For most people, video conferencing elicits a vision of sitting in a conference room and staring at people in another conference room— this is the traditional use of video conferencing. However, video collaboration tools are being used very creatively in a variety of ways by all types of businesses. For technology resellers, installers and system integrators, that opens up a huge opportunity to sell video conferencing outside the traditional small to medium business. In today’s day and age, video conferencing can be adopted by nearly any type of business to improve operations, customer service and its bottom-line. Let’s take a look at some unique industries where video conferencing and collaboration tools are present.
If you have been following us recently, you’ve probably seen mention of captive portals. In this blog post, we are going to take a deep dive into what exactly a captive portal is and why it’s a critical component and benefit to most business’ networks.
The future of IP phones has become a popular topic of conversation within our industry. Like any technology, IP phones require continued innovation to adapt to the always-evolving ways we live and work. Here at Grandstream, we are always looking to escalate and expand the functionality and value of our IP phones. One of the main ways we do this is through integration with popular third party services, apps, devices and platforms.
Let’s take a look at some of the many interoperability options our IP phones offer that add value now and into the future:
Since we launched our GDS3710, it has gotten a lot of attention for the tremendous security functionality it offers. The GDS3710 puts a streaming, HD security camera at the entrance to any building entrance while enabling you to restrict access to certain visitors or everyone. It offers motion detection functionality to trigger calls or sound alarms and can be integrated with any third party ONVIF Profile S compliant network video recorder and other security products. If you are looking to keep any building or room secure while restricting access and recording activity, the GDS3710 is for you. However, today we are going to take a look at the ways the GDS3710 makes running and managing any business easier and more efficient.
It is no secret that the way we communicate is changing – especially in the workplace. 20 years ago, internal processes within a business were focused on communicating knowledge and plans to employees to ensure everyone is on the same page. This model was based on a few key stakeholders making decisions and relaying those decisions to employees through internal communication programs such as email or print newsletters, memos or staff meetings. Businesses did not have tools to allow them to maximize their time and employee contributions by collaborating efficiently and productively. Traditionally, the only communication options most businesses had were phone calls and in-person meetings, the first of which creates a strange dynamic that ignores non-verbal communications, the latter of which limits efficiency and productivity at the expense of a meeting.
Over the last couple of months we have indirectly covered many different facets of Grandstream’s solutions that make them ideal for service providers. Our large portfolio of award-winning IP phones offer the ideal model and price point for every type of user. We have also highlighted the many ways our solutions can be integrated with each other to allow them all to add more value and functionality at no extra cost. For this blog post, we are going to dig a little deeper into the many features, programs and initiatives that Grandstream offers that allow us to partner with service providers across the world and empower them to succeed.
This year Grandstream is celebrating our 15th anniversary. In 2002 our founders set out to build what ended up being some of the first SIP devices anywhere in the world. They were looking to take advantage of what was at the time a new technology fad known as “Voice over internet protocol.” In 2003, the first official Grandstream products hit the market: the BT100, a simple IP phone, and the HT286, a 1-line Analog Telephone Adapter.
We have been talking about integration on our blog quite a bit recently. It has become one of the most popular buzzwords in communications as open-source technology continues its takeover of the industry. Integration is not just something that manufacturers should be talking about but something that end-users should pay close attention to when designing, deploying or expanding their solutions.
Since their launch in June of 2013, the UCM series has become one of the most popular on-premise IP PBXs in the world. It offers small to medium sized businesses an almost unprecedented unified communications manager (hence the UCM acronym) that gives them access to enterprise-grade voice, video, data and mobility features in an easy-to-setup, easy-to-manage fashion with no licensing or recurring fees.