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Who Are the Best IT Companies in Auckland?

September 19, 2018
Looking for an IT Service Provider in Auckland?   Over the years, we’ve found our customers often want to know what IT service providers are available in Auckland, and how to know they’re getting the best deal. Here at Real IT we want our customers to be as informed as possible, so we’ve put together a snapshot list of quality IT providers and an info-graphic with some helpful guidelines you should take into account when deciding on your final IT provider. In no particular order, all of the following companies are, in our opinion, companies worth considering alongside Real IT as an your local IT service or support provider: CodeBlue CodeBlue delivers IT services in Grafton, a suburb of Auckland, and the North Shore, as well as four other locations around New Zealand. Primarily this provider focuses on mid-sized companies and offers IT support services managed by an SLA, including CIO services, backup and data recovery, cloud services, cyber security services and procurement. Gorilla Technology Focusing on managed IT services and IT support, Gorilla Technology offers consulting and services throughout New Zealand, and is headquartered in Central Auckland. Gorilla Technology’s areas of expertise are information technology and telecommunications services and management. Within this the company offers outsourced IT support; business strategy; Mac, Windows and servers support; mobile device management; and solutions and updates services. Tier4 Working out of East Tamaki in Auckland, Tier4 supplies professional IT support for business professionals from small to large organisations. Tier4 works across known apps and computing infrastructure and offers key services including technology supply – both hardware and software, cloud computing services, continuity services to protect business data, and support packages in three tiers. Revolution IT Located in Penrose in Auckland, Revolution IT offers IT support, service and solutions to New Zealand businesses, primarily those in Auckland. Revolution IT has four key areas of focus: IT support, both hands on and remote; cloud computing; cloud backup as a disaster recovery plan; and VoIP phone systems and hardware. In addition, Revolution IT provides support and maintenance, network architecture and design, virtualisation, hosted exchange email filtering, and business grade internet solutions. Think IT Think IT, based in Mount Wellington, Auckland, provides IT support for small and medium businesses in Auckland. The company offers managed services for monitoring, proactive maintenance and reactive support. In addition, it offers IT consulting, including roadmap planning, change consulting, software licensing advice, proposal vetting and network surveys/. IT consulting and systems support includes systems maintenance, sited engineering and remote support. At its crux, Think IT says it designs and provides hardware, networks and systems for customers. Belton Providing a range of IT support, managed IT support, cloud computing services and hardware, Belton is an IT company running out of Penrose in Auckland. When it comes to support, Belton covers onsite support, installation of hardware, remote and phone support, and general maintenance. With the managed service option Belton covers monitoring, maintenance and comprehensive support. Businesses are also able to tap into the company’s

What makes a secure smart home for New Zealanders?

September 10, 2018
What makes a secure smart home for New Zealanders? When it comes to smart home systems, security features are a core component that can enhance a user’s experience, providing them peace of mind that their home is safe and secure at all times – both when they are onsite and when they are away from the property. Smart home security features generally consist of specific devices such as alarms and cameras, as well as integrated applications within the overall system. Smart home systems advance tried and tested methods Common home security measures, including locking doors and windows, installing sensor-controlled automatic lights and installing alarms have been around for decades. Today, alarm systems that detect intruders and contact authorities as soon as a breach occurs are still commonly used. However, smart home systems are proving to advance traditional security. These systems put more control in the hands of the homeowner by providing greater information on what’s happening inside of the home, as well as providing the ability to put both preventative and responsive measures in place. Securing your home: cameras, alarms and automation At Real IT we consider security to be a crucial element of any smart home system deployment. Our electrical services for smart home deployment includes security and access control, CCTV cameras and automatic gates – all of which significantly improve the overall security of the home and prevent any unwanted guests. More specifically, our experienced team will deploy integrated, smart security and alarm systems to secure the property from day one. In addition, CCTV cameras and automatic gates are deployed depending on the user’s home and requirements. For all CCTV systems, we supply, install and maintain all devices. We specialise in a variety of host surveillance equipment and security camera systems, as well as intercom and gate systems, so each system can be integrated with smart home controls and tailored to your specific needs. Securing your home: smart data and access control Once the smart home system is up and running homeowners can use flexible access control systems to select who has access to which door, track comings and goings, and provide one-time access codes. The integrated solutions provided by Real IT combines sensor data with audio and video footage, and also links to other smart subsystems including lighting, motorised shades and audio. This ensures users receive real time notifications about strange activity at their property, and can also monitor device use. Having remote access means owners can also maintain the home from afar – for instance, if they leave for a business trip or a holiday, they can turn lights or audio on and off to make it look like they are still home. Another key factor of our smart home systems is keyless entry. With this, users can create access control via tags, key fobs, remotes, keypads or even biometric access. This also logs who is entering and exiting the property, and gives the option to give specific codes to specific people or for a one

Heralding a new phase of smart buildings: the wellness standard

August 17, 2018
Heralding a new phase of smart buildings: the wellness standard   Our environment has a huge impact on our health. In fact, there is mounting evidence that different factors of buildings influence our wellbeing, including indoor exposure to lighting, noise, overall atmosphere quality. Solidifying the significance of this is the world’s first wellness building standard, known as the WELL Building Standard. Launched by Delos, the wellness building technology firm, the standard is backed by medical and architecture research and blends design and construction best practices. According to Delos, the standard is the result of seven years of work and the collaboration between leading scientists, doctors, architects and thought leaders. It focuses specifically on how buildings impact the wellness of those who live and work within them, and how different elements can be intuitive and automated to enhance wellbeing, thus heralding a new way of thinking about smart buildings. The nuts and bolts: breaking it down Similar to how the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Envrionmental Design) accreditation process works, the WELL certification is based on performance and requires reaching a certain threshold. The performance requirements are divided into seven key concepts which focus on the ultimate aim of optimising the health of the occupant. The seven concepts are air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Spaces and buildings that pass the score for each of the seven categories are awarded one of the three levels: silver, gold or platinum, and receives the WELL certification. The standard is inclusive of a variety of types of buildings, from commercial offices, to hotel chains, apartment buildings, warehouses and even schools. In addition, the certification is available to projects at any stage, whether newly constructed, undergoing renovation or already existing. The WELL Building Standard in action According to Delos, there are a number of benefits that existing spaces gain from working towards becoming wellness certified. For one, the building owners or operators are able to identify what low cost but high impact changes they can implement into the design, operations and policy levels that will directly improve the health and wellbeing of occupants. In addition, change makers can boost customer and employee satisfaction by displaying significant commitment to their comfort and value, while also using the certification to boost the value of their building asset and its widespread appeal. Already, thousands of projects in 37 countries have been WELL certified or are in the process of being certified. Delos has also rolled out DARWIN, the wellness intelligence platform which showcases what buildings that are WELL certified can offer. DARWIN is an intelligent software system that works with existing smart home hardware to create a ‘wellness ecosystem’, focusing on the core components of lighting, temperature, air quality, water quality and sound. Using key data points, the system intuitively understands how the room is being used and how best to optimise each factor, thus creating a space that focuses on convenience, energy and, of course, wellbeing. As the health movement continues to thrive in pockets

A New Standard Of Wellness in Smart Homes

August 17, 2018
A new Wellness Standard, and what it means for Smart Homes in New Zealand.   As technology develops and the health and wellness movement converges, we are at a crucial turning point for smart homes. Heralding this next phase of smart homes are organisations such as Delos, which has recently released the WELL Building Standard – focused on advancing health of buildings around the world. Understanding the new wellness standard This new standard sets a threshold for what constitutes a healthy home for the people living in it, in the same way the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating systems standardises what constitutes a home that’s healthy for the environment. According to Delos, the average person lives 90% of their life indoors, and a significant amount of this is spent in our homes. This is a vastly different way of life for human beings and has only taken place very recently, and the certification is a bid to ensure our current environments are best serving us. The standard itself is the result of a multi-year long collaboration between experts from a range of disciplines, including building science and health science, and is backed by a diverse board of advisors. It breaks down a smart home into core elements and applies standards to each. So what makes a healthy smart home? This new standard goes beyond environmental impact to look at the factors of a home and how they impact human health. It looks at how the cardiovascular, respiratory and immune system, as well as cognitive function and sleep outcomes, are influenced by the four walls of our homes, and how key elements of lighting, temperature, air quality, water quality and sound can be controlled with an optimal blend of hardware and software to contribute to our wellbeing. Smart homes that meet The Wellness Standard blend physical components, such as water filtration devices and intuitive sound systems, with algorithms that learn how the home is used and understand how the key elements can be attuned to the occupants wellbeing. For instance, Delos’ DARWIN platform, described as the first home wellness intelligence network, creates a ‘wellness ecosystem’ that mitigates indoor environmental concerns and provides premium air and water quality, circadian lighting, and thermal and acoustic comfort. More specifically, the system detects unhealthy levels of air purity and ups filtration where necessary; uses algorithms and software to ensure lighting automatically adjusts throughout the day to match our natural body clock; and uses sound therapy research to inform the audio system. Darwin provides the intelligence system and blends with existing smart home hardware and devices. Where to next? The standard and the overall approach has been dubbed ‘science-based innovation’, and Delos spokespeople have announced that already thousands of projects in 37 countries around the world are now wellness certified, having incorporated wellness principles into their homes and buildings. The leaders and advisory board at Delos say they see a growing demand for smart homes to utilise IoT (Internet of Things) and automation

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