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Orlando, FL (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Today at the leading industry tradeshow RFID Journal Live, GlobeRanger announced that it has been selected to provide its iMotion Edgeware Platform and other software components to the US Army under the PD AMIS pRFID II contract. GlobeRanger will supply software and services as a subcontractor to SRA International, the prime contractor and sole award winner of the contract.

The contract was awarded on March 20th and contains a base year and two option years with a $ 30M max contract value. The contract comes under newly named AMIS Office, the Army Product Management Office for total RFID and AIT solutions.

We are very pleased to be the software provider for this US Army contract and to continue our partnership with SRA International in delivering quality solutions to our DoD customers, said George Brody, GlobeRanger CEO.

The Army PD AMIS pRFID contract is a vehicle for procurement of software, hardware and services for SRA International and its subcontractors. Dr. Jim Curtis, Defense Logistics Vice President for SRA International stated, SRAs strategy for winning this contract was to gather best of breed suppliers to complement our expertise in Automatic Identification Technology and Defense logistics. Based on SRAs history of working with GlobeRanger, we were confident that GlobeRangers software was a clear differentiator in winning this award.

About GlobeRanger

GlobeRanger is a leading global provider of end-to-end enterprise edge solutions and professional services that enable RFID, mobility, and sensor-based solutions for the M2M market and the Internet of Things. Its innovative Edgeware platform, iMotion, provides the critical infrastructure layer for managing devices, networks, data and processes at the edge of the enterprise, enabling real-time visibility and response. Founded in 1999, GlobeRanger is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. http://www.globeranger.com.







Apr 302013
 

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Apr 282013
 

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Apr 242013
 


(PRWEB) April 23, 2013

Last week, local accommodation providers in Tuvalu took part in a first-for-Tuvalu workshop explaining recent trends in online sales and how to leverage the Internet to grow business. Attended by over 14 representatives from local accommodation providers and other Tuvalu tourism stakeholders, the assembly was presided over by Mr. Tarataake Teannaki, Project Coordinator of the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), Mr. Len Cordiner, Director of Hotel Link Solutions and CEO of the WHL Group, and Mr. Chris Brimble, Knowledge & Information Manager of Pacific Trade and Invest (PT&I), all working in partnership with the Tuvalu Tourism Office.

Immediately following the workshop, there were further presentations of a new Hotel Link Solutions project that will provide all workshop participants with e-commerce-enabled websites, online booking functionality and access to a range of hotel-room distribution tools. The project, managed by SPTO, is being funded by the European Union as part of the 10th European Development Fund’s Pacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Programme (PRTCBP). It is also supported by PT&I.

“Hotel Link Solutions, which is part of the WHL Group, has developed a unique program to assist small- and medium-scale accommodation providers with online market access,” explained Mr. Cordiner. “It involves training, creating digital content and e-commerce-enabled websites and, most importantly, engaging a local partner on the ground to support accommodations over the longer term. At Hotel Links Solutions, we have the tools from simple websites to channel management to connect even the smallest accommodation to the global market; however, it is a journey most small accommodations will take time to master and the local support is critical to a sustainable outcome.”

As a first step in gathering the data required for the Hotel Link Solutions services, visits were made to every participating property. Photographs and other digital content were collected, all to be used in the development of new state-of-the-industry hotel websites. These websites, supported by staff trained in the use of all associated tools, are expected to be fully operational by mid year. During a visit to Funafuti atoll, local skills were identified to work with Hotel Link Solutions and provide much-needed IT support and follow-up training for the operators.

Additionally, PT&I representative Mr. Chris Brimble talked with the tourism stakeholders on the island about the support PT&I will provide in graphic design work and through a tourism investment database project being jointly developed by SPTO and PT&I.

Mr. Teannaki commented that during workshop and subsequent information-gathering exercises the support and feedback from participating operators was excellent and demonstrates the clear interest in this e-marketing support project. “The tourism accommodation operators on this tiny island of Tuvalu commended SPTO for the project, which they confirmed is the first project in a long time that will provide tangible benefits to individual businesses,” he added.

The Ministry of Tourism in Tuvalu has been working to grow tourism in Tuvalu. It recently established a Tourism Stakeholders Association and is reviewing its National Tourism Policy and Strategy. “Although the Tuvalu Tourism Office is the smallest in the South Pacific region, the staff did an excellent job with arrangements for this visit, and they should be commended,” said Mr. Teannaki.

About Hotel Link Solutions

Hotel Link Solutions is a joint venture between the WHL Group and ResOnline, and has a singular focus on providing digital-marketing solutions for the accommodation industry. The partners combined areas of expertise bring immense knowhow about collaborating with thousands of accommodation providers in mature and emerging economies, as well as cutting-edge technologies that best suit the market.

About South Pacific Tourism Organization

The South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) is the mandated intergovernmental organization for the tourism sector in the South Pacific and has a membership that represents both the public and private sectors, including 15 full government members and more than 200 of the major tourism operators in the region. In the early 1980s, an informal association of South Pacific national tourism organizations was formed, which subsequently became the SPTO.

About Pacific Trade & Invest

Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) is the region’s leading export facilitation, investment and tourism promotion agency. An arm of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat based in Fiji, PT&I is the only Pacific Islands agency tasked by leaders to develop, grow and promote industry and business in all 14 Pacific Island countries in export, investment, tourism and creative-arts promotion across international markets.

For more information, visit http://www.hotellinksolutions.com or contact Len Cordiner at len(at)whl-group(dot)com, +61 405 184 277.







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Apr 222013
 


Naples, Florida (PRWEB) April 18, 2013

Stock Developments sales report for the first quarter of 2013 shows a month-by-month increase in both units sold and dollar volume. According to figures released this week by the company, 149 new home contracts were signed totaling $ 90.01 million.

Brian Stock, CEO of Stock Development, said sales grew each month with March registering 60 sales worth $ 38.4 million across nine communities in Southwest Florida. In addition, the company set a record with 143 new home starts in the first quarter. This compares to 74 starts in the first three months of 2012 and 48 in 2011.

Our sales have been strong for months and those homes began construction in early 2013, said Stock. The local real estate market has strengthened dramatically as the overall economy has improved. Recently, the Naples Area Board of Realtors has reported that prices are rising and inventory has dropped dramatically throughout the area over the year.

Stock said the company has recognized the same thing and has opened new models, launched new neighborhoods and expanded its inventory home program to meet the increased demand.

Homebuyers have responded to the stellar reputation we have built over the last 12 years, said Stock. The quality of our construction and the unrivaled amenity offerings in our neighborhoods have proven popular whether buyers are looking for a $ 160,000 dollar condo or a $ 3 million custom-built estate home.

In the first quarter, Stock opened beautiful new furnished models in five communities, introduced a new neighborhood of homes in Olde Cypress, Lely Resort and Treviso Bay and expanded the inventory homes program so homebuyers can take advantage of the opportunity to move into a new home immediately.

Stock Development operates throughout Collier and Lee Counties in nine communities.

Six amazing new fully furnished models are open at Olde Cypress in the Lantana neighborhood. The offering is creating a buzz as it will be the final neighborhood built at this elite country club community in North Naples. Olde Cypress P.B. Dye, par-72, championship golf course is known throughout Southwest Florida as one of the most picturesque and challenging in the area. The award-winning 36,000-square-foot clubhouse that has been beautifully updated. Prices start in the $ 300s and include a full golf membership.

The company has opened new models at Treviso Bay in Naples. Treviso Bays18-hole TPC / PGA designed championship golf course includes a driving range, practice pitch and hand-mowed putting greens. Each home purchased from Stock includes a membership to the TPC Golf Course.

Stock has eight furnished models in Quail West. One of Southwest Floridas most exclusive clubs, the private, 1,180-acre oasis in North Naples was named recipient of the Collier Building Industry Association’s coveted Sand Dollar Award for Community of the Year in the Average Home Over $ 1,000,000 category, as well as the Lee Building Industry Associations Community of the Year Award. Two championship golf courses designed by Arthur Hills join the stunning 70,000 square-foot Grand Clubhouse. Prices begin in the $ 600s.

Stock has advanced its operations in Fiddlers Creek. Located just off Collier Boulevard,. Stock has 48 single-family homesites in the community and has three new furnished models open within three Villages – Isla del Sol, Mahogany Bend and Majorca Villages. Amenities include a 54,000-square-foot Club & Spa, fitness center, resort style multi-pool swimming complex, Har-Tru tennis courts, tot lot and restaurants. Homeowners also have several membership opportunities to join The Golf Club, ranked in Golfweeks 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the country. Prices begin in the $ 500s.

At Lely Resort, a total of eight neighborhoods of flats, townhomes, coach homes, twin villas, single-family homes and estate homes are offered with prices beginning from the $ 200s. Lely has earned five consecutive Community of the Year awards. There are three championship golf courses and two spectacular golf clubhouses. Homeowners also have access to the Players Club & Spa and some of Naples finest amenities. The Players Club & Spa, which currently offers over 20,000 square feet under air, is under going a two-year expansion that will dramatically increase its size. The new state-of-the-art tennis complex with 13 tennis courts was recently opened.

Stock is also a Preferred Builder at Mediterra and has homesites in the Buonasera, Cellini and Felicita neighborhoods of estate-sized single-family homes. A new furnished Regency II model is open. Prices are from the $ 800s.

Mediterra is a 1,700-acre, gated master-planned community in North Naples offering villa homes and single-family residences priced from $ 500,000 to over $ 7 million. Mediterra includes two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, a state-of-the-art golf learning center, a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse, a sports club with pool, tennis, fitness center and spa. The Club at Mediterra is the world’s only private 36-hole facility to be certified with the Audubon International’s Silver Sanctuary program. The private Mediterra Beach Club on the Gulf of Mexico features an elevated swimming pool, spa, expansive sundeck and indoor and al fresco dining overlooking 200 feet of shoreline.

Elsewhere in North Naples, Stock has only one home remaining in Secoya Reserve and 11 in Black Bear Ridge.

Stock Development is marketing home and homesite packages in the 50-acre Black Bear Ridge neighborhood, which is located on Vanderbilt Beach Road east of 1-75. Ten floorplans are offered ranging from 2,062 to 3,172 square feet under air. These single-story and two-story designs include courtyard plans. Black Bear Ridge features extraordinary lifestyle options with a beautiful lakefront clubhouse and pool. It is priced from the low $ 300s.

Stock has also established an impressive resum