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Personal Data
 
When your company becomes a customer/supplier of Portel AV Ltd. we will keep some data about you.  This includes some personal data which relates to a particular, named person or people.
 
What personal data do we hold?
Portel AV Ltd. will keep data about you in two ways:

  Paper records

A copy of your contract, which includes the name and address of your business, director’s name(s), signatures, and service charges.
Contact information, including personal and emergency contact details

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Posted By Steven Barrett

 

For many years it’s been taken as read to run a business means buying or renting a telephone system with telephone lines, either ISDN or analogue.

I remember when ISDN arrived, it was so flaky we set up another business to promote ISDN connected telephone systems, just in case it was a flop !. With millions of taxpayer pounds put into the development it eventually refined down to the product we know today. 

Like ISDN (due to be phased out starting about 2020) for me, VoIP was an embryonic product...

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The Times They are a’changin !

1 Mar 2018 12:07:27

When Portel (Reality Communications Limited) started off installing phone systems back in 1981 they were little more than a device to take and make phone calls.

Along came Plessey (really Nitsuko) with a telephone with lights so you could see who else was on the phone, outstanding !!. 

We’ve just finished programming one of our new range VoIP phone systems, the handsets being wired, cordless and virtual, that’s a VoIP phone displayed on the users mobile phone. 

Our latest flavour of VoIP allows use...

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When we get hacked ?? yes, you will be surprised to discover that a hacker is interested in your business, especially your data which once encrypted will produce a ransom, anything from a few thousand pounds up to hundreds of thousands plus the potential of a fine of up to £100,00.00 from the Information Commissioners Office and appearing on a list of Companies they have fined for leaky data security.

Our quick tips are:

Change passwords to something better than your child’s name and date of birth...

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Going VoIP ?? Read this first

1 Mar 2018 12:01:16

For many years it’s been taken as read to run a business means buying or renting a telephone system with telephone lines, either ISDN or analogue.

I remember when ISDN arrived, it was so flaky we set up another business to promote ISDN connected telephone systems, just in case it was a flop !. With millions of taxpayer pounds put into the development it eventually refined down to the product we know today. 

Like ISDN (due to start phasing out around 2020) for me, VoIP was an embryonic product in 2...

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Has Your Business Horse Bolted ??

1 Mar 2018 11:56:46

If you are reading this at home with a foot of snow outside the door then the answer is probably yes!.

So what went wrong?, you ignored your competition when they upgraded to Cloud Servers for their data, laughed when they swapped from traditional phones to voice over the internet ones. You expected business to continue as it always did, and so it did….until the snow / broken leg / bust car arrived. 

You are now sat at home clutching a mobile phone staring at email. Your competitor is also sat at ...

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As telephone engineers we often spot some weird and wonderful phone systems, sometimes the clients ‘comm’s’ room still have old phone systems hanging on the walls dating back to the early 1980’s, sadly some are even plugged into the mains as no-one knows what they are or what they do.

 

The thing is whilst things are working well there is little reason to change anything, if it works don’t fix it is often the thought behind doing nothing.

 

As it happens things have moved on, dramatically.  Just lik...

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Free Telephone Systems ?

27 Jul 2017 10:41:59

Now I’m not advocating we pull our phone systems off the wall, put them outside and watch them run away !  I’m saying that with technology as it is suppliers can offer the ‘boxes’ for very little money.

 

Bursting the Bubble

No matter how the suppliers package their version of VoIP they are all basically derived from a standard PC, just like the one under / on your desk right now.  Clever programming fools the PC into thinking it’s a telephone system.  An operating system such as Linux is overlaid ...

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Progression in the Telephony Market – VoIP – The future, NOW

 

For many years it’s been taken as read to run a business means buying or renting a telephone system with telephone lines, either ISDN or analogue.

I remember when ISDN arrived, it was so flaky we set up another business to promote ISDN connected telephone systems, just in case it was a flop !. With millions of taxpayer pounds put into the development it eventually refined do...

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In 2009,Yoram Solomon took a group of executives through a strategic planning process. Following the framework of The Alchemy of Growth, the goal was to identify what products or services does the company have in Horizon 1 (the "Cash Cow") and Horizon 2 (growth stage, although not profitable yet), and then plan the investment in Horizon 3 products, or "The Next Big Thing." To explain the framework, I used existing companies as examples. As we discussed Apple, one of the participants asked what I...

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