per Art. 17 (3) GDPR applies. Art. 17 (3) GDPR lays out the exceptional conditions for not erasing Personal Data.

  Legal basis

The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b GDPR. Data processing is necessary for the purpose of fulfilling the contract in order to inform the user about updates available for the Software.

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3. Recipients of the Personal Data

Processors

The storage and processing of the Personal Data collected by automated means via the Software as described in section 2 is carried out by Microsoft Corporation, as well as IP-Projects GmbH & Co KG, on behalf of and based on instructions provided by AFMG. The hosting of the data takes place exclusively on servers within the European Union.

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4. Your rights as a Data Subject

You may exercise certain rights regarding AFMG’s processing of the Personal Data that relates to you.

Right to rectification

You have the right to obtain from AFMG the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, you have the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement (Art. 16 GDPR).

Right to erasure

You have the right to obtain from AFMG the erasure of Personal Data concerning you (Art. 17 (1) GDPR), provided no exception as per Art. 17 (3) GDPR applies.

Within 30 days after we have received your request, we will permanently delete the Personal Data concerning you.

Right to revoke consent

You have the right to revoke consent to the collection and processing of your data at any time and with effect for the future. Consent can be revoked granularly through the Software settings.

Right to object to processing on the basis of legitimate interests

To the extent that processing of data is based on Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR ("legitimate interests"), you have the right, under Art. 21 GDPR, and on grounds relating to your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of Personal Data concerning you.

In the case of an objection, AFMG will no longer process the personal data, unless the processing serves the assertion, exercise, or defense of legal claims or AFMG can prove necessary, legitimate grounds for the processing that override the interests, rights, and freedoms of the Data Subject.

Right to access your data

You have the right, under Art. 15 GDPR, to obtain from AFMG confirmation as to whether or not Personal Data concerning you are being processed and, if applicable, to obtain a copy of the Personal Data undergoing processing.

You have the right to request confirmation from AFMG as to whether we are processing Personal Data concerning you. If this is the case, you have the right to access the Personal Data and the information specified in Art. 15 GDPR in conjunction with § 34 BDSG. This shall not apply if:

  • The data is only stored because it may not be deleted due to legal or statutory storage obligations; or 
  • Exclusively serves the purpose of data security or data protection control.

Right to restrict the processing of your data

In certain cases, you have the right to obtain from AFMG restriction of processing of Personal Data concerning you. These cases are laid out in Art. 18 (1) GDPR.

Right to portability 

You have the right to receive the Personal Data concerning you, which you have provided to AFMG, in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to another Data Controller, in the cases laid out in Art 20 (1) GDPR.

Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular within the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work, or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of Personal Data relating to you infringes the GDPR (Art. 77 GDPR). Please refer to your local data protection authority for more information. On the European Commission website, you can refer to the list of data protection authorities within the European Economic Area

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We may review and, where necessary, update this data protection policy. If we plan to use the Personal Data of users of the Software for a new purpose, that is incompatible with the original purposes for which consent has been provided, we will update this policy and request consent for the new purpose.