Intellicom was proud to be a Hole Sponsor for the 47th Annual Exchange Family Center Golf Tournament held October 27th for the 4th year in a row. The Exchange Family Center provides free child abuse and neglect services to families in Durham and the surrounding area.

Avoiding Security Scams In North Carolina

If you own a business in North Carolina areas like Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Charlotte, you need to know who provides the best security in NC. A business without security is asking for problems, and NC security companies know it. Unfortunately, so do scammers. An increasingly popular scam is for an unsavory individual or team to gain access to your business by pretending to be a security company.

Their real goal is to rip you off. Here are some of the top ways to ward off security scammers and make sure this doesn’t happen to you and your business:

  1. Know your local security companies. For example, Intellicom, Inc. has operated in the Durham, NC area since the 20th century. You know we’re a real company you can trust. If you don’t recognize the name of a security company, be wary.
  3. Before continuing to engage with someone claiming to represent a security company, ask to see their ID and scrutinize it carefully. Any legitimate security company will have clear ID tags identifying their employees.
  5. Do not let salespeople or maintenance people into your facility unless you have solicited them. If someone from the security company just stops by claiming it’s “time for maintenance,” call the number you have for the security company to verify before going any further. There is no reason for a serviceperson to show up unannounced. If the person is a sales representative, let them talk to you outside. If you like what they have to say, tell them you’ll call the company to schedule a follow-up appointment.
  7. Know scammer tactics. Scammers have a number of ways to try to entice you or panic you into letting them into your business. They may offer you free security services — all you have to do is let them in to set it up! Or, they may tell you there’s been a recent breach and they need to update your system right away because you’re vulnerable. Thank them and tell them you will call the company yourself to arrange a demonstration or upgrade. Remember that if you do call, find the number yourself — don’t take the information from the potential scammer.


Call A NC Security Company You Can Trust

If you’re ready to take care of your business security issues right now in the RTP or other areas in North Carolina, get in touch with Intellicom. For nearly 20 years, we have been providing the best security products for businesses around. To learn more, contact us online today.

Is your current PA system effectively serving your operation? If you haven’t put a lot of thought into your PA system, now is the time to do so. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself when looking to buy and install a PA system.


1. What Is the Function of Your PA System?

The needs of PA systems for schools can be markedly different from your needs for a PA system for conference rooms. Start by asking yourself what you want out of your PA system. Does it need to accurately reproduce music? Does it need to be aesthetically pleasing? Does it need to reach a very wide audience or a relatively small one? Does it have to be portable? All of these questions will inform your decision on which PA system to choose.


2. How Much Do You Want to Spend on a PA System?

A PA system is made up of three basic components: A pickup device that converts sound waves into an electrical signal (microphone), an amplifier to boost that signal so many people can hear it and a loudspeaker that turns the electrical signal back into sound. Beyond that, you have choices to make. You can choose the number of speakers, the size of the speaker, the type of amplifier and so on.


What you choose will depend on your goals for the system. Your best approach will be to consult with a professional PA installer. Tell the professional your goals and budget for the system, and they can steer you toward the right equipment.

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3. How Big Is Your Audience?

If you just require a PA system for conference rooms in the same building, your needs will be much smaller than if you need to communicate with an entire building or an auditorium. If you need PA systems to communicate with audiences in multiple locations at different times, you may prefer to buy a portable system, although this has its advantages and disadvantages. Again, your PA professional can help you make this determination.


4. Buying and Installing Your PA System

It’s very important that you engage the services of a professional PA system services provider to help you pick out and to install your PA system. Failing to install the correct system, or installing it incorrectly so it does not run properly or there are malfunctions down the road, can be costly and time-consuming for your business.


For PA system installation in North Carolina, northern South Carolina and southern Virginia, the company to call is Intellicom. Intellicom has been setting up PA systems for businesses across all industries for more than 20 years, for businesses both small and large. Intellicom has the experience and knowledge to help you pick out just the right PA system components for your business and to install them correctly. For help picking out and installing the best possible PA system for your business or for a free quote on service, contact Intellicom today

Keeping Your Data Center Cool

If your business uses data servers to function, data center overheating can be a serious problem. At best, a data center overheating situation will cause servers to shut down, creating costly downtime that can hurt your business internally and any customers making use of your servers.

At worst, overheating can cause a malfunction or permanent damage to one or more servers. This could result in a loss of data or web infrastructure and may force you to purchase new servers.


What Causes Data Center Overheating?

As you might expect, data center overheating can happen as a result of very high temperatures affecting the servers. However, incidences of overheating are not necessarily directly correlated with external temperatures. They can also result from an air conditioner breaking down, a single server being overloaded with work or even as a consequence of a buggy update.

Thankfully, there are some ways to help prevent data center overheating. Here are some data center cooling tips.


Energy-Efficient Supplies

The more energy-efficient processors, fans and server power supplies are, the less electricity they have to pull and the less heat they’ll generate. As a result, they’ll have a lower chance of overheating.


Hot Aisle/Cold Aisle

Hot aisle/cold aisle is a way to organize server racks to reduce cooling costs. It involves alternating rows of services with hot air exhausts facing air conditioner return ducts in one aisle and cold air intakes facing air conditioner output ducts in the next aisle.

When using this system, you will usually raise the floor about one-and-a-half feet to get the full benefit of the air conditioning system.


Cable Management

The more tangled your cables are in the back of the server, the easier it is to trap heat back there, forcing heat loads back onto the server. Keep those cords straight and neat so heat can flow out of the server more easily.


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Protect Yourself From Data Center Overheating With Intellicom

Another great way to protect your company from overheating is to use a trusted data center company.


As NC communications experts, Intellicom fits that bill. We offer a wide range of business solutions in NC, including reliable data center storage. Our team of data center experts can help you design exactly the type of data center you need and build it for you so you can focus on doing business without worrying about the functionality of your servers. For more information on our data center solutions and other offerings, contact Intellicom, Inc. today. 

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