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LACNIC 27: Experts Highlight Growth of Internet IPv6 Protocol in Latin America and the Caribbean

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, June 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The IPv6 protocol, key to the development and growth of the Internet, has reached considerable levels of deployment and traffic in the region over the past year, as IT leaders concluded at the LACNIC 27 event, which brought together more than 735 participants.

The IPv6 protocol is the key not only to driving development of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the region, but also constitutes a vital tool for connecting with 40% of the Latin Americans who still have no Internet, emphasized LACNIC President, Warder Maia.

LACNIC 27, the most important meeting of Internet professionals  from Latin America and the Caribbean, was held in Foz de Iguaçú, Brazil, with the support of NIC.br and CGI.br.

Maia emphasized that in 2017, LACNIC is celebrating 15 years of institutional life, and placed special emphasis on the construction of the Regional Internet Register community, which has made possible development of a Web suited to the needs of Latin American and Caribbean users.

This year, Latin America and the Caribbean achieved Internet penetration of 59.6%.  As per this last figure, the region’s Internet community now stands at 385 million users, incorporating 40 million new ones in the past year. “It’s a reason for pride, and at the same time a double challenge, because we have to connect those who are not connected, while keeping on the Web those who are already there,” said Maia.

During the event, emerging technological trends were addressed, and their impact on the future development of the Internet in the coming decade in the panel, “The Internet of the future: its evolution in the next 10 years.” Moderated by Oscar Robles (CEO of LACNIC), the panel featured the participation of Adiel Akplogan (ICANN), Christine Hoepers (CGI.br), Flavio Amaral (Netflix) and Matías Quintanilla (Telefónica Argentina).

Furthermore, for the first time at a LACNIC gathering, ICANN CEO Göran Marby made an appearance, and presented “ICANN – after the transition from IANA supervisory functions.” He recognized the digital community’s work and stressed the growth of IPv6 in relation to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Out of the event’s five days, one of them was dedicated to IPv6 Day, with a panel of success stories where good practices and examples from the region were presented (Telefónica Brasil, COPEL, ANTEL de Uruguay and Telecentro Argentina).

Another highlight of LACNIC 27 was a presentation by the region’s first anti-abuse group, an initiative to strengthen the fight against online threats.

Meanwhile, LACNIC’s inclination towards greater  participation by women in IT in Latin America and the Caribbean was reflected in the heavy attendance at the panel on diversity and inclusion. Organized by the discussion list ‘IT Woman,’ the initiative sought to strengthen regional women’s role in the Internet community.

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Brazil Is the Site of the Most Important Internet Event in Latin America and the Caribbean

FOZ DO IGUAÇU, Brazil, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The promotion of integrated efforts at developing the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean was prominently underscored during the first day of sessions of the meeting LACNIC 27, being held May 22-26 in Foz do Iguaçu.

The opening session featured Ariel Graizer (LAC-IX), Eduardo Santoyo (LACTLD), Demi Getschko (NIC.br), Hartmut Glaser (CGI.br), and Wardner Maia (LACNIC). “Given the overwhelming interest, registration had to be closed two weeks before the start,” said Maia. More than 650 people were in attendance, not including the 420 attending from a distance. The session also included a welcome by LACNIC’s president to the first woman to serve as co-moderator of the LACNIC Public Policy Forum, Paola Pérez.

Demi Getschko stressed the importance of being able to contribute as a co-organizer of the debates generated at LACNIC events. “Several challenges in the Internet space have caused concern, including attacks, regulations and neutrality. It is, therefore, important for us to remain vigilant of aspects such as these that can affect the Internet as a whole,” he explained. Harmut Glaser reminded everyone that “this week, the Internet’s headquarters in Latin America and the Caribbean is Foz do Iguaçu.” Certain topics of special interest to the region, such as IPv6 growth and local traffic exchange, were also highlighted.

The panel on the “Internet of the Future: Its Evolution over the Next 10 Years” was moderated by Oscar Robles, Executive Director of LACNIC, and included members Adiel Akplogan (ICANN), Cristine Hoepers (CERT.br), Flavio Amaral (Netflix) and Matías Quintanilla (Telefónica Argentina). Cristine addressed concerns such as security, stating that these should not focus solely on an attack response, but also implementation of good practices that do not increase the contribution of devices and networks with attacks. Adiel underscored the need to consider privacy at every level of the network. Flavio talked about the increasing interest of companies in providing users with more and more personalized content. Matías wrapped up the session discussing the important role that the 5G will play in the medium-term evolution of the Internet.

The opening session also included ICANN CEO Göran Marby. “The Internet gets larger when we connect and smaller when we disconnect. It is because of this that we need for more people from different places to say what needs to be improved and how. The collaboration that exists in Latin America and the Caribbean is a model for the rest of the world.”

The 27th meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) will hold activities through May 26 and is co-organized with the support of the Internet Management Committee in Brazil (CGI.br) and Information and Coordination Nucleus of Dot BR (NIC.br). Those who are interested in following the debates can participate from a distance at http://www.lacnic.net/web/eventos/lacnic27

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BioTrackTHC™ Earns Highest Overall Score For Puerto Rico’s Cannabis Seed-to-Sale Software Contract

FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida, Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – BioTrackTHC™, a leading provider of seed-to-sale cannabis traceability technology received the highest overall score in the competitive procurement to earn Puerto Rico’s cannabis seed-to-sale software government contract. BioTrackTHC™’s system would enable the Puerto Rico Department of Health to track and monitor the cultivation, production, and sale of medical cannabis throughout the island.

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“The Puerto Rico Department of Health faces the incredibly challenging task of launching a new regulated industry from scratch,” said Patrick Vo, CEO, BioTrackTHC™. “We are thankful for the Department’s vote of confidence in BioTrackTHC™, and we look forward to partnering with them and supporting the island’s efforts in building a healthy and transparent medical cannabis program that provides safe access for patients and generates an entire industry of jobs.”

Puerto Rico will be the first government body in the Caribbean and Latin America to procure a software solution to manage their medical cannabis program. The medical cannabis industry is expected to create hundreds of jobs on the island: jobs directly in cannabis and jobs that support the cannabis sector such as legal, industrial, agricultural, medical, financial, and marketing positions.

“We assembled an amazing team of project managers, trainers, and technical specialists to provide the highest level of support possible,” said Rafael Sabbagh, Operations Manager at BioTrackTHC™. “We look forward to sharing the experience we’ve gained from deploying similar systems in other states while learning from the local operators during this exciting time.”

Puerto Rico would be BioTrackTHC™’s seventh government contract.

About BioTrackTHC™:
BioTrackTHC™ develops and provides effective cutting-edge technology solutions for the emerging medical and adult use cannabis industry. BioTrackTHC™’s seed-to-sale traceability system has been awarded six government cannabis tracking contracts for cannabis industry oversight, and is currently being utilized or in the process of being implemented by the states of Washington, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Hawaii, and the City of Arcata, California. Visit www.biotrack.com for more information, email sales@biotrackthc.com or call 1-800-797-4711 to order software.

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Viking Cold Solutions ™ Technology Delivers Cold Storage Savings

HOUSTON, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Viking Cold Solutions has completed another energy efficiency installation, helping Bermuda’s largest food distributor, Butterfield & Vallis, reduce refrigeration storage costs by 40 percent.

Viking Cold’s thermal energy storage system uses phase change material that absorbs heat as it melts, allowing chillers to run less frequently and still keep the Butterfield & Vallis warehouse within a few degrees of -18° Celsius.  The system is among 20 built and installed by Viking in cold storage warehouses in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, California, New Mexico and Texas.

A detailed case study of the project may be found at: http://www.puretemp.com/pcmatters/bermuda-food-distributor-tes

Viking Cold Solutions is an energy storage company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems smarter and more efficient. Viking Cold’s thermal energy storage systems have saved clients over 5330 MW of energy and have removed over 3676 metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere. The Viking Cold team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems.

For more information see:  www.vikingcold.com

Case Study Courtesy of Phase Change Matters-a publication produced by Entropy Solutions LLC, a biobased specialty chemical company based in Plymouth, Minnesota.

CONTACT: Collin Coker, ccoker@vikingcold.com, +1-832-497-5205

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Wovenware CEO Christian Gonzalez Appointed President of Puerto Rico IT Cluster

Experienced entrepreneur and IT executive will bring fresh perspective, vision to industry organization

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Wovenware, the smarter software development and engineering company, announced today that Founder and CEO Christian González has been elected president of the board of directors for the Puerto Rico IT Cluster, an industry organization that aims to elevate Puerto Rico’s status as an IT innovation and services leader.

González has served on the board of directors for the P.R. IT Cluster since 2012. In that role he has spearheaded initiatives including federal government procurement, changes to the organizational structure of the organization, and public policy advocacy in favor of the Cluster members. Working closely with government agencies, academic institutions, and leading IT-focused organizations such as Wovenware, the Puerto Rico IT Cluster promotes the integration, creation, growth, and sustainability of the information technology sector in Puerto Rico.

“For the past three years, Christian has made a significant contribution as a valued member of the board of the Puerto Rico IT Cluster (PRITC) by providing a unique and well-balanced set of skills such as passion, poise and out-of-the-box thinking,” noted Henry Gordillo at the P.R. IT Cluster. “Christian’s new leadership role as president of the PRITC is exactly what’s needed at this crucial moment in which the organization is positioned to grow to the next level. I am committed to growing and increasing value of the PRITC, and I am certain that we will see great things from the PRITC in the coming year with Christian as its president.”

In his new role, Gonzalez will help to update the organizational strategy and further build the P.R. IT Cluster’s increasingly global network of influencers helping to make Puerto Rico an important player in IT services and software development worldwide. The island, a part of the U.S., boasts highly competitive engineering schools and an exceptionally well-educated workforce, while offering lower cost of operations for mainland U.S. and European companies seeking nearshore technology solutions.

“As an engineer, an entrepreneur, and a native Puerto Rican, I am deeply committed to helping elevate Puerto Rico as a world-class resource for IT solutions and services,” said González. “I am honored to have been elected to lead the P.R. IT Cluster, and am looking forward to collaborating with my peers on new ideas and initiatives in the months to come.”

About Wovenware

Wovenware delivers smarter software solutions that create measurable value for our customers. Through our nearshore delivery, we are the partner of choice for organizations needing to re-engineer their systems and processes to increase profitability, realize efficiencies, and seize new market opportunities. Our remote teams understand the unique business environments in which our customers work, enabling us to quickly understand customer problems, identify potential solutions, and deliver results that align with our customers’ goals. Headquartered in Puerto Rico, US, we work with customers in North America and around the world. Visit us on the web at www.wovenware.com, or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+.

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