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TK’Blue, rating transport to improve its economic and societal performance

PRESS RELEASE - 23-sept.-2016 22:09:36
  Founded in 2011, TK’Blue is an accreditation and rating agency specializing in goods transport. It takes the form of a service platform for the sector’s various players – carriers, shippers and freight forwarders – covering all modes of transport: road, rail, sea, river and air. In line with EU directives, it allows organizations to evaluate and manage the societal and environmental impact of their transport operations, taking into account all the negative externalities engendered (greenhouse gases/CO 2 , particles, pollution, noise, congestion, accidents, etc.). TK’Blue accredits carriers based on an online questionnaire, awarding them a TK’T score in the process. The score is directly proportional to the quality of their equipment, their facilities and the training they offer their drivers. This accreditation is free of charge for road haulage firms. The analytical criteria used are tailored to the specificities of each mode of transport and were selected and validated by experts, scientists and European transport professionals. The TK’T score is the first to offer shippers an objective assessment of the performance they can expect from the transport fleets of their service providers, allowing them to identify any improvement areas to work on with the latter. Shippers can also take advantage of detailed and constantly updated environmental and societal information regarding their transport operations. This allows them to perfectly meet the latest reporting requirements in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and their CSR commitment. TK’Blue’s current clients are major shippers (Carrefour, Procter&Gamble, Sanofi, Castorama, METRO, Adisseo, BIC, Bekaert, Schneider Electric, Séphora, etc.) and thousands of carriers in Europe Philippe Mangeard, President and Founder of the agency, underlined its ambition to “Improve the economic and environmental performance of the transport services provided to shippers by raising the profile of carriers that offer the best equipment and personnel, thereby going beyond a rationale that focuses solely on the price of transport and boosting the reliability, security and punctuality of operations”. Bolstered by its success in France, the TK’Blue agency is now keen to place its innovative service platform at the disposal of international clients, particularly in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. It is currently seeking partners and customers who will act as early adopters in these countries.     About TK’Blue: TK’Blue is a non-financial transport rating agency that takes the form of a service platform. It evaluates, rates and values the environmental performance of every stakeholder in the chain – be they carriers, freight forwarders or shippers – in accordance with the legal and regulatory requirements relating to CO 2 emissions and CSR, at both national and European level. Its cross-European governance, which includes more than 60 individuals representing the logistics chain’s various stakeholders, experts and operators, enhances its legitimacy, as well as its credibility, evolution, fitness for purpose and independence in the long term.   TK’Blue and environmental analysis specialists Vigeo Eiris signed a methodological partnership in 2016. For more information, visit: https://www.tkblueagency.eu   For more information:     TK’Blue Agency   Contacts:   In English: Karim Nemouchi – karim.nemouchi@tkblueagency.eu - +33 7 68 64 16 35 In German: François Mebs – francois.mebs@tkblueagency.eu - +33 6 78 60 37 42   info@tkblueagency.eu   www.tkblueagency.eu  

Oceasoft on Twitter

PRESS - 21-mars-2014 17:55:13
Innovative French company, Oceasoft, specializing in wireless datalogging solutions to track temperature, humidty, and other environmental parameters in research, health, and food sectors is now on Twitter. Follow Oceasoft for the most up-to-date news and other industry related information @Oceasoft !   OCEASOFT Corporate Backgrounder Industry overview In many industry sectors, there is an increasing need for monitoring temperature and other environmental parameters to ensure that products, ranging from perishable foods to blood samples to life-science research products, remain under tightly-controlled conditions. The requirement for reliable, traceable, monitoring is based many factors, including potential health dangers, financial risks, and regulatory constraints. Labs, cold-rooms, and storage facilities of all kinds can easily be equipped with a variety of sensors to monitor specific conditions that are important for each specific situation. Many types of sensors are available to track projects, products and research projects that require stable conditions. With automatic datalogging systems, these conditions can be tracked 24 hours a day, and alerts can be sent automatically in case anomalies are detected. Company overview Anomalies can occur even with the best storage and refrigeration equipment, cabinets, containers, and incubators. Nobody can prevent every power outage, freezer compressor failure, or defective thermostat. Addressing the absence of effective monitoring solutions in many life science research organizations, OCEASOFT was created in 1999 with the goal of providing technologies to help clients protect their temperature-sensitive goods and services. Today, OCEASOFT offers a complete line of sensor-based monitoring solutions, including flexible and robust client-server wireless networking and mobile applications, for hospitals, research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, food services, perishable goods suppliers, as well as logistics, distribution, and shipping companies. OCEASOFT solutions represent a reliable way for clients to protect their goods and biological samples over the cold-chain in fixed and mobile situations. With its products distributed worldwide through a network of qualified distributors, and a growing portfolio of sector-leading clients, OCEASOFT meets monitoring needs by providing sensor-based solutions that respect the need for reliability and traceability. Key features of OCEASOFT solutions include: digital and analog sensor monitoring, programmable data transmission, a complete back-end data management, user access, and automated alert system. The company has its own ISO 17025 (COFRAC) certified laboratory for calibrating many types of sensors, including extreme temperature ranges. With increasing international presence, and ongoing R&D efforts in today’s fast-moving mobile, smartphone, and Cloud technologies, OCEASOFT engineers are constantly expanding the company’s pool of solutions available to clients. The company’s success 2 of 3 in serving mission-critical applications has helped transform the company from an ambitious startup to an international leader in its field. Products and Services OCEASOFT offers both advanced turn-key solutions for monitoring environmental parameters, such as temperature, humidity, and CO 2 , and easy-to-use products connected wirelessly to smartphones and tablets. Customers benefit from monitoring expertise that allows them to focus on their projects and products without having to also wonder about storage conditions.  Cobalt ™ wireless monitoring system Cobalt modules are highly reliable wireless dataloggers that reads connected sensors at programmable intervals, stores the data locally, and then transfers it wirelessly to OCEASOFT’s ThermoServer back-end system, which manages the data as well as automatic alerts. With industry-leading wireless range, reliability and efficient power usage, the company’s flagship Cobalt 2 modules feature an informative LCD display with latest reading, alarms, easy setup, and a wide range of supported sensors.      OCEASOFT Emerald, a smartphone- and Cloud connected temperature tracker OCEASOFT Emerald brings temperature tracking right to your smartphone. With its Bluetooth connectivity and small size, Emerald fits easily into nearly type of container or enclosure. A practical solution for tracking temperature at a fixed location, Emerald also offers specific features for mobile temperature tracking and data sharing via the Cloud. Place Emerald inside a crate or package and use the app to check it at different locations. Each time you read Emerald, the data – complete with geolocation information from your phone – can be uploaded to the Cloud and accessed from anywhere in the world.  Accredited calibration services OCEASOFT has an in-house ISO/IEC 17025-accredited laboratory to calibrate many types of sensors for different target ranges and applications. Sensors in OCEASOFT products are typically calibrated by the OCEASOFT laboratory before being shipped to customers.  

OCEASOFT announces Emerald, a smartphone-connected wireless temperature recorder for cold-chain monitoringlogger for Smartphone

PRESS RELEASE - 03-mars-2014 19:59:25
Montpellier - France - OCEASOFT, a leading designer and developer of temperature and environmental parameter monitoring solutions in the cold-chain, life science, and food safety fields, announces the release of OCEASOFT Emerald™, a wireless temperature tracker that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Slightly larger than a wristwatch, OCEASOFT Emerald monitors temperature-sensitive goods during transit and in storage. Emerald stores up to 4,000 temperature readings and does not require any dedicated computer equipment or complex installations. OCEASOFT’s free EmeraldView™ application for smartphone connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to program Emerald devices, view data, and optionally upload the information – including geolocation information provided by the smartphone – to the Cloud, where authorized parties can check the latest status in just a few seconds. Laurent Rousseau, president of Oceasoft, says: “Emerald solves a long-standing temperature monitoring challenge for the cold-chain industry. With temperature-sensitive goods transported by many different means, notably in trucks, airplanes, and refrigerated containers of all kinds, it is difficult to track temperature conditions and have access to the information during transit. Emerald leverages today’s widespread use of smartphones to read temperature data and push it to the Cloud. This provides a point-by-point tracking solution similar to those offered by national and international shipping services, without any heavy infrastructure or dedicated equipment.” OCEASOFT Emerald supports temperature ranges up to -40°C to +85°C and integrates Bluetooth Smart technology for low-power devices. The product will ship to customers in Q4 2013. About Oceasoft OCEASOFT designs and develops wireless datalogging systems for biomedical-pharmaceutical industries and cold-chain management. OCEASOFT’s flagship Cobalt™ wireless monitoring modules, sensors and control software help clients protect biological samples, vaccines, blood, food and other sensitive items during storage and delivery, with alerts sent by e-mail, voice-mail, fax, and text message if needed. Leading companies around the world use OCEASOFT solutions to monitor mission-critical temperature, humidity, CO 2 , voltage, and differential pressure conditions. Created for laboratories, clinics, storage facilities, and transportation equipment, OCEASOFT products are available in all major geographical regions through a qualified distribution network. More information and product images: info@oceasoft.com / www.oceasoft.com.

OCEASOFT - Providing complete & fully-integrated solutions to handle remote monitoring & traceability for temperature, humidity, CO2 levels and more.

PRESS - 05-févr.-2014 00:07:45
Industry overview In many industry sectors, there is an increasing need for monitoring temperature and other environmental parameters to ensure that products, ranging from perishable foods to blood samples to life-science research products, remain under tightly-controlled conditions. The requirement for reliable, traceable, monitoring is based many factors, including potential health dangers, financial risks, and regulatory constraints. Labs, cold-rooms, and storage facilities of all kinds can easily be equipped with a variety of sensors to monitor specific conditions that are important for each specific situation. Many types of sensors are available to track projects, products and research projects that require stable conditions. With automatic datalogging systems, these conditions can be tracked 24 hours a day, and alerts can be sent automatically in case anomalies are detected. Company overview Anomalies can occur even with the best storage and refrigeration equipment, cabinets, containers, and incubators. Nobody can prevent every power outage, freezer compressor failure, or defective thermostat. Addressing the absence of effective monitoring solutions in many life science research organizations, OCEASOFT was created in 1999 with the goal of providing technologies to help clients protect their temperature-sensitive goods and services. Today, OCEASOFT offers a complete line of sensor-based monitoring solutions, including flexible and robust client-server wireless networking and mobile applications, for hospitals, research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, food services, perishable goods suppliers, as well as logistics, distribution, and shipping companies. OCEASOFT solutions represent a reliable way for clients to protect their goods and biological samples over the cold-chain in fixed and mobile situations. With its products distributed worldwide through a network of qualified distributors, and a growing portfolio of sector-leading clients, OCEASOFT meets monitoring needs by providing sensor-based solutions that respect the need for reliability and traceability. Key features of OCEASOFT solutions include: digital and analog sensor monitoring, programmable data transmission, a complete back-end data management, user access, and automated alert system. The company has its own ISO 17025 (COFRAC) certified laboratory for calibrating many types of sensors, including extreme temperature ranges. With increasing international presence, and ongoing R&D efforts in today’s fast-moving mobile, smartphone, and Cloud technologies, OCEASOFT engineers are constantly expanding the company’s pool of solutions available to clients. The company’s success 2 of 3 in serving mission-critical applications has helped transform the company from an ambitious startup to an international leader in its field. Products and Services OCEASOFT offers both advanced turn-key solutions for monitoring environmental parameters, such as temperature, humidity, and CO 2 , and easy-to-use products connected wirelessly to smartphones and tablets. Customers benefit from monitoring expertise that allows them to focus on their projects and products without having to also wonder about storage conditions. Cobalt ™ wireless monitoring system Cobalt modules are highly reliable wireless dataloggers that reads connected sensors at programmable intervals, stores the data locally, and then transfers it wirelessly to OCEASOFT’s ThermoServer back-end system, which manages the data as well as automatic alerts. With industry-leading wireless range, reliability and efficient power usage, the company’s flagship Cobalt 2 modules feature an informative LCD display with latest reading, alarms, easy setup, and a wide range of supported sensors. OCEASOFT Emerald, a smartphone- and Cloud connected temperature tracker OCEASOFT Emerald brings temperature tracking right to your smartphone. With its Bluetooth connectivity and small size, Emerald fits easily into nearly type of container or enclosure. A practical solution for tracking temperature at a fixed location, Emerald also offers specific features for mobile temperature tracking and data sharing via the Cloud. Place Emerald inside a crate or package and use the app to check it at different locations. Each time you read Emerald, the data – complete with geolocation information from your phone – can be uploaded to the Cloud and accessed from anywhere in the world.

Shale LNG Seminar Report

Maria Bolanos - 03-avr.-2013 18:49:55
UBIFRANCE Energy is proud to announce that on March 28th Ten French companies benefited from the presentation of five US experts that gave an Overview and Perspectives of Shale Gas in North America .    The session was led by UBIFRANCE Houston and Atlanta offices remotely since, the seminar was held at UBIFRANCE Headquarters in Paris.     We would like to thank and acknowledge our presenters:  • Harry Vidas and Kevin Petak from ICF International (Virginia) • Ms. Arushi Sharma from the American Gas Association (Washington) • Bill Daniels from Mitsui Bulk Shipping (Houston) • Joe Baran from John T Boyle Company (Paris) who was present at the office to answer the attendees’ questions.    The companies present during the seminar had the opportunity to learn about the Shale and LNG market, but most of all to evaluate possibilities for business development in the US and Canada. The need for infrastructure equipment was highlighted, as well as, that of any technology that will aid to minimize environmental impact.    We hope you will join us on for our next seminar and don’t forget to follow us @UBIEnergy  and on Facebook .  

Overview and Perspectives of Shale Gas & LNG in North America

Maria Bolanos - 07-mars-2013 22:50:45
This Seminar is intended to inform French companies about the US and Canadian Shale Gas & LNG projects and developments. WHEN : Thursday March 28th WHERE : Ubifrance Paris - 77 boulevard Saint-Jacques ; 75998 Paris cedex 14 TIME : 15h30-18h00 Paris time (9h30-12h00 Houston time)  PROGRAM: Overview of Shale Gas plays in the US Speaker: Harry Vidas, Vice President ICF International, Virginia This presentation will deal with the economic success of shale gas in the US since 2000. Success that has led to rapid development of shale gas in Canada, as well.  Natural Gas Pipeline infrastructure for Exports Speaker: Kevin Petak, Vice President, Gas Market Modeling, ICF International, Virginia This presentation will deal with the need to update the US and Canadian pipeline infrastructure to accommodate new resources and export facilities. Shale Gas Play’s environmental and water resources impact  Speaker: Arushi Sharma, Associate Council Energy & Environment, American Gas Association, Washington DC  This presentation will deal with the strategies and technologies that are being used or, are needed, to improve the economics of water management and environmental impact during Hydraulic Fracking. Presentation of the World impact of US Shale Gas plays Proposed Speakers: Willian R. (Bill) Daniels Directeur Général, Mitsui OSK Bulk Shipping, Houston The sheer magnitude of the reserves of natural gas found across the various shale plays in the United States—potentially a 100-year supply depending on consumption, according to some estimates—puts the country at a distinct advantage as a player in the global energy market. This presentation will deal with the US energy’s financial impacts on the global economy due to LNG export possibilities.           

PRESS : Bad MA Wine Shipping Bill Unlikely to Pass in 2012

Tom Wark - 31-juil.-2012 17:40:39
The odds are very good that the state of Massachusetts will end its annual legislative session without passing a direct shipping bill. The end of the 2012 MA legislative session is at 11:59pm on Tuesday July 31. Currently, H 1029, a bill that would partially legalize direct shipping in the state sits in the Consumer Protection Committee...dong nothing. For passage, the Committee will need to vote out the bill, then the bill needs to be voted upon in the House and Senate. It has been since 2010 that the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Family Winemakers v. Jenkins that the current MA state wine shipping law was unconstitutional. Yet the lawmakers have been unable to pass any fix to that little problem. The current bill received a hearing in May 2011, yet nothing has happened since. The bill is in fact not a very good one. Under its provisions, consumers in the state would be prohibited from having imported wines shipped to them from out of state. That means no French, Italian, German, Austrian, Spanish or any other imported wines could be ordered by consumers since the bill does not allow out of state retailers to ship into the state. Rather, only out-of-state wineries would have the privilege. Wineries support this half-hearted bill. Read the full article on Tom Wark Fermentation’s blog   and follow us on twitter .
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