TOURtech Announces POWERpingerâ„¢ – A Power Monitoring Solution For Events

RALEIGH, NC:  Event WiFi services provider, TOURtech, has announced POWERpinger™.  It’s the latest addition to TOURtech’s proprietary InSite Dashboard Network Management System and extends InSite’s proactive monitoring capabilites to electrical power.  POWERpinger™ is an IP addressable, in-line device that signals an alarm if the incoming electrical power is disrupted. 

Rapid identification and resolution of root cause of failures are critical in supporting modern Music Festivals where hundreds of thousands of dollars in commerce are transacted over TOURtech’s temporary infrastructure.  When coupled with a basic Uniterruptable Power Supply (UPS), POWERpinger™ eliminates downtime by notifying TOURtech’s technicians of a power loss while still on battery power. 

“Our connection points can be miles apart with thousands of people between them.  Sending an IT technician out when a generator is offline wastes time” said Allen Cook, Founder and CEO of TOURtech. “POWERpinger™ allows us to know if the issue is network or power related and deploy the appropriate resources faster.  Downtime equals lost revenue for our clients.  Anything we can do to mitigate or eliminate these issues provides tremendous value.”

POWERpinger™ is now a standard offering across all TOURtech deployments.

Parker & Sons gives thermostat advice

Parker & Sons, a locally based HVAC, plumbing, and electrical service provider who has served the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area for over forty years has come out with new advice for homeowners and renters who believe that their thermostats aren’t working properly, in an effort to provide assistance to the community in addition to the services they regularly provide.

“Sometimes we get calls and inquiries from people who think that their air conditioning unit is broken, or needs a tune up… and when our team members go out to answer a call, they find that the air conditioning unit is working properly fine and that it’s actually their thermostat that is broken in some way or another,” said Parker & Sons representative, Justine Kelly.

To help homeowners and renters save both time and money when they believe their air conditioning unit might be acting up or working improperly, Kelly said that, depending on the season and time of year, set your thermostat 5 degrees higher or lower, and be sure to check if the correct device turns on in accordance with that temperature change. If not, the problem is more than likely the thermostat itself, of a device within the thermostat.

Likewise, Kelly also said that “many people also forget to switch their air conditioning unit ‘on’ on their main circuit breaker when the season changes,” and neglecting to do so might make it seem like your air conditioning unit isn’t functioning properly. In this fashion, it is also advised that homeowners and renters take a moment to check their wires that connect their air conditioning unit to the main circuit breaker. It could be the case that the wires have become loose, or aren’t properly attached to their designated mounting screws, which leads to air conditioning or heating units not receiving the energy or readings they need from the thermostat.

Ensuring that your thermostat and air conditioning unit are both working and functioning together is what will make your home warm or cool depending on the season. However, if you think that one is broken, make sure to check the other before coming to any immediate conclusions.

Hacking, Fishing and Cannabis Companies, how Pot became the next cyber security target

With the billions of dollars flowing though point of sale systems it’s only been a matter of time before thieves saw the opportunity in cannabis companies networks. Recently a leading software ERP company was hacked and reported attacks that hurt production.  According to the Poneman Institute the average cost of dealing with an attack in the US was valued at $15 million dollars in cost (2015).  

Hardcar Security has recently been deploying offensive cyber security enterprise software to thwart these type of attacks. Todd Kleperis CEO of Hardcar reports “We saw a glaring need in our customers networks, so we filled that with the best leading edge cyber security software we could find. Cannabis companies like any other are vulnerable to cyber security hacks.  It may have been easy to stay hidden before but with the growth in the industry – thieves are targeting cash rich firms. We have part of the solution.”

Hardcar has partnered with several leading software vendors to protect infrastructure and production via the web and internal networks. Hardcar provides cyber security audits, facility fortification, compliance testing, armored transport, employee background checks and a host of other services for the industry. For more information contact info@hardcarsecurity.com

Kentico Rolls Along

Maker of All-in-One CMS, E-commerce, and Online Marketing Platform Drawing More Attention as It Continues to Innovate, Attracts Larger Customers, Closes Bigger Deals

Bedford, New Hampshire, USA, October 28, 2016 — “The times they are a-changin’” claim the famous song lyrics written and sung by Bob Dylan in 1963. But the sentiment also applies today to a fast-growing software company headquartered in Europe called Kentico Software. The company, currently celebrating its 12th anniversary, is on a roll.

Kentico was one of the first companies to introduce the “all-in-one” concept of CMS, E-Commerce, and Online Marketing to meet the needs of digital marketing agencies, at one end of the spectrum, and mid- to large-sized businesses at the other. Founded by Czech software executive Petr Palas, Kentico quickly emerged as an innovator and technology leader, attracting as customers such well-known brands as Gibson, Twinings, Ingram Micro, Mazda, Kingspan, Hunter Fan, Starbucks, and Allergan. Today, Kentico has thousands of customers, a network of more than 1,000 digital agency partners and its products power more than 25,000 websites across 100 countries.

Kentico’s latest success comes amid a deepening presence across North America, EMEA, and APAC. Recent developments include:

  • Debuting in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management (September 2016)
  • Debuting in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals (October 2016)
  • Being rated a “High Performer” in Web Content Management by users of the G2Crowd website (Summer 2016)
  • Securing the largest single sale in Kentico’s 12-year history with a company in the group travel industry
  • Doubling the size of Kentico’s North American office
  • Partnering with IT solutions provider Nextscape, Inc. to expand Kentico’s APAC presence into the Japanese market
  • Launching the 404 Conference, a vendor-agnostic digital marketing event being held at The Mirage, Las Vegas from November 2–4 and featuring a number of industry luminaries including MarketingProfs’ Ann Handley, Digital Clarity Group’s Scott Liewehr, and UnMarketing’s Scott Stratten

“It’s a busy yet rewarding time at the company,” observed Kentico Founder and CEO Petr Palas. “We have never worked harder and gotten more done. But it’s gratifying because these collective efforts are coming to fruition, and many doors are now opening for Kentico for the very first time.”

About Kentico

Kentico is an all-in-one CMS, E-commerce, and Online Marketing platform that drives business results for companies of all sizes, both on-premise or in the cloud. It gives customers and partners powerful, comprehensive tools and customer-centric solutions to create stunning websites and manage customer experiences easily in a dynamic business environment. The Kentico Web Content Management Solution‘s rich selection of out-of-the-box web parts, easy customizations, and open API, quickly gets websites operational. When combined with the full set of integrated solutions, including Online Marketing, E-commerce, Online Communities, and Intranet and Collaboration, Kentico fully optimizes the digital customer experience across multiple channels.

Founded in 2004, Kentico is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner headquartered in the Czech Republic with offices in the US, UK, Netherlands, and Australia. Kentico has 1,000 digital agency partners and powers more than 25,000 websites across 100 countries. Customers include Gibson, Twinings, Ingram Micro, Mazda, Kingspan, Hunter Fan, Starbucks, and Allergan.

Flip.to and b4checkin partner to help hotels convert personal introductions into future guests

ORLANDO, FL — October 28, 2016 — Flip.to—the marketing platform that lets your guests become advocates, introducing your hotel worldwide, attracting travelers and earning new guests—announced its strategic partnership with b4checkin, a hospitality developer and software provider offering cloud-based solutions including chameleon, their next generation hotel booking software.

chameleon adapts to a hotel’s website, offering hoteliers flexible design options rather than a single booking experience. Hoteliers on the platform have the ability to change their front-end experience with just a few clicks. This is in addition to a streamlined booking process and improved experience for guests and hotels alike.

Properties throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean using b4checkin’s chameleon in tandem with Flip.to will now empower guests to share about their upcoming trip to their social networks. By sharing their stay with family and friends, guests become a growing extension of the hotel’s marketing force, making trusted introductions to the hotel, building an ever-growing database of warm leads—a like-minded demographic of travelers with similar travel and purchasing habits—and increasing direct bookings.

Saar Fabrikant, President & CEO at b4checkin commented on the partnership, “chameleon has revolutionized hotel bookings. The shortened and seamless booking process, plus choice of multiple responsive designs drives conversion and revenue for our customers. Layering in Flip.to lets our hotels amplify their booking potential, bringing warm leads back to the hotel website and boosting revenue with an entirely new channel of guests booking direct. It’s been a critical addition to our suite of products.”

Richard Dunbar, Director of Partnerships at Flip.to said, “We’re excited to partner with b4checkin. It means more hotels can convert personal introductions into future guests. Plus, b4checkin’s expansive reach into Canada and the Caribbean allows us to grow our product into these markets as we continue to expand.”

b4checkin offers hoteliers a flexible online booking engine and a suite of products for hospitality management. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, b4checkin serves customers in North America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. For more information, contact Saar Fabrikant at saar@b4checkin.com, or visit www.b4checkin.com.

To get started with Flip.to, the advocacy platform for hotels that reaches, inspires and converts an entirely new global audience every day, take a tour at http://flip.to, or contact Jeff Weibel at jweibel@flip.to.

About Flip.to— Reach, inspire and convert an entirely new global audience of travelers every day with Flip.to.

Flip.to lets your guests introduce your hotel to the world, combining trust with massive reach to travelers just one degree away—warm leads who are the perfect fit. Start building your ever-growing team of advocates who turn meaningful moments into measurable ROI, and instantly see the unmatched impact when you switch on this entirely new channel.

About b4checkin—b4checkin is a developer and provider of an innovative suite of cloud-based software solutions for the hospitality industry. Designed to help hotels better manage online reservations and measure guest satisfaction.

LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR TRAVEL BOOK FOR THE AMAZING READ KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN – ENDS 30 OCTOBER

For Immediate Release:
28 October 2016

 

LAST CHANCE FOR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
FUND AND RACE your unique competitive travel book IN ‘The Amazing Read’ !

 

Wellington, NZ – Writer, blogger and social commentator, Jordan Alexander, has officially launched a Kickstarter campaign for ‘The Amazing Read’, an interactive, competitive travel experience based on her new book, a reality read about online dating: I love you, send money.  The Kickstarter campaign aims to garner widespread support and financial backing to finance the development and printing of the book.  

The Amazing Read is a novel project that creates a “read and race” experience, not only for those involved with the travelling book teams, but also supporters who ‘read & race’ together, share stories and pictures and review the book and thoughts about the important social phenomenon of ‘online dating’.  The objective of The Amazing Read is to be the first team of ten, to race around the globe, cover the most ‘miles’ and build the most distant community in the shortest time. All books are due back in Wellington, New Zealand by 1 June 2017.  The teams with the most miles between stops, and the one that travels the fastest win rewards.

When asked what inspired such a unique concept, Alexander responded, “I just finished my first book, ‘I Love You, Send Money – a wild adventure into online dating’. I got to thinking, how could I create a more adventurous read?I feel that The Amazing Read will bring some fun back into reading,” Said Alexander. “I’ll be blogging about each travelling book ‘driver’ so others get to know them more and we can all have fun living vicariously through the fifty books as they travel around to exotic and maybe not so exotic locations.”

There are only 50 total books in the Amazing Read, exclusively offered on Kickstarter.com. By purchasing one of the 50 limited edition books, a Kickstarter project ‘Backer’ is in the driver seat for the race and decides where the book and race will start.

“My goal is to receive backing for $6,400 to get The Amazing Read – special travel edition of book I Love You, Send Money to the starting line,” says Alexander. “Each supporter will receive the journey highlights video capturing The Amazing Read experience – creating lasting memories for all involved.”

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. ‘Backers’ who support a project on Kickstarter get an inside look at the creative process, and help that project come to life. All ‘Backers’ of the Kickstarter campaign who pledge $20 NZD or more (About $14 USD) will receive a Paperback copy of ‘I Love You, Send Money’, an audiobook, as well as an eBook and newsletter. Different pledge levels will provide a Backer with different rewards. A new “NAKED” reward has been added for those that just want to be a part of The Amazing Read race ($40 NZD or about $28 USD).

The Kickstarter campaign is officially open until October 30, 2016 (PST). For more information about the Kickstarter campaign, visit: http://kck.st/2e0UQ42

 

Contact: Jordan Alexander

Phone: +64 21715599

Email: jordanalexander01@icloud.com

Website: http://kck.st/2e0UQ42

 

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Meet Tucker’s New Trick Shot Sports Dudes – Exclusively at Toys R Us –

Hamilton, NJ – (October 20, 2016) – Show us what you’ve got! The Trick Shot Sports Dudes are ready for action and Tucker Toys is looking for all of your best tricks.

“While kids of all ages might be thinking of ‘out-stunting’  a physical challenge or dangerous trick clip they may have seen online, we want our new Trick Shot Sports dudes to be the fun, safe alternatives while not limiting the creativity, fun and satisfaction of attempting a cool trick shot,” Mark Nathan, CEO of Tucker Toys, explained.

Trick Shot Sports (MSRP $6.99 – $9.99) are a line of sports figure characters with powerful snap action performance that lets players perform table top action and freestyle play in amazing Trick Shot combinations.

The tricks are only limited to a player’s own imagination and Tucker wants to see the best shots. A special website and video channel have been established to allow the best shots to be shared online! Collect all (five, so far) Trick Shot Sports team figures. Choose from Trick Shot basketball, football, baseball, hockey and soccer dudes. Action figure dudes are sold independently or in deluxe sets that include a featured accessory, such as a soccer goal or basketball basket.

Trick Shot Sports is the first action figure style toy from Tucker. It was a natural extension from its play action line of sports balls and freestyle products which includes the top selling E-Z Grip® (Play Ball, Junior, Football and Soccer Ball), Phlat Ball®, Crush-It!® Bat, Zoingo Boingo® Pogo, and ZB Freestyle® Board.

 

About Tucker Toys:

Tucker Toys, based in Hamilton, NJ, brings to market a line of toys with far wider ranges of use, spanning all ages and transforming almost all environments into playable ones. Tucker Toys evolved from marketing only through a few international distributors to nearly 50 countries currently with a strong public outreach, engaging kids and families directly. Every toy created by Tucker has received awards from various prestigious organizations including Mom’s Choice, Parents’ Choice, The National Parenting Center, The Toy Insider and veteran toy marketer Einstein, da Vinci and Goldberg. Most recently, two of Tucker’s toys received special needs approval by AblePlay, a division of Lekotek, proving the versatility of Tucker’s toy innovation that brings value to parents and benefits to children across the spectrum. Products from Tucker Toys include the internationally award-winning Phlat Ball®, Crush-It!® Bat, Zoingo Boingo® Pogo, and the ZB Freestyle® Board, a high-bouncing action sports toy ideal for skateboarding and parkour enthusiasts.

More information is available at TrickShotSports.com TuckerToys.com and to interact with the company, follow us on our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

*Special Needs Approval from Lekotek Center’s AblePlay Award Certification



HAUTE HANDBAG AND HOTEL EXPERIENCE AT THE RENAISSANCE NEW YORK MIDTOWN HOTEL

New York, NY (October 19, 2016) – The newly opened Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel announces the launch of its Haute Handbag and Hotel Package, which includes a one-night stay in the hotel’s most luxurious accommodations — the Empire Suite, a personal consultation and dinner with celebrity bespoke handbag designer Anthony Luciano, and a custom handmade bag for both men and women. Anthony Luciano has crafted one-of-a-kind handbags for notables such as Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, and Cameron Diaz, among others. 

In an increasingly mass market world, the Haute Handbag and Hotel Package offers hotel travelers an authentic Garment District experience to design a custom handbag with renowned craftsman Anthony Luciano.  Known for his attention to detail and incredible collection of vintage handbag clasps, Luciano will give a tour of his workshop and work one-on-one with guests to design their dream handbag.  Anthony crafts leather and exotic skin bags for both men and women.  The Haute Handbag and Hotel Package features:

  • One-night stay in the Empire Suite, a one-bedroom, two-bathroom suite, complete with pool table, library, gourmet kitchen and terrace with views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and city skyline
  • Atelier tour and in-person handbag consultation with Anthony Luciano
  • Custom handmade Anthony Luciano handbag (not included in package pricing; price of handbags start at $1,500)
  • Dinner for two with Anthony Luciano in Rock & Reilly’s, the hotel’s gastropub
  • Welcome amenities upon arrival including a bottle of Charles Heidsieck Champagne and Sterling Caviar
  • Gourmet breakfast for two prepared en suite by the hotel’s chef

The package price starts at $3,499 per night based on double occupancy, subject to availability.  Guests can book by calling 212-239-0014. 

“Partnering with Anthony Luciano on this package is like a dream come true,” says Dianne Pepe, Director of Sales and Marketing, Renaissance NY Midtown Hotel.  “The responsibility of supporting our local artisan designers and neighborhood culture is one that Renaissance takes very personally.  We are thrilled to be able to act as a platform for Mr. Luciano while bringing awareness to the Garment District itself.  The design of the hotel is reflective of the artistic industries that surround us and we are excited to give guests a chance to immerse themselves in this hyper-local, one-of-a-kind experience.”

Located on 35th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, just steps away from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, the hotel melds the best of New York’s music, sports, art and design, celebrating the spirited creative industries that continue to thrive in the surrounding Garment District.  The brand’s “Business Unusual” mantra typifies the unexpected cultural experiences the hotel creates for its next generation business travelers. 

 

Terms & Conditions
All package components are based on availability, blackout dates may apply.  Package pricing does not include taxes.  Preferred handbag purchase price starting at $1,500.00 and is not included in the package pricing, multiple purchases may be made.  Final purchase price will be determined based on the skin and frame chosen. Scheduling of consultation and dinner will be the responsibility of the guest and will be determined based on Mr. Luciano’s availability.  Package is based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates available.  Marriott reward points may not be applied.  Guests must be 21 or over to check into hotel. Other than amenities listed above, package does not include alcohol or gratuities. Reservations must be made directly with hotel by calling 212-239-0014.

 For more information on the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, please call 1-212-239-0014 or visit www.newyorkrenaissance.com

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Maritz Travel Launches New Medical Meetings Offering

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions
 
New Solution Will Enhance HCP Meeting Experiences and Streamline Reporting Processes

 

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 19, 2016) – Maritz Travel – A Maritz Global Events Company – today announced the launch of Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™. This solution brings to market new technology, people and processes to help life science companies deliver better, more compliant medical meeting experiences and simplify their reporting processes.

“We developed Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ in direct response to the most pressing challenges facing medical meeting planners today,” said Maritz Travel President Steve O’Malley. “We’re committed to helping pharmaceutical and medical device companies navigate a complex regulatory climate to deliver better healthcare provider (HCP) experiences and drive results for their companies.”

Through Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™, life sciences companies can access:

  • Aggregate Spend Reporting – Maritz Travel partnered with Polaris, a leading compliance software company, to develop a user-friendly HCP reporting system for medical meetings management. The system consolidates all HCP expense and event data to provide a user-friendly compliance report for planners to upload into their company’s reporting system.
  • Compliance Expertise – Led by the company’s new Senior Director of Healthcare Compliance, Pat Schaumann, Maritz Travel’s certified team of 35+ Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate (HMCC) certified professionals have the expertise to deliver a compliant medical meeting and exceptional HCP experience. This compliance expertise complements Maritz Travel’s years of experience serving the healthcare market.
  • Comprehensive Processes – The Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ event process starts by understanding a company’s business and regulatory requirements and includes multiple compliance checkpoints throughout the event lifecycle.

“I’ve trained more than a thousand medical meetings professionals through the HMCC program, and heard first-hand about the challenges these companies face,” said Schaumann. “Now, I’m proud to help bring the industry’s most comprehensive solution to market.”

For more information on Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ and additional resources on medical meetings planning, please visit www.maritztravel.com/healthcare.

About Maritz Travel – A Maritz Global Events Company

Maritz Travel is one of the world’s most experienced event management companies. Top meeting planners, sales operations and procurement teams at Fortune 100 companies trust Maritz Travel to deliver meetings, events and incentive travel programs that drive business results. Maritz Travel’s core services include strategic event design, sourcing, logistics, communications, registration and housing, technology, measurement and analysis, and on-site support. Through Maritz Global Events, Maritz Travel is part of an industry-leading family of brands that also includes Experient and Maritz Journeys. For more information about Maritz Travel, visit www.maritztravel.com.

About Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions

Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ is a full-service medical meetings and events provider. We help medical device and pharmaceutical companies deliver compliant HCP meeting experiences and streamline reporting processes.

We understand that managing meetings and events in the healthcare industry isn’t easy. Today’s regulations add risk, increase the cost of doing business and complicate the planning process. 

Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ has the experience, expertise and technology capabilities to help companies meet these challenges. In 2015 alone, we managed more than 2,000 healthcare meetings (domestically and globally), including product launches, advisory boards, investigator meetings and speaker trainings.

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David Bowie: Seminal Images from Geoff MacCormack Released by Modern Rocks Gallery

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) — Modern Rocks Gallery is extremely honored and proud to announce a new, US exclusive, signed limited edition collection of David Bowie photographs from Geoff MacCormack.

MacCormack was David Bowie’s school friend, travel companion, band member and “holiday snapper” as he would refer to himself. Geoff toured with Bowie on the Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust tours as a backing singer and percussionist, and as a backing singer, dancer and mime artist on the Diamond Dogs tour and as a backing singer on the Young Americans tour. During this incredible period in his life, Geoff had unique access to his friend and even got to hang out on the set of “The Man Who fell To Earth” as a completely inappropriate stand in for Bowie.

Many of the images in this collection were shot on the set of the movie “The Man Who Fell To Earth,” which was recently re-released. Other images were taken in the studio recording “Station to Station,” and some feature behind the scenes images from Bowie’s tour in Russia, mainly in Moscow and on the Trans Siberian Express, back in a time when western photographers were not allowed.

Bowie’s official website recently referred to these shots as the most beautiful photographs of David Bowie ever taken. They are available to fans and collectors as unique, signed limited editions, exclusive to Modern Rocks Gallery here in the US and printed to the highest quality in standard US sizes.

MacCormack’s collection is available online or in the Austin-based Modern Rocks Gallery at 916 Springdale Rd, Canopy Building 3 #103, Austin 78702.

Learn more about the gallery and its collection of rock and roll photography at www.modernrocksgallery.com.