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Greenlink Launches Bus Location App

GreenlinkGreenlink, public transportation system for Greenville, SC, has launched a new automated bus locator service that allows passengers to track the real-time whereabouts of the system’s 14 fixed route buses either online or via a downloadable app called ‘Route Shout’.

Additionally, electronic message boards have been installed in the dispatch booth and in the bus bays in the Greenlink Transit Center that show the anticipated arrival and departure times for the system’s 14 fixed route buses including the Clemson Commuter, Clemson Connector and CU-ICAR/St. Francis Shuttle. The new technology will provide passengers and potential bus riders with real-time information that allows them to better plan their travel schedules, according to Greenlink officials.

“The bus locator service is a valuable planning tool for our passengers and a great marketing tool as we seek to expand our ridership,” said Greenlink Transit Director Mark Rickards. “The online and real-time aspects of the bus locator program allow us to more effectively communicate with our riders, and it allows us faster and improved access to information for better performance.”

The bus locator project also includes an audio visual annunciation system that announces upcoming stops from the bus’s public address system and simultaneously displays the name of each stop on electronic message boards at the front of the bus. Another feature is an automated passenger counter on all buses to better track indicators such as peak service hours and the most popular stops.

“The automated passenger counter gives us solid data on changing ridership patterns, which in turn helps us with service changes, budgeting and securing funding,” Rickards said.

Visitors to the Greenlink website can access the bus locator web portal by clicking on ‘Bus Locator’ in the left navigation bar. After selecting a route, website visitors are taken to a map that shows the real-time location of the bus on that route.

Those wishing to access the bus locator from a smart phone can download the app called ‘Route Shout’. After selecting Greenlink Transit from the list of transit agencies, users can select specific Greenlink routes and stops to reveal the scheduled and predicted bus arrival times for that location. The ‘Route Shout’ app is compatible with Android and iPhones.

The next phase of the bus locator project is the placement of Greenlink on Google Transit, and a trolley tracker system for the downtown trolleys, according to Rickards.

Greenlink provides fixed route transportation services Monday through Saturday in the City of Greenville and throughout Greenville County. It also operates the Clemson Commuter, the CU-ICAR/St. Francis Shuttle and Tiger Connect. Additionally, Greenlink operates trolleys with Thursday through Sunday service in downtown Greenville, and Greenville Area Paratransit (GAP), an ADA service provided for disabled individuals who are unable to use Greenlink’s fixed route bus service.

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BarberWind Turbines Receives SCRA Technology Venture Investment

BarberWind TurbinesSCRA Technology Ventures’ SC Launch program today announced its $200,000 investment in Greenville-based BarberWind Turbines. The company was accepted into the program in June, receiving mentoring and support services as a client company. This investment now makes the company an SC Launch Portfolio Company. BarberWind Turbines is a groundbreaking wind technology company that designs, manufactures, constructs and maintains wind energy assets. The company’s wind turbine, which will be manufactured in Upstate South Carolina, is highly efficient and among the most cost-effective wind technologies on the market. One 800 kW wind turbine offsets carbon pollution equivalent to taking 700 cars off the road. The entire turbine ships from the manufacturer in five 40 foot containers and does not require a heavy lift crane for assembly or maintenance, allowing the turbine to be used in remote, high-wind locations like the Caribbean and Central America.

“We congratulate BarberWind Turbines on this investment funding,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “SCRA’s SC Launch program continues to invest in technology-based companies that are helping to further South Carolina’s Knowledge Economy, and we look forward to a successful partnership with the BarberWind team.”

via SCRA

Greenville Pillow Tech Startup Earns Double on Kickstarter Goal

FohmWith 336 backers and $42,141 pledged on Kickstarter, Greenville startup, Fohm, earned nearly double of it’s original goal of $23,000 to produce the most advanced cooling pillow in existence.

Memory foam technology is stepped up with Fohm’s ThermaPhase cooling component. Unlike other cooling pillows on the market, the Fohm pillow reduces heat and wicks it away from the body during sleep – the result is an even body temperature of 88 degrees.

“Memory foam pillows offer so many great benefits, but their tendency to trap heat during sleep is a major problem,” said Nick Ondrako, Fohm Co-Founder. “We solved this problem by using a new cooling technology called ThermaPhase which provides superior heat distribution.”

The pillows will be offered in a variety of shapes and will be encased in a phase change fabric for an additional layer of cooling comfort.

Creator of the next generation memory foam pillow, Fohm launched on Kickstarter on October 1st and ended on October 31st.

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Help Wanted: Account Manager

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TSAChoice is actively seeking an audio/visual, low voltage and security account manager for the upstate SC area.

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Solar Atmospheres Opening First Southeastern Facility in Greenville County

Solar AtmostpheresSolar Atmospheres, a leading commercial heat treating company, is establishing its first Southeastern operations in Greenville County, South Carolina to better serve customers in the automotive and aerospace-rich region. The company’s more than $15 million investment will create 11 new jobs in the area.

Solar Atmospheres is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. The newest division of Solar Atmospheres will be operating out of 54,000 square feet of manufacturing space at 108 Progressive Court. The facility is located on a 14-acre site south of Greenville near the intersection of I-85 and I-185, which is within a one-day trip from most industrial centers in the Southeast.

“This is a major expansion for our companies with an investment in excess of $15 million including building, property, new vacuum furnaces, and a facility-wide closed-loop water cooling system to ensure continuous uptime for our customers,” noted Roger Jones, Corporate President of Solar Atmospheres. Mr. Jones also expressed appreciation to the Greenville Area Development Corporation, the Upstate South Carolina Alliance and the South Carolina Department of Commerce for helping to make the announcement possible.

“Greenville was selected because of its logistical convenience to current and prospective customers, and the favorable business climate in South Carolina and especially in the Greenville area,” added Steve Prout, President of Solar Atmospheres Southeast.

“With this announcement we are once again proving that South Carolina is a place where businesses of all kinds can grow and succeed. We celebrate Solar Atmospheres for choosing Greenville County for their new facility, bringing $15 million in investment and creating 11 new jobs for the area,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Vacuum furnaces and support equipment are currently being scheduled for installation and startup. Furnace sizes will range from vacuum furnaces capable of supporting small production lots and development work to a 24-foot car bottom furnace for processing large, heavy loads. Process capabilities will range from standard vacuum heat treating to vacuum carburizing, vacuum annealing, vacuum stress relieving, vacuum brazing, and other specialized vacuum thermal processes as well as research and development activity.

“Companies that serve our growing automotive and aerospace sectors are quickly finding a home in South Carolina,” noted Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “What a testament to our business-friendly reputation that Solar Atmospheres will bring their first facility in the Southeastern United States to Greenville.”

Company representatives expect the Greenville facility to open by the end of the first quarter of 2015. The company operates three existing facilities in the United States: two in Pennsylvania and another in California. Solar Atmospheres today serves more than 18 industries, including aerospace, medical, automotive and power generation.

“Solar Atmospheres is an outstanding example of a company that is using world-class technology, unmatched technical expertise and performance-based processes to grow and succeed,” said Richard (Dick) Wilkerson, Chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. “Theirs is a technology-driven business with an entrepreneurial energy, and will be a great addition to Greenville County.”

“The Upstate region is primed to support innovation and growth among cutting-edge partners serving the automotive and aerospace industries. This area is home to a growing array of research-driven, technically advanced organizations whose expertise continues to fuel our regional economy. We welcome Solar Atmospheres to the Upstate,” said John Lummus, President and CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance.

Hiring will begin in January. Those interested in being a part of the new Solar Atmospheres Greenville team may visit the company’s careers page.

via Solar Atmostpheres

Automation Equipment Manufacturer ruhlamat America Inc. Establishes Operations in Greenville County

ruhlamatruhlamat America Inc., a designer and manufacturer of top tier customized automation equipment intent on accelerating its growth in North and South America, today announced that it will establish its U.S. operations in Greenville County. The undisclosed investment is expected to add at least 35 new jobs over the next few years.

Founded in 1991, ruhlamat America Inc. is a division of the MACK Group, a diversified manufacturer with over 500 employees and operations in Germany (HQ), China, India and North America. The largest division of MACK Group, ruhlamat specializes in the design and manufacturing of customized automation equipment with primary applications in the automobile industry. The company is also world-renowned for its design and assembly of chip card (including credit card, transportation, and government identification) and custom passport production technologies.

At launch, the new operations will be housed in approximately 10,000 square feet located at 138 Johns Road in Greer, with expansion to a larger facility projected over the next three to five years. ruhlamat anticipates hiring approximately 15 associates in 2014 to support custom equipment assembly for U.S. customers, with additional hiring planned over 24-36 months.

Hiring information for the company will be released shortly. Positions to be filled include electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, assembly technicians, quality control, sales and administrative support positions. Interested candidates may email resumes to

For more information about ruhlamat America Inc., please visit until the U.S. website is established.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project.

via South Carolina Department of Commerce

New Job Posting! Programmer – Greenville Casualty

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Greenville Casualty would like to hire full time staff member to maintain and write code using C#, Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web GUI.

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Greenville Health System Pilots Wireless-powered Diabetes Management Solution

The Greenville, S.C.-based healthcare system is among first in Southeast to incorporate wireless tool as part of employee wellness initiative.

GHSSouth Carolina’s largest health system is pioneering the use of the world’s first cellular-enabled blood glucose management system. Greenville Health System has signed on to use the Telcare Blood Glucose Meter, (the Telcare BGM®) combined with a secure, privacy-protected cloud-based care management server with automated messaging and reporting. The device establishes a constant connection that relays blood sugar data between patient and doctor, with immediate messaging back to the patient, resulting in more customized treatment plans.

Greenville Health System (GHS) is using the Telcare blood glucose management system as part of an employee wellness initiative. Selected employees at GHS are using the meters on a pilot basis, and the health system plans to make the Telcare meter broadly available to additional diabetic employees later this year.

“The Telcare system creates a year-round culture of care by digitizing a consistent support mechanism that’s so crucial for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels,” said Dr. Angelo Sinopoli, Greenville Health System’s chief medical officer. “Employee wellness is important to our company, and cellular-enabled glucose meters allow a new level of care and control for our diabetic employees.”

The Telcare solution is an example of mHealth technology, which includes machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions specially designed and optimized for the healthcare industry. M2M describes technology that enables cellular networked devices to create business solutions by exchanging information and performing actions with other devices or networks.

“mHealth devices, such as the Telcare system, truly benefit from the speed and reliability of our network,” said Jerry Fountain, Carolinas/Tennessee Region President for Verizon Wireless. “Telcare helps patients and their doctors share vital health information day and night. Diabetes can be a frightening disease, but the Telcare meter is another tool to help patients better manage their health.”

via Verizon Wireless

Greenville Java Users Group Presents, “Brains and Computers” August 14

GJUGGuest speaker, Brian C. Dean, Ph.D., will present on the latest integrations of machines and technology to better understand neurological disorders and to annotate results on the web.

August 14 - 6:30PM - Find Great People Office

Register Online: Brains and Computers

BrianBrian will share his work on research projects that help doctors better understand neurological disorders like epilepsy and autism. Their work uses machine learning and other techniques to analyze large EEG (brain wave) data sets and make network models of brains. They are also working on ways for medical experts to view and annotate this data on the web.

Brian has a PhD in computer science from MIT. His research focuses on algorithms, he promotes high-school CS education, and he directs the Applied Algorithms Group in the School of Computing at Clemson. His research is currently supported by an NSF CAREER award.

via Greenville Java Users Group

SC Student Selected as Regional Finalist in 2014 Google Science Fair Competition

Keith-CoffmanAfter much deliberation, the Google Science Fair team of judges has selected the regional finalists for the 2014 competition. One of the finalists is Keith Coffman a 17 year old from Greenville, SC.

His project is the Superconducting Levitation and Propulsion Control System, a control system that utilizes the restoring force of superconductors to control propulsion of maglev vehicles in addition to the levitation for which they are already used. Keith’s project has also been selected as a finalist for the Computer Science Award.

Keith’s project was selected from thousands of submissions from more than 120 countries around the world to move on to the next round of judging.

via Google