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GALE FORCE is a privately owned computer sales and support company based in Monaco since 1988. GALE FORCE works with all types of companies from multi national corporations to government departments, to individuals in Monaco and the surrounding area.

GALE FORCE is a one stop shop for all your computer needs:

 - Technical support both onsite and remote, troubleshooting,
   virus and spyware removal
 - Computer hospital
 - Sales of all types of computers, printers, peripherals
   and networking equipment
 - Consulting on all matters IT and Internet
 - Development and hosting of websites
 - Development of custom Apps and software for PC's, mobile
   devices and platforms such as Facebook
 - Hosting of websites, mail servers, application servers and
   virtual servers in our Monaco Data Center
 - Virtualisation and cloud hosting for client servers
 - Management and monitoring of client networks

Our research area covers all types of hi tech applications that could develop into services. These include Social engineering, 3D Printing, Drones, Remote surveillance, Augmented Reality, GPS tracking, Embedded systems and Robotics.

For more information please click the buttons on the left or contact us at:

GALE FORCE Computing,
13 avenue St Michel,
MC98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 93 50 20 92
Email:
TECH SUPPORT
 
GALE FORCE Tech Support is a service we have been providing to our clients since we started in 1988. This service is built upon our team of experienced computer engineers based in our Monaco office. These engineers are ready to come to your home or office to provide timely techincal support directly upon your equipment. For clients who travel we can also offer a remote support option so we can troubleshoot your PC no matter where you are in the world - providing you have an internet connection.

Our engineers work on all levels of systems from single home PC's and tablets right up to multi site, multi server networks with websites, secure certificates, Microsoft Exchange and SQL applications.

Our typical onsite work includes:

 - Troubleshooting of problems onsite and remotely
 - Installation and configuration of new equipment such as
   PC's, Printers, Routers
 - Troubleshooting internet problems
 - Detecting and removing viruses and spyware
 - Troubleshooting and repairing faulty equipment
 - General help with the use of technology

An example of our corporate clients is the US based Bloomberg Financial Services. For over 20 years GALE FORCE have worked directly with Bloomberg to provide installation and technical support services for all their equipment in the banks and investment houses across Monaco and the South of France.

If you would like to discuss having an engineer visit please contact our office at:

GALE FORCE Computing,
13 avenue St Michel,
MC98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 93 50 20 92
Email:
COMPUTERS
 
Since the beginning in 1988 GALE FORCE have been supplying all types of computer hardware to meet the requirements of our clients. In 1988 it was almost exclusively PC's and printers. Over the years our clients' requirements, and so our range, have expanded to include:

 - PC's, tablets (HP, Acer, Toshiba, Apple, ...)
 - Printers, USB disks, cables, consumables
 - Routers, Wifi, Repeaters (D-Link, Netgear, HP, ...)
 - Software (Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe, ...)
 - Servers, Backup Tapes, Disk sub systems (HP)
 - Network and Security devices (firewalls, routers, switches)
  (Cisco, HP, Netgear, D-Link, ...)

If you would like to discuss your requirements please contact our office at:

GALE FORCE Computing,
13 avenue St Michel,
MC98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 93 50 20 92
Email:
APPS & SOFTWARE
 
GALE FORCE was started in Monaco in 1988 as a development company to design, build and support software solutions for local companies.

Over the years we have built all types of specialised software for our clients including: point of sales; manufacturing; time management and billing; shipping management; company secretarial; crew recruitment; real estate sales and management; online auction; online sales systems and many others. We work on many platforms from Microsoft Visual Studio to PHP and Java to chip based microcode. Projects range in scope from multi user, multi lingual web based systems to single PC projects to mobile/Facebook Apps to hardware embedded systems.

Click the buttons below to see resumes of our most recent projects.

Yacht Sales,
Charter System
Portfolio
Management
Bank & Asset
Management

Facebook
Home Page App
Web based
Internal CRM

YACHT SALES AND CHARTER SYSTEM

GALE FORCE is the developer of the specialised business software used to run one of the world's largest super yacht sales, charter and management companies. Over the last 16 years we have worked closely with this client to specify, develop and support a centralised global management system to provide data services to over 100 employees in offices around the world. The main features of the system are:

Yacht Database: storage of full physical and technical specifications of yachts; storage of all photographs and deck plans; fully automatic documentation generation for sales and marketing as pdf's and html emails; full searching and filtering capabilities; mobile version for phones; touch version for ipad; multiple levels of data access controls to suit management, brokers and assistants.

Contact Database: storage of all types of personal and company contact information for clients, crew, industry mailings etc; both postal and email distribution systems which link with automatic documentation from the Yachts; full statistical analysis for client performance and history.

Charter Systems: stores charter availability, rates, cruising areas etc; booking management system. Itineraries planner and archiver allows brokers to quickly create and share yacht cruising itineraries.

Spares Database: storage system to manage the sourcing of all types of yacht parts and equipment; large scale database of yacht equipment and spares by type and suppliers around the world. It allows yacht managers to quickly find a local supplier of parts, no matter where the yacht is located.

Yacht Accounts: a multi yacht, multi currency financial reporting system used in the management of super yachts. The system provides monthly and yearly client and management reports showing, not only actual performance, but also comparisons against predicted budgets.

Document Archive: a large scale document management system which acts as a central library for both internal and external documentation.


This large scale system includes many other smaller sections such as: internal departmental blogs; management reporting; corporate mailing; automatic newsletter generation; real time data replication to public website; etc, etc.

This suite of software has been designed and developed by GALE FORCE in Monaco.

PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

The Portfolio Management system was developed for an investment management company based in Switzerland. This multi currency, multi client system tracks financial transactions and provides monthly, quarterly and yearly client statements.
BANK & ASSET MANAGEMENT

The Bank & Asset Management system was developed for a Monaco client that owns and operates assets all around the world including apartments, hotels, cars and yachts. The system consolidates multiple bank accounts and currencies into custom weekly, monthly and yearly statements for performance tracking.
FACEBOOK HOME PAGE APP

This GALE FORCE Home Page you are now reading was originally developed as an App for the Facebook platform. By running the page as an App within Facebook it means we can present our company in the style of our choice while still offering the advantages of Facebook integration.

When you first open the App it asks your permission to access your basic information from the Facebook Open Graph structure. This allows the App to see such details as your name and locale. The App then uses this information to display a welcome at the top of the MAIN page and decide which language of text to display.

If suitable permissions are given by the user, the Facebook platform allows Apps to access all levels of the Social Graph. This deeper access allows for the creation of new social services that can interact not only with the user, but also include their Facebook friends.

WEB BASED INTERNAL CRM

The GALE FORCE CRM system was developed for in house use to provide a central time management and billing system for our Onsite Engineers. The system has the following main features:

- Tracks daily Engineers' rendezvous
- Prints Onsite Worksheets for each rendezvous
- Tracks time spent on in house consulting work
- Contains a Parts management system and Delivery Notes system
- Manages recurring monthly client charges
- Creates and prints Invoices which then export to bespoke GFC Internal
  Accounting system
- Tracks warranty on items sold
- Full archiving allows the system to be used as a client research tool
- Autodials desk phone directly from CRM screen
- Fully web based and cloud compatible

If you would like to discuss your software requirements please contact our office at:

GALE FORCE Computing,
13 avenue St Michel,
MC98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 93 50 20 92
Email:
INTERNET
 
In 1994 GALE FORCE began building the first Internet Service Provider business in France/Monaco outside the Paris region. At first we offered dial-in Internet access, but this quickly developed to incorporate custom email applications and websites.

At its peak our dial-in service handled several hundred simultaneous internet connections into our fully owned centres in Monaco and France. This has now been scaled back with the proliferation of broadband ADSL.

Email Services

For individual clients GALE FORCE offer several generic email domains including: @monaco.mc, @montecarlomail.com, @rivieramail.com and @gf-net.com. These can be POP or IMAP accounts and can be accessed directly from Microsoft Outlook and all other standard email programs. GALE FORCE also provide a webmail service for email access while travelling.

For our clients GALE FORCE operate an authenticating SMTP service which may be used to send emails from anywhere in the world.

In 2006 we sold the domain name monaco.mc to the local telephone provider Monaco Telecom. GALE FORCE continue to host monaco.mc emails and websites by way of a licence agreement with Monaco Telecom.

For companies or groups GALE FORCE offer a full turnkey solution including domain registration, multiple email accounts and website.

Domain Services

GALE FORCE work with registration companies all over the world to setup new domain names and ensure timely renewal. We can register and host domain names from any country. For example: mc, ch, uk, de, br, es, ru, sg, ua as well as the generics like com, net, org, biz etc. Our Monaco based servers currently manage the DNS requests for several hundred domains all over the world.

GALE FORCE Computing,
13 avenue St Michel,
MC98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 93 50 20 92
Email:
WEBSITES
 
In 1994 GALE FORCE began building the first Internet Service Provider business in France/Monaco outside the Paris region. At first we offered dial-in Internet access, but this quickly developed to incorporate specialised custom email applications and websites.

One of our early showcase websites was GALE FORCE F1 which reported on the world of Formula 1 motor racing. This site was regularly delivering over 1 million pages per month by the time it was closed for commercial reasons in 2002. The site had a mailing list of over 34,000 fans who would receive 9 newsletters during the course of each Grand Prix weekend.

Since these early days we have developed many, many websites, sometimes for hosting in our Monaco Data Center, sometimes for hosting on global server farms and sometimes for private use within an office. See the details of our private cloud based Yacht Sales and Charter System on our APPS & SOFTWARE page.

Over the years we have used many different development techniques ranging from static html to database driven interactive java sites. Recently we have also been creating custom WordPress™ templates for our clients. This allows a complex site to be generated in a cost effective manner while providing the client with 100% control over the site contents.

The Star Trek themed website you are now reading was first developed as an App for Facebook™ before being modified for use as a website. All photographs are of GALE FORCE premises and equipment. No stock photography was used. The site is managed by a GALE FORCE developed Content Management System. For more details about this website as an App see our APPS & SOFTWARE section.

Whether your interest is to publicise your company or develop the next version of Facebook™ or Ebay™, GALE FORCE are always interested to hear your requirements.

If you would like to discuss your website requirements please contact our office at:

GALE FORCE Computing,
13 avenue St Michel,
MC98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 93 50 20 92
Email:
HOSTING
 
In 1994 GALE FORCE began building the first Internet Service Provider business in France/Monaco outside the Paris region. At first we offered dial-in Internet access, but this quickly developed to incorporate specialised custom email applications and websites. Part of this project was the creation of our Monaco Data Center to house the servers and communications equipment. This is possibly the only privately owned data hosting facility in Monaco.

Once our ISP business was operational we saw a local market for hosting, not only clients' websites on our servers, but also clients' servers directly on the Internet in our data center.

Today we connect to the Internet via multiple fibre optic links and host several racks of both physical and virtual servers. We offer all types of co location services, including daily offsite tape backups for individual servers. Many of our client owned servers link to client locations around the world over secure internet VPN links. Some of our client owned servers link directly to local Monaco offices via private leased lines.

GALE FORCE own and maintain several hectares of densely forested woodland which goes some way towards balancing the carbon footprint of our 24/7 Monaco Data Center operation.GALE FORCE Forest

If you would like to discuss your hosting or co location requirements in Monaco please contact our office at:

GALE FORCE Computing,
13 avenue St Michel,
MC98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 93 50 20 92
Email:
VIRTUALISATION
 
In 2010 we began to build and host virtual servers in our Monaco Data Center. One of our first projects was to virtualise many of our forward facing Internet Service Provider computers onto 3 very powerful Virtual Server Hosts. Shortly after this project was completed we began to build and host virtual server units for our clients, as well as providing cloud services by renting space and processing power on the GALE FORCE servers.

What is Virtualisation?
These days many offices have several servers, each performing a different function. An example would be an office with separate servers for mail, file and database applications. To a point this could be a requirement, as sometimes certain combinations of applications may not function correctly if installed on the same server.

A Virtual Server Host can be viewed as a very powerful computer which can hold several different partitions on its hard disks. In each partition it can store all the normal Windows and application files for a complete server. Each of these partitions is known as a Virtual Server. The Virtual Server Host is so powerful that it can cycle round all the Virtual Servers processing a little for each one. Providing the Host is fast enough the end result is that each Virtual Server runs at the speed it used to do on its old dedicated hardware. In practice 20 or more Virtual Servers can co exist on a single modern day Virtual Server Host system.

In a Virtual Server environment, redundancy is achieved by copying each Virtual Server partition to several Virtual Server Hosts. This means if a Host fails, the same Virtual Server can be started up on a different Host.

GALE FORCE offer all levels of Virtual Servers and Virtual Server Hosts. This includes building and selling Virtual Server Hosts either for your office or for remote hosting in our Monaco Data Center. We can also provide a complete Virtual environment to host your current servers as virtual partitions on our main Virtual Server Hosts.

If you would like to discuss your Virtual requirements please contact our office at:

GALE FORCE Computing,
13 avenue St Michel,
MC98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 93 50 20 92
Email:
HISTORY
 
The milestones in the history of GALE FORCE Computing are:

1988: GALE FORCE was created in Monaco as a software development company working for local financial, legal and shipping companies. We quickly became a leading supplier of custom software and computer hardware for the expanding local PC market.

1990: GALE FORCE became the first company in Monaco to build and sell custom 'clone' PC's by assembling from component parts.

1992: GALE FORCE was sub contracted by the Nice Airport IT maintenance company to provide onsite maintenance and installation for all clients of Bloomberg Financial Services in Monaco.

GALE FORCE started experiments with 3D vision and Virtual Reality. We began a short lived, 3D modeling and animation service for local companies.

1993: GALE FORCE Jeux was created and rapidly became one of the top 5 computer games mail order companies in France. GALE FORCE Jeux has since been closed due to a variety of factors.

1994: GALE FORCE Networks began work on the first public dial-in Internet access in the South of France. The access was opened in Monaco in January of 1995. By registering the domain monaco.mc we became Monaco's first presence on the Internet and worked with the international authorities to open the '.mc' top-level domain.

1995: GALE FORCE created a dedicated F1 web site covering all the news and results in the world of F1 motor racing. Our site was unique on the Internet and was mentioned in articles in F1 Racing magazine, The Times newspaper and on TV in Sky News. For a while the official McLaren F1 website linked to our results and news articles. Our F1 site closed in 2002 after covering 99 Grands Prix live and peaking at well over 1 million page views per month. The site had over 34,000 registered subscribers. During our F1 phase we also hosted the Canadian AtlasF1 site and the official website of the Pacific F1 Team.

1996: Due to rising local demand, GALE FORCE Networks created a fully owned dial-in Internet access point in France, using a combination of leased lines and virtual networks to link users directly into our Monaco backbone.

1998 GALE FORCE signed a contract with a major international financial services company to provide onsite installation and maintenance support for all their South of France clients. Part of this project was the construction of a new environmentally controlled and monitored data center in Monaco.

1999: As one of the few companies in Monaco with fast reliable Internet access we provided many local conferences with IT equipment and Internet connectivity. Some of our most memorable events were the international Monopoly World Championship, the Foire de Monaco, a Careers fair which included access to our multi user Quake gaming server, and Etre 99, a high level meeting of minds including Bill Gates.

2001: We took over all the contracts and clients of Société Monégasque d'Informatique. These included, amongst others, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Monaco Police department.

In 2001 we took stands at the local Monaco and Cannes Yacht Shows to promote our range of GPS to PC navigation and charting systems.

2002: We opened our Monaco Data Center to clients who wished to have their own servers hosted directly on the Internet.

2006: GALE FORCE sold the 'monaco.mc' domain name to Monaco Telecom and agreed licensing terms to continue to operate @monaco.mc email accounts with our clients.

2010: We began a project to virtualize our Monaco Data Center to reduce power and space requirements while increasing processing power and bandwidth. We began to offer virtual hosting to our clients.

2011: We began to develop Apps for Android and Facebook™ platforms.

2012: Having hosted WordPress websites for several years, we now begin creating custom templates for local companies.

GALE FORCE Computing,
13 avenue St Michel,
MC98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 93 50 20 92
Email: