Friday, January 18, 2008

Off the Beaten Path, LLC 2004 Gourmet & Wine Walking and Active Cultural Tours Offer Authentic, “Local” French Experiences and France’s Most Prestigious Chefs and Wineries

Off the Beaten Path, LLC 2004 Gourmet & Wine Walking and Active Cultural Tours Offer Authentic, “Local” French Experiences and France’s Most Prestigious Chefs and Wineries

Off the Beaten Path, LLC, an American tour company based in France, specializing in luxury gourmet & wine, cultural walking tours and gourmet & wine, active cultural tours of France, announced today its exciting 2004 tour schedule. The company will be offering the ultimate in historical French hotels and chateaux and gourmet restaurants, with tours also featuring a selection of local experiences, such as, the company’s famous theme walks, cultural excursions, gourmet discovery, wine appreciation workshops with top wine experts, cellar tours & wine tasting, cooking lessons, shopping at open markets & artisan craft fairs, recreational bicycling and cheese and foie gras tasting, in the most culturally rich regions in France. The schedule includes scheduled departures to the Loire Valley, Paris, Provence, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Dordogne and the Rhône Valley: Lyon & Beaujolais.

(PRWEB) January 11, 2004

Off the Beaten Path, LLC, an American tour company based in France, specializing in luxury gourmet & wine, cultural walking tours and gourmet & wine, active cultural tours of France, announced today its exciting 2004 tour schedule. The company will be offering the ultimate in historical French hotels and chateaux and gourmet restaurants, with tours also featuring a selection of local experiences, such as, the company’s famous theme walks, cultural excursions, gourmet discovery, wine appreciation workshops with top wine experts, cellar tours & wine tasting, cooking lessons, shopping at open markets & artisan craft fairs, recreational bicycling and cheese and foie gras tasting, in the most culturally rich regions in France. The schedule includes scheduled departures to the Loire Valley, Paris, Provence, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Dordogne and the Rhône Valley: Lyon & Beaujolais.

Among the highlights of the 2004 season: Bordeaux Gourmet & Wine Cultural Walk “Harvest Program”, the ultimate splurge for the Bordeaux connoisseur & outdoor enthusiast, including VIP tastings at First Growth chateaux (Margaux & Haut-Brion) and the most legendary estates of Pomerol, Sauternes and Saint Emilion, plus a day of cooking with one of Bordeaux stars of gourmet cuisine, a wine workshop “The Art & Pleasures of Wine Tasting in Bordeaux”, four cultural theme walks through the most prestigious vineyards of Bordeaux and shopping at the local open markets. The Ultimate Loire Valley Gourmet & Cultural Experience, a week of active cultural excursions at the Kings’ of France castles (Villandry, Langais, Chenonceau, Loches) and medieval & renaissance villages (Amboise, Chinon, Blois), a hands-on cooking class with two of France’s top Chefs, a husband and wife team, a wine workshop “The Art & Pleasures of Wine Tasting in the Touraine”, winery visits and wine & cheese tasting and historical accommodations at a 2nd Empire Chateau. The Best Adventures in Provence, a week-long exploration of Provence through interactive, culturally enriching excursions, such as, visiting the Roman ruins in Arles, shopping at the open markets in St. Remy de Provence and Gordes, participating in a traditional Provencal cooking class with the region’s premiere chef, an Arles native, discovering the inspiration of famous painters, such as Van Gogh and Cezanne in St Remy and Aix-en-Provence, wine and cheese tastings and trying our hand at making Provencal pottery.

The tours are fully escorted, small group programs led by Off the Beaten Path, LLC company guides who are Americans who live France and are evaluated and selected for their scholarship, experience and companionship: only choosing those who meet the companyÂ’s high standards, as well as those who would make good traveling companions. Off the Beaten Path, LLC guides hold degrees in various France related, educational disciplines, are accomplished professionals within their specialty, and many are published authors. The companyÂ’s extensive French connections open the doors to FranceÂ’s best for their guests, providing them an exclusive insiderÂ’s experience not available to tourists.

The average group size of 8-14 guests keeps the tours intimate and ensures personal attention. All tours include deluxe, historical hotels with private en suite bath, gourmet meals, premium wines, cooking class, wine workshop, private artisan tours, all wine tasting, sightseeing, and services of bilingual experts throughout. Prices range from US$2,098 to US$3,698 per person, double occupancy, for these land-only packages.

About OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC

Off the Beaten Path, LLC specializes in fully guided, small group, luxury, “gourmet, wine & cultural walking tours” and “gourmet, wine & active cultural tours” to Provence, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Dordogne, Alsace, Lyon & Beaujolais, Paris and the Greater Southwest, France. The company also offers private, custom-designed tours for groups of four or more guests wishing to choose their own dates and itinerary, accompanied by an expert. Corporate team building and specialty event programs are also available, as well as special private tours for clubs and professionals. For more information, email reservations@traveloffthebeatenpath. com, or call toll free 1-877-628-1011 or 1.877.846.2831. Full information is also available on the Off The Beaten Path, LLC web site at http://www. traveloffthebeatenpath. com (http://www. traveloffthebeatenpath. com)
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GSM-Satellite Monitor Containers in High Seas to meet USA Security demands

GSM-Satellite Monitor Containers in High Seas to meet USA Security demands.

Eye-In-The-Sky Links Cell to Cell, concept pioneers global GSM Connectivity and GPS Satellite Telematics Security Monitoring in High Seas, In-Flight, and Fast Trains. Developed by TriaGnosys GmbH, Wessling, the GPRS-SMS Gateway Platform enables seamless GSM-to-GSM, Voice and Data connectivity, Anywhere-Anytime, globally. TriaGnoSys GmbH and MobinTeleCom Oy of Helsinki have jointly created an end-to-end security concept to deliver 24x7 Wireless Telematics GSM-GPRS-GPS-RFID to monitor Container Door Seals, on land as well during deep sea voyage, to monitor unauthorized access, to conform with the regulations and demands of Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs & Border Protection (CBP) of USA. For an interactive demo, please visit the NEW site-; URL:http://www. mobintele. com/

(PRWEB) September 18, 2004

Sunrise 2005, the United States of America may tighten the security demands on Container traffic entering US territory in order to contain potential threats of terrorism which may attempt to enter USA via a Container, which may compromise US security.

To meet such potential security demands, TriaGnoSys GmbH and MobinTeleCom Oy have combined their technology resources to pioneer a state-of-the-art, high security GSM-GPRS-GPS-RFID based communication and monitoring solution.

Monitoring of Container Door Seals on high seas using a land-based GSM Mobile telephone is now a practical reality. Until recently, expensive satellite tracking was the only available solution to monitor assets in remote areas and on the middle of the Oceans. Apart from the high costs, satellite tracking has its own technical restrictions and practical reservations.

The GPRS-SMS Gateway Platform has been announced for commercial deployment through a marketing collaboration between TriaGnoSys GmbH of Wessling and MobinTeleCom Oy of Helsinki. The technology is based on research in the WirelessCabin project. GSM connectivity and Internet access whether On Land, On Air, On Sea, is now a reality.

The turnkey solution offered by MobinTeleCom consists of a Tri Band 900-1800-1900 GSM-GPRS-GPS Telematics Transceiver integrated with a RFID Transponder on the Container Door Seal. Regular heartbeat pulses transmitted by the Transponder, keeps the Telematics Black Box installed within the inside of the Container Door, fully informed of the status of the Door Seal. Any breach of security, compromise or tamper of the Door Seal triggers an alarm instantly to the security monitoring station on ground, giving co-ordinates, with the date and time of the incident.

The Telematics Black Box transmits GPRS data packets at predetermined intervals or on-demand, through the GPRS-SMS Gateway Platform via a satellite connection to a ground security monitoring station.

The collected data, monitored by a security monitoring facility, is made available to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officers at predetermined schedules or on-demand, over GSM or via the Internet. This information may facilitate the CBP to consider granting of permission to the asset(s), to enter or deny access, to USA territory.

The potential customers, who require their containerized cargo cleared with Priority Status, may be requested by US DHS-CBP to prove the integrity of the Container Door Seal prior to the container vessel entering US territorial waters, by production of a Comprehensive Journey Report, from point of departure up to the point of arrival.

The business model adopted by MobinTeleCom is a convenient solution, the delivery of a Complete Journey Report, for presentation to CBP without the responsibilities of all the mechanicals and logistics of the exercise, to the user. Rent-it-Here and Leave-it-There with all the formalities attended to over the Internet, gives the Consignee a peace of mind, says Stephen Lowe, CEO of MobinTeleCom, Helsinki.

TriaGnoSys and MobinTeleCom may offer this turnkey service globally, through a limited network of franchisees, who are expected to satisfy stringent security demands.

The convenience of using ones own GSM mobile or PDA or the Laptop seamlessly in a train or boat or plane, and receive one monthly invoice from ones own Telecom Services Provider is one benefit, says Dr. Axel Jahn the Managing Partner of TriaGnoSys GmbH and Senior Projects Manager of German Aerospace Center. Of course, the ability to have seamless connectivity anywhere, all the time, is an invaluable business tool. The applications and usefulness are limitless, confirms Dr. Jahn.

Seamless GSM connectivity, SMS, Email and Internet access whether one is travelling by train, or by boat or by plane, is now a new customer-service, a commercial opportunity and a reality, giving both customer satisfaction and an opportunity to create a new revenue stream says Stephen Lowe.

Companies who are interested in partnering in this lucrative security-driven business concept are invited to contact MobinTeleCom, Helsinki, immediately.

Apart from marine related security applications, MobinTeleCom and TriaGnoSys welcome enquiries from operators of Commercial and Executive Aircraft, Cruise Ships, and Intercity or Transcontinental Fast Trains.

Security and Defence applications, businesses in remote locations who are seeking cost-effective seamless GSM communications and Internet access may seek solutions from the GPRS-SMS Gateway Platform.

About Mobintelecom Oy (MTC)

Mobintelecom Oy offers a comprehensive operational Global tumkey security monitoring solution in Container Security, to satisfy demands of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) of the United States of America.

The hardware solutions consist of the a GPRS-SMS Gateway Platform commercialized by TriaGnoSys GmbH of Wessling, and the Telematics equipment combined with a high security Door Seal developed by MobinTeleCom Oy (MTC) of Helsinki.

MTC partner in Enterprise Software is WS2 (WebSoft) Ltd in Dublin, Ireland, a company with a successful four-year operational history in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and USA, and supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Government Trade Board. WS2 Ltd has proven ability to integrate their Enterprise software with almost any of the Telematics hardware products in the world market, with the experience in creating software programmes for a host of industrial and commercial security applications as well as to customise within a defined time period.

Currently MTC-WS2 partner with Securitas in Finland in 24x7 professional monitoring and with TeliaSonera on telecom support on Telematics applications.

More information: http://www. mobintele. com/ (http://www. mobintele. com/)

About TriaGnoSys GmbH

TriaGnoSys GmbH is a spin-off of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), based at Wessling. TriaGnoSys provides communication concepts, technology solutions and consultancy for mobile applications. TriaGnoSys has a strong background in communications research with focus on satellite and aeronautical applications. Seamless communication across all network boundaries is driven by the needs of tomorrows mobile user. For this, TriaGnoSys integrates multiple communication segments for high-quality applications at competitive cost.

TriaGnoSys is committed to serve its customers with highest expertise, state-of-the art technology and due diligence. TriaGnoSys will enable your business with new communication concepts, not cheap but economical, not simple but brilliant.

More information: http://www. triagnosys. com/ (http://www. triagnosys. com/)

Global Positioning System (GPS)

Global Positioning System (GPS) is a world-wide satellite navigation infrastructure funded and controlled by the U. S. Department of Defense, originally developed for U. S. military purposes. GPS provides satellite signals that enable GPS receivers to calculate their exact position and velocity. The GPS infrastructure has three segments. The space segment consists of 24 satellites that orbit the earth every 12 hours. The control segment consists of tracking stations located around the world, with the master control station located at Falcon Air Force Base in Colorado. The user segment consists of GPS receivers and users utilizing the information provided by the system. GPS is widely used in e. g. marine navigation, and Telematics Security Monitoring.

Cell to Cell (C2C) Concept

The Security Monitoring Communication system communicates between the GPRS-SMS Gateway Platform and the Mobile GSM Cells.

The container ships used in the international traffic are designed with the cells (compartments with cell guides resembling a honeycomb wherein the containers are placed, thus named Cellular Container Ships. The Mobile GSM Cell communicates within the Containers in compartments with cell guides.

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