FPL Researchers helping ensure Lightning's Effects are gone in a Flash

Since 1997, FPL has reduced the number of service interruptions for its customers by 15 percent. FPL is the only one of the 55 utilities in the state to have a research lab to simulate lightning and its potential impact in this manner.

Juno Beach, FL (July 27, 2012) -- A team of engineers at Florida Power & Light Company works diligently to protect the electric grid from one very persistent and potentially destructive foe: lightning.

Florida sustains more lightning strikes than any other state in the U.S., and more than almost any country, too (second only to Rwanda, the world’s lightning capital). Within FPL’s 35-county service territory, there are approximately 250,000 lightning strikes each year. That “striking” distinction puts Florida’s electric infrastructure under siege. When a lightning bolt hits electrical equipment, it can cause power outages and flickers.

At a high-voltage “Lightning Lab” within FPL’s Reliability Assurance Center in Riviera Beach, Fla., engineers test equipment and research ways to reduce lightning’s impact on the grid, ultimately helping to reduce the number and duration of power outages. The engineering team tests the performance of its own equipment and insulators in the lab by zapping them with up to 2 million volts of electricity. Experimenting with simulated lightning allows the team to gather detailed data about the effects of lightning on FPL equipment and helps it discover ways to prevent future lightning-related problems.

This is the one center to handle product evaluation, forensic and application research needs,” said FPL Reliability Assurance Center Manager John Fischer. “It is a hub where experts can do hands-on analysis and subject matter experts can quickly get analytic capabilities. During my 40 years at FPL as an engineer, I've used this lab many times on complex issues and would not have been able to find solutions without the range of advanced possibilities here.”

Since 1997, FPL has reduced the number of service interruptions for its customers by 15 percent.

FPL is the only one of the 55 utilities in the state to have a research lab to simulate lightning and its potential impact in this manner. Fischer says this is one of the ways FPL is able to provide its customers with reliable service the lowest bill in the state.

The lightning lab, the entire Reliability Assurance Center and the talented engineers and experts who work here are definitely a benefit to our customers both in ensuring reliable service and keeping costs down,” Fischer said.

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Media Contact:
FPL Media Line
Florida Power & Light Company
700 Universe Blvd.
Juno Beach, FL 33408

IAPAM Announces Date for its Aesthetic Medicine Business Bootcamp: September 24, 2012

From social media marketing to developing a custom business plan, the IAPAM offers the industry's most comprehensive business workshop for physicians looking to add botox or other aesthetic medicine modalities to their practices. The IAPAM's Aesthetic Practice Start Up Workshop is the only medical spa business program highlighting the latest business and marketing intelligence, and is taught by an actual medspa owner who knows the facts.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - July 27, 2012 -- Both business and clinical training (Botox ® training, laser training, hCG training, etc.) are the best foundation upon which a successful medical spa can be launched. The IAPAM’s Aesthetic Practice Start Up Workshop (http://iapam.com/aesthetic-practice-startup-workshop) is the only business bootcamp offering sound information on how to avoid many of the common pitfalls of the aesthetic industry. The program is taught by experts who own and operate medical spas, hCG medical weight loss clinics and aesthetic medicine practices, so attendees are learning from experts who have practical experience.

Attendees at the Aesthetic Practice Start-up Workshop leave with a business plan for their specific aesthetic medicine practice, including:

1.Financing Options.
2.Target Demographics for your Procedures.
3.Developing a menu of Treatments and Pricing Strategy.
4.Establishing Aesthetic Practice Protocols for your staff (examples included on CD).
5.Creating an effective Marketing Plan, including incorporating low-cost internet marketing strategies (SEO web sites and press releases) and the latest social media marketing strategies (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).
6.Finding the Right Location.
7.Staffing (job descriptions included on CD).
8.Federal and State legal and regulatory issues.
9.How to Read Financials.

A complementary training program, offered by the IAPAM, is the Aesthetic Medicine Symposium with Botox ® Training. The weekend Symposium, the Friday hCG Training and the Monday Aesthetic Practice Start Up Workshop offer new medspa managers, owner-physicians, and key staff involved with an aesthetic medical practice, all the tools to ensure their business is profitable, customizable and sustainable.

For additional information and to register for the next Aesthetic Practice Startup Workshop on September 24, 2012, or the next Aesthetic Medicine Symposium with Botox ® Training, please contact the IAPAM at 1-800-219-5108 ext. 704.

About the IAPAM: The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine

The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine is a voluntary association of physicians and supporters, which sets standards for the aesthetic medical profession. The goal of the association is to offer education, ethical standards, credentialing, and member benefits. IAPAM membership is open to all licensed medical doctors (MDs), dentists (DDSs/DMDs) doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs), physicians assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). The IAPAM offers aesthetic medicine and hCG medical weight management programs, including: Botox ® training, medical aesthetic training, laser training, physician hCG training, and aesthetic practice business training. Additional information about the association can be accessed through the IAPAM’s website (http://www.iapam.com) or by contacting:

Jeff Russell, Executive-Director
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)
1-800-219-5108 x704

Touron Premieres at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Developers of TourOn announced the web-based mobile tour app's premiere at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami.

Miami, FL, USA - July 27, 2012 -- Developers of TourOn announced the web-based mobile tour app's premiere at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami. By scanning a QR code or typing in a web link, visitors can read additional information about the historic engines, train cars and railroad equipment on display, view photos and learn about upcoming events.

Museums, gardens, parks and zoos are looking for opportunities to create robust experiences for guests while staying on top of emerging trends,” explains David G. Taylor, creator of the app. “TourOn’s ease of use and cost effectiveness can assist with this.” says Taylor.

In 2007 the Gold Coast Railroad museum celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over the years, they have collected premium railroad equipment and cars including the “Ferdinand Magellan,” a former presidential pullman used by presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. TourOn can help visitors learn more about the history of each railway antiquity.

TourOn’s features* include a GPS enabled map for outdoor venues, an audio player for guests to access audio tours, detailed information for stops and exhibits, and a photo gallery amongst others. It also allows venue administrators to easily update information with a user friendly back-end. TourOn is compatible on most smartphones including iPhone and Android.

*Some of these features are available at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum.

For more information please visit: http://www.touronapp.com or http://www.gcrm.org.

Media Contact:
David G. Taylor
Taylor Software Development
P.O. Box 430854
South Miami, FL 33143