Professional PAT Testing from Pentagon

In line with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury should be maintained in a safe condition. At Pentagon we specialise in PAT Testing for systems such as servers and server technology.

Whether you are a sole trader, or a large national company, health and safety is your responsibility and part of The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states it’s the duty of every employer to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees.

Our expert team are highly skilled and can carry out PAT Testing across your whole server room, eliminating any potential risks or faults as well as advising you of future precautions to take. This is in line with The Electricity at Work Regulations – Regulation 4(2) that contains the statement “As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger”

At Pentagon Computer Solutions we offer Managed IT Support which is tailored to your business needs. This includes ongoing solutions to keep your systems at maximum strength and security at the highest level possible. Our team will be on hand remotely and in person to ensure your systems are up to date and working to the best of their capacity.

We also offer free PAT Testing with our Managed IT Support, ensuring your business premises is safe and following the correct guidelines.

For more information regarding our PAT Testing or Managed IT Support please call 0191 5800 171 or visit: pentagoncomputers.co.uk

Pentagon Computer Solutions is an independent IT services provider which offers fully managed IT solutions & IT support to domestic and business clients throughout the North East, Gateshead, Newcastle, Manchester and London areas.

How Will Technology Benefit People Throughout The Festive Period During a Pandemic & How Will A Digital Christmas Benefit Families in 2020?

With many people starting to plan for Christmas festivities during what can only be described as an exceptionally difficult year, many companies and individuals are already embracing technology to keep in touch with loved ones near and far, and preparing for what is likely to be a very different and unusual Christmas with the North East braced for the potential of the UK government imposing a transition into  tier three restrictions, despite local politicians strongly opposing further constraints being introduced in the local area.

What can technology do to assist this Christmas and New Year, is something that Cyber Security Technologist, and Managing Director at Pentagon Computer Solutions Ltd, Ray Burke has been asked repeatedly in recent weeks.  The answer lies with utilising video conferencing to keep in touch with loved ones. Ray Burke was surprised that many people did not realise that Zoom can be used free of charge for gatherings online for up to 40 minutes per session, and other platforms offer free videoconferencing too. This is something more and more families are utilising to remain connected throughout the pandemic. Furthermore, there has been a surge in people of all ages using smart devices such as the Amazon Echo & Alexa enabled devices to keep in touch with family members too, because once they are set up they are quite simple to use.

Staff at local technology and IT Managed Service Provider, Pentagon Computer Solutions, has already seen a second peak of unprecedented demand for web cameras, conference phones, CCTV, and improved internet connectivity to enable families to keep children entertained at home and to enable video conferencing with friends and family who would ordinarily be able to visit one another. The peak has been so great, that web cameras and video conferencing devices became hard to source in September 2020, according to Joseph McDonald, Senior Engineer at Pentagon Computer Solutions.

Sadly, for many people, getting high speed internet services remains to be somewhat of a challenge and the team at Pentagon Computer Solutions has been trialling a new product that has been able to deliver impressive internet download speeds in excess of 100Mbps in rural Northumberland. Such speeds are quite unheard of in areas that do not have high speed fibre technology deployed by either BT Openreach or Virgin Media. This new product has proven very popular in holiday homes, caravans, and rural properties that aren’t able to use conventional internet connections that are taken for granted in cities and urban areas, and Pentagon Computer Solutions has been able to help many homes and businesses improve Wi-Fi coverage and increase internet speeds to support multiple Zoom calls, Microsoft Teams meetings, Skype conferencing, and kids playing games consoles & completing school work online etc.

If you feel your business, community group or indeed your domestic situation would benefit from some IT support and better connectivity, or you want to help a loved one stay in touch give Pentagon Computer Solutions a call for free and impartial advice. Their website address is https://www.pentagoncomputers.co.uk or you can call 0191 5800 171.

Stay safe, take care, and enjoy the festive period digitally where you cannot spend it with family and friends.

Autumn & Winter 2020 IT Tips

  • https://www.drawnames.com is excellent for running an online Secret Santa, and ensures everyone gets a gift, all online and FREE! You can also ensure you are not given someone in your own family to buy for, its really nifty!
  • Sophos Central Home Edition includes parental controls to keep kids safe online and is on offer at time of going to press, at £37.50 for 12 month licencing which covers up to 10 devices including MAC and Windows devices, further reductions are available for longer term licensing! The product is one of the best on the market and offers exceptional value and protection – buy online at https://home.sophos.com
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has finally been released after a long time of waiting. Could this make a good Christmas gift for someone interested in aviation? Available on Amazon Prime at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Flight-Simulator-2020-Premium/dp/B08D193VQT
  • Did you know you can now group tabs within Internet browser Chrome? Find out more at https://shorturl.at/ijL36

Pentagon Computer Solutions Ltd cannot accept any liability for third party websites or products recommended. For help with installing and setting up products please feel free to reach out to our friendly team who will be more than happy to help and advice on an impartial basis.

Making Remote Working Successful For Your Business

Remote working has always been on the horizon for businesses but due to lockdown many of us have had to adapt to a new normal and make working from home fit into our daily schedules.

At Pentagon Computer Solutions we are proud to offer reliable Remote Support to businesses in Newcastle, the North East, London and beyond. In this blog we will be discussing our range of remote solutions to help all home-based businesses without compromising on security.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing offers your business full flexibility to work from anywhere in the world, making it ideal for the current climate. As your business grows so does your cloud which allows your employees to access company data and documents at any time through a remote device.

Switching to the Cloud is also a great money saving exercise as it allows you to remove unnecessary hardware that’s taking up valuable space. Plus, you can say goodbye to maintenance costs as all updates are automatic.

Other benefits include…

  • Scalable for business growth
  • Added security as data is stored on the cloud
  • Great for collaborative team projects
  • Environmentally friendly

Managed IT Support

At Pentagon we are proud to offer tailored IT Support that develops with your business. Our clients benefit from round the clock support that ensures their IT Systems are supported, affordable as well as safe.

Whether you’re managing your business remotely for the time being or are looking to take the step to remote working full time we can accommodate your needs with a personal service that takes all your needs into consideration.

Keeping your business safe while running to the best of it’s ability is our main priority.

An example of our IT Support and Maintenance solutions include…

  • Remote support in and outside of work hours – fixing problems remotely without the need for any downtime.
  • Ensuring the security of your IT Systems – including antivirus software checks/updates, regular data backups to avoid any loss of data and integrating safety solutions that benefit your business.
  • Business Continuity planning – Ensuring you have all the correct systems in place to maximise your business productivity and minimise any problems.

Make your remote working experience as hassle free as possible with bespoke IT Services from Pentagon Computer Solutions!

For more details please contact us on 0191 5800 171 or visit: www.pentagoncomputers.co.uk/

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