Green Cities Conference Releases Municipal Survey Data

Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) April 30, 2009

The Green Cities™ Florida Conference (May 20-21 in Orlando) today announced the results of its Sustainability Initiatives & Priorities Survey which targeted 100 cities in Central Florida earlier this month. Nearly 40 cities responded to the study, sharing programs which cover everything from renewable energies and water conservation to community education and green work force development.

The study asked each participant to share their most important programs and initiatives, while letting conference organizers know what topics they wanted to learn more about in its programming. To follow are the top priorities they shared:

1. Alternative water supplies and water conservation as a whole

2. How emerging technologies will be used in conservation efforts

3. How to market sustainability to the public

4. Green house gas reduction strategies

5. How the American Recovery and Investment Act will affect job growth and retention

6. How to apply for funding to assist with the implementation of sustainable initiatives

7. Implementing renewable energies in new building technologies

8. LEED certification requirements

9. Cost benefit of implementing green practices

10. How municipalities can influence policy makers to allocate funds to help achieve greening goals

Based on local initiatives and programming information, the following cities and their programs were highlighted in the study:

Orlando –

Through grant money provided by the Department of Energy, Orange County is currently installing a 1 megawatt (MG) solar array atop the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, making it the largest solar array of its kind in the Southeast. In addition the City of Orlando has established, Green Works Business, an educational program designed to provide the Orlando business community with comprehensive best practices for sustainability in business.

Deland –

The City of Deland has systematically changed its water program to encourage conservation by adopting a tier structured rate program and rebates for customers who switch to energy star appliances.

Jacksonville –

Jacksonville has Florida’s 2nd largest community owned utility, JEA, which generates green energy by burning methane gas from one of the city’s sewage treatment plants and from several local landfills, capturing the energy that would be lost if they merely burned off the gas.

South Daytona –

Pinellas Park enforces landscaping codes which “green” the city, encouraging use of native drought resistant plants, reclaimed water usage and shading of parking lots. In addition, they city has purchased hybrid vehicles for use by city workers in select departments.

Clearwater –

The City of Clearwater has started monitoring and tracking energy use within government buildings. After current usage rates are determined, the city will develop a plan to reduce energy use. The same methodology will be followed for solid waste, recycling, and water use.

Tallahassee –

Tallahassee’s city bus service, StarMetro has park and ride routes called 80X routes. These routes service the community’s highly populated suburbs, offering free Wi-Fi and over 88 i-stops which are stand-alone solar powered bus shelters, providing increased safety for evening riders while utilizing renewable energies for power.

Venice –

The City of Venice recently began green planning efforts by adopting the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Additionally, funding has been secured for formal application towards Florida Green Building Coalition’s (FGBC) Local Government Green Standards through the Planning Department, and certification by both the City Engineer and Building Official through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The Green Cities™ Conference will offer a high-tech, interactive, outcome based, portfolio of seminars on sustainable solutions, presented by the nation’s leading green business, government, business, and technology experts. Green Cities™ prepares business and government with specific tactics for participating in this growing green economy. There will be over 70 presenters and more than 1,200 expected attendees.

“Florida businesses want to go green, and so do their host cities.” says Joseph Malki, Founder of the national conference series. “Our Green Cities events provide the practical how-to’s from successful innovators across sectors of industry and government management.”

Early bird registration for Green Cities™ Florida ends May 11th and scholarships are available for students and some nonprofit groups. For more information, please visit and


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Orlando, FL (PRWEB) April 6, 2011

Following the success of’s travel-related iPhone application, the company recently released new apps for the Android operating system and Apple iPad, as well as an enhancement update to their existing iPhone application. is a brand of Travel Media Group and a division of Dominion Enterprises.

The apps are designed to help travelers find hotel coupons and deals on the devices that get the majority of their attention. While customers are still able to print coupons from and bring in coupons from Room Saver’s printed travel guides, the GPS-enabled mobile and tablet applications will allow customers to quickly search, locate and access coupons or call hotels in the areas where they are traveling. These applications also provide travelers the opportunity to share these deals with their friends via social media platforms and email.

“Mobile browsing continues to gain exposure in the hotel industry,” explained Mark Novak, vice president/general manager of Travel Media Group, “and it is important that travelers have a method to search for the best hotel deals available. Launching applications on both Apple’s iOS and the Android platform allows us to get our hoteliers’ message in front of an ever-growing demographic. We will continue forging a new path to marketing the best hotel deals whether pc or mobile based.”

Both the Apple iPad and Apple iPhone apps can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes App Store and require users to be operating iOS 3.2 or later. The Android app can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace and requires users to be operating Android 2.1 and up. All apps are free of charge and have features that allow users to view discount hotel coupons and recent searches and also save their favorites. An interactive map can zoom in and out and assist in pinpointing the exact location of hotels.

“The new apps are just another way for our customers to be able to access hotel deals and information at their fingertips,” explained Patrick O’Brien, business development manager with Travel Media Group. “While some enjoy searching the Room Saver guide and cutting coupons, we know that the mobile and tablet apps will benefit our travelers who are always on the go. The introduction of these apps is a fun and useful way to help our customers plan their trips.”

On March 9, Dr. Bernd Fauser, head of global travel top accounts for Google, revealed at their Future of Travel session that 10% of all Google search for travel is now conducted on mobile devices. From these mobile searches, 70% of mobile hotel bookings are for the same day. Dr. Fauser also forecasted that in 2013 we will see mobile users outweigh desktop users. As mobile search and bookings continue their dramatic increase in the travel industry,’s new applications will make it easier to accommodate these travelers’ needs.

“No matter where they are,” O’Brien said, “people are always looking to get the best deal on their hotel room, and now these opportunities are easy to access from anywhere. This will make business and leisure travel that much more enjoyable and affordable for everyone.”

About, created in 1999, is the online partner of the RoomSaver print guide. The website lists discounts on over 5,000 hotels in 50 states, offering the best rates on hotels throughout the country. unites the traveler and hotelier online, improving the way people research, locate and advertise hotel rooms. RoomSaver is a division of Dominion Enterprises and Travel Media Group, which also operates

About Dominion Enterprises

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., with 4,900 employees nationwide, the company provides a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions, more than 40 market-leading Web sites, and 280 magazines. For more information, visit

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E-Control Systems releases its new and improved Dashboard Software for Wireless Temperature Monitoring

Sherman Oaks, CA (PRWEB) February 2, 2011

E-Control Systems (, the industry leader in wireless temperature monitoring systems, releases FusionLive™ version 3.8 wireless temperature monitoring software, featuring a new and improved, fully-integrated dashboard including new features for healthcare, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, and the food processing/manufacturing industries.

Fueling operational efficiency and cost reductions, the new Dashboard seamlessly integrates FusionLive™ 3.8 Asset Management, Preventative Maintenance, Monitoring, and Reporting modules. The Dashboard provides a complete snapshot of the entire operation’s status. The user-interface is streamlined with a horizontal layout, drag-and-drop, customizable views, user-based default settings, and improved workflow. In-line editing, based on permission and security settings, enables on-the-fly configuration changes.

FusionLive™ 3.8 offers improved reporting and report-filtering. New Maintenance Reports track statistical information and cost related to assets with graphical and pictorial views of data. Alarm and ticket detail or list views are more readily accessible. Audit Log Reports track all system activity from inquiries to configuration changes with time-stamps and log-in traceability. The reports facilitate accountability, security, and regulatory compliance such as Title 21CFR Part 11, HACCP, and JCAHO. FusionLive™ 3.8 also allows each sensor to be calibrated and validated up to 5 points (5-point calibration).

“With FusionLive’s latest features and Dashboard, keeping tabs on your operation doesn’t get any easier. You can easily focus on your broad or specific area of responsibility. From the hospital’s Pharmacist to the school’s Kitchen Manager, FusionLive™ empowers each person across the organization to do their job more efficiently,” according to Terry Fischer, Vice President of E-Control Systems. FusionLive™ streamlines equipment temperature management with maintenance processes, creating unparalleled potential for increasing equipment efficiencies and cost-cutting across the organization.

FusionLive™ provides substantial advantages to the Healthcare environment by automating the collection of FDA required data and simplifying Title 21 CFR Part 11, JCAHO, and HACCP compliance. E-Control Systems’ solutions improve operational efficiency, prevent costly inventory losses, and eliminate labor-intensive documentation. FusionLive™ monitors and sends alarm notifications for ultra-low to high temperature (NIST Traceable) ranges as well as humidity, differential pressure, and other critical points throughout the operation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the Pharmacy to Nutrition Services.

Whether part of a school district, hospital, restaurant, or manufacturing facility, FusionLive™ also provides far-reaching benefits for the food processing and foodservice operation. E-Control Systems’ solutions facilitate HACCP documentation and compliance, ensuring food safety, preventing product loss, and eliminating labor-intensive procedures. FusionLive™ monitors and sends alarm notifications for temperature in food or equipment as well as door openings, humidity, refrigerant leaks, compressor run-time, power interruption, and other critical points throughout your facility, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the Kitchen or Cafeteria to Food Processing Facilities.

About E-Control Systems, Inc.

E-Control Systems, Inc. is a pioneer in the development and deployment of the innovative HACCP and JCAHO wireless temperature monitoring systems. With thousands of installations of the IntelliSense™ and IntelliCheck™ wireless solutions and FusionLive™ software, E-Control Systems provides any Food Service or Manufacturing Operation, Healthcare Facility, or related business with a comprehensive system for monitoring the entire operation.

To learn more about E-Control Systems, Inc. please visit us online at or call 1-888-384-3274.

E-Control Systems Contact:

Avi Bernstein


Tel: 888-384-3274 / 818-783-5229

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403


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StrikeIron Releases the Contact Verification Suite for Healthcare

Cary, NC (Vocus/PRWEB) February 17, 2011

StrikeIron, the market and technology leader for cloud-based contact data verification solutions, announces the release of the Contact Verification Suite for Healthcare during the upcoming 2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 20-24, 2011, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Recognized as one of the premier conferences in the healthcare industry, HIMSS11 brings together healthcare professionals across the globe for this annual gathering. StrikeIron’s Contact Verification Suite for Healthcare improves the accuracy of patient contact information for hospitals and healthcare systems, where valid contact information is critical for enabling effective bill collection, follow-up care and on-going communications.

StrikeIron will be demonstrating the Contact Verification Suite for Healthcare at booth 6488 on the HIMSS exhibit floor. This product addresses healthcare IT needs to seamlessly verify the accuracy of contact information in real time as the data is gathered. The suite was designed for integration into patient admissions systems or to perform verification on existing data such as in MPI (Master Patient Index) solutions and includes: Address Verification, Email Verification, Phone Number Validation, and ZIP and Postal Code Information. As the adoption of digital records increase in healthcare, follow-up communications and collections are improved by ensuring patient databases are populated with the most accurate data at the point of entry.

All services are delivered Data as a Service (DaaS) via StrikeIron’s proven cloud infrastructure eliminating needs for new hardware, data updates or ongoing maintenance. Additionally, the secure, transactional architecture of the StrikeIron cloud minimizes any chance of ePHI (Electronic Protected Health Information) violations.

“This suite easily facilitates the management of patient contact data while adhering to regulatory requirements,” said Sean O’Leary, StrikeIron’s President and CEO. “During the 2011 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition we can work with individuals one-on-one to illustrate how our data quality solutions improve electronic health record systems. We are excited to be a part of improving the quality of healthcare though cloud based technology solutions.”

StrikeIron’s Contact Verification Suite for Healthcare was created to help organizations keep accurate contact information for their patients. StrikeIron’s Contact Verification Suite for Healthcare is available now. Contact StrikeIron at 1.866.562.3920, email sales(at)strikeiron(dot)com or visit for more information.

About StrikeIron

StrikeIron™ provides innovative Data-as-a-Service solutions enabling accurate business data and communication functionality. The cloud-based data quality solutions allow business users, enterprise IT professionals and application developers access to customized, real-time functionality within enterprise, Web and cloud-based applications.


HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which 68% work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, and research initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at

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AAA Releases Tips on Avoiding Winter Driving Dangers

Oakland, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 04, 2011

As many regions across Northern and Central California are bracing for possible snow, rain, and cold temperatures over the next few days, AAA Northern California urges motorists to get their vehicles ready and to refresh their winter driving skills.

“Although summer auto crashes are more often fatal, fall and winter have the highest number of weather-related crashes, deaths and injuries,” reports Matt Skryja, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “The combination of poorly maintained vehicles and driver error, along with loss of visibility and slick roads, causes thousands of preventable crashes each year.”

Preparing the vehicle is the first step in improving a driver’s chances of safe winter driving. There are many ways to winterize a car.

Check the systems. Make brakes, defroster, heater, exhaust system, and lights work properly. Change the blades in the wipers and check the level and condition of the antifreeze.

Inspect the tires. Good tread allows the water to escape from under the tires and increases traction. Keep tires at proper pressure. Low pressure allows the tread to squeeze together and reduces traction. Too-high pressure prevents the tread from contacting the road thoroughly.

Keep a full gas tank. In winter it may become necessary to change routes, idle for long periods of time, travel slowly, or turn around in a storm. A full gas tank allows drivers to do these maneuvers without worrying about running out of fuel.

Keep the windshield and windows clear. Have a snow brush and ice scraper in the vehicle. Clean off the roof of the vehicle and the windows. Use the car’s defroster or a clean cloth to “defog” the inside of the windows.

Carry an emergency kit and AAA card. Items to include in the kit are a flashlight, first-aid kit, flares or emergency triangles, window washer fluid, tool kit, blanket or sleeping bag, gloves, paper towels, drinking water, and extra food. Also include abrasive material such as sand, salt or non-clumping cat litter, and a small shovel to free the vehicle if it becomes stuck.

Include chains. Remember, chains must be installed on the “drive” wheels of the vehicle.

Carry an extra car key. Many motorists lock themselves out of their vehicles when installing chains or attending to weather-related problems.

It’s not enough to prepare a vehicle for winter. Brush up on these tips for adapting to driving techniques for winter weather conditions.

Adjust speed for the weather. SLOW DOWN. Keep in mind that a vehicle needs at least three times more distance to stop on slick roads.

Increase the following distance. To safely stop, a vehicle needs a minimum of four to eight seconds between it and the vehicle in front.

Be alert. Learn to “read” road conditions to anticipate a hazard in time to react safely. Bridges, overpasses, and shaded spots are a special danger because ice often forms first in these areas.

Steer clear of collisions. Learn to take evasive action by steering around a situation to avoid collisions. Steering is preferred to braking at speeds above 25 mph because less distance is required to steer around an object than to brake to a stop. In winter weather, sudden braking often leads to skids.

Recognize hydroplaning hazards. Even a small amount of water on the road can cause a vehicle to hydroplane. One-twelfth of an inch of water between the tires and the road means each tire has to displace one gallon of water a second. To reduce the chances of hydroplaning slow down, avoid hard braking or sharp turns, drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead, and increase the following distance.

React to trouble quickly. If you there is trouble, pull completely off to the side of the road, turn on the hazard lights, light flares or place emergency triangles, signal for help, and stay in the vehicle with the seatbelt on. Call for help on a cell phone. Remember to keep the AAA card handy for these types of emergencies.

Know how to drive in the fog. Visibility in fog can deteriorate in a moment. The rapid loss of visibility creates serious driving hazards. The following are specific driving tips for fog.

Drive with lights on low beam.

Reduce speed.

Listen for traffic that cannot be seen. Open windows if necessary.

Use wipers and defroster for maximum visibility.

Be patient! Don’t switch lanes unnecessarily.

Unless absolutely necessary, don’t stop on any freeway or other heavily traveled road.

If possible, postpone a trip until the fog has lifted.

About AAA

AAA is one of the top five insurance providers in the state of California with nearly 1 million car insurance (auto insurance) policyholders and insuring approximately 1.7 million cars in California. AAA’s insurance company, the California State Automobile Association Inter Insurance Bureau, began offering auto insurance in 1914. One out of every five cars on Northern California roads is insured by AAA.

Homeowners insurance was added in 1974 and has become California’s fourth-largest insurer of residential property. In addition to auto insurance and home insurance, AAA offers motorcycle insurance, watercraft insurance, motorhome insurance, renters insurance, rental property insurance, flood insurance, umbrella insurance, travel insurance and life insurance to customers in approximately 20 states, including Nevada and Utah.


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NCH Australia releases solution to fight rust and save time and money

Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) October 08, 2011

The ready-to-use solution does not require any pre-surface treatment and does not leave any rust behind that may lead to future corrosion.

NCH Australia designed the rust converter so it can also be used as a high quality primer for multiple surfaces.

In addition to converting the rust and corrosion Chelade creates a black polymeric protective barrier resistant to renewed oxidation and deterioration. The protective surface is an ideal base for new paint layers.

Rust is a highly destructive force able to compromise and destroy expensive building materials, mechanical parts and exposed surfaces. When investigating the removal and treatment of rust, NCH Australia found that it frequently proves extremely labour intensive, resulting in high costs for businesses.

NCH Australia went beyond conventional approaches when designing Chelade with the aim of cutting labour time while producing longer lasting protection. Its proven ready-to-use formulation does not require sandblasting, grinding or scraping before application. This unique time saving feature could greatly reduce potential labour costs.

NCH Australia Marketing Manager, Owen Rowe, said; ?Chelade is an ideal solution to this kind of problem and has the potential to save hundreds of dollars in maintenance and replacement costs while minimising business interruption. It provides a long-term solution that is versatile enough to work on nearly any surface where rust forms.?

A recent case study affirms NCH Australia?s claims, as it shows the structural integrity of the material can be saved it Chelade is used as soon as rust appears.

?Chelade was applied to a rusted tin roof that was putting at risk the safety of workers and equipment in the office underneath, quickly and effectively converting the rust and creating an impervious polymeric protective barrier that ensured no further rust could form.?

About NCH Australia

NCH Australia is the parent company of Chemsearch and Mantek Australia and is the Australian division of NCH Corporation. NCH Corporation is a maintenance, repair and supply business with a more than 90-year heritage, operating in over 60 countries. With over 10,000 associates to meet its client?s needs, NCH is firmly focused on delivering cost effective solutions to its clients worldwide.


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DWTickets Releases the DW Savers GuideBook, a Free eBook Offering Information and Tips for a Great Orlando Vacation

Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 5, 2010

The DW Savers GuideBook is a free gift, and a wonderful resource, for vacationers visiting Orlando, Florida, and all its amazing theme parks and attractions. This 24 page color eBook is full of information regarding the Walt Disney World

Ocean Florida Releases Exclusive Two for One Florida Deals

(Vocus/PRWEB) 16 March 2011

Florida holiday specialists Ocean Florida have released the details of an exclusive summer holiday deal. The offer allows customers to spend two weeks in the Sunshine State for the price of one in August 2011. Harry Hastings, director of Ocean Florida, comments: “This is an incredible deal for families looking to travel to Florida this coming summer – as a two-week trip it will allow our customers to enjoy and explore this beautiful state.”

The exclusive deal includes direct flights with Thomas Cook Airlines from Manchester to Sanford Orlando, and a Kids Eat Free Pass for every child. Accommodation is provided in the Best Western Lakeside which is located just two miles from Walt Disney World Resort: the hotel has various dining options on site.

Hastings believes that this offer is the best way to see one of Florida’s finest attractions: Walt Disney World Resort. He comments: “This flight and hotel package will take Ocean Florida customers straight to Orlando, within miles of some of the greatest theme parks in the world. With two weeks in Florida they will have more than enough time to explore Walt Disney World Resort and enjoy all the excellent rides and attractions there.”

Hastings expects many customers to take up this exclusive offer and plan long holidays in Florida. He concludes: “This deal is a very unique opportunity for people to book a 14-day trip to Florida without spending a great deal of money: fares currently start at

Xactware Releases Aerial Sketch for Xactimate

Orem, UT (PRWEB) February 18, 2011

The new Aerial Sketch™ tool in the latest version of Xactware’s industry-leading property repair estimating solution helps insurers and contractors use high-resolution aerial photos to dimension roofs.

With Aerial Sketch, now available in Xactimate 27.3, property insurance professionals can download aerial images and then trace key roof features, such as edges, ridges, and valleys, to produce fully functional 3-D roof sketches that can be used to estimate replacement costs.

“Obtaining roof measurements can be a nerve-racking adventure,” said Jeffrey C. Taylor, Xactware’s assistant vice president of Xactimate, “especially when weather or site conditions make it difficult to get access to all the areas of a roof that need to be measured. Aerial Sketch makes it easier, faster, and safer to get dimensions. Estimators can have roof dimensions in Xactimate even before they visit the site.”

When a claim involving roof damage is assigned, an estimator can download images of the loss site to Aerial Sketch. By outlining the shape of the roof, the estimator can generate a detailed roof plan and a 3-D rendering of the roof. Roof measurements can be adjusted easily, and quantities are automatically calculated so estimators can quickly determine the materials needed to repair the roof.

When a building is a total loss, the aerial images provide dimensions that are no longer available at the site and other critical details, such as the number of roof penetrations, the type of roof, exterior finishes, and so forth.

“Aerial Sketch is an important new tool that will help estimators work more efficiently and more effectively,” Taylor said.

Visit to learn more about Aerial Sketch.

About Xactware

Xactware Solutions (Xactware) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Verisk Analytics specializing in the property insurance, remodeling, and restoration industries. Xactware’s technology tools include software estimating programs for PCs and tablet PCs, as well as powerful online systems for replacement-cost calculations, estimate tracking, and data trending in real time. For more information about Xactware’s products and services, call Xactware at 1-800-424-9228 or contact us online.

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