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


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.