Friday, February 22, 2013

911 and VoIP - What You Need to Know

In recent times, the introduction of VoIP providers for telecommunications has changed the whole concept of the telephone, but one important issue you need to be aware of is  VoIP and 911 functionality.

It cannot be denied that the ability to dial 911 in case of an emergency can never be compromised, and for this reason alone many people are nervous to completely give up their traditional phones altogether. 911, is a number that should be available to the entire population, free of charge, twenty four hours a day, and the technology used to make the call should not matter. A 911 call automatically diverts to the Public Switch Telephone Network, and the Federal Communications Commission has taken steps to provide this same service with VoIP as from a standard landline, mobile or cell phone.

Using a VoIP provider for your phone calls means cheaper calling, with no phone lines and just the use of an Internet signal. In fact, VoIP has taken the business world by storm as well as being popular with individuals for totally free video calling. But what needs to be recognized here is the need to make emergency calls too in this way. The trouble that arises when trying to use a VoIP provider for traditional and emergency type calling is that the portable provider will not always recognize where the call is being generated from. In fact, this is something that many people like about VoIP service providers such as Datavo; they can call from wherever they want and stay anonymous. However, when calling 911, a vital component of the call is that the operator can identify your position immediately without you having to tell them; and here lies the dilemma of VoIP and 911functionality. 

Improvements have been made to step up the safety of relying on VoIP for emergency calling, and now all 911 calls will reach the correct public safety authority. What cannot however be done is to ensure that the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) staff answering the call can call you back if necessary as the origin of your call is not clear for them to see. In fact, although precautions are in place and improvements are being sought, at this present moment it cannot be guaranteed that one hundred percent of VoIP calls will be directed correctly, some being directed wrongly to unmanned lines of the PSAP. You can however set a location on your VoIP phone, but this will only work if you remember to change it as you move around. Also, as VoIP relies on an Internet signal, you need to be prepared for times when you simply cannot get enough signal to call in bad weather, or when your Internet goes down and you cannot call at all. Datavo makes sure in  providing their customers with up to the minute information on the limitations of VoIP and 911 functionality, the message for now being that if you are with children, the elderly or in a place where you may be at risk and need to call the emergency services, always have a traditional or cellular device on hand.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

7 Effective 'E' Examples of Efficient Leaders

We're back with our 'E' installment of Datavo's Business Leaders Attributes by Letter series. You can catch up by reading 7 Dynamic 'D' Descriptors of Diligent Leaders.

Let's get started with the 'E's...

By performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time you will save your company money in the long run. When your employees and team members notice they will strive to be better just like you are.

If you are able to remain on the cutting edge you will move your company forward to the future. To do this you must stay up on the most effective ways and processes of getting your work done.

Being eloquent does not mean only using big words. It means that you can effectively communicate with your audience with vocabulary appropriate for them to comprehend. You must strive to be elegant in the simplicity of your messages.

By giving support, confidence and hope to your employees and team members you will make them better. When they know that you have faith in their work they will be willing to go above and beyond to help you.

By conducting business in a honest and moral way you will keep your employees and clients coming back. People want to work with people that they know are fair and will not cheat them.

People have issues in life and great leaders know when they need to lend an empathetic ear to their employees and clients. When you employees know that they are cared about they will work harder. When you customers know they are cared about they will continually bring you business.

Being exemplary means you are are admirable, ethical, honorable, virtuous, and worthy. Great leaders take these qualities to heart and live by them at all times. 

To end our list, lets go over 7 'E' words that efficient leaders would never want to be - egregious, elusive, enraged, envious, erratic, erroneous, or egotistical.

Feel free to leave any words you think we left off or would have on your own list in the comments. Make sure to look out for our next list of 'F' adjectives.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

myDatavo Mobile Feature Overview

myDatavo Mobile is capable of redefining the way through which you interact with your telephony services and contact your social and business contacts. This product works effectively in extending office or home unified messaging, call control and contact administrator directly into your smart phone device, thereby allowing you to easily control the manner through which you communicate with others wherever you are. This means that myDatavo gives you the opportunity to control all your outbound and inbound calls as well as your voicemail messages without changing your current wireless access networks and wire line. 

Among the many things that you will enjoy from taking advantage of myDatavo Mobile include the utilization of more sophisticated Find Me Follow Me call routing either for one or multiple phone numbers, synchronization of contacts across various platforms and devices and integration of email, fax and voicemail communications with a more unified messaging from myDatavo.  Here are some of the other benefits of using myDatavo Mobile:

1. More Advanced Client Distribution. myDatavo Mobile is capable of effectively leveraging myDatavo Deployment Acceleration Program  with an aim of simplifying the application branding and distribution process. myDatavo makes it a point to retain an updated version of the Android Market and Apple App Store. Communication carriers will just have to direct their users to any of these selections. The users should then start to choose their preferred service provider from a list which is capable of automatically configuring prospective clients with your product details and brand or company. You can expect CDAP to work in dramatically reducing the amount of time that you need to market your newly launched mobile applications.

2. More Centralized Contacts. myDatavo Mobile comes with a lot of essential features which makes it one of the most ideal repositories for both social and business contacts. These features include outlook synchronization with the help of the myDatavo Assistant, ubiquitous web access and a more secure and centralized platform. myDatavo Mobile also works in extending the hosted storage of colleagues, associates and friends into your handset. You can also expect the names and contact numbers present in your device to merge perfectly with network contacts, thereby causing the creation of a more comprehensive list containing both the personal and commercial connections of end users. You can also easily add, delete or change contacts directly from your phone.

3. More Useful myDatavo Visual Voicemail. myDatavo offers a Visual Voicemail app which is compatible with the mobile operating systems of BlackBerry, Android and iPhone. This app works in leveraging wireline and wireless operators. Another thing that you will enjoy from this app is that it is highly spontaneous and visually pleasing. The app also gives your subscribers the opportunity to scan their voicemail inboxes in a quick manner, read transcribed messages without having to contact the voicemail system, listen to audios that are deposited into the device and easily navigate a touchtone interface.

4. Mobile Conferencing Reliability. myDatavo has a mobile conferencing app which is reliable and works perfectly for devices that are based on Android and iPhone. The good thing about this app is that it perfectly suits a user's daily working patterns. You can easily integrate it with the lists of contacts listed in your phone while also making it easier for you to invite people or your organizational staff into a multiparty conference. Another advantage of this app is that it promotes easier management of the existing participants of the conference so you can expect all your conferences to come out as natural and straightforward.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Datavo Proudly Celebrates Black History Month!

It's February, which is also Black History Month (also known as African-American History Month). We love history here at Datavo and are proud to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made and continue to make on a daily basis.

Black History Month had its beginnings in 1926 here in the US, when Carter G. Woodson (known as the father of black history) who was a historian and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced that the second week of February was 'Negro History Week'. They chose that week as it marked the birthdays of both Frederick Douglas (an abolitionist) and Abraham Lincoln. As the decades passed, Negro History Week grew in popularity it expanded to Negro History Month and by 1976 the federal government recognized February as Black History Month.

African American people played a big role in the inventions of both the landline telephone and cell phone.

Granville T. Woods patented a phone transmitter in 1885 called a telegraphony. He then sold the rights to the American Bell Telephone Company which Alexander Graham Bell owned who then patented the telephone which used parts of Granville's invention. He also patented the auto-cutoff switch.

Henry Sampson Jr. is an African American inventor that was awarded a patent in 1971 for a gamma-electrical cell, a device that produced high voltage from radiation sources. Also, the patent cited the cell's function as a detector with self power, effectively paving the way for the invention of the cell phone.

These are two inventions that everyone we know uses everyday but rarely do we learn any of the back stories on how or who invented them. So next time you pick up a phone, landline or cell remember Granville and Henry made it possible for you.