Why to choose VoIP for businesses

 

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VoIP (or Voice over Internet Protocol) is simply just the method of transmitting voice communications (telephone calls) over an IP network such as an office Local Area Network (LAN) or the Internet. It is also the latest evolution of communications technology that includes ISDN and, as you’d expect, there’s a lot of debate as to which is better.

The following guide details why VoIP is fast becoming the communications technology of choice for today’s businesses:

Reduce Costs

VoIP provides many benefits over legacy telecoms technologies but by far the most documented will be in terms of costs. Substantial savings should be realised in terms of the rental costs and ongoing call charges but you will also find that VoIP deployments are easier to manage so there would be additional cost savings in terms of engineering and support charges.

Enhanced Functionality

The ability to have remote extensions such as home-workers, retain you landline number and deliver faxes to your inbox are just some of the additional features VoIP can introduce to a business over the legacy telecommunications options.

Flexibility

In the old days of digital telephony you would have to have paid for an engineer to come and move an extension, thus making reorganising an office an expensive and complex project. With VoIP, you simply unplug the phone at the old desk and then plug it in at the new desk and the ‘system’ will take care of the configuration.

Resilience

Disaster recovery comes as standard with VoIP. Unlike ISDN, in the event of a disaster such as a fire or flood, you would be able to log onto a portal and re-route where your inbound call traffic would go so that you can continue to operate. With ISDN this would be a time-consuming and costly exercise.

Future proofed

Sweden has already stopped delivering legacy ISDN services and it’s widely expected that the UK will follow suit in a few short years. By deploying VoIP today you are future-proofing your telecommunications and enjoying the additional benefits VoIP brings.

 

Easy to migrate

Making the switch to VoIP is incredibly simple. Firstly, everything happens remotely so you don’t have to do anything. Then, you can migrate in phases with no disruption to your existing services. And whilst VoIP is secure, reliable and resilient you can also retain some of your legacy services as a back-up for complete peace of mind.

You’re already using it…

Interestingly, you’re already using VoIP, even if you’re using ISDN. BT’s 21st  Century Network (21CN) project migrated their core network from legacy PSTN technologies to the latest carrier grade VoIP which means that once your call reaches the BT exchange it will be carried over their new VoIP network.

Security

As VoIP is much more flexible than traditional technology it’s easier to build in security features that would be too costly or just impossible with legacy solutions which means that for sensitive information such as financial details remain safe and secure and cannot be eavesdropped.

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There are many more reasons to consider migrating to VoIP based on your own requirements and current infrastructure. To find out how VoIP can improve you your business please contact POINT Systems.



Why the iBoardTouch?

For Education

The iBoardTouch is a low power, 1080p ,   6 point multi-touch anti-glare LED screen with the option to upgrade to an integrated all-in-one pc multi-touch LED screen. Energy efficient and considerably cheaper to purchase than traditional projector systems.

 

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For Business

Using iBoardTouch within your business can help reduce operating and staff costs, create virtual meetings, video conference, collaborate on documents In real-time, present projects or simply use as an interactive board.

 

Main advantages of the iBoardTouch compared with a traditional projector/interactive board:

 

  • full HD resolution - a crisp, bright touchscreen which will not be hindered by sunlight. No more closing the blinds and turning the lights off! The best LED technology is used with the iBoardTouch providing a much clearer image with no pixel issues.
  • 4 point multi-touch technology - this board can be used by 4 people at once.
  • Eco friendly - almost 6 times more energy efficient than a traditional whiteboard setup. Hugely lower power consumption and a much greater product life cycle. A typical traditional projector system will cost a school/business over £400 per year in electricity costs alone whereas an iBoardTouch will cost approximately £80 a year.
  • Wireless - a built in wireless network adaptor will connect to wireless routers with flawless, reliable speed and performance.
  • unsurpassed life cycle - if you were to use the iBoardTouch 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 365 days a year it would run for 29 years!
  • low maintenance - can be easily upgraded by any PC engineer. no other maintenance needed.
  • durable - a screen hardness of MoHs Level 7. scratch and impact resistant. yes, you could throw a chair at this board and it would not scratch or dent the product.
  • Quick set up - just turn on and begin interacting and collaborating.
  • integrated speakers - front mounted speakers ensure a great sound and slim profile.
  • Windows 7 - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64Bit enables improved desktop navigation. Start programs faster and more easily.
  • onsite warranty - 3 years onsite warranty which can be upgraded to 6 years.

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This amazing piece of technology can be purchased in different sizes, depending on where it is to be used.  It can also be mounted in several ways; on the wall, on a height adjustable stand or on a motorised stand which enables the user to change the height and will also move the iBoard to a horizontal position.

 

There are two versions of the iBoardTouch. The iBoardTouch Lite can be used alongside existing PC’s wirelessly whereas the iBoardTouch Pro pack comes with an integrated PC touchscreen with a software pack and upgraded accessories.

 

 

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The iBoardTouch – a new interactive solution for schools and businesses

Point Systems provides children in Worcester access to the

World Wide Web 

The Wychavon Youth Bus is a mobile multi-use drop in space for young people between the ages of 11-17. This mobile bus is mainly used in rural areas of Worcester and provides a range of activities and information for children and young adults.

 

The Wychavon Youth Bus has been running since 2010 as a mobile multi-use drop in space for young people between the ages of 11-17. The bus offers a range of drop in style activities along with a variety of information on a range of topics and issues to promote healthy lifestyles for young people. The bus offers a Wii, Xbox kinect, TV/ DVD alongside various art equipment, games and much more.

 

Thanks to Point Systems, the children now have access to the internet and it has been used frequently. As well as the internet being used for gaming, the leaders of this youth bus have also used the satellite technology to inform the young people about health issues, lifestyle changes and emotional behaviours.

 

As the pictures show below, the bus is used by many young adults, who enjoy access to this new technology.

 

Photo: Sun is shinning but the Xbox is just as popular! :-) youth bus at Norton Community Games

 

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Photo: Young people in Inkberrow using our new broadband to talk to FRANK.



Your answer is surely NO!

 

Here’s a reminder of all that POINT Systems can offer :

POINT Systems was started 12 years ago by Ned Spencer who has over 30 years experience in the IT industry. The company offers a range of IT solutions and friendly expert advice. With a broad array of experience and a network of contacts with in depth expertise in most disciplines, we can offer our customers a huge variety of technologies and products.

Why should you contact POINT Systems?

  • Excellent independent advice on new projects
  • Consultancy services – ‘one off’ days or out sourced services
  • Supply of hardware at very competitive prices, including;

Servers / Storage / Networking

PBX / Lines / Calls / Internet connectivity

Wireless / Free Space Optics / Satellite Broadband

Video Conferencing

WAN Optimisation

IT Security – Two factor authentication / Anti Virus

Building security – Access Control / CCTV

 

And if you need any more reasons to get in touch with us, we have many excellent reference sites.

So why not give us a call, drop us an email or go to our website.

01625 531851   [email protected]

 



Can your business do without a competitive quote from POINT Systems?

 

In the modern networked world, authentication and identity are at the centre of your network security. No matter how much money you spend on firewalls, VPNs, anti-virus, intrusion detection systems and other security systems, anyone who acquires the authentication credentials or identity of just one of your users can walk past all of these defences and gain access to your sensitive systems and data.

Single factor authentication – usually passwords – simply aren’t secure enough to do this. Passwords are too easily compromised – they can be easily snooped, phished, cracked, shared or guessed.

Signify is a company which helps organisations to secure their computer networks. They provide a secure alternative to passwords that safely enables remote access to systems and information by delivering two-factor authentication as an on-demand hosted service. Since 2000, Signify has built an outstanding reputation for delivering secure, reliable and flexible two-factor authentication which is quick and easy to deploy.

POINT Systems believes that Two factor authentication (2FA) is one solution for verifying the identity of your users securely and reliably every time.

But is this the right solution for you?

Do you need two-factor authentication?

The service is ideal for organisations that have:

Home workers and day extenders

Mobile staff

• Business partners who collaborate via an extranet or VPN

Guest and temporary workers

24 x 7 IT support staff

 

The key benefits to this 2 Factor Authentication are;

  • Guaranteed Reliability
  • Proven Security
  • Flexible to your requirements
  • Quick and easy

 

For more information on any products mentioned above, please call POINT Systems on 01625 531851.



Keep your business safe with Signify

 

Is your organisation performing at its best?

 Point Systems prides itself on using the latest technology and software to help companies work faster and more efficiently.  We have regularly used ‘Riverbed’ to give our customers the best performance for their organisations.

Riverbed delivers performance for the globally connected enterprise. With Riverbed, enterprises can successfully and intelligently implement strategic initiatives such as virtualization, consolidation, cloud computing, and disaster recovery without fear of compromising performance. By giving enterprises the platform they need to understand, optimize and consolidate their IT, Riverbed helps enterprises to build a fast, fluid and dynamic IT architecture that aligns with the business needs of the organization.

 

To reach the highest levels of performance for your company, Point Systems would recommend the Riverbed performance platform.

 

The performance platform is a set of modular products designed to empower IT organizations to align with and deliver results to the business. Each stand-alone product within the performance platform provides high performance gains and quick payback. Tied together, they can offer simplified deployment options and extended capabilities, ultimately delivering value greater than each stand-alone product. For example, they can provide visibility into optimized WAN environments and load-balanced applications, or streamline branch office infrastructure to improve end-user experience.

The Riverbed Performance Platform has five stand alone products which deliver high performance gains and quick payback. Tied together they can deliver cross-product capabilities to meet your unique needs.

 

 

 

Point Systems recently provided FUJI FILM IC with a Riverbed performance platform product (Steelhead). After the smooth installation, the international organisation saw huge improvements…

 

‘Tests carried out before and after the Steelhead implementation showed performance improvements by a factor of 3 in the speed of many operations and considerably more for some.

 

Point Systems also supported the implementation of Video Conferencing at three sites and everyone involved was very pleased with the outcome.

 

‘We would have no hesitation in recommending both Riverbed and POINT systems.’

Sandra Carrigan, IT Manager, FUJI FILM IC

To find out more about Riverbed, please contact Point Systems.



High level performance with Riverbed products

Point Systems is proud to reveal its close working relationship to a global company which has been providing state of the art security solutions since 1997. This multi-award winning company protects personal information and corporate assets from online and internal threats.

The success of this company is partly due to their easy-to-use technology which will suit any network, from a small home network to a huge organisation with needs for network security, data management and compliance.

The name of this company……

Webroot is committed to taking the misery out of Internet security for consumers and businesses worldwide. Webroot products consistently receive top review ratings by respected third parties and have been adopted by millions globally. With a wide range of online security products for home and office, Webroot protects corporate networks and allows consumers to download music, store digital files, bank, shop, surf and search – safely.

Webroots’ latest software uses cloud based technology to provide unique protection against ever evolving threats.

Webroot® SecureAnywhere™ – Endpoint Protection offers a revolutionary approach to endpoint malware protection. It brings together Webroot’s innovative file pattern and behavior recognition technology with the power of cloud computing to stop known threats and prevent unknown zero-day attacks more effectively than anyone else. Using the world’s lightest and fastest endpoint security client, scans are unbelievably fast—normally less than two minutes — and they don’t slow down your end-users. And because the technology is truly real-time, your security is always up-to-date, providing protection against all the latest threats and attacks without the hassle of managing signature file updates.

 

Some fast facts about Webroot SecureAnywhere – Endpoint Protection;

    • Best protection against known and unknown malware
    • Extremely fast and easy to deploy
    • Doesn’t slow down PCs or hinder user productivity
    • Always up-to-date and protected
    • Easy to manage
    • Online and offline protection

 

There are many benefits to using this software. For example, Webroot’s revolutionary cloud security virtually removes the window of vulnerability that exists with other endpoint security solutions to deliver true real-time protection against all types of malicious threats.

Webroot SecureAnywhere – Endpoint Protection also sets new standards in deployment, scan speeds, system resource usage, and endpoint footprint, ultimately saving you more time and money.

A web-based management console lets you easily manage end-user policies via an intuitive interface. The console provides full management of all your endpoints, including the ability to centrally create and administer endpoint security policies, view detailed service reports and logs, and manage whitelists, blacklists, and file overrides.

Webroot is committed to taking the misery out of Internet security for businesses and consumers.

Point Systems is able to offer our customers an exclusive free download link to trial this revolutionary software as we believe it is a fantastic product which will benefit all businesses.

To download this software will take only minutes and all you need is to click on the link below.

 www.webroot.com/WSABTrial-PointSystems

 

 

Did you know 51% of organisations lose data through mobile devices?

Powerful, smart devices allow for a highly mobile and productive workforce. Enterprise mobile management and security has led to a complex set of challenges for IT. Webroot SecureAnywhere Business – Mobile delivers uncompromising defense against malware and web-based threats, ensuring end users and business data are protected. The SecureAnywhere platform is the only cloud-based security solution delivering endpoint protection from a single management console.

Get protected!  Keep secure.

 



Discover the answer to your network security problems

Get SMARTGet interactive!

 

This hugely successful company is defined by innovation and a desire to improve the way the world works and learns. SMART has helped millions of students, teachers and business people discover new ideas, new ways of learning and new ways of collaborating. Their simple interactive and intergrated solutions are vital to many classrooms and meeting rooms around the world.

They created the world’s first interactive whiteboard in 1991, and they remain a leading provider of interactive whiteboards.  Incorporated in 1987, SMART has been committed to innovation and excellence for more than 25 years.

For this reason, more than two million SMART board interactive whiteboards are used by students and teachers in more than 175 countries.

 

 As well as being a global success with educators, they also have visual collaboration solutions which help business teams increase innovation and boost productivity by working together without the restrictions of traditional tools or distance.

Without doubt, their initial success was due to the interactive whiteboard but SMART has now significantly evolved to include interactive flat panels, interactive tables, interactive pen displays, student response systems, wireless slates, audio enhancement systems, document cameras, conferencing software, a full line of interactive learning software and more.

Using SMART’s touch-enabled interactive displays and powerful software applications, businesses can elevate the way their teams collaborate to develop ideas, visualize strategies, solve problems and make decisions.  With interactive whiteboards, interactive displays and software, you can open files, applications, websites and multimedia and interact with them on a large touch-enabled surface. You can write notes in digital ink, save them into your files and share them instantly via e-mail. You can switch from writing notes to navigating applications and back with a simple touch. And you can share screens instantly with remote participants, so everyone can see and contribute to the work in real time, regardless of location.

 

To order your SMART product or to find out more information, please contact Point Systems.



Do business the SMART way!

Get complete control over your mobile devices

Every organisation, no matter how small, needs control over their mobile devices and the data which is sent to and from them.

 

According to a recent survey, over 70% of organisations still don’t control USB sticks, control data flow or manage mobiles/tablets. If your company uses mobile products such as;  iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, printers, DVD’s and of course laptops, then this Endpoint Protection solution will manage your mobile devices and the content that is transferred on and off them.

 As well as having complete protection over your mobile devices, this new, revolutionary software will also protect your network in a variety of other ways.

  • full data leakage prevention across mobile devices and applications such as email, IM and social networks. 
  • Data Shadowing – take a copy of all information that is sent to or from a mobile or removable device.
  • Locate and Control iOS and Android Devices with remote wipe, tracking and data control.
  • Scalable/upgradeable for Enterprise customers.
  • The only solution of its kind to work with Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

 

Point Systems can offer smaller organisations a fantastic FREE ‘Endpoint Protector’ software solution today by clicking on the link below. If your company has up to 10 PC’s/Mac’s/Linux machines and up to 5 iOS/Android Devices, you will qualify to install this revolutionary software solution to your network today!

 

For more information about this product or to install your free software please click here.



Mobile Device Management Solution

Need new Terminated Fibre Links?

 

Then look no further..

 

POINT Systems is now able to offer you 100% Pluggable Terminated Fibre Links.

 

 

 

 

Yes this little piece of kit is such a great idea. Its simple, fast, cost effective and high performing.

 

SIMPLE:

No terminations, No expensive equipment

Simple internal fibre management

FAST:

48 fibres installed in about an 1 hour  (typical time to load patch panels)

COST EFFECTIVE:

Compared to on-site termination

Around 35% cheaper  (based on direct comparisons with traditional on-site terminated fibre networks)

HIGH PERFORMING:

Factory Consistent Lower Insertion Losses

 

This simple piece of kit has many benefits, a few being: instant installation – 100% pluggable, up to 65% reduced installation time over on-site Terminated fibre, and 3 to 5 day Lead Times.

And if you needed any more persuasion, it also comes with a 25 year product warranty.

Can we POINT you towards 100% pluggable terminated fibre links? If so, please call 01625 531851

 




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