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Grabba wins big export tourism technology contract

  • 19 March, 2007 09:45

• Brisbane based company wins big international technology contract to supply world’s largest escorted tour operator.
• Contract will open up export markets in transportation and tourism markets worldwide, says Grabba CEO.</p>
<p>Press Release: Brisbane: For Monday February 19, 2007
Media Contacts: Frank Downes CEO 0412 069 500 or Terry Quinn 0439 710 418</p>
<p>Grabba International, a fast growing Brisbane based software developer and exporter of barcode scanners, magnetic stripe, smart card and RFID readers designed to work with a range of PDA’s and Smartphones, announced today that its North American subsidiary, Grabba, Inc., has completed delivery of the initial roll out of a major international contract to supply the world’s largest escorted tour operator, Globus, with hundreds of specially adapted hand held magnetic stripe card readers.</p>
<p>The Globus™ family of companies consists of more than 30 tourism and aviation businesses, employs more than 5,000 tourism tour professionals worldwide. The recently combined, Globus™ and Cosmos™ companies carry hundreds of thousands of tourists a year making the group the leading operator of guided vacations worldwide.</p>
<p>The significant international contract, is part of a world wide proprietary project called eOptionals™ managed by Globus™ from their Colorado office, and involves the entire international Globus family of brands™ includes Globus™, Cosmos™, Avalon™, Monograms™, and Brennan Vacations™</p>
<p>Exhaustively field tested for more than 18 months, the sophisticated hand held credit card reading device is a unique Grabba design which combines the Palm Treo Smartphone with software written by 3G Touch Solutions exclusively for Globus™ , plus a Citizen Blue Tooth printer and provides the tour operator with a unique integrated solution for the instant processing of credit cards via the PayJunction payment gateway while on tour.</p>
<p>“As a result, any Globus™ tour operator anywhere in the world can swipe a credit card through the Grabba, and have it processed immediately, in real time and with absolute security. This achieves a significant cash flow process improvement for Globus™, as previous paper-based transactions typically took much longer to transact,” Grabba CEO Frank Downes said in Brisbane today.</p>
<p>“As the Globus family of brands™ provides escorted travel for hundreds of thousands of passengers each year, the instant cash flow transaction benefits for their organisation are enormous,” Mr. Downes said. “Grabba, and the other hardware and software companies involved, have worked closely with each other, and with, the Globus family of brands™ for many months to create a solution that can operate equally well in suburban US or the most remote locations in equatorial Africa.”</p>
<p>“Similar Grabba magnetic stripe reader based solutions are becoming – indeed have become - widely accepted in the US,” Mr. Downes said. “In Australia we have been working for more than a year with a major bank to develop a system similar to that used by Globus™ and others, one that will meet the strict Australian Banking Industry regulatory requirements, which we expect to be able to offer in Quarter 2, 2007.”</p>
<p>“We are delighted with the success of the Globus project, as we believe there is a huge market for similar systems in the transportation and tourism industry worldwide. Grabba products turn PDAs and smartphones into true solution providers and income earners,” he said.</p>
<p>Grabba Products in brief:</p>
<p>Magnetic Stripe Reader
To read Magnetic Stripe Cards, e.g. as part of financial or non-financial applications.
Smartcard Reader
To read and write to smartcards such as health insurance cards, drivers’ licences, Visa/MasterCard chip cards or ID and security cards.
Barcode Scanner
Grabba offers 3 different types of barcode scanners, the standard for regular 1D barcodes such as those common to products sold through supermarkets, an enhanced model for 1D barcodes that are very small, poorly printed or read through glass or in bright sunlight - and an area imaging 1D and 2D scanner, for almost any type of barcode.
RFID Reader
To read non-contact RFID cards, chips and tags for identification and security systems.
There are also Combination models, which combine two or three of these technologies in one device.</p>
The extensive Grabba product range, 75% of which is exported, mostly to the USA , includes Barcode Scanners, Smartcard Readers, RFID Readers, Magnetic Stripe Readers and Combination Readers used in a wide variety of industry sectors, including Asset Management, Education, Sport, Security, Transportation, Banking, Logistics, Automotive, Event Management, Retail, Health, Real Estate and Homeland Security. Grabba International Pty Ltd headquarters are at 2 Henley Street , Coopers Plains , Qld 4108, Australia. Grabba, Inc. the North American subsidiary has offices in Burbank, California .</p>
<p>ABOUT Group Voyager: The Globus™ family of companies consists of more than 30 tourism and aviation businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals worldwide. Combined, Globus™ and Cosmos™ carry about hundreds of thousands of passengers a year making the company the leading operator of guided vacations worldwide. Globus™ attributes its success to the ideals of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard work, love for travel and commitment have guided the company.</p>
<p>About 3G Touch Solutions 3G Touch Solutions Inc. is a progressive technology firm focused on helping companies extend corporate information systems beyond the desktop. It provides mobility solutions that increase revenues, reduce costs and improve customer service. 3G Touch offers a suite of comprehensive solutions (including hosting services) to enable the mobile worker to access enterprise information in the right time, in the right format and in the right way.</p>
<p>About PayJunction: PayJunction is the leading payment gateway and merchant technology developer, enabling merchants to process secure transactions in real-time from anywhere in the world. Dedicated to increasing it’sclients’ sales while reducing their costs, since 2000, PayJunction has rapidly become a leading developer and provider of cutting edge merchant technology. PayJunction has also formed strategic alliances with leading financial institutions and technology partners to deliver the most comprehensive services in the industry.</p>
<p>About The Palm® Treo™ The Treo family of smartphones makes it easier than ever to stay connected. It simplifies life by combining a compact, full-featured mobile phone with email, including AOL, Gmail and Yahoo!, an organizer, messaging, and web access. All of which is within easy reach using the Treo smartphone's finger-friendly QWERTY keyboard. There's also Bluetooth® technology for connecting wirelessly to other Bluetooth devices such as headsets and car kits.</p>

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