The core objective of any school is obvious: to provide a safe, secure, positive environment in which to enhance children’s learning. Children, teachers, and parents must all feel confident that they are studying, working, and entrusting their loved ones to an establishment that has the infrastructure and technology needed to deliver on this goal. And while a well-equipped school from a teaching perspective is certainly a significant part of the equation, video surveillance and related communications technology also plays a key role.
Schools provide some unique challenges in comparison to other working environments. Let’s be honest, the arrival (and departure) of dozens if not hundreds of young students within a few minutes of each other is never the calmest or most organized of activities! It’s important that schools can ensure that only those students supposed to be there are indeed in the school. And anyone who’s spent any time in a school outside the classroom, will know that the day is defined by periods of calm and quiet, punctuated with times of movement, interaction, and high degrees of excitement.
Multiple roles for video surveillance
Unfortunately, not every interaction between students or, indeed, between students and teachers, is a positive one. Comprehensive, visible video surveillance can not only act as a deterrent to bullying and violence, but can help in identifying where situations are escalating, allowing fast action to be taken. Furthermore, when combined with audio products such as horn speakers, school administrators can communicate quickly and directly with students, diffusing situations, letting people know that help is on the way in case of accidents, or simply making important announcements to give some order to student movements.
Looking forward, schools will be able to use their video surveillance solution for applications beyond safety and security; for instance, in response to poor weather conditions, to monitor and optimize energy efficiency, and to improve the flow of students throughout the school.
Innovation in even the most established of schools
One example of a school that is bringing the benefits of video surveillance to its campus is Rixin Elementary School in Taipei, Taiwan. Though established more than a century ago, the school continues to push forward with a modern technology infrastructure. The school installed a new network video surveillance system, aiming to improve campus surveillance and deliver real-time alerts which would allow security guards and staff to monitor real-time videos easily and react swiftly to any potential incident.
With a limited number of staff at the school, it is essential that the solution supported them in viewing high-quality video from any location. Through the support of a convenient mobile viewing app, which allows users to watch live view or playback on their mobile phones, real-time safety protection is achieved. Meanwhile, the system setup and fine-tuning can be done easily via the simple, intuitive interface, allowing the school to perform the security management task in a more efficient manner. As Sheng-wei Wang, the school’s Director of General Affairs explains: “Even teachers with no IT background are able to monitor and manage campus security with this simple surveillance solution.”
As Rixin Elementary School demonstrates, schools of any size can benefit from high-quality video surveillance systems. Axis offers a wide range of solutions, including AXIS Camera Station, which can support the majority of video surveillance needs for smaller and medium-sized educational establishments, and can be integrated into existing security systems. Easy to set up, manage, and operate, AXIS Camera Station is being used in thousands of installations around the world.
As you already know, the Reabah family added Teceri in 2014 augmenting the business communication and technology services and solutions we offer. Since then, we have continued to grow and today have dedicated staff, vehicles and a variety of services ready to meet your business’s needs.
Teceri integrates with and leverages the networking expertise of Networking Technologies. This provides your business with customized solutions and unified systems that integrate seamlessly.
Teceri provides several services in the latest in communication technology – whether it’s knowing who is entering or exiting your buildings or communicating with your employees through video, email, phone, or signage, we have solutions to make your business more effective and efficient. Click on the links below to read more about each of the services:
Dan Parra is the Teceri account manager. His sole focus is assisting you in identifying communication technology needs within your business and working with the Teceri team to design a solution that works for you. [You can learn more about Dan in this employee feature.] Contact Dan or your current Networking Technologies sales representative for more information about any of Teceri’s services or to learn more.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Happy Holidays From all of us at Networking Technologies and Teceri,
President, Networking Technologies
Dan Parra has made history. In November 2017 he became the first dedicated account executive for Teceri where he will handle all aspects of the sales functions for the newest division of Reabah, Inc. However, Dan’s not new to the organization. Since July 2012, he has held the position of inside sales representative for Networking Technologies where he handled all maintenance and support renewals for customers.
Dan was raised in Erie and has been involved in the local hockey community since preschool, first as a player then as both as a coach and an on-ice official. Dan currently serves as Cathedral Prep Hockey’s head coach and has previous been on the coaching staff of Penn State – The Behrend College and Mercyhurst University. He carries success with him – he helped the Division I Mercyhust Lakers clutch the Mid-America Playoff Championship and earn a trip to the NCAA D1 national tournament and coached Prep to the Penguins Cup championship and to the state championship. We know Dan will continue to help coach his customers to winning solutions as well!
Dan, his wife, Amanda, and sons, Aidan and Harrison, live in Erie with their two Boston terriers, Frank and Ruby. You can reach Dan at email@example.com, 814.836.000 x126 or via cell at 814.651.5277.
What Does Digital Transformation Mean to Team Collaboration?
A revolutionary digital transformation is underway in the business world today and if you want your business to stay at the top of the food chain, you’ve got to embrace the change. Digital transformation will allow you to fundamentally alter the way you think about your business operations, but what does it mean for team collaboration?
Every employee can be a leader.
The transformative properties of unified communications and collaboration tools allow for expedient, organized and multimodal interactions between the members of your team. The days of communication silos are gone and with it the traditional chain-of-command that can stifle original ideas and stall your workflows.
The world is your workspace.
Digital transformation allows us the opportunity to sever the literal and proverbial cord that ties us to our desks, our offices and facilities. Mobility will mean something different to every team member, but the basics are the same—more flexibility, freedom, responsiveness, and engagement.
Turning data into intelligence.
Coupled with enhanced collaboration tools, the digital transformation occurring in the business world today also affords the opportunity to turn customer data into actionable business intelligence. This allows your teams to craft projects that are more finely attuned to customer expectations, while also allowing you to more accurately target your markets. This can help to assure greater impact from every task that your team works together.
You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, nor the loudest, for your business to thrive in an age of digital transformation. Survival is about adaptation, taking the tools available to you and making something that differentiates you from the pack. To learn more about how you can enable your team to reach their full potential through better collaboration solutions, click here.
For modern and innovative businesses to grow and globalize, building and maintaining quality relationships with partners, suppliers, internal teams, investors and customers is essential. Utilizing a simple, unified video conferencing solution within your organization not only enables you to communicate just like being there in person (minus the travel expenses), but it also enhances the face-to-face communication necessary for productive and authentic collaboration.
Cloud-based video conferencing services make it easy for just about anyone to spin up a trial in their department and get started. But before you do, it’s a good idea to take a moment and get IT involved. Having video conferencing in a tech stack owned and managed by IT can take the service from a department-specific meetings’ feature to a game changer for the organization. Here are the top five reasons why businesses deploy video conferencing and why it’s such a benefit to have IT involved in the decision process.
Businesses use Lifesize for more than just meeting productivity. From enabling the face-to-face communication linked to improved collaboration and faster decision-making to removing the reliance (and cost) of legacy conferencing services, Lifesize provides an IT-approved, end-to-end collaboration solution designed to:
- Enable the digital workforce
- Simplify management and usability
- Rally communication and culture
- Increase communication reliability
- Improve value and reduce redundancy
Download the full Why Video Conferencing Belongs In Your Tech Stack Guide to learn more!
Country Manager, Axis Communications
Whether you are choosing a surveillance system for a primary school, a high school or an institute of higher education, you´ll find an Internet Protocol (IP) solution that fits the bill. IP cameras are increasingly being used in schools and other educational establishments for security surveillance and the remote monitoring of playground areas, corridors, halls and classrooms. Another common use is to offer surveillance as a marketing tool that allows parents or guardians to check up on their children anytime of the day.
Outside school hours, the same surveillance system can be used to remotely monitor school property and deter vandalism. A sophisticated, built-in motion detection system can generate an alarm, which automatically transmits images to your security operators giving them accurate, up-to-the-minute information upon which to base their decisions.
Students and teachers hampered by the threat of harassment or violence will be comforted by the presence of reliable network cameras in the school´s public spaces. This includes external areas such as walkways between buildings as well as internal ones such as in restaurants and school corridors.
Another interesting area of application for this technology is remote learning. A IP video solution can be used to make attending lectures \”at a distance\” a viable option for students who are unable to attend lectures in person.
Digital surveillance systems have the advantage of being highly cost effective: installation costs are low since the need for dedicated cables is vastly reduced and the system can be run on existing computers. Besides budget, there are several other benefits that make IP surveillance systems suitable for use in schools. Some of these are explored below:
Low maintenance costs
Slim network-run equipment have low maintenance costs and images are stored on computer hard disks, which is a neat, cost effective storage solution. What´s more, since network products make use of modern digital technology, you are sure to get plenty of use out of the investments you make today.
Through IP video solutions, it is possible to remotely access a camera over the Internet and view the footage it is capturing from anywhere in the world where there is Internet connectivity. Parents, school principals and owners will always have the peace of mind of knowing what’s happening in and around the school with the learners and staff.
IP video surveillance solutions have reached a level of intelligence that was thought to be improbable not so long ago. Active Tampering Alarm is an example of this. It is a feature in IP cameras that enables the detection of disrupted camera operations by automatically alerting the owner by sms when a camera is re-directed, blocked or manipulated.
Image quality is arguably one of the most important features of any camera. IP cameras have always been known for providing image quality that by far surpasses that of any other surveillance camera. High-end models are now capable of delivering HDTV quality resolution, with day and night functionality enabling these cameras to provide exceptional quality images even of fast moving objects in all lighting conditions – without any motion blur.
Using existing infrastructure
Most schools are equipped with a surveillance system, however, these are generally legacy systems in need of an upgrade. Whether it is an existing digital IP system or an analogue system that is already in existence, upgrading the system to a fully digital one is cost effective and relatively easy. Both additional IP cameras and existing analogue cameras can be integrated into the system through an IP video server.
Lower total cost of ownership
A recent study concluded that an IP-based system of 40 cameras offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than an analogue-based surveillance system. The study also showed that if a complete IP infrastructure is in place, the IP-based video surveillance system will always cost less.
|Here is your October 2017 newsletter. In this issue…
• Letter from the President
|Letter from the President|
In the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, author Peter Drucker
We are in the education business as much as we are in the technology business. We see our job as providing you guidance, information and resources so you can make the best decision possible for your company. To do this, our team has to be on the cutting edge of a variety of solutions and products and demonstrate ongoing competencies in the latest technology and advances in the industry. So, this month, we invite you to celebrate with us in recognizing recent certifications renewed or newly earned by our staff. You can read more about the recent certifications in this month’s newsletter.
Also complementing to our team’s expertise is the recent addition Steve Mackrel as System Support Specialist within our Managed Service Practice and the Network Operations Center. Steve’s work ethic, degree in Information Technology, and years of experience in customer service and management make him a perfect fit for our team.
Finally, take a minute to read our new Customer Spotlight. This month’s feature focuses on how both Networking Technologies and Teceri have assisted Bonnell’s Auto Group in serving their customers and the Erie community. If you would be interested in having your company highlighted in future editions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From all of us at Networking Technologies and Teceri,
|Equifax Breach: What Should You Do to Protect
|The big news this past month has been the Equifax breach.
On September 7, Equifax — a top credit reporting firm — announced that hackers stole consumer data from mid-May through July 2017, affecting 143 million people. Hackers stole customer names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses. A smaller set of consumers also had their credit card numbers and other documents taken.This is one of the largest data breaches in US history and the biggest known leak so far in 2017. The size of this breach has alarmed consumers and lawmakers, and Equifax has been highly criticized for its handling of the breach so far.Read more →
|7 Tips to Prevent Ransomware|
permission from Norton by Symantec
|Malicious software that uses encryption to hold data for
ransom has become wildly successful over the last few years.
The purpose of this software is to extort money from the victims with promises of restoring encrypted data. Like other computer viruses, it usually finds its way onto a device by exploiting a security hole in vulnerable software or by tricking somebody into installing it. Ransomware, as it is known, scores high profile victims like hospitals, public schools and police departments. Now it has found its way into home computers.Read more →
Bonnell’s Auto Group has been a long-time customer of Networking Technologies, and after Teceri was established, Bonnell’s was one of the first clients on board, adding digital signage to some of their locations to better communicate with their customers. We sat down with Chrystal Waite, Office Manager/HR Administrator, at Bonnell’s recently to talk about their experience.
Can you tell me about a few solutions that Networking Technologies and Teceri has offered over the years that stand out to you?
We decided to make a big change in our estimating software a few years ago. This change would merge us from using multiple programs, which everyone was used to, into one, web-based program with cloud storage. So, there was a lot involved with this switch.
Networking Technologies walked us through the process and made sure to think of every possible scenario to make sure we are able to stay up and running at all times with no loss of information. We are still using this program and are very satisfied with the outcome.
Another example from Teceri happened just this summer. We really wanted to be able to advertise to our own customers, in our lobbies, without having to hang more signs or posters on the walls. We approached Teceri for digital signage solutions.
The Teceri staff gave us a really great tour through their facility and explained the many possibilities we had. They use their own products daily, and it was very nice to be able to see how they use it themselves for advertising and employee involvement. We have three kiosks now at a few of our locations running advertising to our customers, and we have ideas for running some signage to our employees in the future.
How has your experience been working with our teams?
Our experience has been very good. Communication has always been very easy, and the Networking Technologies and Teceri staff try to help us in any way we need. In both
companies, the staff are very easy to work with and always answers our questions very thoroughly.
What stands out the most over the years is calling into the support line. Our employees have gotten well acquainted with the support staff, making it very comfortable to call and ask for help.
Why did you choose Networking Technologies and Teceri?
We were looking for a company that we could count on when we needed urgent matters addressed and a company we could trust to help us select the best quality products that matched our needs, not just a name brand or dollar amount but the best choice for us.
What stands out about Networking Technologies and Teceri?
When asked for a quote in any service or product, Networking Technologies and Teceri have always made sure to give us more than one option to address our needs and ensure we understand the differences. This is very helpful; these IT choices are usually stressful to make. Also, they offer a lot of services. We don’t necessarily need all of them all the time, but they are great about sharing the information and letting you choose what is best for your company.
Using one person for your IT and communication technology needs can be really stressful. If that person is on vacation or out sick, you really struggle to do without that person. When you have a team helping you, like Networking Technologies and Teceri, you’re never on your own!
We love working with Bonnell’s to provide customized IT and communication solutions that work for them. Teceri and its solutions in security systems, video conferencing, telephones, network cabling and digital signage, help us better serve our customers by finding solutions that meet even more of their needs.
|Here is your September 2017 newsletter. In this issue…
• Letter from the President
|Letter from the President|
In the next few newsletters I will be announcing some exciting changes and additions to our team. This month, I am thrilled to announce that Tom Corapi has taken the position of Solutions Architect for the Erie Region. We feel that Tom’s tenure in working with customers and his knowledge and understanding of the current environment are best suited to maintain and continue to enhance the high level of service our customers have come to expect. You can read more about Tom in this month’s newsletter or on our blog.
As part of this transition, we are also excited to announce that Ned Reade, who has been serving as our Erie Solutions Architect, will be serving as the Cloud Practice Manager. In this role, Ned will work with our cloud team to accelerate our cloud offerings with Azure, Office 365, Veeam, Barracuda, AWS (Amazon Web Services), Google Cloud, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
The cloud is all around us, and we are already living in a cloud world and utilizing its assets – from Office 365 to our phones to other software and systems. While you won’t be able to avoid it, you can “right-size” the cloud to your organization. Some businesses want to (and should) transition 100% to the cloud. Others will operate using hybrid cloud solutions. At Networking Technologies, we truly believe there isn’t one solution that fits all. We work with you on finding the best cloud configuration – compute, storage and network settings – to meet your needs and, in some cases, save you money.
Finally, I know several of you have signed up for our Lunch & Learn: Nimble Storage and Veeam Software event on Sept. 19, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ingram Micro (Williamsville, NY). Join us for lunch, a presentation with live demo and a tour of the Ingram Micro Solutions Center. If you haven’t already, RSVP for the event today.
From all of us at Networking Technologies and Teceri,
|Is Paying For Antivirus Software Worth It?|
|used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Christina Schubert
|Our daily and digital lives overlap each other. Since our personal safety takes precedence over everything, it’s safe to say that our digital security is a close second.
The price of digital safety
It’s hard to put a price tag on digital safety. Take malware for example. These sneaky little codes find their way into your devices and transmit your personal information to computers far away that are operated by fraudsters. The end result could translate into anything from cybercriminals draining your bank account to holding all your information hostage by freezing your device and asking for a ransom.
|Lead Generation: When the Product is
|used with permission from FTC.gov
There’s been a lot of talk about “ping trees” and other activities associated with the lead generation industry. The FTC’s concern is that consumers don’t get ponged in the process. A proposed settlement gives a glimpse into how one lead generation company operated and offers insights for businesses about compliance considerations when the “product” in question is consumers’ personal data.
Arizona-based Blue Global operated at least 38 Internet domains with names like 247loan.com, clickloans.net, onehourloan.com, and netloanusa.com.
|What Does Your Business Stand to Lose in a Cyber Attack?|
|used with permission from Microsoft US Small and Midsize Business Blog|
|Not long ago, I blogged here about a new type of cybercrime
called ransomware. But when it comes to cyber crooks, apparently they’re also using some old-fashioned methods to breach businesses’ systems. The 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report from Cisco shows cybercrime is growing. Here’s what could be at risk for your business.How are cyber crooks getting in?While highly complex cyber attacks are increasing, the Cisco report notes that “classic” attacks are on the rise as well. For example, adware that gathers information about a user’s computer without telling them and malicious spam emails are common attack methods. In fact, spam is flying at levels not seen since 2010. According to the report, almost two-thirds (65 percent) of all email is spam, and 8 percent to 10 percent of spam is malicious.Read more →
used with permission from Norton by Symantec, by Nadia Kovacs
|To understand the importance of privacy in the digital age,
one must understand exactly what it is before it can be valued. There seems to be a good number of people in the “I’m not doing anything wrong, therefore, I have nothing to hide” camp. Well, we are here to bust that myth. The truth of the matter is, right or wrong, we have everything to hide.Read more →
If an incident occurred on your business’s property, would you have a video recording? If you could retrieve the video, is the quality good enough that you would be able to identify the individuals in the video or clearly make out what happened in the incident? If you’re like some businesses, you use cameras as a deterrent but haven’t updated your business security camera system in years. This leaves you exceptionally susceptible if an incident were to occur. Moreover, you may not realize it, but you’re losing time and money.
The good news is that IP business security camera systems are affordable. They have shown a lower total cost of ownership, a higher return on investment and a greater value due to expended usage opportunities than older, analog systems. Here’s just five reasons why you should consider adding or upgrading to an IP business security camera system:
- Decreased costs
With analog systems, each camera needs to be individually connected with a coaxial cable and an electrical plug. This drives the cost up and causes many businesses to skimp on using the appropriate number of cameras for their business size. Further costs may be incurred due to the use of DVRs. While this is enhanced technology over traditional tapes, it still adds to the cost.
In contrast, IP video surveillance uses the already installed network connection to connect not just one but multiple cameras. Not only does this eliminate the cost of cable and an electrical outlet where the camera is mounted, it also enables an uninterrupted source of power to be used. Cameras can be easily moved to another network jack without the installation costs. Finally, the scalability is endless – instead of having the mandatory 16-channel jumps with DVR, you can scale from one to thousands in increments of one.
- IP Networking Saves by Using Your Existing Services
Your network/IT provider can manage the cameras just like any other device because they have an IP address and are managed via software. Your existing servers, switches and cabling can be used. You do not need an onsite control room allowing multiple locations to be managed from one central control room saving you physical space and potentially human resources. You can check the feed from any Internet connection using authorized access only software.
- Open Platform Components Allow Multiple Manufacturers
IP networking avoids the “sunset” technology of analog where your device is only able to connect to limited devices and systems. While this pricing strategy for the proprietary CCTV provider works for them – locking you into that company as a single source – it doesn’t work for businesses that want to choose from a variety of cameras and interoperable components from a variety of manufacturers. You can choose hardware, software and other components from one or multiple providers without worrying about compatibility. The security equipment can “talk to” other equipment like lighting, gates and doors. Alarms can trigger the camera to automatically send images direct to a mobile phone or device. Cameras can be set to lock doors, turn lights on or other actions if an alarm is triggered or after some other cue of your choice. You can synchronize data from ATMs, emergency response plans and point of sale systems to search for specific data and view corresponding images.
- Greater Flexibility
With increased storage, monitoring and access capability, you can utilize your video surveillance system for more than just capturing incidents. The added flexibility of the IP system would allow your marketing department to use it to survey behavior at new point of sale displays, management could review performance to find ways to increase productivity, and real-time streams could provide up-to-date information on traffic patterns allowing enhanced delivery times.
- Better Quality
One of the best features of IP video surveillance is the enhanced resolution and faster remote retrieval. This makes finding a piece of footage more efficient and identification of what is happening on the video more accurate. One of the other benefits of enhanced quality is the ability for camera intelligence. The cameras can act (sending an alert, locking doors, recording) when it detects motion, a human’s presence, an object being removed, tampering with the camera or identifying an individual from an ID badge.
Ready for an IP Surveillance System for Your Business?
If you are ready to explore a business security system or you’re ready to upgrade your old, outdated system, let us know. We can perform a security audit and help you choose the best system for your business. Contact us today!