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S Studio Salon’s Chief Experience

Staci Patton, Owner of S Studio Salon in Oklahoma City.
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Thank you Staci! We appreciate your business! Visit S Studio Salon at: 2528 W. Memorial in OKC

VoIP app: A very cool shared blog


ZANGI is a new mobile app that supports free SMS, voice and video calls, multi-user conferences, instant messaging, file sharing, screen sharing, integration with other programs and more. ZANGI is still in “stealth mode”, but I’m told their offering is coming out next month with support for multiple mobile platforms including OS, Android OS, Symbian, Windows PC, or Windows Mobile. It can also be used via web interface or through social networks like Facebook, Google+, etc. How integrated with these popular social networks remains to be seen. It also supports syncing of your address book, as shown here:

Using ZANGI you will have local and international calls and SMS for free when dialing other ZANGI users and calls to none ZANGI users they claim will be at very low rates. In order to use ZANGI you only need to have WiFi or 3G/4G connection and the application installed on your smartphone. The app is also GPS/location aware, though I’m not sure why exactly it needs to be location-aware.

The video calling, multi-user conferencing, and file sharing certainly seem interesting. Can’t wait to try it out. As previously mentioned, they are still in stealth mode, so their mobile and desktop apps aren’t yet available. But this is a company to keep your eye on over the next few weeks if looking to try a new mobile VoIP / video / SMS app.

Written by: Tom Keating

FAQ’s ..what most people ask us.

Here are some of the most frequent questions we are asked about video surveillance, phone systems and other things!

1) Q. What type of phone do I need to view my CCTV (video surveillance) system remotely? A. The systems we use are compatible with most smart phones. Most of our customers use either an iPhone or an Android but, there are other smart phones that will work as well.

2) Q. Is there a monthly payment for video surveillance? A. No. Video surveillance is monitored by the customer; therefore there is not a monthly monitoring fee or any other recurring fees. Once it is installed, it is yours!

3) Q. Do you offer financing? A. Yes, we offer financing for businesses. Of course, approval is based on the company’s credit. We do not offer residential financing at this time.

4) Q. What is VoIP? A. the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) defines VoIP as: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a technology that allows you to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analog) phone line. Some VoIP services may only allow you to call other people using the same service, but others may allow you to call anyone who has a telephone number – including local, long distance, mobile, and international numbers. Also, while some VoIP services only work over your computer or a special VoIP phone, other services allow you to use a traditional phone connected to a VoIP adapter.

VoIP can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year on your phone bill.

5) Q. How long have you been in the business? A. Chad NesSmith, the owner of Chief DataCom, has been in the telephony and video surveillance business for nearly 25 years. He is one of only a small handful of people in the state with this level of experience and is respected as an expert in the field. He owned a successful telecom/datacom company for 10 years before selling it and starting Chief DataCom from the ground up a year ago.

6) Q. Is a license required to sell video surveillance? A. Yes. Any company that sells, installs or services video surveillance, aka CCTV, systems is required to have an Oklahoma State license. The company owner, manager(s), technician(s) and others must be finger printed and pass a criminal background check in order to become licensed. This is regulated by the department of health.

7) Q. Why should I buy from Chief DataCom instead of another company? A. Chief DataCom is a locally owned and operated business. We are experienced, licensed and insured. We operate in a fiscally responsible manner and give back to the community through volunteerism and through monetary donations. Currently, we sponsor the RE Project which is a program for at risk youth. That being said, each individual and business should buy from a company they trust and with whom they can have a relationship.

8 ) Q. What is structured cabling? A. Structured cabling is a building or campus telecommunications cabling infrastructure that consists of a number of standardized smaller elements (hence structured) called subsystems. Structured cabling design and installation is governed by a set of standards that specify wiring data centers, offices, and apartment buildings for data or voice communications using various kinds of cable, most commonly category 5e (CAT-5e), category 6 (CAT-6), and fiber optic cabling and modular connectors. In addition to this type of cabling, we also offer other types of wiring related to sound and other systems that may be tied in to your telephone or video surveillance systems.

If you have other questions about video surveillance (CCTV), business telephone systems or structured cabling, please contact us via the website or give us a call!

He put the “Chief” in Chief DataCom

 

Chad NesSmith

Chad NesSmith is the President and owner of Chief DataCom.  You may wonder why this statement is significant.  It so happens that Chad is a bit of a celebrity in the world of telecom. 

More often than not, when I go into my usual dissertation about Chief DataCom and how awesome we are (and I get to the point where I talk about Chad) this is the response I get: “Chad NesSmith! Wow! He put in our telephone system 20 years ago!!” 

Chad’s career began about 25 years ago in Lawton, Oklahoma.  He has worked with many interesting people over the years, including the now State Auditor, Gary Jones (who used to own a telecom company).  Chad also installed his very first video surveillance system during that time.  It is interesting to hear how much video surveillance and telephone systems have changed over the years!

Chad also holds a number of certifications for telecom and network services in addition to holding a state license for video surveillance.  Chad is often sought out by other professionals in the industry when they are in need of an expert opinion or advice on how to manage a particular project.

In 1989, Chad took his expertise to the next level and purchased (along with a partner) a flailing telecom company that was sinking like rock.  As president, he successfully turned it into a very prosperous commercial telecommunications company and was even awarded the coveted “Best of Business” award. He enjoyed this success for several years and eventually decided to sell his interest in the company and reinvest in a new company, a new adventure. 

This new company would be born of his own ideas, expertise, superior customer service skills, personal values and of course his wife’s (Leslie) energy.  The company is Chief DataCom.  Though Chief DataCom is a new company, the experience behind the company rivals any company of its sort in the state of Oklahoma. 

Now you “know” the man who put the “Chief” in Chief DataCom

10 Reasons to Upgrade Your Phone System

10. Your company image will improve.

9. Paging feature saves footsteps.

8. Auto attendant saves time and payroll.

7. Music & advertising on hold creates better customer service without added payroll.

6. Unified messaging saves valuable time (voicemail and faxes are emailed to you).

5. More phone lines equals fewer missed calls.

4. Do not disturb feature will enhance productivity and privacy.

3. Call forward feature allows staff to be mobile (also forwards the number called from).

2. Ability to view remote video surveillance cameras on your phone at home or at the office.

1. VoIP can almost completely eliminate long distance charges.

Visit our telephone systems page for more information!

Small Business Telephone Solution

At Chief DataCom, we offer the Panasonic brand as a solution for our small business clients. Panasonic is a trusted brand, with unsurpassed quality and technology. Check out this video which demonstrates one of the SIP systems we offer.

Do I need video surveillance?

This is a question many individuals ponder in an age in which the words “need” and “want” seem to be interchangeable. There are questions that should be asked to determine if there is a true need.  Such as:

 

Do I have teens or young children at home?

Why is this question important?  Video surveillance acts as not only a way to “prove” an event took place, but also as a preventative measure.  Preventing poor behavior such as: your 17 year old throwing a party or entertaining questionable guests while parents are out of town, YES, it happens.  It can also prevent would-be intruders from ever considering your home as a viable target.

Do I own or operate a business?

This question may seem broad; however, there are many challenges businesses of ANY size may face.  Video surveillance is proven to increase employee productivity, improve customer service (when employees are aware they are being monitored), and decrease theft and frivolous workers compensation claims resulting in the increased profitability of many businesses.

There are other questions that could be considered as well.  In a nutshell, the question is “Do I have anything (or anyone) of value that I really need to protect from theft, damage or any type of abuse?”  If the answer is “yes”, video surveillance should be considered.