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17th July 2017

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Gear Secure, the newly launched anti-theft company for musical instruments, have added Tony Scott of the TonyScottGroup to its board of technical advisors. The move is the first in a series of announcements by Gear Secure leading up to this week's National Association of Music Merchants summer convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Scott, who most recently served as Federal Chief Information Officer for the United States, will advise the company on key strategic initiatives in conjunction with its late 2017 product roll-out.

Appointed by President Barak Obama in 2015, Scott held America's top technology position overseeing an $85Billion budget until his departure earlier this year. Considered to be a world-leader in his field, he has held CIO positions with Vmware, Microsoft, Disney and General Motors and was named a member of the CIO Hall Of Fame in 2009.

Introduced at NAMM 2017 Winter Show in Anaheim, California, Gear Secure's patented technology is the first commercially available embedded anti-theft device for musical instruments and other associated gear. It provides a bridge between RFID and GPS to help in the instant recovery of lost or stolen items. The company's stated goal is "the end of lost or stolen".

When released, the technology will be offered to consumers at an annual subscription price of $19.95. It will be embedded and offered with new gear, available for backline and tour management inventory solutions and released to the aftermarket through a certified installer network.

Gear Secure have also announced the use of Eddystone and Nearby from Google for its proprietary tracking device.

Gear Secure will be the first commercially-available tracking device to integrate Eddystone and Nearby products to create a world-leading solution and unprecedented mesh network.

Eddystone, first introduced in 2015 enables remote management of beacons, integration with Google services to help user devices discover content and functionality across Android, native apps and the web.

Introduced in 2016, Nearby allows people to interact with relevant apps, websites, and other information based on location.

Based in Lakewood, California, Gear Secure Music LLC is comprised of music industry, business and technology veterans who have sought to create a relevant solution to the real-world problem of equipment loss and theft.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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