SMALL SOFTWARE FIRM LANDS MAJOR 25-YEAR DEAL WITH NASA
Gainesville-based Micro Timer and Controls Inc. announces it has received a 25-year co-exclusive agreement with NASA for “Fire Inspection Software.” The software, originally named RD-40, was developed for use at Kennedy Space Center by NASA employees to keep a database and tracking system for fire inspection for all of Kennedy Space Center.
“I believe if this software package can cover all of Kennedy Space Center and meet the needs of NASA, then it ought to be good enough for the rest of corporate America,” says Dan Hargrove, owner of Micro Timer and Controls. As part of the technology transfer of intelligent property to the private sector, NASA receives a 5-percent royalty on both the sales and service of the software. Micro Timer and Controls can modify any part of the program, add additional features, translate it into any language and export it to any country in the world. “This deal reminds me of my first course in salesmanship more than 25 years ago. The bigger the order, the longer it takes,” adds Hargrove. “We started talks in October 1999, got a written legal agreement in June 2000 and finally got the software today. This will change the course of our company.” The software was developed using Visual Basic and runs under Windows(tm) 95/98 and NT.
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