While email and web chat are increasingly becoming preferred communication channels, many of today’s customers insist on being able to pick up the phone and get in touch with a business – whether it’s to ask questions about a potential product or service, get support for a prior purchase, or for any other reason. But what happens in the event of a power outage caused by a disaster, or even a shorter – but certainly noticeable – brownout resulting from the country’s aging and over-burdened utility infrastructure? Well, if you have a conventional phone system that uses an on-site IP PBX, then instead of hearing “thank you for your call, how may I help you?”, your customers will hear “sorry, the number you have reached is out of service, please try your call again later.” Unfortunately, many customers won’t “try their call again later.” Instead, they’ll head to a competitor whose phone lines are working normally – and they’ll never look back. To avoid that unacceptable scenario, here are the key ways that our hosted VoIP solution keeps your business up and running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year:
Geographically-Dispersed Cloud Infrastructure
All communication that takes place via our hosted VoIP phone system – including file sharing, video conferencing, instant messaging, and so on – is supported by a geographically-dispersed cloud infrastructure. As such, during a local power outage your business does not have to worry about disappearing from the radar screen. Everyone on your team will be able to continue sending and receiving calls, and accessing all system features – even as other businesses nearby using conventional phone systems cannot even get a dial tone.
Our hosted VoIP phone systems utilizes a broadband internet connection to transfer both audio and video (for web and video conferencing). If your ISP suffers a power outage or your internet connection goes offline for any reason, an automatic failover response takes over and switches to a secondary connection. Then, when the primary connection comes back online, it automatically switches back. Your IT team doesn’t have to make any configuration changes or modify the system in any way.
Carrier-Grade Network Security
Our hosted VoIP phone system is NOT run on the public internet. Rather, it is managed on a private and highly secure data network, which is protected by end-to-end encryption mechanisms including Transport Layer Security/TLS and Secure RTP for transmitting media. In addition, our expert team installs and configures all security patches and updates to thwart zero-day threats. In addition, our hosted VoIP phone system features robust password protection for managed routers, as well as for web-based dashboard access. In addition, all system access and usage is tracked for compliance, quality assurance, and audit trail purposes.
Granular Security Controls
Your business will be empowered with granular security controls to ensure compliance and prevent unauthorized usage. For example, specific access and permissions can be granted to different users/groups, and restrictions can be imposed (e.g. maximum time per call, geographic calling restrictions, etc.).
Speaking of our expert team: we continuously monitor and test the system to ensure security and integrity. If there is any actual or potential threat or vulnerability, alarms are automatically triggered, and the issue is thoroughly investigated to resolution. We have also recently strengthened our enhanced and comprehensive telecommunications fraud management program, which covers the following:
- Monitoring all outbound traffic to detect anomalies at the automatic number identification (ANI) level.
- Automatically blocking suspicious calling that may be the result of subscription fraud, IP PBX hacking, abuse of service terms and conditions, internal fraud, employee theft, phishing, pharming, and payment fraud.
- Implementing customized system rules using conditional criteria, which are based on known fraud trends and tactics.
- Flagging calls to/from numbers linked to confirmed fraud cases noted in industry-wide “hot lists.”
- Creating and scoring profiles based on key risk indicators, such as volume, dialed destination, etc.
- Analyzing robocalls by researching and analyzing each telephone number, and accessing carrier and consumer reports.
- Automatically notifying you if fraudulent activity is suspected or detected.
The Bottom Line
It goes without saying that your business can’t afford to go off the grid for even a few minutes – let alone hours, or in the case of a severe event like a hurricane, tornado, ice storm, flood or fire, for several days. That’s where DigitalPhone.io’s Business Continuity infrastructure enters the picture and closes the gap!
To learn more, contact DigitalPhone.io today for a guided demo of our hosted VoIP phone system (336) 560-4400.
OpenPoll will disrupt the polling and market research industries by leveraging the advent of blockchain and cryptocurrency, offering more accurate polls, representing more individuals, and providing better political and business insight. OpenPoll works by allowing researchers—including politicians and corporations—to conduct polls and surveys through the international OpenPoll network. On the consumer end, individuals are able to complete detailed surveys quickly and anonymously through a mobile app and are paid for their responses. OpenPoll breaks language barriers which have skewed polls for decades, gathering the most accurate and representative data from anywhere in the world, all at a fraction of the cost. In summary, OpenPoll is the future of unbiased market research and polling.
Phone and exit polling is very expensive. Finding the right demographic and users to respond is very time-consuming and expensive. OpenPoll cuts out the middleman and goes directly to respondents creating a much more cost effective platform for politicians, researchers, and corporations.
The OpenPoll platform is inclusive to people who have previously been disenfranchised in polls in surveys. With the ability to instantly translate into languages and connect with members of all socioeconomic groups, OpenPoll provides more representative data and gives everyone a fair voice.
Polling today is significantly biased, with both selection and response biases. Polling outside of a Target versus a Walmart? Selection Bias. Do you have a male asking questions instead of a female? Response Bias. By removing the human element and polling anonymously, we eliminate polling biases.
Corporations have the option to encrypt their data through the system. No one has access to private data, not even OpenPoll. All data is decentralized and stored on our blockchain, with the industry standard encryption capabilities. We offer the ability to release your data publicly at any time, and keep it verifiable.
Target and analyze down to a zip code. We support polls at all scales, from local communities to entire nations. Analyze how responses differ across different communities and cities with no additional cost. Polling costs scale to size, starting at $10.00. Local polling has never before been this easy or affordable.
Rather than processing by a single organization, polls and surveys are completely decentralized and verifiable. We show the source of our polls, so you can verify the responses for yourself. OpenPoll can expand into developing countries without government interference.
A growing number of organizations are saying goodbye to their conventional analog on-premise analog PBX phone system. Here are the key reasons why they’re saying good riddance to a bad system:
- Excessive up-front costs: premise-based PBX systems are expensive to purchase, install and maintain. For many small and mid-sized businesses, the CapEx burden is prohibitive, and for larger organizations it’s unjustifiable.
- No cost certainty: the cost of operating a premise-based PBX system is based on usage (regular calling along with long distance costs). As such, it’s virtually impossible for organizations to know how much their monthly, quarterly and annual telecommunications costs will be. This often leads to budget shortfalls — which ultimately leads to greater risks and higher overall operating costs.
- Lack of scalability: adding new lines to a premise-based system typically mans physically installing them, which is costly and inconvenient. What’s more, if the maximum number of lines are in use, then organizations must purchase another PBX.
- Lack of business continuity: a premise-based PBX system functions through a network typology with a single point of failure. As such, when a part of the system fails, the entire system goes offline. It can also be days for a technician to perform on-site repairs.
- Lack of support: premise-based PBX system vendors and phone companies typically do not work and play well together — because when something goes wrong, they each start pointing the finger at the other. As a result, organizations are caught in the middle and must broker a solution that fits within the service level agreement (SLA) of both their PBX vendor and the phone company. This is a tedious and time consuming process, and usually one that leads to higher costs (about the only thing that PBX vendors and phone companies agree on is the mandate to tack on fees and sell pricey maintenance agreements).
- Limited features: premise-based PBX systems don’t offer the kinds of carrier-class features that today’s organizations need, such as video calling, instant messaging, real-time status information (i.e. the ability to see if colleagues are available), integration with other systems in the environment (e.g. CRM, automated marketing, etc.), and the list goes on.
Ready for a Change?
If your organization is fed up with a limited, restrictive, inflexible and excessively costly premise-based PBX system, then contact the DigitalPhone.io team today. We’ll take you on a live guided tour of our advanced, cost-effective and feature-rich hosted VoIP phone system. Your consultation with us is free, and our experts will gladly answer all of your questions. Our experience is your advantage!
A few decades ago, fax machines roamed freely on the business landscape: and it was good. Actually, it was groundbreaking. The idea of transmitting an exact facsimile of a document to anyone in the world — and within a matter of seconds — was incredible. Indeed, if you build a time machine and head back to circa 1988, you’ll be greeted by an orchestra of screeching fax machines (don’t worry, it’s a screech of joy, not of pain).
Well, here we are about to enter the third decade of the 21st century, and traditional fax machines are few and far between. In fact, some millennial doctors have no idea what to do with this ancient technology. But does this mean faxing is dead? Not at all!
On the contrary, faxing is alive and well. But like many other technologies, it has elevated to the cloud where it is enjoying a dynamic new lease on life. Here are 5 reasons why organizations are embracing cloud faxing — and why yours might want to join them:
1. Enhanced Security
Doctors, pharmacists, lawyers and many other professionals are using cloud faxing because it’s more secure. This is because unlike scanning and attaching a document to an email, faxing converts a document into base64 binary at its source, sends it through the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), and then reassembles it at the other end. In addition, faxed documents are stored in a secure off-site data center.
2. Save Space
Office space is expensive — especially in premium locations. A conventional fax machine requires sufficient space to ensure safe and proper usage (and keep supplies nearby, like paper, ink, etc.). This is a non-issue with cloud faxing. It’s 100% virtual, and doesn’t take up any space.
3. Enhanced Convenience
Cloud faxing is available to employees whenever they want, and from where they’re working. They don’t have to wait to get back to the office, and they don’t have to wait in line or hike across the building. They can simply launch any internet-connected computer, laptop, desktop or smartphone, and send/receive faxes. They can also schedule faxes to be sent at a future date/time, and email faxes to colleagues or any other part (the receiving party doesn’t need to have cloud faxing — they will simply get an email with a PDF attachment).
4. Cost Saving
Conventional fax machines are pricey to buy and maintain, and organizations need a dedicated line or switch — which adds to the cost. On the other hand, cloud faxing is extremely cost effective. There are no usage or long distance fees, nor is there a need to purchase new phone lines or upgrading existing ones.
What’s more, organizations with remote workers who need to send/receive faxes don’t have to equip them with fax machines. They simply provide them with cloud faxing, and save hundreds or thousands of dollars per year.
5. Detailed Reports
Readers of a certain vintage may recall that generating reports with conventional fax machines was — and remains — manually intensive and quite tedious. Cloud faxing completely changes this for the better. At any time and from anywhere, authorized users (e.g. managers) can simply login to review fax history, usage details, and other data.
Are you ready to switch to cloud faxing — and reap all of the rewards above? Then call DigitalPhone.io today at (336) 560-4400. Your consultation with us is free.
AT&T and several other companies, including Kickstarter, Vimeo, and Etsy, last week petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn Obama-era internet regulatory rules. Here we go again, again.
AT&T’s continuing fight to repeal net-neutrality shares so much in common with the GOP healthcare bill that they may as well start being packaged together. Both of them keep getting shot down, but like any grade-B horror movie-icon from the 1980’s, they keep returning in increasingly more stupid forms as shitty sequels to an already terrible premise.
The head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, appears to be struggling to find a way to justify his existence to the people who matter most: internet service providers (ISPs) with deep pockets and very specific expectations for the politicians they support. He’s named personally as an advocate for AT&T’s latest evil plan to fuck up the internet, in the petition.
While AT&T’s lawyers make it perfectly clear the company believes the Obama White House pressured the nation’s courts into defying previous court rulings that protected AT&T and its ilk from being regulated like a utility. This regulation prevented ISPs from destroying the internet by letting Comcast and AT&T, for example, meter bandwidth based on company preference.
TNW has published numerous articles in defense of net-neutrality, even beseeching our readers to help tell our politicians that we support a free and open internet. The FCC was overrun with millions of comments that said the same. Overwhelmingly the American people and most companies have shown support for net-neutrality, including (wait for it) AT&T.
We covered AT&T’s pointless attempt to stand beside Google, Facebook, and hundreds of other tech companies in the fight for net-neutrality – while it was simultaneously the most vocal voice in trying to have net-neutrality repealed.
The ambiguous nature of the company’s have-it-both-ways stance on net-neutrality has it seeking to repeal the Obama-era rules and replace it with new, better rules; the kind that are drafted by AT&T lawyers. Don’t be fooled; it’s the same bullshit plan with a different angle-of-attack.
AT&T is currently trying to manipulate the conversation by having politician Ajit Pai represent them in lieu of his duty to the American people, a tactic that has failed twice already.
AT&T and its gang of salivating lawyers may never end the ridiculously transparent money-grab of a quest to destroy the free and open internet. But overwhelming support from Silicon Valley and tech journalists seem to indicate that, like most of the American people, those who know what’s at stake won’t ever stop fighting the enemies of net-neutrality.
Las Vegas, I have no words to describe how heartbroken I am. Las Vegas was my college town, it was my home for four years. My heart breaks for you, for the city, for what you’re going through.
The deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history with the death toll rising by the hour. It’s times like these and tragedies like this that put it all in perspective. Those innocent people at that concert weren’t Democrats or Republicans, they were Americans. It’s sick and sad some can’t see it that way. Like the now former CBS vice president and senior counsel who took to Facebook to say quote: I’m actually not even sympathetic because country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
Listen here Hayley Geftman-Gold, it’s those Republican gun-toters who would risk their lives to protect you in any active shooter situation and it’s very sad you’re too ignorant and hateful to see it that way. You make me sick but you’re not the only one.
Last year’s failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wasted zero time before she made this tragedy into an anti-gun political talking point. First of all Hillary, you have no idea what you’re talking about. Second, how dare you. You’re going to blame this senseless shooting on the NRA and law-abiding gun owners, really? For what? To advance your own agenda and political aspirations? Do some soul-searching and learn about firearms before you open your mouth.