The annual freeze is upon the UK with forecasts of snow and freezing temperatures and of course the possible disruption to business inlcuding staff shortages as employees refuse to struggle through dangerous conditions to get to work. In this age of high speed internet and multitude of communications options it should be easy for desk based employees to work from home and it is not as expensive as you might think as long as you have made some preperations.
The obvious first choice is using VoIP (Voice Over IP) so that home based employees, even temporarily snowed in ones, can communicate with the office and customers seamlessly. As long as they have a reliable ADSL connection at home and a PC with suitable headset they can quickly establish a connection with the office phone system to remain a productive member of the team. Even if your business does not have a VoIP or VoIP enabled telephone system you can plan ahead by installing a VoIP Gateway which will easily upgrade your existing phone system to provide basic VoIP connectivity as a backup for this type of situation. The Telecom FM Onestream VoIP Gateway will connect to your small business phone system and provide VoIP connectivity for both the office phone system and also allow home workers to connect using an IP softphone on their computer or they could use an IP Phone at home and be able to answer incoming calls and transfer them back to the office. The Onestream Gateway also fetures a built-in GSM Gateway so the company can reduce their call charges to mobile phones or provide easy, low cost mobile extension functionality for their mobile workforce.
The next thing that a home based employee will need to do is access their office PC and applications from their home computer and this is easily achieved using a basic VNC service or a paid for remote access solutions such as gotomypc or logmein which are easy to set up and allow the user to work as though sitting at their desk.
With a little planning, and maybe a small outlay for items like VoIP Gateways which can provide additional benefits such as reduced call charges throughout the year, most small businesses can easily survive the cold snap.
Panasonic have released the prices of their exciting new NS1000 SIP Phone System.
The Panasonic NS1000 is a leading edge business communications platform utilising the latest SIP VoIP communications technology to deliver business class telecommunications for all businesses. The NS1000 is suitable for all types of business including small business, medium business and large corporate. With it’s flexible licensing and integration options the Panasonic NS1000 Phone System is sure to help Panasonic continue it’s success in the business phone system marketplace that it has led for over 20 years in the UK.
For details about the NS1000, please click here to view the KX-NS1000 UCC starter bundles where you can also download the full RRP price list showing all the available system components and licensing prices.
Yealink’s award-winning SIP-T2X range of IP phones has secured interoperability with key Avaya and BroadSoft solutions.
In a landmark move the five-strong range has been certified compliant with Avaya solutions including Avaya Aura® Communication Manager and Avaya S8800 Media Server with G650 Media Gateway.
In addition the handsets have been formally validated by BroadSoft for use on its popular BroadWorks platform, confirming they support all its latest features. These include shared call appearance, BLF, multiple call arrangement, network conferencing, device feature synchronisation and DNS SRV Lookup.
Commenting on the compliance confirmations, Yealink UK’s managing director Andrew Roberts said: “These are landmark achievements. Full compliance across the range with major Avaya solutions that are so strategically well placed in the UK telecoms and unified communications marketplaces is vitally important. Similarly Broadworks popularity in the hosted services space makes it a key platform for us and the resellers we partner.”
The business IP phone with intuitive contact and call management
The DE700 IP PRO is the IP phone for small and medium businesses demanding an expert phone system for managing their professional calls and contacts. Convenient navigation, multiple expansion options, a host of executive features, hassle-free set up, and exceptional wideband sound make the DE700 IP PRO perfectly suited for intuitive business communication.
Outstanding display with user interface
The intuitive, icon-based user interface on the illuminated 3.5” colour display grants access to the DE700 IP PRO’s contact and call management options. Special features include a customizable screensaver and slide-show, an animated menu and address book, and a caller time zone indicator.
Easy and convenient navigation
Quick and ergonomic, the 5-way touch wheel simplifies navigation on the DE700 IP PRO, with a high-performance processor for real-time speed on address book browsing and other premium features.
Easy expandability options
Simple to connect, the optional Gigaset Expansion Module enlarges the DE700 IP PRO by an additional 14 programmable keys with dual-colored LED.
Straightforward set-up and auto-provisioning
Step-by-step wizards handle the DE700 IP PRO’s complete installation and configuration. Auto-provisioning from Gigaset partners offer hassle-free remote configuration and management. Downloadable VoIP profiles guarantee an easy start.
Gigaset DE700 Features
3.5” color TFT display with award-winning user interface
Touch wheel for fast directory scrolling
Up to 8 SIP accounts
Exceptional HD sound with HDSP™
Headset connection: corded
Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) with 2-port switch
Integrated Power over Ethernet
XML browser and Info Center: weather, RSS and more
Classic PBX calling features
We-based call manager with CTI
Direct dialing of Microsoft Outlook™ contacts via PC
Local network directories and public online directory
Telecoms News – Yealink, the professional designer and manufacturer of IP phone and IP video phone, announced today that its latest high-end products–T38G Gigabit Color IP Phone is officially released and joined the family of Yealink IP Phone to provide brand new communication experience to customers.
The Yealink SIP-T38G Gigabit Color IP Phone is Yealink latest innovation for managers with demanding collaborative communication needs. After highlighted on various exhibitions and events including CeBIT 2011 and Convergence India 2011, T38G has already become one of the hit topics among Yealink Phone customers.T38G is a future-proofing product which supports seamless migration to GigE-based network infrastructure. Dual-port Gigabit Ethernet and all the features inherited from T28 are designed for flexible deployment options and cost-saving business mode. With its high-resolution TFT color display, The Yealink T38G IP Phone offers a brilliant depiction of caller’s information, offering customers with a lifelike communication experience.
Future-proof IP Phone that combines GigE:
♦ Dual-port Gigabit Ethernet, Power over Ethernet
♦ 4.3” TFT-LCD, 16.7M colors, Intuitive user interface
♦ TI Aries chipset and TI voice engine
♦ HD Voice: HD Codec, HD speaker, HD handset
♦ 6 VoIP accounts, BLF/BLA, IPv6, Open VPN
♦ Colorful Caller information display
♦ Theme, wall paper and screen sleep
♦ Auto-provision via FTP/TFTP/HTTP/HTTPS
♦ Auto-provision with PnP
♦ SNMP V1/2 optional, TR069 optional
♦ Remote phone book
♦ Headset, Support Wireless Headset, LCD Expansion module
The DE900 IP PRO is the premium IP phone for flexible communication in small to medium businesses. Clean and contemporary in design and with an award-winning user interface, the DE900 IP PRO offers ultimate connectivity, customization, and portability options – in addition to state-of-the-art executive features, unique innovations and world-class German technology.
– 3.5″ color TFT display with award-winning user interface
– High-end metallic finish
– Touch wheel for fast directory scrolling
– Up to 12 SIP accounts
– Exceptional HD sound with HDSP
– LAN connection via Integrated WiFi or Gigabit Ethernet POE port.
– USB 2.0 port
– Gigaset MobileOFFICE: portable custom phone settings via USB
– MP3 ringtones
– Headset connection: Bluetooth®, DECT and corded
– Link2mobile : connection to mobile via Bluetooth® to enable calls to be made and received via GSM
– Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) with 2-port switch
– Integrated Power over Ethernet
– XML browser and Info Center: weather, RSS and more
– Classic PBX calling features
– Web-based call manager with CTI
– Direct dialing of Microsoft Outlook contacts via PC4Local network directories and public online directory
– SRTP/TLS encryption
– Professional zero-touch auto-provisioning setup
– Certified hearing aid compatible
– Energy-saving ECO features
Specialist VoIP manufacturer Yealink is launching a low-cost ‘simply IP phone’ designed to meet growing demand from users looking to migrate from analogue to SIP platforms.
Yealink T18P SimplyIP Phone
Whilst carrying an RRP of just £43.50 (ex-VAT), the Yealink SIP – T18P IP Phone offers a strong feature set, making it well suited to a variety of private and public sector environments. The Yealink T18 sip phone features a TI Titan chipset at its core providing a high quality compact phone that offers 20 keys – two programmable – with standard features including voicemail, call transfer, three-way conferencing, eight speed dials, call logging and auto attendant. As with all models in Yealink’s SIP telephone range, the SIP – T18P also offers PoE and includes the PSU whilst resellers will also benefit from ease of installation via auto-provisioning.