Tuesday, October 27, 2015


RCS Communications is the authority in two-way radio communication products right here in central Kentucky and southern Indiana.

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Monday, October 12, 2015



BYOD Disaster Scenarios
Everyone seems to be jumping on the Bring Your Own Device bandwagon, but it's a bumpy ride. There are many ways to fall off and get a bloody nose (or worse). As the BYOD reality catches up to the hype, here are very real disaster scenarios. 


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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:
(This phrase added throughout by Doug Schuble, RCS Communications.)

From employee lawsuits to the rising costs to compliance failures, the road to BYOD is wrought with pitfalls. Not all of them are as obvious, either. A widening trust gap between employer and employee can go on unnoticed until it's too late. Or zombie phones tucked away in desk drawers may be feasting on your mobile budget. Beware BYOD's dark side.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.




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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:
Sneaky Workers Rip-Off Employer
Left unchecked, workers can take advantage of your BYOD program. They can rack up thousands of dollars in overseas charges. They can expense entire family plans, upgraded phones and termination fees. They can sign up for maximum data plans.
A tech company with 600 workers, for instance, paid $300,000 over budget in the first year of its BYOD smartphone program. "It was just outrageous," David Schofield, partner at Network Sourcing Advisors, a mobile consultancy that helped the tech company rein in costs, told CIO.com.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.




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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:
Out of Compliance
When companies let employees access data on personal devices, there's a real chance that they're breaking the law. A recent TEKsystems survey found that 35 percent of IT leaders (such as CIOs, IT vice presidents and directors) and 25 percent of IT professionals (such as developers, network admins and architects) are not confident that their organization's BYOD policy is compliant with data and privacy protection acts, HIPAA, Dodd-Frank or other government-mandated regulations.
TEKsystems adds: Failure to comply with federal regulations can result in severe consequences, such as fines, probationary periods of oversight by federal agencies and criminal penalties up to and including imprisonment.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.




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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:

The Productivity Problem
BYOD promised to make employees happy and more productive. After all, they could use mobile gadgets of their choosing for work and would carry those gadgets practically all the time, meaning that they'll be working in the evenings and on weekends. Worker productivity was supposed to spike. Then some companies saw workers slack off by using their gadgets to check Facebook and play Angry Birds at work. This led to a few apps landing on the infamous BYOD blacklist.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.





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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:

Out of the Network, Into the Cloud
Speaking of BYOD blacklisted apps, some of the most hated ones--at least by CIOs--are cloud storage service offerings such as Dropbox. Confidential corporate data can find its way into these consumer repositories and out of the reach and purview of IT.
An employee can whip out his BYOD smartphone, take a picture of a whiteboard or a screen shot of an important document and save the image in Dropbox, and there's nothing IT can do about it. If your company supports BYOD, you can bet there's corporate data in a consumer cloud service.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.





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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:

Expense Reports Explosion
BYOD smartphones were supposed to save companies boatloads of money, because they no longer had to pay for company-issued BlackBerrys. But cost savings have been derailed by hidden costs. One of the worst offenders: processing BYOD expense reports.
Last year, Aberdeen Group came out with a scathing report that mobile BYOD costs about 33 percent more than a company-owned mobile device approach. BYOD stipends will ultimately lead to more expense reports, says Aberdeen, and a single expense report costs about $18 to process.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.




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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:

Text Messaging Theft
Let's face it: Some employees are just bad seeds who want to take confidential information before fleeing to a competitor. With BYOD smartphones, it's a lot easier for them to get away with it. These "bad leavers" swipe and send data in text messages, which are nearly impossible to track.
"Text messaging appears only on the phones and nowhere else on the corporate network," says Paul Luehr, managing director at Stroz Friedberg, adding, "It's increasingly common to see [bad leavers] text messaging their buddies across town and conveying private or valuable information that way."

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.





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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:

Lawsuit 1: Privacy
Let's say your team of lawyers put together a solid BYOD user policy, one that pretty much doesn't give an employee much expectation of privacy. You're covered, right? Don't be too sure. Managers need to be well-trained on the BYOD user policy, too.
In the case of City of Ontario vs. Quon, police sergeant Jeff Quon and others sued the city alleging violation of their constitutional rights because personal messages on a department-issued pager were audited and led to Quon's firing. While the Supreme Court ultimately sided with the auditors, one of Quon's superiors verbally assured him that messages would not be monitored, thus igniting a controversy over the expectation of privacy.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.






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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:

Lawsuit 2: Overtime
A TEK serve survey found that 63 percent of IT leaders believe BYOD is very effective in increasing employee access for work-related purposes. While this is great for salaried workers, problems arise with hourly ones.
Case-in-point: A lawsuit in a federal court in Chicago claims that the city owes some 200 police officers millions of dollars in overtime back pay because officers were pressured into answering work-related calls and emails over department-issued BlackBerrys during off-hours. While this particular case doesn't involve BYOD, there's no question BYOD blurs the line even more between work life and personal life.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.





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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:

The Widening Trust Gap
BYOD was supposed to bring people together. Employees could use technology of their choosing, and IT could shake the naysayer moniker. Then the relationship got a little dicey when IT asked employees to sign a draconian BYOD end-user policy that makes short shrift of an employee's expectation of privacy.
Only three out of 10 employees completely trust their employee to keep personal information private, according to a MobileIron-commissioned survey of 3,000 workers. The flip side is that the rest aren't so sure. And a widening trust gap can quickly escalate from head-shaking to finger-pointing to employee lawsuits claiming privacy rights violations.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.





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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:

Zombie Phone Invasion
Oh no! Zombie phones are attacking your mobile budget!
When companies transition to BYOD, employees often turn in their corporate-issued phone in favor of their personal one. Companies call the carrier to turn off the corporate-owned phone, and the phone is thrown into a desk drawer somewhere. Amtel has found that in 10 percent of the cases, the corporate-issued phone becomes a "zombie phone" that's thought to be dead but still being billed by the carrier.

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.

















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REASONS TO USE TWO-WAY RADIOS RATHER THAN SMART PHONES OR BYODs:

Media on Line 1
What's the worst thing that could happen to a company in a BYOD world? That's easy. It’s getting a call from a local news reporter asking about compromised data on a lost or stolen BYOD smartphone or tablet.
"If we end up on the front of the Fresno Bee because an attorney left his phone at the bar... the damage to your reputation could literally be millions of dollars," CIO Darin Adcock at law firm Dowling Aaron told CIO.com.
 
By Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.


Friday, October 9, 2015

COMING SOON TO AN APP STORE NEAR YOU!
The new WAVE Mobile Communicator app is coming to Google Play, Apple, and Motorola Solutions app stores October 16th!
Available for Android and iOS devices, this latest app from Motorola boasts a better look, a better feel, and better performance to enhance your broadband PTT user experience!

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“Imagine the simplicity and power of having interoperability among your two-way radios, your mobile devices and tablets, and your desktop PC all with a simple, easy-to-use interface.”

Wake up! That’s not a dream, it’s real with Motorola’s revolutionary WAVE™ Work Group Connections!
·         Use Push-to-Talk with whatever device you use, and feel secure with the power of AES 256 bit encryption.
·         Whether you need to make group calls, private calls, or group text messaging, all communications is secure using the power of AES 256 bit encryption.
·         Need to get a hold of someone in the building but don’t know where they are? Don’t despair! WAVE’s location tracker is here, so you can find that person and get the job done!
·         WAVE Connections can connect you to thousands of people over hundreds of channels and talk groups- even at another facility!
·         The WAVE Mobile Communicator app is only available with WAVE 5000 and WAVE 3000 solutions.
Contact your RCS Communications today, so they can help you catch the WAVE… WAVE Work Group Connections, that is!