SimpliSafe Home Security Service May Also Provide Small Business Solution

As the name implies, it is very easy to install the SimpliSafe security system and using it for your small business will save you lots of money.

Securing the place we live and work in used to be a task best left for professional, but like almost every other industry, digital technology is also democratizing security. SimpliSafe Home Security lets you install a wireless security system with all the bells and whistles, without needing an expert and paying an arm and a leg for it.

The SimpliSafe System

As the name implies, it is very easy to install the SimpliSafe system. It comes pre-programmed to work out of the box, and you won’t need to drill any holes or use wires, which saves hundreds on installation alone.

The Packages and Custom Build

You have the option of getting different business packages or you can custom build one for the perfect system. A business 5 piece package is as little as $229.96. You can get some that have as many as 13 components and you can even add more pieces to them for a total of up to 41.

If you decide to build your own, it starts with a core unit that includes the base station, wireless keypad and master keychain. From here, you can add all of the sensors, panic button, keypad, keychains, as well as the siren the company offers. This includes entry, motion, glass break, water, and freezer sensors.

SimpliSafe Security Monitoring Plans

One of the biggest drawbacks of traditional security systems is the monthly fees of the contracts that lock you in with multi-year commitments. With SimpliSafe, you get 24/7 professional alarm monitoring for less than 50 cents per day without annual contracts, and you can cancel anytime.

Access

Once the system is installed, you will have access to your business with your smartphone no matter where you are. The base houses a SIM card for cellular connectivity, and it has a backup battery that works in the event of a power outage.

As the name implies, it is very easy to install the SimpliSafe security system and using it for your small business will save you lots of money.

Conclusion

The system is easy to set up, wireless, without a long term contract allowing you to cancel anytime. It has a 100 percent guarantee with paid shipping for return after 60 days. The company says that this gives customers complete control. What do you think?

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AT&T Expands SMB Remote Tech Support Service From PCs to Servers

Dallas (PRESS RELEASE – May 13, 2011) – Building on the success of the popular AT&T Tech Support 360 service, which provides remote IT support for small and mid-size business PCs, AT&T announced recently the availability of remote IT support for SMB computer servers as well.

With the new service – AT&T Tech Support 360 Server Support – small and mid-size businesses receive wide-ranging care for Windows servers from U.S.-based AT&T certified network engineers.

Features and options available with the service may include:

  • 24/7 server performance monitoring
  • Security patch management
  • Management of critical business applications, and network and Internet connectivity
  • Monitoring of firewalls, switches and routers
  • Consultative recommendations on best practices
  • Unlimited phone and live remote support
  • Regular reporting and updates

“With the growth of mobile applications, mobile devices, and remote workers, more small and medium business are investing in servers to run their business,” said Michael McDonald, analyst, AMI-Partners, an industry research firm. “As a result, the demand for remote IT server support is growing as well and we expect that it will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.”

In fact, AMI reports that North American small and mid-size businesses already have more than 3 million servers deployed, and projects that the market for remote IT server support will grow from $1.4 billion in 2010 to $5 billion by 2013, a compound annual growth rate of more than 50 percent.

AT&T’s Server Support monitors and reports on more than 2,000 hardware and software indicators to help ensure the health of SMB servers and systems. In the event of an application failure or other critical issue, customers are immediately notified and AT&T certified network engineers work remotely to quickly resolve the situation. They can even go onsite to business locations if necessary.

All online sessions are logged and recorded for security purposes. Because small and mid-size businesses need flexibility as well as security, Server Support makes it easy for customers to change passwords, disable old users, and set up new users.

“As businesses grow and get more complex, so do their IT issues,” said Ebrahim Keshavarz, AT&T Vice President of Small Business Product Management. “With Server Support, we have a solution that offers thorough monitoring, proactive maintenance, problem resolution – at a predictable monthly cost. By remotely monitoring and managing SMB servers, our aim is to prevent problems before they happen. But if they do occur, we react quickly to minimize any impact to their operations.”

For those small and mid-size businesses that have IT staff, AT&T’s new service can help offload day-to-day server support, enabling the customer’s technicians to focus on other business priorities, such as building websites, setting up networks, or ensuring that billing, accounting or other key software and applications are running properly.

Server Support subscription plans start as low as $99 per month per server. Premium plans that come with unlimited remote access support for hardware and operating systems start as low as $309 per month per server. Support for key SMB applications are available for an additional charge.

Interested small and mid-size businesses can get more information about Tech Support 360 Server Support by visiting tech360.att.com or by calling 877-888-7360. SMB’s can also contact their designated AT&T account manager with any questions or to get more information.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

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Trai Issues Consultation Paper on Service Quality Standards

Trai Issues Consultation Paper on Service Quality Standards
As the call drop issue remains yet to be fully addressed, the telecom regulator on Friday issued a consultation paper seeking opinion of stakeholders on how quality of services could be improved by the telecom service providers.

It also talked about introducing a graded financial disincentives based on performance.

“How should the call drop rate calculated – either at the Licensed service area level calculated during TCBH (Time Consistent Busy Hour), or calculated during the Cell Bouncing Busy Hour at BTS (Base Transceiver Station) level should be the benchmark,” the consultation paper issued by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) asked.

Currently the benchmark for call drop rate is less than 2 percent.

“Considering the performance of service providers and also considering the public outcry in recent times it is felt that there is enough ground for further tightening of the benchmark for this parameter,” the paper said.

The consultation paper titled “Review of network related Quality of Service standards for Cellular Mobile Telephone Service” has sought stakeholders comments by August 26, 2016 and counter comments by September 2, 2016.

“How should the benchmark for the network parameters be revised? Should it be licensed service area wise or district wise or BTS wise or a combination? In such cases what should be the benchmarks? How should the benchmarks be measured?” it asked.

It sought opinion regarding how to calculate call drop rate. It also raised concern over radio link timeout (RLT). “Do you think it is essential to mandate the TSPs to set the RLT parameter? If so what should be the criteria to set the value and the value that needs to be set.”

“Do you think calculation of customer satisfaction index will help in quality of experience of the consumer? If so elaborate the methodology of the calculation of such indexes. What are the latent variable that need to be defined and how are they to be calculated?” it also asked.

It further added: “What are your views on introducing a graded financial disincentives based on performance and what should be such quantum of financial disincentives for various parameters?”

“Customer satisfaction is the major determining factor in the emergence of new services, setting standards and designing of network. Therefore, the customer requirements and expectations are paramount consideration in reviewing quality of service standards irrespective of the technology that has been deployed in the network,” the regulator said.
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Samsung Pay Adds Russia, Malaysia and Thailand to Mobile Payment Service

Samsung Pay adds three new countries and is now available in more places around the globe, including Russia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KRX:005930) recently announced a new partnership with Russian bank Sberbank to bring its Samsung Pay service to three more countries: Russia, Malaysia and Thailand. The new partnership offers opportunities for small businesses here in the U.S. too.

Samsung Pay Mobile Payment System

Samsung Pay is a mobile payment system launched last year that uses a compatible Samsung device to pay at point-of-sale locations across the globe. The service aims to rival Apple Pay and Google Wallet in the mobile payment space. This year it rolled out new features in the U.S., including support for in-app payments, online payment and express checkout, and nearby discounts and savings.

“Now Sberbank customers can use a convenient Samsung Pay service and make payments with a single touch of the smartphone, almost anywhere payment cards are accepted,” said Alexander Torbakhov, Deputy Chairman of the Sberbank Board, in a press release announcing the partnership.

Samsung Pay Key Features and Benefits

According to the multinational electronics company headquartered in Suwon, South Korea, Samsung Pay is more than a Payment Service. It is “a secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service” that can be used to make purchases almost anywhere that credit, debit and prepaid cards are accepted.

Among Samsung Pay’s stated benefits for users are:

  • Simplicity: To make a payment on Samsung Pay, users can simply swipe up on their eligible Galaxy smartphone, scan their fingerprint and pay.
  • Security: Samsung Pay uses three levels of security to enable secure payments – fingerprint authentication, tokenization and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s defense-grade mobile security platform.
  • Accessibility: Samsung Pay is compatible with the majority of existing and new terminals, allowing users to pay almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card.

New Opportunities for Small Businesses with Samsung Pay

With this new partnership, Samsung Pay will now be available in a total of 10 countries by the end of 2016. Those countries include the United States, China, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Russia, Thailand and Malaysia.

For small businesses in the U.S., this partnership with Sberbank expands their potential market reach significantly. More customers around the world are now able to use this payment option for online and in app purchases — perhaps from your ecommerce store.

“No fees are charged by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. from any Samsung Pay users, emitting banks, acquirer banks and trading companies,” stressed the giant electronics company.

Image: Samsung

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