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Nipro Diagnostics products cleared for sale

FDA approval

Fort Lauderdale-based diabetic-product maker Nipro Diagnostics announced Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared its True Metrix Self-Monitoring blood glucose system and the True Metrix Pro Professional Monitoring blood glucose system.

The company said it made a significant capital investment to manufacture the new blood-glucose sensor technology used for the products, which will result in expanded manufacturing in Fort Lauderdale.

Nipro said it conducted a clinical study that demonstrated that the meter systems exceeded minimum accuracy criteria.

The new meters will be available later this year in retail locations that carry Nipro's True brand of products.

— Marcia Heroux Pounds

Cruise Industry

New Royal Caribbean ship to sport slew of high-tech features

Royal Caribbean International's newest ship launching this fall — Quantum of the Seas — will carry several features for tech-savvy customers, the Miami-based cruise operator announced Monday.

The 4,180-passenger ship will debut in New Jersey in November for its inaugural Caribbean season, before moving to Asia in May 2015.

Guests sailing aboard Quantum can use a "smart check-in" feature from home to generate a boarding pass after uploading a photo ID. After receiving digital boarding confirmation, they can bypass the check-in counter at the terminal and get onboard in ten minutes.

Quantum cruisers also will have access to new Wowband wristbands with radio frequency identification technology that can be used as a navigational aid, as a room key or to make purchases.

The ship also will feature a new venue Bionic Bar, where guests place orders on tablets and then watch as robotic bartenders mix their drinks.

Every Quantum crew member also will receive a free Microsoft Windows tablet with a slew of services and applications for their personal use.

Royal Caribbean International said it plans to eventually give all shipboard employees a personal tablet as technological improvements are made across its fleets. That's a total of 40,000 tablets.

Arlene Satchell

Telecommunications

AT&T adds cell site in Palm Beach County

AT&T said Monday that it has activated a new cell site in Boca Raton, expanding customers' 4G LTE coverage.

The new site will benefit customers between SW 18th Street and Camino Real and Powerline Road and South Military Trail.

The site is the second one AT&T has activated this year in Boca Raton. It's also the ninth one activated this year in Palm Beach County, the company said.

— Miriam Valverde

Theme parks

Part-time workers approve new Disney contract

Part-timers represented by Walt Disney World's largest union group voted by a large majority Friday to accept a new contract providing higher pay and paid days off.

Eighty-nine percent voted in favor of the contract, said Ed Chambers, president of the Service Trades Council. He did not have the number of people who voted.

The contract will raise hourly pay to $10 by 2016. This year the minimum hourly wage at Disney will rise from $8.03 to $9. Next year it will go to $9.50.

The new contract also gives many part-timers two paid days off a year. They will get the paid time off if they have two years of service and work at least 1,250 hours a year.

— Sandra Pedicini

Airports

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood hosts public event for new runway

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is inviting the public to come out Sept. 6 to celebrate the upcoming opening of the new South Runway.

The family-friendly "Fun Day on the Runway" event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and admission and parking is free. Activities will include tours of the runway, aviation exhibits, food trucks, music and programs for children.

The new $791 million, 8,000-foot south runway is set to open Sept. 18.

For information visit fll.net or call 954-359-6100, dial extension 0.

Arlene Satchell

Donations

Campbell Foundation gives $85,000 to TB/HIV research

The Campbell Foundation of Fort Lauderdale, which supports research into HIV/AIDS, announced an $85,000 grant to Dr. Shahin Ranjbar at Children's Hospital Boston.

Ranjbar will study how tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS relate in the body. Tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of death for people living with HIV/AIDS, according to the World Health Organization.

Doreen Hemlock

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