A survey in 2012 found that 60% of burglars skip a home if it has an automated home security system. Those who entered unawares fled as soon as they realized there was a home security device installed to alert the homeowners and authorities. 

Sensors and smart devices work wonders to protect your home when you’re not around. If you have children with a nanny, ailing seniors or a sick pet at home, modern technology allows you to keep an eye on them when you are not around.

Electronic home security devices discreetly monitor activity patterns and alert you to emergencies, such as health issues or burglary, before they worsen so you can take action right away. The devices collect data about regular behavioural patterns over several days and weeks and is quick to pick up any change as soon as they sense it, thanks to advanced technology. For instance, if a senior in your home leaves the bed at a certain time and has their medication at a prescribed time, the security device will alert you in the event of an unexpected delay so you can rush in and check up on them.

The tools empower you with greater control when you are away, so you enjoy greater peace of mind. If your parents live independently, you can install the devices in their home so you can keep an eye on them remotely. 

Cheaper than Surveillance Cameras

  • Home security systems cost less than surveillance cameras, although they are integrated with more advanced technology. 
  • They protect your belongings and valuables. Burglars look for expensive jewellery, cash, electronics and drugs. In the event of a break-in, you are alerted at once so you prevent your home from being ransacked. If they cut the phone line, for instance, you will be instantly alerted.
  • A home security system integrates seamlessly with other electronic home security devices, such as door locks, smart lights and smart thermostats. 
  • You can connect the security devices to your smartphone, tablet or computer that allows you to access your home remotely from virtually anywhere in the world. Whether you are on a business trip or cruise, your home will be protected 24/7.
  • Some devices have motion sensors so you are notified of emergencies at once.
  • Wireless home security systems ease things when you move into a new home because they are simpler to set up. It allows you to work through your smart home app so you can do without Wi-Fi. 
  • There are fewer chances of experiencing loss from a fire, water damage or floods because you alerted instantly. This also means fewer insurance claims.
  • You can keep an eye on school children who come home before you or keep an eye on your pet when you are out running errands. 
  • If someone rings the doorbell, you know who it is before opening the door. 
  • You can put up a display sign saying there are security cameras around one you install them to keep burglars away. 

Nutec Electro Tel: Custom Designed Smart Home Security Devices for Your Home and Business 

Looking to install a smart home security system or upgrade to a new, more advanced one? Please contact us to arrange a no-obligation consultation.

Digital radio is the future of radio broadcasting. More and more people are upgrading from analog to digital two-way radios, not because they are new but because they are useful. Digital radios have far clearer reception than AM/FM. There is no static, background noise and the digital signal allows for more stations with similar bandwidth. 

Advantages of Digital Radios

Advanced digital radios allow vibrant image displays on built-in screens and recording facilities. Whether you are listening to weather information, global news or albums, display images keep you engaged to the radio content for longer. If you miss your favourite program, your digital radio allows you to record and play it later or even pause and play if you are interrupted by a phone call. It has enhanced the listening experience and sound technology to the next level. 

 

Quite like digital TVs, the biggest advantage with digital radios is that the reception is either perfectly clear or not at all. What you need to purchase is a digital radio receiver or DAB+ receivers (Digital Audio Broadcasting). You will find them at electronics retailers or online stores. 

Why Some Companies Prefer Analog to Digital?

While many companies have moved to fully integrated digital radio systems, there are many businesses that have chosen to stick with analog radios since they function well for small scale operations. 

Digital two-way radios are lesser understood or too advanced for some, so they shy away. Another primary reason is the expensive cost that makes them unaffordable for many. It’s simply cheaper to stick with the older analog model. It’s also challenging for others to upgrade to advanced models if they are digitally challenged.

Why Should You Upgrade to Digital?

There are four main reasons to upgrade to digital radio:

  1. Sound quality – The sound is sharper, less distorted, and eliminates background static. So even from a distance, the sound is sharp and clear. 
  2. Higher security – They are more secure than analog radios. You can add encryption so your two-way conversations to avoid being overheard by a third party. 
  3. Manage calls – You can call a single contact instead of always having to call a group, giving you more control. 
  4. Text messaging facility – Yes, you heard right. Digital radios help you send and receive messages with text messaging tools so you have more options for better communication. 

What you need to choose are digital radios that operate on the same frequency as your current radio. There are new models that can operate in analog mode. If both old and new models operate in the same mode, your investment goes further. 

Garnish your new digital radio with compatible accessories. Those that don’t require batteries, for example, turn out more cost-effective in the long run because you save on battery expenses.

Nutec Electro Tel

Planning the transition? Call Nutec Electro Tel. We are technology with a human touch. Budget considerations are part of our philosophy. Our advanced, state-of-the-art digital radios are offered at competitive prices. Browse through our website to see what else we have to offer.

The Impact of 5G

5G networks will potentially transform the way business is conducted through internet markets.

The fifth-generation wireless technologies (5G) promises exciting new services and will impact AI, IoT, media convergence, and create new milestones in connected devices. The 5G technology will provide a higher peak data rate and much greater reliability than its forerunners.

It may be a while before 5G becomes common place. However, it is important to be aware of the technology and what features may be suitable in the future.

What are the pros and cons of 5G?

  • More bandwidth will be available, so devices will run faster.
  • With more bandwidth available, you will be able to use this bandwidth to do more with your smart devices, making them more versatile than ever before.
  • On the flip side, more bandwidth results in less coverage, requiring more cell towers.
  • As this frequency is rolled out, time will tell whether issues will arise with sending and receiving signals.
  • The 4G LTE networks have a peak delivery speed of 100 Mbps while 5G has a peak rate of 20 Gbps. This will provide quicker download for large files and seamless video transmission.
  • Physicians express concerns about the potential negative health effects of 5G radiation. Others argue that 5G frequency is harmless to human bone and tissue.
  • A new series of network security issues are emerging, so monitoring for malicious activity is also critical.

The World Health Organization states that: “Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects.”

Meanwhile, let’s be cautious and keep an eye on developments as this technology proceeds.

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Telephone systems Edmonton

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Prioritize Security

Businesses looking for an integrated security

and surveillance solution can find a daunting range of choices.

Following are key elements to consider while selecting the security and surveillance solution that best meets your needs:

  1. Clarify your objectives

Why do you need a new security and surveillance system? How will it be used to benefit your business? Be specific about what better security means to you.

  • Prevent loss from customer theft?
  • Prevent internal loss from employee theft?
  • Protect property perimeter?
  • Protect production process?

This will help point to some specific hardware requirements while not deploying functionality that you don’t need.

  1. Review your data storage

High-resolution network camera systems create a lot of data. This needs to be streamed and stored. How might this impact your existing infrastructure?

  1. How will you measure ROI?

Security expenditures need to generate a return just like other business investments and expenses. Look at what that return looks like for your business. Accordingly, determine how much you are willing to invest based on that. Some of this may be tangible while others may be intangible. Check with your insurance provider to determine if insurance premium savings may be available.

  1. List your priorities

With an established view of your essential features and the budget you have available, you can make an objective choice about what is a must-have versus nice-to-have.

  1. Plan for the future

Consider your current needs and budget while taking into account the ability to adapt as your business needs change. By evaluating these factors, you can make an informed decision on which solution is a justifiable investment.

Do you have plans to open new offices? What are your annual growth projections? Will you be employing new people? Your system needs the flexibility to accommodate these changes.

For a no-obligation consultation, speak with one of our experts today:

Telephone systems Edmonton

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Phone System Shopping List

Is your phone system outdated and inadequate for meeting your needs?

Legacy phone systems often impede business growth. They can be expensive to maintain, have confusing maintenance contracts and obsolete features. They’re also usually incompatible with newer technologies, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP). Planning for a new office telephone system can sometimes be a daunting task. A phone system should be easy to understand and use. It should be scalable and able to interface with today’s popular mobile apps.

Here’s a checklist to help start the process:

  • How many employees do you have?
  • What is your business growth plan over the next five years?
  • What telephone system features will be required to support your growth?
  • What features will help you be more competitive?
  • Will you want your phone system on your premises, or migrated to the cloud?
  • How many phones do you expect to need?
  • Is a call center part of your business?
  • Must-have call center features: automatic call distribution (ACD) queues, real-time dashboard reporting, call recording.
  • Do you need voicemail, auto attendant, business hour rules, call detail records?
  • Will you need to port phone number(s) or acquire phone numbers?
  • Do you have access to broadband Internet?
  • Important system features to consider: voicemail, email integration, auto attendant, ring routing, business hour rules, call detail records, etc.
  • Other considerations: audio and video conferencing, text chat, etc.

For a no-obligation consultation, speak with one of our experts today:

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Next time you create another password, pay a little more attention and make it a stronger more secure one!  The goal is to prevent attackers from gaining access to your account and stealing your personal information.

Unfortunately, even though people may think this type of criminal activity is somewhat rare, identity theft statistics show that your chances of being affected might be much higher than you think.  Identity theft is one of the most common consequences of data breaches.

In 2017, 1 in 15 people became victims of identity fraud, and 1 in 5 victims have had their identities stolen more than once.  In other words, if your chances of winning the lottery were 1 in 15, like the odds of being an ID theft victim, we would all have family, friends and colleagues who were millionaires.

Although we can’t help you secure a future Lotto 6/49 prize, we can offer some thoughts on changing your odds when it comes to identity theft statistics.

Some good prevention tactics include changing passwords regularly, being cautious when putting personal information on social media and checking your bank and credit accounts frequently to spot fraudulent transactions.

Your password should be long, complex and unique. Here are additional steps you can take to help create strong passwords and secure your accounts:

  • Avoid common words or phrases

    Don’t use the information available to others like your birthday, phone number, or Social Security number. Attackers often use a dictionary of previously exposed passwords and information gathered from the internet to help them guess a password.

  • Change passwords quickly if there is a breach

    Attackers who steal data from companies often obtain password information. If you receive a notification from a company about a possible breach, change that password and any account that uses a similar password immediately.

  • Consider a password manager

    Most people have trouble keeping track of all their passwords. Consider storing your passwords and security questions in a password manager, an easy-to-access application that allows you to store all your valuable password information in one place. Use a strong password to secure the information in your password manager.

If you forget your password, most companies require you to answer security questions to regain access. Here are some tips to make sure an attacker can’t use your security questions as a way to get into your account:

  • Select security questions where only you know the answer. Many security questions ask for answers to information available in public records or online, like your postal code, mother’s maiden name, birthplace. That is information a motivated attacker can obtain.
  • Don’t use answers to security questions that can be guessed. An attacker can guess the answer to a security question that has a limited number of responses (dates, colours, Provinces, countries). Avoid questions like “What Province were you born in?” or “What colour was your first car?” which allows an attacker to guess all possible answers.
  • Don’t give a generic answer to a security question. Find an answer to a security question that you will remember but is also more complicated than a generic word. For example, if the security question asks “What is your favourite childhood memory?” the answer “watching the Dodgers with my mom” is more secure than “baseball.”

Do you like these Tips?  Call now to speak to one of our security experts.

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Contributed by Erick Preza

Working Alone with no one to monitor your work, tell you what you are doing wrong or constantly asking you questions, sounds like the Perfect Job.  Working Alone really means that you are further away from help and first aid if anything happens.  These Incidents can be Tragic for the Worker, their Family and the Company.

Although Provincial Regulations vary, there are a few common principals that apply.  Every Employer must conduct a hazard assessment, they must take all reasonable measures to eliminate or minimize the hazard and provide an effective communications system for the specific Lone Worker situation.

Lone Worker Environments

Those who work alone can be grouped into five categories:

  1. Workers handling cash. Store Clerks, Retail and Food Outlets and Taxi Drivers.
  2. Workers who travel away from their Base Operations to meet Clients. Home Care Workers, Social Services and Enforcement Officers.
  3. Workers who do hazardous work but have no frequent interaction with the Public. Logging, Oil and Gas Industries.
  4. Workers who travel alone and have no regular interaction with Customers or the General Public. Truck Drivers, Business People traveling to various locations/
  5. Workers who are at risk of encountering violence because their work location is isolated from the Public. Security Guards and Janitorial Custodians.

The key to meeting and surpassing the Working Alone Regulations is to provide a source of Communication for someone to be either in contact with the person or being able to locate the person working alone.

Although there are many methods and types of Communications Equipment that can assist a Company with staying in contact with their Employees working alone, a few of the more common methods include:

  • Two-way Radios
  • Two-way Radios with built-in GPS
  • Vehicle and Personal GPS Systems
  • Cellular Phone Apps
  • For the very remote locations Satellite Phones and GPS

We will always encounter environments and locations that will challenge the existing equipment and methods of staying in touch with Lone Workers.  Methods and Solutions are constantly changing and the equipment is always evolving.  Communications Providers are always working on the next Solution and for the Companies needing these Solutions the question, they must answer if what Solution best fits their wants and needs.  A recommendation to these Companies is to explore the options and don’t settle on the first Solution.

Remember

Working Alone is only done when it is necessary.  Working alone isn’t as easy as it sounds, there are many Rules and Requirements that the Province has set out to ensure the safety of Alberta’s Lone Workers.  To check on the requirements needed for your Industry, go to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation to explore the options:

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Contributed by Wade Miller

For a hospitality property a working phone system is a priority. It is an emergency if the phone system is not working. However, it is part of the property that is rarely thought of, like a chair or a desk. 

For most property’s features have been relatively static since the addition of voice mail, but this is changing fast with new technology.

For larger properties, Nutec has been supplying PC attendant consoles, formalized call centres and advanced 911 options. Nutec also supplies paging, sound systems, two-way radios, WiFi and surveillance systems for hotels and motels. We are happy to talk to you about these as well.

Here are some new options that appeal to properties of all sizes:

CRYSTAL PLASTIC FACEPLATES

Have your guest room phone faceplates printed on crystal plastic, and they are water and stain-proof, much more durable than paper and the colours last longer.

MOBILITY

Unleash your night manager from the front desk. Get better communication with maintenance and other staff. Add an extension of your NEC phone system to a live or WiFi-only cell phone. Most properties use a cordless phone with a limited range.

 IN HOTEL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

For up to 120 rooms NEC has a phone system that includes a complete comprehensive integrated Property Management System. No additional computer or monthly fees are required. Easy to use for faster billing or rooms, calls, mini bar, spa, restaurant and lounge.

  • Room allocation – See current and future guests on a colour coded calendar view
  • Jump to Date – Quick access to any future date
  • Guest Filter – Easily find a guest reservation or stay using the filters
  • Room Management – See the colour coded status of all rooms (clean/dirty/out of order)
  • Folio Management – Add charges for services and products to guest folio
  • Invoice Generation – Complete invoice generation for room nights, services & telephone calls
  • Message Service – Capture messages for guests with automatic room notification
  • Flexible Room Rates – Based on calendar dates or days of the week
  • Multiple Connections – No license for additional connections, folio items can be added by housekeeping or restaurant
  • Guest Stay Information – Capture information about the guest, contact details and stay reasons; opportunity to build CRM database of guests
  • Custom Products & Services – Can be created & added to the guest folio
  • Checkin/Checkout Functions – Automatically control telephone restrictions
  • Guest Name Display – the Guest name is transferred when the guest checks in, displayed on reception phone when a call is received from the room
  • Telephone Billing – All calls are captured and billed against the guest folio
  • Flexible Rates – Custom rates can be configured to allow the hotel to set its own call rates
  • Multiple Telephones – Multiple telephones can be grouped into a single room and billed to a single guest stay
  • Hotelier Control – The hotelier can set call restrictions (local only/local & national/ international), block room to room calls and set Do Not Disturb feature from the hotel console
  • Centralized Wakeup Call Management – Wakeup calls can be set by the guest or hotelier & managed, modified or cancelled within InHotel

 

 

 

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Contributed by Trevor Naish

On July 17, 2019 Erick Preza represented Nutec Electro Tel in the 26th Annual Richard John Evans Memorial Golf Tournament at the Belvedere Golf & Country Club  in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

 

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The participants enjoyed a fine day and helped raise money for a great cause!

And, there were great sponsors including Mercedes Benz Edmonton West!

Is it time to update your business telephone solution?

What choices are available?

Legacy ISDN based telephone systems are still available, but the higher line rental costs are pushing IT managers to consider broadband-based VoIP solutions that provide better value for the investment. The choice of VoIP and SIP trunking offers increased resilience and flexibility that that will allow the system to change as your business needs evolve.

Major telecom companies still provide ISDN. However, as Internet services become increasingly more robust and reliable, SIP trunking is the fast-emerging technology to support voice services.

On Premise or Hosted? That is the question.

SIP trunking is both cheaper and more flexible than ISDN, making it the sensible choice for your business. The hardest choice is actually whether to choose to maintain an IP-PBX onsite or opt for a cloud-hosted solution instead.

There are pros and cons of both hosted and on-premise solutions. There are some fundamental differences to each of the systems. The move to an IP business phone system is beneficial regardless of which system is ultimately chosen. However, knowing the differences will lead to a better VoIP phone system and a higher level of satisfaction for the all involved.

On Premise:

  • Higher initial cost and set-up cost
  • Lower monthly cost after expenses are covered
  • Ability to use SIP trunks to get lower-cost calls
  • Having a premise system gives user control to create, adjust and delete users as desired
  • The current carrier may not have to be changed
  • Server ownership reduces expenses over time
  • Expansions may result in complicated projects depending upon the provider
  • The technician may need to be called for upgrades and patches on software
  • Loss of power or system failure will result in callers not being able to get through, which stops business operations unless you have a SIP provider

Hosted:

  • Lower initial equipment cost and set-up cost
  • Providers have more resources than users, so new feature sets are possible
  • New feature installation is handled by the provider to avoid confusion
  • Picking and canceling virtual numbers is easy and fast
  • Moving a phone system is easy. IP phone is plugged into a broadband connection
  • Patches and upgrades of the IP system are handled by the provider
  • Loss of Internet or catastrophic event has no effect on operations because calls can be sent to voice mail or mobile phone. This is because of redundancy within an off-site facility that has safeguards including back up power sources
  • Low monthly service cost
  • Easy to add extra lines
  • Upgrades and new features are included
  • Extended features, like conferencing, may come with additional costs
  • Connections and voice quality are a result of Internet connection
  • Loss of Internet results in loss of phone service (settings can be adjusted so that it goes to voice mail or routed to a cellphone)

Considering the positives and negatives for both the hosted PBX and an on-premise IP-PBX, allows a company to determine the best phone system based upon the setup of their organization and what risks they are willing to assume. Companies will benefit from one over the other, so it is a matter of making comparisons prior to choosing which one to have installed.

To find out more about which option is best suited to your business, speak with one of our experts today.