Saturday, April 30, 2011

GammaTech Showing Off New Line of Notebooks at the 2011 Joint Warfighting Conference

GammaTech DurabookGammaTech Computer Corporation, one of the world's major manufacturers and suppliers of innovative notebook and tablet computers, is all set to show off its new Durabook line of rugged notebooks including the new S15C and U12C during the 2011 Joint Warfighting Conference. The conference will take place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia from May 10 until May 12, 2011.

GammaTech makes products that are rugged, durable and rigorously tested. They are designed to withstand the most demanding of situations whether it be in the field or at the office or even for transportation. There are three models that are set to be shown, all of which are built to Military Standards for drop, shock, spill and dust protection. Models offer security features like Fingerprint Recognition, Smart Card Reader and TPM 1.2 support. They can also all be configured to meet the user's unique requirements.

The U12C features a 12.1" WXGA touchscreen TFT LED backlight display that can easily convert into a tablet PC. The device is encased in magnesium and has also been tested to MIL-STD-819G standards for drop, shock and spill protection. All of the ports also have protective coverings as well. The U12C is powered by the Intel i5 processor to maximize speed and data management.

The S15C comes equipped with a 15.6" HD display and is also powered by the Intel i5 or i7 processor. Standard features include an RS232 serial port, TPM 1.2 data security and a Smart Card Reader. You can also get Bluetooth 2.1 as well as a 1.3 megapixel web cam. This device is also encased in magnesium and is tested to MIL-STD-810G specifications for drop, shock and spill protection.

The final device is the D14RM which is drop, shock and spill resistant and is designed specifically for road warriors. The device is powered by Intel Montevina technology giving it a nice performance boost. This device also features a 14.1" WXGA display and an LED backlight illuminated keyboard. Standard features include a Smart Card Reader, fingerprint scanner, TPM 1.2 technology, four USB ports and one HDMI port.

Source: PRLog - GammaTech to Display Rugged Notebook at 2011 Joint Warfighting Conference

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Helpful Tips for Your First Trade Show

technology conventionsWith all the advancements in technology taking the physical meeting aspect out of business meetings or board room conferences, there really is no substitute for the good ol' fashioned face-to-face meeting one gets at a trade show or event. In the United States alone there are around 2,200 trade shows and industry expos held annually, however, this number is down almost 25% from the past three to four years. The good news is that a lot of new shows are popping their heads up this year and some discontinued ones have seen new life sparked into them and attendance is expected to improve.

If you run a small business and you want a higher profile in your industry or are looking for new clients, new partnerships or are needing to get up to par on certain trends, you should consider exhibiting or at least attending a show this year. Here are a few helpful tips and practices for getting the most out of your trade show without breaking the bank.

Budget Your Time. Familiarize yourself with the layout of the show floor and the schedule of events. Once you do this, plan your time accordingly. Try to talk with the event manager in advance and request a list of past attendees and pre-registrants.

Partner to Save. A lot of small companies often split rental fees on exhibit space with two to three other small businesses that complement them. By doing this you can save money and maybe even make a few new contacts while you're at it.

Know Your Goal. You need to determine whether or not you will be selling a product or taking orders at your show. This is known as a Contract Event. Otherwise, you will be meeting people and forming relationships in what is known as a Contact Event.

Go Minimalist. It is possible to purchase a reusable, fabric-covered back wall for your booth at a pretty cheap price (around $500). You can also get a folding easel for around $20. You could split these costs with your partners if you want to. The wall can be shipped to your hotel or be folded up and checked as baggage.

Give It Time. If you do plan on attending a show, don't try to squeeze it all into one half-day or a few hours, especially if this is one of the biggest events in your industry.

Tell the Manager About Your Company. Reporters for industry publications typically ask the general manager for tips on new exhibitors they can profile during the event. If you talk to the event manager, then they may tell the trade press about you. It's like free press, what can be better?

Rent Your Technology. If you need something like a laptop, computer, monitor or plasma display, you should know that you do not always need to buy it. Why spend all that money on something that you will only be using once or twice a year? Renting technology can save you a lot of time and money and is extremely convenient for trade shows and events.

So there you have it, some helpful tips to guide you through your first trade show, convention or event. These tips can make your first experience exponentially better than most others and will definitely give you some much needed advice.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek - When It Pays to Spend on Trade Shows

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Friday, April 01, 2011

Octavius Convention Center Receives LEED Silver Certification

Caesars Entertainment Corporation logoThe expansion of the Octavius Convention Center at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino by the Caesars Entertainment Corporation has just been awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and was also verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. According to Eric Dominguez, Corporate Director, Energy & Environmental Services for Caesars Entertainment, "The attainment of LEED Silver Certification for the Octavius Convention Center is a large achievement for Caesars Entertainment and its conservation and sustainability efforts. By using less energy and water, the convention center will effectively save environmental resources and decrease our greenhouse gas emission, contributing to a healthier environment for our employees and the community." The 110,000 square feet of available space, as well as the 52,000-square-foot ballrooms, both of which were completed by Design and Construction Group , was given the prestigious green building certification as a result of its sustainable building and operations practices to conserve energy and water. The Octavius Convention Center earned a total of 35 points for its green design and construction features like energy efficient lighting and water smart fixtures. "Caesars Entertainment's LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership," said President, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Rick Fedrizzi. The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Octavius Convention Center expansion project serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish." Dominguez stated that the Octavius Convention Center will be the first of many LEED certified buildings at Caesars' properties in the United States. Caesars Entertainment leads the meetings and conventions industry in sustainability via its green meetings certification program and employee-driven practices. Employees at the company can become certified by attending a two-day course on green meeting planning strategies and initiatives and by completing a comprehensive sustainability exam on which they must score a 100% to obtain certification. There are 12 employees in Atlantic City and over 100 in Nevada who have received the certification and are working with companies to plan events with minimal environmental impact and waste. Source: PR Newswire - Octavius Convention Center Awarded LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council

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