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Why Your Business Needs VoIP – 4 Reasons

December 14, 2017
Firstly, what is VoIP exactly? Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a type of technology that allows its users to make calls using the Internet rather than traditional fixed-line services (copper telephone lines). So, if you are using a VoIP telephone system, you are essentially using the Internet to make phone calls instead of a telephone line. Because VoIP is a method of making calls and not a physical object the fact that the term VoIP is often used to describe many different things can become quite confusing. For simplicity, we use the following terminology: Converted or Upgraded VoIP System: This refers to the process of taking ‘older’ style business phone systems and converting or upgrading them to use the internet to make calls (VoIP) instead of traditional fixed-line services (copper telephone lines). Modern VoIP Phone System: This refers to the more modern business phone systems which have been purpose-designed to use the internet to make calls. When we refer to a VoIP Phone System, we are referring to a Modern VoIP system not a converted or upgraded one. VoIP Desk Phones: These are modern purpose-built desk phones which allow you to harness most of the great features VoIP allows such as, call forwarding, auto-attendant and video conferencing. Analog or Digital Phones: These desk phones were not traditionally designed to use VoIP, they were designed to use traditional fixed-line services, therefore, while their operating system can be converted or upgraded to use VoIP they lack the built-in functionality to make all the features of VoIP, such as those listed above, work correctly. It has become clear that VoIP is rapidly gaining popularity in the business and even residential sector so the question arises… What are the real advantages and why are so many people choosing a VoIP for their business? Well, it turns out that choosing to use the internet to make calls (VoIP) turns out to be a very astute businesses decision. It can save your business a lot of money, make your life more convenient, increase employee productivity and give employees the tools they need for a modern, efficient workplace. Another significant business consideration for choosing VoIP is its future-proofing capabilities. It is important to be aware that currently throughout New Zealand fibre is being rolled out as the preferred standard cable for connectivity. Because of this preference we are seeing the traditional fixed-line (copper services) fast declining with some new developments choosing to only install fibre with no copper connectivity being made available. This means that in the near future it is quite likely that a time will come where copper services are ‘turned off’ or made redundant. The last thing you want is for your business to be left behind with redundant systems. The future is already here and you need to take proactive steps if you want to stay ahead of your competition. While VoIP offers many incredible advantages, we have also started to notice that some sales people have been making very exaggerated claims

The Best Smart Home Scenes for 2017

December 7, 2017
For a moment, think about all the steps you take every night before you go to sleep. You lock the doors, turn off the lights, adjust the climate control and lower the window shades. In fact, you probably have many different routines of basic tasks that you go through every time you have friends over, leave for work, or go on vacation. These routine tasks in and of themselves are not difficult but can become tedious and take longer to accomplish if you are in a rush or live in a large house. When a smart home is set up correctly by a professional integrator, it can do in seconds, what may have taken you several minutes to do manually. All you need to do is touch one button. By touching one button you can activate a sequence of commands sometimes referred to as a scene. These scenes can impact the entire house or one particular room, they can serve a practical purpose or just do something cool that impresses your friends and family. Scenes are probably one of the most revered parts of a smart home system. You can save time and always be ready for any change in environment or mood. The ability to set scenes is not limited and offers the opportunity to tailor your smart home system around each family member’s habits, personal preferences, and daily routines. Professional Integrators will often suggest scenes to incorporate into your smart home system but that doesn’t mean you are stuck with them. With some systems like Crestron Pyng, you can build out your scenes easily without having to call up the smart home company that installed your system. We hope that this list from the book Home Automation: A Complete Guide to Buying, Owning and Enjoying a Home helps inspire the perfect scenes to add to your smart home. GOOD NIGHT: Turns off the lights, but leaves some dimly lit so you can see your way to the bathroom. Also, arms the security system closes the motorized window shades and sets back the thermostats to a comfortable sleeping temperature. GOOD MORNING: Gradually brightens the lights in the bedrooms and bathrooms, opens the shades and readjusts the thermostats. Can also turn on the kitchen lights, activate the coffee pot and turn on any and all TVs to the morning news. MIDNIGHT SNACK: Illuminates a pathway to the kitchen. The lights are kept at a low-intensity level—enough light to see your way down the hall, but still gentle on sleepy eyes. HOME: Readies the house for your return home by activating select lights—like the fixtures that lead from the garage to the kitchen. The security system disarms and your favorite Internet music station streams to the speakers in the main living areas (assuming you have an audio system that supports this function). Unique Home settings can be created for every member of the family. For example, Kids Home could send you a text when they open the door, then keep the

12 Questions to Ask Any Integrator To Save Time & Thousands of Dollars

December 7, 2017
Would you use an Architect or Builder that wasn’t certified or registered in New Zealand to design or build your house? Probably not. Then it’s about time the smart home industries secret got let out. “There is currently no overarching regulatory body setting standards or enforcing them in the smart home industry in New Zealand” There, we said it. Now, this is actually pretty alarming because a smart home is a considerable investment and with no regulatory body to be accountable to, companies have started promising customers the world and have ended up leaving them disillusioned and dissatisfied. Moral of the story, don’t be fooled by cheaper pricing and empty promises. If the person or company you are working with cannot answer these simple 12 questions it’s time to walk away and speak to a professional.   12 Questions to Ask Any Integrator To Save Time & Thousands of Dollars   1.Do you have CEDIA trained consultants and CEDIA certified installers? The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association(CEDIA) is currently the only recognized certification for the smart home and home technology Industry. That is why first and foremost, we’d recommend asking the company you are planning to use for the design and installation of your home whether their consultants are CEDIA trained and their installers are CEDIA certified. 2. Will the wiring in my home be done according to the minimum specification for NZ homes? The company you use should ensure all wiring and cabling be both designed and installed according to the correct New Zealand standards outlined in the latest TCF specification document. This will ensure your home is wired for the future and the installer doesn’t cut any corners. If they don’t mention TCF, mention that you are looking elsewhere. Click here to view the updated minimum spec for NZ homes. 3. Are you certified by the Ministry of Justice to consult, design and install my security system? Any person or company installing security systems or offering security advice must be Ministry of Justice approved and the company must have a current Private Security Personal License. To do so without a license (while surprisingly common) is an offense under the law. 4. How much experience do you have with the level of smart home I am looking for? It is common for Electricians to give complex projects a go because of the high dollar value attached. Before you allow yourself to be their guinea-pig ask about how complex the jobs are that they have done in the past and only proceed if they allow you to speak to more than one previous client (with a house of similar size and spec to your own). Also, always ask to see the wiring documentation from those jobs, does it conform to the minimum specification for NZ homes? More often than not these systems and their wiring do not conform and have not been properly documented for future maintenance and serviceability. This should be a major red flag. 5. Will the

8 Great Reasons to Automate Your Home

November 30, 2017
Why should I automate my home? What are the advantages of an automated home? And is a automated smart home really worth the investment?? These are some of the most common questions we get asked by first time smart home buyers. Besides increasing your homes resale value and impressing your friends and family, a smart home can provide you and your family with incredible benefits that make it well worth the investment. Here are our 8 Undeniable Reasons to Automate Your New Home! 1. Spend more time doing what you love: The beauty of a smart home system is that it has the ability to control all the different electronics in your house with one touch of a button. Now you can set back the thermostats, turn off the lights and alarm the house in one simple step. Worried you forgot to close the garage again? Save yourself the drive home and check on your smartphone. Add more hours to your day so you can spend more time enjoying precious moments with family and friends. 2. Enjoy anywhere, anytime convenience: Imagine being able to access your whole house at your fingertips, anywhere, anytime. Now you’ll be able to monitor and manage all your lighting, climate, music and shades from your smartphone or tablet. Turn on the heating and lights when you leave work to ensure you have an inviting home when you get back and forget about getting that house sitter to look after your place when you go on vacation, you can check on your home at any time and get real-time notifications if there is any movement on the property. 3. Experience the ultimate luxury and comfort: A smart home actively monitors and manages all the devices in your home to ensure maximum comfort and enjoyment. From automatically turning up or down the lights and thermostats to lowering the shades when lighting sensors notice glare you can bet your smart home will work hard to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. 4. Get peace of mind: A smart home system helps prevent potentially bad things from happening by enabling you to monitor parts of your house conveniently from tablets, smartphones, and other devices. No more worrying if you turned off the lights, locked the door or turned off the television. For people who have a lot on their plates, being able to easily check these items off the to-do list makes a smart home worth the investment. 5. Feel a new level of security: Get alerts when new people enter the home, check on the kids from your smartphone, get notifications telling you which windows or doors you left open and automate your house to turn on and off lights randomly when you are on vacation to make it look like you are home. The options for a better and safer home are endless. 6. Give back to the environment: A smart home can reduce your power consumption and help you monitor and manage power hungry

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