How can our AV solutions be useful within the education sector?

A classroom is intended to be a place where pupils can be educated and can intellectually develop. Ensuring the right tools and processes are available to teachers is vital to providing a high-quality experience to students of all ages.

As in all industries and sectors around the world, technology has a major impact on traditional working methods and the way organisations operate, and the field of education is no exception.

Research has shown a positive and direct correlation between the provision of AV (audiovisual) features in classrooms and boosted academic achievement for students at different levels.

HOW CAN AV SOLUTIONS BE USED TO IMPROVE CLASSROOMS?

Smart AV solutions can be used to create an engaging and interactive setting for student learning while endowing teachers with the features they require to add depth to their lessons and enable students to achieve more academically.

There are many ways that installing audio and video technology can help students and teachers at your educational institution, including:

  • Improved behaviour during tasks and concentration
  • Reduction of vocal fatigue of teachers
  • Increased student participation
  • Improvements in student behaviour
  • Reduction in the number of distracted students

THE IMPORTANCE OF AUDIO IMPROVEMENT

Smart AV solutions used in classrooms vary according to the specific needs of your educational setting, but school sound systems are widely sought after and used.

Classroom audio systems are intended to enrich the classroom learning environment by allowing all pupils to clearly hear the teacher during lessons, students during university lectures, audio while watching films and more.

Many studies support the great importance of audio enhancement for the modern classroom, showing results such as:

  • School skills test scores improved in reading, math and science
  • A 34-year study found significant improvement in student achievement for a group of students in KS2
  • Speech comprehension scores are higher under conditions where amplification is present in primary school students

VIDEO IN THE CLASSROOM

At the same time, the installation of video in classrooms has been shown to significantly improve the learning strategies used by teachers, leading to a more interactive and engaging experience for students.

What are the actual benefits of video cameras in the classroom for teachers?

Apart from the well-known advantages of increased safety for staff and pupils, video technology in the classroom offers numerous benefits. Staff can benefit from peer to peer observation of recorded lessons for invaluable performance review, resulting in less pressure for the teachers as well as greater flexibility for those doing the evaluation. New teachers can watch recorded lessons of more experienced teachers and pick up ideas and techniques. Teachers at all levels tend to feel more relaxed and confident with a discreet camera in the background as opposed to the presence of an evaluator.

During a pandemic, with the ever-present threat of more lockdowns looming and affecting the education of millions of pupils, it has never been more important to have remote access and the means to record and deliver virtual lessons. Strong audio and visual solutions are essential to ensure each member of staff is able to teach in all circumstances and this is where the support of an experienced organisation such as Whitestar is invaluable.

HOW CAN WHITESTAR HELP YOU?

If you want to access the many benefits that smart AV solutions can bring to your educational institution, look no further than Whitestar. With our expert knowledge of custom AV solutions, we can implement and manage the latest classroom technology, enabling your organisation to focus on what matters most - educating your students.

By becoming your partner in determining which AV solutions are best for your school's unique needs, we'll enable the staff at your school to be fully equipped with the tools they need to be successful.

THE AV SERVICES OFFERED BY WHITESTAR INCLUDE:

  • Interactive projectors and flat panels
  • Digital displays
  • Meeting rooms and collaboration tools
  • Fully integrated audio systems
  • Video walls
  • Integrated intercom systems

For more information about the custom AV solutions that we can offer, get in touch with a member of our team today. Give us a call on 01442 234808 or contact us here.


Cat5 or Cat6 – Which is the best for your data cabling

Cat5 or Cat6 – Which is the Best for Your Data Cabling Installation? Internet network installation can be a daunting process, especially if you’re a business that relies heavily on data transfer and networking. We know that Ethernet cables aren’t the most exciting topic to research, and it’s all too easy to get tangled up in all the technical jargon about performance and specifications, but it’s important to be well informed on the differences between Cat5 and Cat6 cabling.  Not understanding the difference may have an impact on your business, costing you time and money.  That’s why our experts have put together this concise guide to help you to make the best decision for your business.  Cat5 & Cat6 Ethernet cables are used for computer networks, connecting your computer to your server or modem and allowing it to connect to the internet. Your entire IT infrastructure relies on Cat cables, so making the right choice is crucial! WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAT5 AND CAT6 ETHERNET CABLES? Cat5 cabling used to be the highest standard for Ethernet cabling and has been since 1995. Most businesses have Cat5 cables installed, and chances are that the PC you’re currently using is connected using a Cat5 cable. There is nothing wrong with this, as Cat5 cables can cope relatively well with current levels of bandwidth and data transfer. However, as bandwidth technology has advanced, Cat5 installation has become obsolete.  While Cat5, or it’s sub-variety, Cat5E, are perfectly capable of performing well for data transfer requirements, businesses who are installing entirely new networks are advised to choose Cat6 cabling.  The reason behind this is that Cat6 cabling has a much faster bandwidth capability, making it possible to transfer significantly higher levels of data.  While Cat5 and Cat6 cables have a similar construction of tightly wound copper wiring, Cat6 cables also feature a nylon spline, to reduce ‘crosstalk’ or signal interference. WHICH IS BEST, CAT5 OR CAT6? Cat6 installations cost around 10-20% more than Cat5. While this may seem like a steep increase, you’re paying for higher quality wires.  Not only are the performance specifications impressive, but as higher bandwidth use becomes more widespread, every business will require Cat6 in order to stay ahead, making Cat6 installation a way to future-proof your business.  And yet, even though Cat5 is an outdated form of cabling, it can still handle adequate internet speeds for a low cost.  If you are a smaller business, with a minimal need for transfer speeds, there is no necessity to opt for Cat6. It is also easy to upgrade your cabling from Cat5, to Cat5E (the ‘e’ stands for enhanced), so if you are looking for a little boost, the Cat5E is the perfect alternative.  It is less expensive and adequately capable depending on your required internet speed. Cat5E also features backwards compatibility, making the overall transition to upgrading your cabling easier. The defining differences between the two types of cable are their data transfer capabilities.  Overall, the choice of Cat5 or Cat6 depends on the unique requirements of your business and your budget. WHICH BUSINESSES SHOULD USE CAT6 CABLING? Generally speaking, most businesses will need to upgrade to Cat6 cables (or faster) in the coming years. You’ll likely have to upgrade to Cat6 soon, so we highly recommend opting for them now. Despite their higher initial cost, it’ll be more expensive to have all of your Ethernet cables replaced in a few years’ time, so it makes sense to upgrade once to Cat6.  If you’re a business that uses anything, from a VOIP telephone system to a POE (power over Ethernet) device, Cat6 cables are required to handle the data needed to operate them.  Cat6 cabling is suitable for any business with a computer network that reaches a GB or one GBPS of data transfer. DATA CABLING AT WHITESTAR SOLUTIONS At Whitestar Solutions, we believe in providing honest advice and recommendations for all of our clients. Rely on our data cabling installation experts to provide tailored data cabling solutions for your business, from Cat5 & Cat6 installations through to fibre optics and structured cabling systems; whatever you need, we’re here to advise on, and handle, it all.   For more information on our services, or advice on your business’ data cabling needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our installation experts today. How to ensure your construction or building project is compliant with the latest legislation and fire safety standards How to ensure your construction or building project is compliant with the latest legislation and fire safety standards If you are carrying out electrical installation work, as part of a construction or building project, it’s essential that you comply with the rules set out in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. It doesn’t bear thinking about if a user of the building you’re responsible for should come to any harm due to a fault in the electrics – that’s why safety needs to be paramount.  The Regulations were set up under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, requiring precautions to be taken by ‘duty holders’ against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity in work activities. Under the rules, duty holders must: have the electrical systems constructed in a way that prevents danger; maintain the electrical systems as necessary to prevent danger (including a five-year fixed installation inspection​); and ensure work carried out on electrical systems is done in a way that prevents danger. BS7671 WIRING REGULATIONS In the guidance document for the Electricity at Work Regulations, the main source of reference is BS 7671 Wiring Regulations. This is the UK’s key electrical safety standard, setting out requirements that detail how to perform electrical installations in a safe manner.  Although not a statutory document, BS 7671 sets the standard for how electrical installations should be done in the UK (and many other countries) and enables compliance with the law. Or, to put it another way, following the guidance set out in BS 7671 when undertaking

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4 Business Benefits of Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Points

4 Business Benefits of Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Points Now, more than ever, people are aware of making eco-conscious consumer choices. This includes the materials and technologies they use, as well as the businesses they support.  For this reason, we’ve seen a growing number of electric vehicles (EVs) on UK roads, a trend we expect to see continue well into the future.  As of April 2022, there are 858,000 plug-in cars in use, a 92% increase since 2020. Couple this with the government’s recent announcement that they intend to accelerate EV infrastructure, making the installation of charging points for all new homes, offices, and supermarkets mandatory by 2030, it’s no wonder that business owners are weighing up the advantages of early installation.  There are currently more than 42,000 public charging points in the UK, and this is predicted to rise to 145,000 following the government’s announcement. Electric vehicles are not a trend, they are part of a communal shift and with the government making their ambitions clear, adapting your premises to support EV infrastructure is becoming essential when looking to ensure the longevity of your business.  In this article, we’ll run through the business benefits of having electric vehicle charging points installed on your premises.  A charging point is a unit capable of charging the battery of plug-in electric vehicles.  Currently, an EV can travel roughly 300 miles before its battery needs recharging. On average, and depending on the speed the driver is travelling at, the battery of an EV holds up to 4-5 hours of charge.  Roadside EV recovery is not a simple matter. Electric cars that have ‘broken down’ due to flat batteries cannot be towed or pushed, they must be charged.  Breakdown cover companies such as the RAC and Green Flag do offer flat battery charging, but the miles are limited and will only get a driver so far before they need to find a charging point to fully charge their battery.  The best way is to avoid these issues completely is by ensuring that EVs are always charged – that’s where you come in! 1. Shift to make your business eco-friendly Drivers are choosing EVs because they are (currently) the most environmentally responsible option.  Ecologically minded customers are also likely to make decisions on where they spend their time and money based on how green your business is.   Having charging points installed at your business premises cements your standpoint on environmental awareness, and proves to customers that you are embracing climate-positive options. With EVs becoming more and more common, facilitating this choice by offering a charging option ultimately makes you more accessible than you would otherwise be, encouraging more people to visit your business. 2. Increase footfall and customer visit duration.  Installing charging points on your premises is an effective way to increase visibility of your business, because your location will feature on apps that show drivers a map of charging points, such as Zap-Map or PlugShare.   Customers are more likely to choose your business as a destination over a competitor if they know they can charge their cars while they are there, choosing to spend their time (and money!) at your store.   Depending on the size of the car battery and the speed of the charging point, it could take your customers somewhere between 30 minutes to a few hours to charge their electric cars. This extends customer visit time, and more time is more money spent on your business. 3. Improve employee relations  Considering the statistics for 2022, it is likely that a number of your employees will drive electric cars, if not now, then certainly by 2030.  The acceleration of EV infrastructure means that ease of transport will eventually become a factor that effects who wants to work for you.  People aren’t going to apply or work for a job they have daily issues travelling to. Employees want to know that they can drive to work and have enough charge in their cars to make the journey home. By supporting the EV charging needs of your workforce, you are not limiting the kind of candidate who would consider working for your business, and for employee satisfaction, you could even offer free car charging as an additional employment benefit. 4. Boost profits through EV charging points  Not only does it improve the visibility and image of your business, but you can also use EV charging points to generate revenue. Once they are installed, you can make a profit from the price each customer pays for the use of your charging points.  Meaning that when combined with the custom of EV drivers-turned-customers, the installation of charging points can lead to a noticeable increase in income for your business. EV CHARGING POINT INSTALLATION FROM WHITESTAR SOLUTIONS When site projects involve electrics, it’s only natural to be concerned about how the installation might affect the overall operation of your business. At Whitestar Solutions, our EV charging point installation experts swear by dynamic load balance technology, which means that all the capacity in your electrical system can be used for charging, without disrupting the rest of your business.  This works by balancing the energy usage between your charging points and other electrical sources on your premises, so that vehicles will charge in the most efficient way possible.   If you have any further questions, or if you’d like to talk to our friendly experts about getting an EV charging point installed on your premises, get in touch with our specialists today. When Coverage Isn’t Everything: Ditching Your Outdated Wi-Fi Designs When Coverage Isn’t Everything: Ditching Your Outdated Wi-Fi Designs WHY IS MY INTERNET SLOW WHEN I HAVE A FAST CONNECTION? When you experience a juddering connection with lagging Zoom meetings and a painfully slow connection, the first thing you look at is the Wi-Fi icon in the corner of the screen. However, if you want to improve your business network connectivity, there is more to look at than your signal. And if the little Wi-Fi icon is displaying four

Why every modern business needs VoIP

Why every modern business needs VoIP Great communication is crucial for any business. It goes without saying that you need clear and frequent contact with your team to run a company with optimal efficiency, and we’ve never seen this demonstrated more than during the pandemic.  Our only option was to meet virtually, and because of that there was a huge rise in the use of VoIP systems.  It suited businesses so well that, even now, as the workforce begins to return to the office, remote working is still popular.  Many industries experienced the benefits of VoIP in time for BT Openreach to announce that analogue telephone services will be switched off in 2025, meaning that all telephone systems will be replaced by IP services.  It is now necessary for any business owner who wants to stay ahead to have a better understanding of VoIP and to make this progressive switch.  We’ve put together a short guide to explain why you should consider installing a VoIP system for your business WHAT IS VOIP? VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a communication system that allows you to make a phone call through an internet connection, instead of through a traditional analogue landline. While the outdated analogue systems rely on a complex network and physical lines, all that your VoIP system needs is a strong broadband connection and high standard cabling, to ensure that all phones connect to the router.  Due to its success, the range of VoIP services now on offer is steadily growing. You may already be familiar with a whole host of VoIP services:  Zoom Ring Central Google Meets Microsoft Team  So what is about this type of software that has driven so many businesses towards VoIP phone system installations? HOW DOES A BUSINESS BENEFIT FROM USING VOIP? Multitasking technology VoIP is not limited to just voice calls. Its technology facilitates multitasking, allowing you to share multiple documents, videos and images on screen with employees and clients. This enables you to collaborate with your team, just as you would in a live conference.  Group calls With VoIP, you can hold an online meeting with as many members of your team as necessary. The beauty of VoIP is in its flexibility; you can hold quick, short meetings to touch base with your team, or hour long conferences with clients. Accessibility A large part of the appeal of using VoIP is portability. Whether you are in the office or away on business, you can link any member of the team into a meeting, at any time and any place – all you need is a supported device, and an internet connection.  Low cost  The cost of having high speed internet installed costs significantly less than a landline.  By integrating VoIP into your daily processes, you can cut down on the amount of commuting, general travelling, and may even wish to downsize to a smaller office space that suits a hybrid workforce – all of which proactively cut your overheads. Speed and ease of use  In an era where time is money, you want a system that enables you to organise a meeting with your team in under a minute. All you need is one phone number and the right access and you can be connected instantly to your team.      High sound quality VoIP systems have come a long way since their early development, and while you may have traumatic flashbacks of crackly voices and frozen images of your team as your signal drops, modern tech means that you have to worry about this far less than you used to. As long as you have a high speed, reliable internet connection, which is easy to obtain now with the right expertise, you’ll enjoy a smooth VoIP experience.  WHAT BUSINESSES WOULD BENEFIT FROM VOIP SERVICES? While the needs of your business will be unique and complex, VoIP systems benefit a multitude of industries, from hospitality to ecommerce. This includes any organisation that: Holds group calls Regularly organises remote team meetings  Has a large contingent of their team working from home Regularly liaises with clients remotely.  Has customer service at the core of their business Has to communicate across various departments It’s our experience that by implementing a VoIP system, you can improve your organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness across the board. HIGH SPEED INTERNET CABLING AND VOIP INSTALLATION SERVICES FROM WHITESTAR SOLUTIONS At Whitestar Solutions, we go above and beyond for our clients. Rely on our team to provide specialist services, from installing high speed internet cables that deliver exceptional internet performance, through to integrating functional, out-of-the-box VoIP systems, ready for you to use.  If you need advice on setting up a VoIP system, or have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our dedicated and friendly VoIP experts. Alternatively, call us on 01442 234808, or email us at welcome@whitestarsolutions.co.uk. How to ensure your construction or building project is compliant with the latest legislation and fire safety standards How to ensure your construction or building project is compliant with the latest legislation and fire safety standards If you are carrying out electrical installation work, as part of a construction or building project, it’s essential that you comply with the rules set out in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. It doesn’t bear thinking about if a user of the building you’re responsible for should come to any harm due to a fault in the electrics – that’s why safety needs to be paramount.  The Regulations were set up under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, requiring precautions to be taken by ‘duty holders’ against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity in work activities. Under the rules, duty holders must: have the electrical systems constructed in a way that prevents danger; maintain the electrical systems as necessary to prevent danger (including a five-year fixed installation inspection​); and ensure work carried out on electrical systems is done in a way that prevents danger. BS7671 WIRING REGULATIONS

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A Guide to PPM (Planned Preventive Maintenance) Plans

A Guide to PPM (Planned Preventive Maintenance) Plans An organisation’s premises may well be the most valuable asset that you own. So, it stands to reason that you’d like to keep your property in good shape. The solution? Planned preventive maintenance! Without effective PPM measures, your maintenance schedule will likely be more reactive. While reactive maintenance is often necessary, being proactive in your approach helps to stop things from going wrong in the first place, allowing your organisation to operate safely and effectively for extended periods of time. WHAT IS PPM (PLANNED PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE)? PPM (planned preventive maintenance), or scheduled maintenance, is a proactive approach to the maintenance of electrical, gas, water, heating and fire safety systems. Key maintenance jobs are scheduled to regularly take place, with detailed notes taken once it’s finished to ensure consistency. This is done to ensure that your systems are in optimum condition at all times. Fail to do this, and you’ll find yourself rushing around trying to fix issues that could have been spotted and sorted months ago. Types of PPM PPM covers the whole spectrum of property management: Electrical safety standards Boiler servicing Gas safety certificate Roof inspections Network maintenance Energy performance certificate (EPC) Fire risk assessments Lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations AOV servicing Emergency light testing Cold water storage tank chlorination Regular PPM will likely require the input from a variety of specialists, which might seem like a large investment at the time, but the costs of regular PPM are dwarfed by the costs of a disaster caused by a lack of PPM.  It’s always more expensive to fix a major error, versus paying to prevent it. Take electrical PPM, for example.  Example of PPM Business A choose not to implement a PPM plan, while Business B have a comprehensive, regular maintenance schedule. Business A suffer from a mild electrical fire. Their sprinkler system dealt with the blaze, but damaged many of their systems in the process. Business A now have to spend a lot of money rebuilding their electrical systems, and carrying out further surveys in their building to ensure nothing else is going to imminently go wrong. Business B, on the other hand, spotted a small fault during their regular PPM. This fault would have eventually caused the same fire, but their maintenance team spotted the fault and have rectified it before it has a chance to become an issue. Business A spends thousands replacing their systems and endure a lot of downtime, Business B spends a little, and remain safely in business. 5 KEY BENEFITS OF PLANNED PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE In addition to the above, there are a whole host of great benefits of PPM. Electrical, gas and water failures can all result in severe harm. By maintaining your systems, you’re proactively ensuring that you’re fully compliant and in adherence with the law. Regular maintenance spreads costs over the course of the year, rather than being lumped with a sudden, unexpected (and often large) sum. Many manufacturers require PPM in order to maintain warranties. Should you fail to maintain your systems, manufacturers may void your warranty. A well-maintained property will always be far more desirable to potential buyers over one that’s in disrepair. By showing a clear history of PPM, you’re demonstrating that the building has been properly cared for. Unplanned repairs are frustrating, and can take a fair while to rectify. It could take days for an engineer to finally get around to seeing you, and (as mentioned above) can cost an arm and a leg. WHAT SECTORS BENEFIT FROM PPM? Most organisations who have permanent premises should implement a PPM plan. However, more specifically: Preventive maintenance plan for schools PPM is crucial for schools and other education buildings, especially ones who rely heavily on their IT systems and network(s).  Schools should conduct regular electrical, data cabling, water, fire risk & gas safety checks. Protecting your staff and students should be the utmost priority, and regular PPM is the best way to do so.  Preventive maintenance plan for shared office space owners Unplanned errors often result in downtime in any organisation, which can prove catastrophic for businesses working in shared office spaces. By conducting regular, comprehensive PPM (or encouraging your landlord to do so), you’re working to ensure that your company remains in business at all times, positively impacting your bottom line by preventing all downtime.  Preventive maintenance plan for retail Retail businesses need to be agile and able to react to trends, and should be 100% sure that their customers are safe while shopping.  By keeping your systems maintained, your retail business is allowed the confidence to alter displays, welcome customers and ensure that your stock remains safe from unnecessary damage.  Preventive maintenance plan for hospitals & medical buildings System errors can mean the difference between life and death in hospitals.  It can be easy to presume that everything is working well, especially when there aren’t any obvious faults or issues. This is why PPM is essential in hospitals – it will identify underlying issues and rectify them before they cause harm. HOW TO CREATE A PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PLAN Before you create a PPM plan, you’ll need to know what type of maintenance you’re after. Time based PPM – This is where you get your systems checked every X months (this will vary depending on the equipment/systems). Engineers might recommend that they give your systems a once over every 6 months, for example. Usage based PPM – This is best when you’re using a system/piece of equipment regularly. This can be something like usage hours (how many hours a network is at full capacity, for example), or distance/other benchmark, such as mileage or production cycles. Condition based PPM – This is the process of looking out for specific conditions in your system before conducting maintenance. Some systems feature key indicators that can be used to determine when maintenance is required (excessive vibrations, rattling, etc.).  You’ll want to talk to industry specialists before making this decision, as every

Streamline Your Data & Electrical Systems with Whitestar

Streamline Your Data & Electrical Systems with Whitestar We get it, you’ve heard this all before – we’re not the only electrical installation company shouting about how great they are.  However, we refuse to just tick boxes, at Whitestar Solutions, we back up our words with actions, providing the most comprehensive, effective and people-focused electrical & data installation service on the market.  A bold claim, we know. Here’s a little more information about how we excel at every stage of your project, from design through to deployment. WE HAVE AN UNCOMPROMISING COMMITMENT TO QUALITY If we do a bad job, it reflects poorly on us, and that simply won’t do. At every stage of a data and electrical project, we draw on decades of experience, and our class-leading portfolio, to offer a greater degree of control and consistency.  What does this mean for you? You’ll get a dedicated project manager who has worked on similar jobs before, meaning that there’s always someone who is up to speed with your organisation and understands your industry. You can expect excellent results, every time. You’ll enjoy our ongoing support, meaning that, should there be any issues down the line, you can rest assured that they’re dealt with efficiently.  When we say uncompromising, we mean it. Our engineers embody our values, taking on personal responsibility for your electrical and data project. WE OFFER A CONSULTIVE SERVICE We work with our clients as partners. After all, your success is our success! Our consultative process ensures that nothing is missed. Your personal project manager is there to comprehensively understand your organisational needs, meaning that when it’s time for survey/installation/maintenance, we know exactly how you function, and what’s required.  We’re not afraid to have difficult conversations, either. You’ll get honesty at every stage, challenging decisions when required and ensuring that the most efficient and compliant solution is deployed. WE’LL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WHOLE PROJECT We’re doing the work, we’ll take responsibility.  We guarantee that if something does go wrong, that it’s our responsibility to rectify it quickly and effectively.  We own the entire process, start to finish: A comprehensive site survey. Identifying key pain points and problems. Deploying the agreed solution, using trusted manufacturers and certified testing procedures. Full aftercare and robust maintenance, using the Planned Preventative Maintenance Programme. The whole project is our responsibility, you’ll get reliable support as and when you need it. SPECIALIST DATA AND ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS SOLUTIONS WITH WHITESTAR At Whitestar Solutions, we pride ourselves on our ability to gain a detailed understanding of the challenges you face. We’ll never do “just enough”, we always go above and beyond to deliver results. –     London Business School When you’re ready to enjoy a more human approach to data cabling, electrical services, wireless networking, CCTV & security, and much more, get in touch with our specialists for an honest talk about your requirements. Contact us today, call us on 01442 234808, or email us at welcome@whitestarsolutions.co.uk. Our experts are on hand to answer any questions you might have. Why bespoke business CCTV systems can enhance your business Why Bespoke Business CCTV Systems Can Enhance Your Business At Whitestar Solutions, we believe that bespoke business CCTV systems are an effective way of harnessing information to drive your company forward and provide an enhanced service to clients. A bespoke CCTV system can benefit and enhance your business in multiple ways – it’s not just about keeping assets safe. Let’s take a closer look at how CCTV security systems for business use automated data capture to provide valuable data insights. You may already use business CCTV security systems to safeguard your company. Still, there are several key areas that a surveillance system can be utilised to help business performance over time. REDUCING WASTE AND MAINTENANCE COSTS You may be astonished to learn how many resources and materials are wasted in your company each day. A fully integrated remotely controlled system can be used to reduce energy consumption by impressive amounts saving you money. Whitestar Solutions offers bespoke systems that could reduce energy consumption by up to 76% and maintenance costs by up to 67%. Depending on the nature of your business, a bespoke Whitestar Solution is always a possibility. Landfill sites, for example, are now increasingly using bespoke business CCTV systems as a way of improving logistics and reducing error with complex vehicle registration recognition processes. Use an innovative solution to seize back control, save time and costs – more critical than ever in these challenging economic times. KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON STOCK LEVELS Focussing CCTV cameras on warehouse storage areas or retail display shelves can offer a real-time remote view of re-stocking requirements or shortages wherever you are, even if you are away from the workplace. Visual markers on boxes enable cameras to record and store extremely detailed data about stock levels. You can then send this data to software platforms that can be programmed to inform the purchasing team, or automatically trigger the re-ordering of low stock goods. LEARNING ABOUT CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR PATTERNS Bespoke business CCTV systems are increasingly being used in shops for many reasons apart from security. CCTV footage that offers facial recognition, for example, can be used to track where customers head to when in a retail environment, which has the potential to improve store layout. It is possible, for example, to use data to quickly identify high-spending clients so they can be offered preferential treatment such as tailored offers within the store or excellent customer service. A ceiling camera could be used to track the footfall of shoppers across a shop floor, providing valuable insights into how well people respond to shop layouts or promotional signage. KEEPING YOUR TEAM SAFE CCTV not only helps to protect your corporate assets but more importantly, it can help to safeguard the well-being of your staff; the most essential part of your company. OPTIMISING EFFICIENCY Everyone wants to ensure consistent quality, output and performance are maintained at all costs. However, if there is a slowdown

UK Network Structured Data Cabling Standards Explained 2022

UK Network Structured Data Cabling Standards Explained 2022 Low-quality cabling systems – the bane of many a network administrator across the world. But can the way your cables are fitted really have a profound impact on the performance of your network? In short – yes, it absolutely can!  Structured cabling is a godsend for any network, especially one that’s likely to be expanded in the future. As a result, it’s important that there are a set of standards that govern how exactly network cabling should be carried out. WHAT IS STRUCTURED CABLING? There’s a whole host of issues that could cause network downtime, but one of the predominant causes of network problems are poorly structured cables. By adhering to high network cabling standards, structured cabling systems are able to build complex systems of network cables that are logically formed, easy to adapt and outperform unstructured networks. Your structured cabling system controls all data traffic, be it video, voice, large files and much more; it’s important to get it right! WHAT ARE THE STRUCTURED CABLING STANDARDS? The structured cabling standards are a set of rules that specialists should follow throughout the cable layout and physical installation process of any network cabling. The main network cabling standards are:   Since 1991, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) established the 568 standards for structured cabling. This has been regularly revised to keep up with the advent of new technologies (such as fibre-optic cabling). The ANSI/TIA-568 standards cover the performance and compatibility of all manners of wiring and cabling. Oftentimes, commercial buildings and campuses will be built piecemeal. Structured cabling standards are designed in order to keep everything consistent, even if they’re installed years apart, the cable installation standards make it so that everything remains compatible and functional well into the future.   The ISO/IEC 11801-1:2017 standard is an international standard that was designed to govern international cabling manufacturers, vendors and companies. Its purpose is to ensure that products are up to the highest standards (the specification). Without these cabling standards, wiring and cables would vary wildly in quality, build and more. It would be almost impossible to guarantee that the wires you were working with were compatible with ones already installed. Naturally, this would result in all sorts of technical failures, and other horrible malfunctions that don’t bear thinking about. These network cable standards ensure that the cabling that is used for your system are of the highest quality and are compatible with the widest range of hardware possible.   Developed by CENELEC, the EN 50600-2-4 is a series of European standards that covers data centre infrastructure and facilities, as well as telecommunication cabling infrastructure. It defines requirements for cabling infrastructure pathways and architecture, but it doesn’t specify requirements for structured cabling types.   The second European standard serves to specify generic cabling that supports a wide range of communications services, covering balanced cabling and optical fibre cabling. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NETWORK STRUCTURED CABLING STANDARDS? Data cable installation standards are designed to keep everything on a level playing field, to keep network cabling systems safe, and to ensure that courses and education are consistent across the board. Imagine the chaos where every network uses a different style of cable, there’s no standardised methodology for structured cabling, and every Tom, Dick and Harry do their own thing. By adhering to these standards, good network installation specialists are able to maintain the highest quality of network for businesses of all sizes. NETWORK DATA CABLING TO STANDARDS WITH WHITESTAR SOLUTIONS At Whitestar Solutions, we work closely with our clients to ensure that we have a comprehensive understanding of your business before any work gets done. Our UK-wide engineers specialise in data cabling, and are on hand ready to design, install, certify and manage fibre optic, RF and structured cabling systems. With years of experience under our belt, no structured cabling job is too difficult. We work with organisations ranging from schools to hospitals, and everything in between, so get in touch with us today to talk with one of our specialists about your unique needs. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, or to advise you on the next steps that you need to take. The key types of electrical testing to ensure your installations are compliant The key types of electrical testing to ensure your installations are compliant Compliance – not everyone’s favourite topic, but an important one, nonetheless. There’s a lot of complicated legislation, regulations and standards that your electrical system needs to adhere to, most of which you don’t need to know the ins and outs of. In this article, we break down what you need to know about electrical compliance – what it is and why it’s so important for your organisation. WHAT IS ELECTRICAL COMPLIANCE? Electrical testing and inspection compliance is the process by which a qualified engineer conducts a thorough check of your electrical systems to confirm that all installations inside a building meet legislative standards. This covers circuits, appliances and all the other good stuff. According to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, all electrical installations and equipment (including portable equipment), need to be maintained. It’s important that organisations ensure that both new and old electrical installations are certified as safe and compliant with BS 7671:2018. Our team at Whitestar put the utmost care into each and every system we work on, keeping the safety of our clients at the forefront of our minds at all times. Employers are required to ensure that any wiring and electrical equipment is checked regularly by a qualified commercial electrical engineer. This is best achieved through regular visual testing (to identify any obvious flaws in the system), and more detailed tests (these can be done slightly less regularly).  Electrical compliance can be complicated, so if you’re ever unsure whether you’re compliant or not, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our electrical experts who can advise further – don’t leave it to chance; failure to comply can result in hefty
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The key types of electrical testing to ensure your installations are compliant

The key types of electrical testing to ensure your installations are compliant Compliance – not everyone’s favourite topic, but an important one, nonetheless. There’s a lot of complicated legislation, regulations and standards that your electrical system needs to adhere to, most of which you don’t need to know the ins and outs of. In this article, we break down what you need to know about electrical compliance – what it is and why it’s so important for your organisation. WHAT IS ELECTRICAL COMPLIANCE? Electrical testing and inspection compliance is the process by which a qualified engineer conducts a thorough check of your electrical systems to confirm that all installations inside a building meet legislative standards. This covers circuits, appliances and all the other good stuff. According to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, all electrical installations and equipment (including portable equipment), need to be maintained. It’s important that organisations ensure that both new and old electrical installations are certified as safe and compliant with BS 7671:2018. Our team at Whitestar put the utmost care into each and every system we work on, keeping the safety of our clients at the forefront of our minds at all times. Employers are required to ensure that any wiring and electrical equipment is checked regularly by a qualified commercial electrical engineer. This is best achieved through regular visual testing (to identify any obvious flaws in the system), and more detailed tests (these can be done slightly less regularly).  Electrical compliance can be complicated, so if you’re ever unsure whether you’re compliant or not, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our electrical experts who can advise further – don’t leave it to chance; failure to comply can result in hefty fines. WHAT IS EICR? An electrical installation condition report (EICR) is a type of electrical testing and inspection that closely examines a building’s electrical systems and wiring. This is done in order to ensure that everyone is safe while using the building.  Our qualified electricians carry out EICR testing in several stages: First, there is a visual assessment, where the electrician determines if there’s issues in obvious need of repair (these might be breaks, cracks or other evident signs of damage) Following this, the electrician will disconnect the electrical installations from the power supply in order to conduct ‘dead testing’ to determine which wires aren’t properly connected. They’ll also test the quality of the earthing and bonding and check failsafes to make sure that systems will disconnect within the time limit should a fault be detected Finally, your electrician will issue your EICR, which is proof of your electrical compliance Depending on the property style, you need to carry out an EICR test roughly once every 5 years in order to retain compliance.  This doesn’t mean that you should neglect your electrical installations between reports! We recommend consistent electrical checks to ensure the ongoing health of your electrical system. Small, regular checks and fixes are significantly more cost-effective than a one-off comprehensive check every five years (that will often turn up significant issues, trust us – it’s best to keep it regular!). EMERGENCY LIGHT TESTING Emergency lights are usually at the back of our minds…until there’s an emergency! Current UK law demands that all occupied buildings need to be fitted with functional escape lighting for use in case of emergency (any situation where the main power supply is cut).  When looking to test your emergency lighting, it should always be done at a suitable time of day (usually in the evenings, or when the building is empty).  A monthly test should be held to ensure that everything’s working as expected (this can be a quick on/off job to make sure your lighting still functions).  Once a year you should hold a full rated duration test. Emergency lighting should provide at least 3 hours of illumination. Any less than that and they’re not meeting legislation. This means that mains power should be disconnected for at least three hours, and emergency lighting left on to ensure that it’s functioning properly.  We find that many businesses neglect to check their emergency lighting – we get it, it’s easy to forget! If you need any advice on emergency lighting best practices, have a chat with our team here at Whitestar. We work with organisations big and small to keep their people safe in the event of an emergency. PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT) PAT testing is one of the most common (and important) electrical tests, and is an essential part of any organisation’s health & safety measures.  Thorough PAT testing is key when ensuring that staff aren’t harmed by any electrical equipment in the building. Portable appliance testing is the process of checking portable electrical equipment (anything from laptops and phones, to hair dryers and microwaves) to ensure that they’re safe to be used at work or home.  It’s an employer’s duty to ensure that equipment required for work poses no threat to employees. While this isn’t a legal requirement, if it’s proved that you hadn’t been maintaining your electrical equipment after an accident, you could be held liable, so PAT testing is an important insurance step. If we listed every single piece of equipment that PAT testing covered, then we’d be here all day, but in the average office environment, you might test: Laptops Desktop computers Drills Kettles Heaters Projectors Printers TVs Fridges Vending machines And much more.  A thorough PAT test will cover the plug, cable, appliance, mains sockets and other environmental surfaces (trip hazards, surface cracks, etc.)  Generally speaking, a defective item will be easily identified. Should the defect be a little more nuanced (faulty wiring, for example), then it can be harder to identify, which is why it’s important to partner with experts that you can trust. PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICAL TESTING AND INSPECTION WITH WHITESTAR SOLUTIONS The experienced electricians at Whitestar Solutions have nearly three decades of electrical experience. Our clients rely on us for a whole host of electrical services, be that bespoke testing or
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How to adapt to video conferencing & remote working post-Covid

How to adapt to video conferencing & remote working post-Covid Having experienced a society-altering pandemic, it’s no surprise that the way that we work may well have changed forever for billions of people across the globe. Now that the pandemic seems to be easing, it’s important to consider how the workforce will continue – will the adaptations for working from home persist, will employers insist that people return to the office, or will many adopt a hybrid approach? It’s becoming increasingly clear that implementing high-quality audio-visual installations and reliable communication systems is critical for any modern business to succeed (and maintain employee satisfaction). Now that people understand that video conferencing and remote working are both viable, and often preferable, we expect to see real change, especially over the next few months/years. Depending on who you ask, you might get wildly different answers! Working from home isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure, but for many people it’s been a huge relief not having to commute every day, or having to spend time in an office. Generally, employees report: Enjoying a better work/life balance Saving money on commuting/childcare/food costs Freedom to choose where they live, they aren’t bound to a radius around work A general increase in productivity while at home, if set up correctly Improved comfort due to the personalised office space While this sounds great, employees need infrastructure in place in order to successfully work from home, that’s why it’s important to establish your people with the right equipment, allowing them to comfortably work from home or from the office, depending on what the business requires. HOW TO CREATE A HYBRID BETWEEN WORKING FROM HOME AND OFFICE WORK The answer, then, perhaps lies in a hybrid model, where employees work from home when appropriate, but find their way into the office when they want/need to. In order to create a functional hybrid model, you’ll need the infrastructure in place to facilitate easy collaboration, convenient video calling and an efficient workflow. Custom video conferencing rooms Throughout the pandemic, video conferencing became the lifeline of everyone working from home. It provided the crucial human interaction that many of us craved, and kept friends and families connected in a time where they couldn’t see one another face-to-face.  There’s no reason for video conferencing to go away. It’s cost-effective and convenient, providing an easy way to connect with people who aren’t geographically close. In order to upgrade their video conferencing, many businesses are opting to kit out virtual conference rooms, complete with projectors, cameras, microphones and much more.  In addition to this, good connectivity is paramount (we’ve all been on a call with poor internet – not fun), which means that proper data cabling is essential to ensure your connection is both stable and fast.  Providing the correct equipment It’s worth remembering that every call is a two-way street. If your employees are working from home and don’t have the required resources to join conference calls, then the whole plan quickly falls apart.  You’ll need to provide a device that’s good for video calling, usually a laptop. Many businesses still rely on 10-year-old equipment that can’t keep up. Update your laptops and you’ll see myriad benefits (more efficient working, higher quality calls, etc.) as employees no longer have to deal with slower load speeds and cumbersome interfaces. Bringing it all together Honesty and transparency go a long way to making the hybrid model work. Share calendars and get things planned in good time; be flexible with your team and fit calls in when you can. It’s important for employees to understand just how valuable it is for them to be in the office on occasion. Simple off-topic talks, impromptu lunch breaks and walks around the block work wonders for both morale and employee bonds, so striking the balance is the key. QUALITY AUDIO-VISUAL INSTALLATIONS FOR VIDEO CONFERENCING WITH WHITESTAR SOLUTIONS At Whitestar Solutions, we have a proven track record implementing mission critical remote working and video conferencing solutions. Businesses and organisations across the UK rely on our expertise to ensure that they’re ready for the new way in which employees expect to work. Proper installation and maintenance of your VoIP systems has become pivotal throughout the pandemic and beyond, with remote working looking like it’s here to stay. If you’ve got any questions, or want to know more about how we can help your business to facilitate high-quality video conferencing, get in touch with our specialists today. We’re on hand to talk through your unique situation and find a solution that suits your people. University of West London St Mary’s Road Campus Project UK Network Structured Data Cabling Standards Explained 2022 UK Network Structured Data Cabling Standards Explained 2022 Low-quality cabling systems – the bane of many a network administrator across the world. But can the way your cables are fitted really have a profound impact on the performance of your network? In short – yes, it absolutely can!  Structured cabling is a godsend for any network, especially one that’s likely to be expanded in the future. As a result, it’s important that there are a set of standards that govern how exactly network cabling should be carried out. WHAT IS STRUCTURED CABLING? There’s a whole host of issues that could cause network downtime, but one of the predominant causes of network problems are poorly structured cables. By adhering to high network cabling standards, structured cabling systems are able to build complex systems of network cables that are logically formed, easy to adapt and outperform unstructured networks. Your structured cabling system controls all data traffic, be it video, voice, large files and much more; it’s important to get it right! WHAT ARE THE STRUCTURED CABLING STANDARDS? The structured cabling standards are a set of rules that specialists should follow throughout the cable layout and physical installation process of any network cabling. The main network cabling standards are:   Since 1991, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) established the 568 standards for structured cabling. This has

7 Benefits of Structured Cabling

7 Benefits of Structured Cabling We’ve all seen a desk with cables dangling haphazardly from the back, or an office with network cables that are way too long looping out from the walls (or even running across the room!). If that’s you, then it might be time to consider some of the benefits of structured cabling. In this blog post, we’ll be running through the top 7 benefits of good, structured data cabling, and why our team at Whitestar Solutions are passionate about ensuring efficiency every time we implement a new data cabling system. WHAT IS STRUCTURED CABLING? Structured cabling is the act of logically arranging your cables to ensure proper functionality. Good data cable installation keeps everything organised and running smoothly by creating patch panels and multi-port trunks that logically route each cable to where they need to be.   Your organisation’s network infrastructure works almost like its nervous system, passing messages back and forth between your team, with each data cable acting like individual nerves. Poorly structured cables can be a nightmare to manage, and can cost your business more than you’d expect. That’s why we put together this introduction to structured cabling, helping you to understand exactly what the advantages of a structured cabling system are, and the basic principles of the process. 1. SAVE MONEY Inefficient cabling will prove costly in the long run, for several reasons: Disorganised cabling usually means installing cables that are longer than necessary. Longer cables are, generally, more expensive. When you scale that up, the costs can pile on. Whenever you hold routine network maintenance, it’s much harder for engineers to do their job when working with untidy cabling. Well structured cables will expedite the maintenance process, saving you from hefty fees. A highly flexible, well-planned cabling system will reduce power consumption, as fewer wires are required to perform critical tasks. So, is it worth the investment? Absolutely! You don’t have to pay a premium to get your network installed correctly, so make sure you’re working with data cabling professionals who will nail your cabling and save you money. 2. PLAN FOR THE FUTURE Holding a Teams meeting where people are dropping out or the connection is slow isn’t fun at all. One of the main advantages of a commercial data cabling system is that you’ll see higher bandwidth than before, with more efficient usage of network cables resulting in better connections and a reduced chance of issues. As businesses become more reliant on their network infrastructure, having this reliability will become paramount. 3. SIMPLIFY YOUR SPACE A nice, organised cabling system will simplify many aspects of your day-to-day. In your average office, many devices will be interconnected. Many devices = lots of opportunities for something to go wrong. With a simplified cabling system, it’s far easier to identify any anomalies and to fix problems as soon as they arise. 4. HEALTH & SAFETY While this shouldn’t be an issue for most offices, we’ve definitely seen some health and safety nightmares in our time! Loose wires are a trip hazard, and tripping over cables can also result in expensive monitors, computers and more tumbling down from a desk. 5. IMPROVED SCALABILITY Your network should be able to grow alongside your business. A well-structured network will enable this growth by being far, far easier to adjust and expand. Any infrastructure changes will be faster to implement (or deconstruct). If you’re planning a move to a new office space, then you’ll be glad to have properly structured wires that can be moved without too much hassle. 6. LESS CHANCE OF DOWNTIME One of the main causes of network downtime? Human error. Organised cables are usually obscured behind panelling, meaning that there’s far less chance of someone accidentally tampering with critical cabling. 7. LOOKS GREAT! Last, but by no means least, good cabling looks superb! A structured cabling system will be an aesthetic improvement every time. As changes made are less likely to deteriorate, your attractive cabling will stay in place indefinitely, meaning that it always looks its best. STRUCTURED DATA CABLING SUPPORT WITH WHITESTAR SOLUTIONS At Whitestar Solutions, we work closely with our clients to ensure that we have a comprehensive understanding of your business before any work gets done. Our UK-wide engineers specialise in commercial data cabling services, and are on hand ready to design, install, certify and manage fibre optic, RF and other structured telephone and data cabling systems.  With years of experience under our belt, no data cabling installation job is too difficult. We work with organisations ranging from schools to hospitals, so get in touch with us today to talk with one of our specialists about your unique needs. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, or to advise you on the next steps that you need to take. Whitestar’s values: Our promise to you Whitestar’s values: Our promise to you There are lots of buzzwords in business. ‘Core values’ are not among them. Company values matter. They support an organisation’s purpose, enforce its culture, and encourage positive employee behaviours. This sense of purpose is key to business success. Corporate core values impact not just the internal workings of an organisation, but also how it interacts with its clients, stakeholders and the world around it. According to research, 73% of purpose-oriented people are satisfied with their jobs, compared to 64% of those who are not purpose-oriented. In terms of the bottom line, the same study found that 58% of companies with a clear purpose experienced growth of more than 10%, compared to 42% of companies without one. In short, strong company values help a business grow, thrive and be a success. OUR CORE VALUES To the untrained eye, Whitestar might seem like any other electrical installation company. But look a little closer and it’s clear we’re much more than that. We continually work to be the most ethical, trustworthy business partner to our clients and pride ourselves on our strong work ethic. Central to our purpose are our core

The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care

The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care To rewire or not to rewire is the big question when it comes to an older – or what we refer to as ‘legacy’ – building. The short-but-inconclusive answer is: it depends. When wiring a new building – be it school block, hospital ward or office block – the process is relatively straightforward. You need to build to regulations, with cables which are up to the job and don’t pose a fire hazard. As per our blog post on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), every power, data and telecommunication cable that is intended to be permanently installed in a construction works now must display a CE-marked label and have a Declaration of Performance (DoP) drawn up and made available. SHOULD YOU REWIRE YOUR LEGACY BUILDING? Legacy buildings aren’t subject to the CPR in the same way that new buildings are. If the cabling in the building isn’t posing any health and safety risk – and isn’t hampering operations in any way – it doesn’t have to be ripped out and rewired with CE-marked cabling. But that isn’t to say you shouldn’t do a complete rewire anyway. As we said, it depends. So, what does it depend on? If your building has undergone any recent damage, or there are lights and sockets that have ceased to function as normal, then these are signs that the building needs to be rewired. Damage to the casing of wires can be a serious hazard. So, if you find any exposed wires then the best thing to do is get in touch with a contractor who can assess the full extent of the issue and advise on the next steps. WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?   If you’re not sure when the last rewiring of the building took place, or the electrics are showing signs of damage, then it could be time for a complete rewiring. From a health and safety point of view, it’s your safest bet. But it’s not your only option. After all, a complete rewire doesn’t tend to come cheaply. Whitestar Solutions can carry out electrical testing and inspection which will reveal the condition of the electrics throughout the building. Deficiencies found during the inspection and testing might then be remedied such that the installation may continue to be used in safety. We offer a complete range of electrical testing and inspection services for commercial and industrial premises. We test 100% of your installation, providing a true reflection on the safety of the installation. From there, you will be provided with a number of options depending on your unique environment. For example, as a school your decision making might be different than if you are a business. But at the end of the day, you want to know that your electrical system is safe and reliable. HOW CAN YOU ENSURE SAFETY GOING FORWARD?   Whether you opt for a complete rewire of the legacy building or not, you should seriously consider implementing a robust planned preventative maintenance (PPM) programme which will ensure that safety issues are rectified before they pose a risk. We work closely with businesses across a wide range of sectors to initiate a PPM programme so that our clients have peace of mind in terms of compliance and budgets to ensure their building, their school, their hospital, their shop remains safe for staff, students, visitors and contractors alike. Get in touch with Whitestar today so that we can begin to evaluate your building project. Are fibre optics the future? Are fibre optics the future? As the world becomes ever more connected, the future of fibre optics looks increasingly bright. There is a global demand for high-speed connectivity and bandwidth that can cope with vast amounts of data that is rising exponentially, particularly among developing countries. The ability to share knowledge and communications at unprecedented levels means that fibre optic technology lies at the heart of twenty-first-century priorities. WHAT ARE FIBRE OPTICS? Fibre optics are flexible, transparent cables that are used to transmit data, images and audio via the passage of infrared light through thin fibres. And these fibres that are made of glass and occasionally plastic are extremely thin – a typical outer thread has a diameter of 125 micrometres (about the same as a human hair) while the transmitting cylinder is even tinier. In the telecommunications industry, fibre optics have almost completely replaced the copper wires that were previously used. Fibre optics are capable of transmitting light over enormously long distances. WHAT ARE FIBRE OPTICS USED FOR? Fibre optics are an essential part of the telecommunications sector, but they also have several other applications, mainly in the medical and aerospace industries. The world of medicine has used fibre optics for image transfer, illumination, and laser signal delivery for several decades. The fibre optics future in the medical sector is expected to become even more widespread. There is a developing technology that uses fibre optics, for example, that expedites the treatment of tumours and the healing process of wounds. Stringent standards are necessary for the challenging conditions of the civil aerospace industry, and fibre optic cables have recently been used to provide reliable and fast data transmission in a variety of aircraft. You may have noticed this if you have taken a recent flight. There is now no need to turn off your mobile phone, and you can access wifi throughout your time in the air. The use of fibre optics enables a smooth in-flight entertainment experience without risking any compromise to the complicated electrical systems installed in the aircraft. 5G – A CRUCIAL PART OF THE FIBRE OPTICS FUTURE With the recent successful launch of the Starlink satellites, 5G will soon succeed 4G telecommunications which currently offer connectivity to most mobile phones. Although there is a widespread assumption that 5G will replace cabled networks, the revolutionary aims of 5G would be impossible without the terrestrial infrastructure provided by fibre optics. The two technologies will complement
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What is Construction Products Regulation and what does it mean for your network?

What is Construction Products Regulation and what does it mean for your network? When Construction Products Regulation, or CPR for short, was introduced in 2017, it was considered the biggest change for the cabling industry in decades. What is it all about and why should you care?  CPR ‘lays down harmonised rules for the marketing of construction products in the EU’. What that means in layman’s terms is that all cables used in permanent installations within buildings must come with a fire rating in accordance with the CPR’s classification system. It means that when you’re deciding which cables to install, as part of boosting your IT infrastructure, you can make informed decisions according to the environment as well as the level of risk. The safer the cabling, the safer the environment. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SAFETY GROUPS? The regulation classifies products into one of seven classes known as ‘Euroclasses’. These are:     Aca: Does not contribute to the fire    B1ca: Minimum contribution to the fire    B2ca: Combustible, low flame spread & heat release contribution to the fire    Cca: Combustible, moderate flame spread and heat release    Dca: Combustible, moderate flame spread and high levels of heat generated    Eca: Combustible, limited fire spread of less than 425mm    Fca: Combustible, fire spread of more than 425mm Euroclasses B to D will also be classified according to smoke production (classified as s1 to s3), flaming droplets (d0 to d2), and smoke acidity (a1 to a3). That’s why you might see a classification like Cca s1b d2 a2. Manufacturers are required to send their cables off to be tested by an authorised test house, known as a Notified Body. Once the tests have been made, the cable will be given a Declaration of Performance, which is the official certificate showing how it was classified. At Euroclasses Cca and above, the factories manufacturing the cable will be regularly audited and cables retested by an approved third party. It is unlikely that many cables will adhere to Class B1ca and Aca requirements, simply because of the materials used in their manufacture. DO NETWORK CABLES NEED TO CONFORM WITH THE CPR? In short, yes. No network cable can be placed on the market for permanent installation inside buildings without first being tested and given a Euroclass rating. As per British Standard BS6701:2016+A1:2017, all network cabling used in new installations or for the refurbishment or extension of existing data cable networks within the external fire barrier of a building shall, as a minimum, meet the CPR compliance requirements of Euroclass Cca s1b d2 a2. Due to the construction of data network cables, and the way they are routed, fire can rapidly spread through a building should a cable alight. Given the growing bandwidth demands – with a large number of devices now being networked in the case of most systems – it’s crucial that cabling is manufactured to minimum standards. Now, you can assess what cabling you might need in line with your networking demands, and minimise the fire hazard. At least, in theory… WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? Attempting to understand what exactly it is that you need when expanding your IT infrastructure can be difficult. That’s where Whitestar Solutions comes in. Initially, we’ll come and carry out a commitment-free site survey. By visiting the site, we can work out your exact requirements and help you understand your safety risk. From there, we’ll provide you with a number of options – explaining how each one fits in with the CPR – so you can make those informed decisions which will impact you and those people who work in the building. Whatever option you go with, you can rest assured that our in-house qualified network infrastructure design will create a system to keep your company’s network safe and secure. To find out how Whitestar can improve your data cabling infrastructure in line with the CPR, get in touch with our team today. Is It Worth Investing In Electrical Vehicle Charging Point Installation Services For Your Business? Is It Worth Investing In Electrical Vehicle Charging Point Installation Services For Your Business? EV or hybrid vehicles are regarded by many as the future of motoring. An increasing number of people are choosing to buy new electric cars – over two million electric vehicles are now being driven around the world – and approximately 14,000 charging stations are in the UK alone. Clearly, it is not a fleeting trend and business’s that want to adapt to this and stay one step ahead of their competitors should be considering the installation of EV charging point stations on their premises. ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND BUSINESSES ARE THE FUTURE Awareness of the devastating environmental impact of diesel and petrol vehicles has finally hit the mainstream. Electric vehicles are the future and for savvy companies, the benefits of adopting the facilities of the new technology are plain. MAKING YOUR BUSINESS MORE ATTRACTIVE TO CONSUMERS As well as reflecting your company’s core values as an environmentally friendly business, the improved service offering of EV charging stations will appeal to your consumer. As the electric vehicle industry continues to burgeon, the impetus to provide your customers with added services so that they are more likely to choose you over your competitor is vital in these times. Offering EV charging solutions increases customers “dwell time” and subsequent spending, simultaneously meeting their demands of EV drivers arriving at their destinations. If your business is the type of company that stands to benefit from an increase in footfall, investing in electrical charging point stations is worth it to upgrade amenities and future-proof your premises. MAKING YOUR BUSINESS MORE ATTRACTIVE TO EMPLOYEES AND CLIENTS Attracting and keeping the right employees is also vital for your business. Employers must start to think seriously about supporting those that are choosing EV. Your staff will enjoy instant peace of mind as they will no longer have to worry about finding the nearest charging station or the worst-case scenario of their
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St Mary's Road Campus Project
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Brand Rex 10GPlus F/FTP (Category 6A) Cabling Solution installed at newly built Rail Operating Centre in the Midlands.
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How to ensure your construction or building project is compliant with the latest legislation and fire safety standards

How to ensure your construction or building project is compliant with the latest legislation and fire safety standards If you are carrying out electrical installation work, as part of a construction or building project, it’s essential that you comply with the rules set out in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. It doesn’t bear thinking about if a user of the building you’re responsible for should come to any harm due to a fault in the electrics – that’s why safety needs to be paramount.  The Regulations were set up under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, requiring precautions to be taken by ‘duty holders’ against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity in work activities. Under the rules, duty holders must: have the electrical systems constructed in a way that prevents danger; maintain the electrical systems as necessary to prevent danger (including a five-year fixed installation inspection​); and ensure work carried out on electrical systems is done in a way that prevents danger. BS7671 WIRING REGULATIONS In the guidance document for the Electricity at Work Regulations, the main source of reference is BS 7671 Wiring Regulations. This is the UK’s key electrical safety standard, setting out requirements that detail how to perform electrical installations in a safe manner.  Although not a statutory document, BS 7671 sets the standard for how electrical installations should be done in the UK (and many other countries) and enables compliance with the law. Or, to put it another way, following the guidance set out in BS 7671 when undertaking a building project is likely to ensure that electrical installation work meets the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations. And ensure that building users are not put in undue danger. WHITESTAR – YOUR TRUSTWORTHY ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION PARTNER While it’s important that you have an understanding of the regulations ahead of construction, the best way of ensuring compliance throughout the project is to partner with an experienced electrical installation partner.  That’s where Whitestar Solutions come in. We’ve been in the business for as long as the regulations have been in place and service clients across a wide range of sectors including education, sport, commercial, transport and more. All of our electrical engineers are qualified and up to date with the current BS 7671 Electrical Wiring Regulations (18th Edition). So, no matter the extent of your electrical installation requirements, we can design and deliver comprehensive, top-quality solutions. We think compliance with regulations starts with sound workmanship. We will never cut corners and we will always source and use the best materials, meaning that we will not compromise on quality. KEEPING YOU COMPLIANT Once your building project is up and running, it’s important that you periodically have the electrics inspected and tested in order to remain compliant and, more importantly, to ensure that no new health and safety risks have arisen.  We offer a complete range of electrical testing and inspection services for commercial and industrial premises. We test 100% of your installation, providing a true reflection of its safety.  The key to remaining compliant and minimising costs is to have a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) programme in place. We can help you here, too – we can assist in implementing PPM programmes that offer peace of mind by ensuring the building is safe for anyone who spends time in it – be it staff, students, visitors or contractors.  But, let’s take it one step at a time. The first goal is to get your building project up and running with a safe and sound electrical installation. To discuss your electrical installation requirements, get in touch with Whitestar today.  Tackling Enterprise Wireless Demands with Wi-Fi & 5G Tackling Enterprise Wireless Demands with Wi-Fi & 5G Register Now for the upcoming Leviton webinar.  With the rise of IoT, bring-your-own-device policies, and data demands that go beyond gigabit speeds, CIOs and IT managers are now evaluating multiple wireless approaches as part of their enterprise networks In fact, recent studies reveal the majority of executives see both Wi-Fi 6 and 5G technologies as critical for their companies in the years to come. Follow the Leviton playbook as we tackle the topic of wireless coverage head-on. We’ll address:   Enterprise wireless outlook and trends The future of Wi-Fi, including Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and beyond 5G adoption: current and emerging phases and indoor applications Infrastructure offensive strategy: cabling system design recommendations   Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET Whitestar’s values: Our promise to you Our core values and promises are what makes us stand out from the crowd. Read on to find out how Whitestar can help your business grow. How to make your infrastructure project a success Ensuring that your infrastructure is reliable and secure is essential to your business’ productivity. Read more to see how Whitestar can help. Why customer service is key in today’s day and age Why customer service is key in today’s day and age Any business worth its sale knows the importance of providing a quality customer experience. And the best way to achieve that? Providing great customer service. Actually, not just great customer service. Exceptional customer service. Happy customers mean loyal customers. The better their experience working with a company, the more likely they are to come back. Anything less than amazing customer service and businesses risk losing customers forever. MAKING THE BEST IMPRESSION It’s more than just meeting the needs and expectations of customers – businesses need to exceed them. First impressions matter. But so too do second, third, fourth and fifth impressions. In fact, every customer service interaction is key to future success (and sales). The stats prove it: according to research, 96% of consumers say that customer service is an important factor when choosing a brand. And as for those all-important sales: even just a 5% rise in customer retention can boost company revenue by 25% to 95%. Arguably, customer service matters even more in difficult times. During the Covid-19 pandemic, for example, businesses able
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Whitestar’s values: Our promise to you

Whitestar’s Values: Our Promise to You At Whitestar, we pride ourselves on our unique, human approach to data and electrical services. While, on the surface, we may seem just like any other data and electrical installation company, but look a little closer and it’s clear that we’re much more than that! OUR CORE VALUES We continually work to be the most ethical, trustworthy business partner to our clients and pride ourselves on our strong work ethic. Central to our purpose are our core values: – Respect: We treat everyone with dignity and respect. We value differences and encourage others to express themselves. We work hard to nurture long-lasting relationships with our customers, colleagues and communities. – Honesty: We speak the truth. Our team acts with integrity, honesty and reliability. We operate transparently by communicating openly and with sincerity. – Commitment: We always deliver on our commitments and hold ourselves accountable to them. We make quality our priority and seek solutions to problems. – Teamwork: Our company is made up of incredible people, but it’s only by working as a team that we achieve greatness. We foster teamwork and collaboration across the whole team and with our customers. – Empathy: We understand the importance of listening and understanding different perspectives. We put ourselves in other people’s shoes, because in the competitive corporate world, empathy and kindness go a long way. – Integrity: Integrity is our default and we do what’s best for our customers and our company. We’re honest in all our dealings – building trust, acting honourably, and being our true selves. OUR PROMISE TO YOU Just as every business has core values, they also have a mission. The common goal that all employees – from the boardroom to the frontline – work towards. Here’s a summary of our mission and our seven key promises to you: We never cut corners We never compromise on quality We provide the best qualified people for your project We put people before profit We use our expertise to advise on the best solutions We add value to your business We provide sustainable solutions for the long-term success of your business At Whitestar, our friendly and highly skilled team of experts takes pride in designing and delivering quality solutions. Yes, we’re expert network installers, supplying data cabling and electrical installation solutions, but we’re so much more than that. Get in touch to find out how we can help your business grow. Hertfordshire Police A comprehensive site survey conducted by Whitestar in preparation for redevelopment at Hertfordshire Police HQ. A Guide to PPM (Planned Preventive Maintenance) Plans A Guide to PPM (Planned Preventive Maintenance) Plans An organisation’s premises may well be the most valuable asset that you own. So, it stands to reason that you’d like to keep your property in good shape. The solution? Planned preventive maintenance! Without effective PPM measures, your maintenance schedule will likely be more reactive. While reactive maintenance is often necessary, being proactive in your approach helps to stop things from going wrong in the first place, allowing your organisation to operate safely and effectively for extended periods of time. WHAT IS PPM (PLANNED PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE)? PPM (planned preventive maintenance), or scheduled maintenance, is a proactive approach to the maintenance of electrical, gas, water, heating and fire safety systems. Key maintenance jobs are scheduled to regularly take place, with detailed notes taken once it’s finished to ensure consistency. This is done to ensure that your systems are in optimum condition at all times. Fail to do this, and you’ll find yourself rushing around trying to fix issues that could have been spotted and sorted months ago. Types of PPM PPM covers the whole spectrum of property management: Electrical safety standards Boiler servicing Gas safety certificate Roof inspections Network maintenance Energy performance certificate (EPC) Fire risk assessments Lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations AOV servicing Emergency light testing Cold water storage tank chlorination Regular PPM will likely require the input from a variety of specialists, which might seem like a large investment at the time, but the costs of regular PPM are dwarfed by the costs of a disaster caused by a lack of PPM.  It’s always more expensive to fix a major error, versus paying to prevent it. Take electrical PPM, for example.  Example of PPM Business A choose not to implement a PPM plan, while Business B have a comprehensive, regular maintenance schedule. Business A suffer from a mild electrical fire. Their sprinkler system dealt with the blaze, but damaged many of their systems in the process. Business A now have to spend a lot of money rebuilding their electrical systems, and carrying out further surveys in their building to ensure nothing else is going to imminently go wrong. Business B, on the other hand, spotted a small fault during their regular PPM. This fault would have eventually caused the same fire, but their maintenance team spotted the fault and have rectified it before it has a chance to become an issue. Business A spends thousands replacing their systems and endure a lot of downtime, Business B spends a little, and remain safely in business. 5 KEY BENEFITS OF PLANNED PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE In addition to the above, there are a whole host of great benefits of PPM. Electrical, gas and water failures can all result in severe harm. By maintaining your systems, you’re proactively ensuring that you’re fully compliant and in adherence with the law. Regular maintenance spreads costs over the course of the year, rather than being lumped with a sudden, unexpected (and often large) sum. Many manufacturers require PPM in order to maintain warranties. Should you fail to maintain your systems, manufacturers may void your warranty. A well-maintained property will always be far more desirable to potential buyers over one that’s in disrepair. By showing a clear history of PPM, you’re demonstrating that the building has been properly cared for. Unplanned repairs are frustrating, and can take a fair while to rectify. It could take days for an engineer to finally get around to seeing
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How to make your infrastructure project a success

Ensuring that your infrastructure is reliable and secure is essential to your business’ productivity. Read more to see how Whitestar can help.
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Why customer service is key in today’s day and age

Why customer service is key in today’s day and age Any business worth its sale knows the importance of providing a quality customer experience. And the best way to achieve that? Providing great customer service. Actually, not just great customer service. Exceptional customer service. Happy customers mean loyal customers. The better their experience working with a company, the more likely they are to come back. Anything less than amazing customer service and businesses risk losing customers forever. MAKING THE BEST IMPRESSION It’s more than just meeting the needs and expectations of customers – businesses need to exceed them. First impressions matter. But so too do second, third, fourth and fifth impressions. In fact, every customer service interaction is key to future success (and sales). The stats prove it: according to research, 96% of consumers say that customer service is an important factor when choosing a brand. And as for those all-important sales: even just a 5% rise in customer retention can boost company revenue by 25% to 95%. Arguably, customer service matters even more in difficult times. During the Covid-19 pandemic, for example, businesses able to give customers the care they deserved also offered them much-needed stability, convenience and value. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE, GREAT CUSTOMER SOLUTIONS Of course, knowing that customer service is important is the easy part. Start implementing it into your business and you’ve got your work cut out. At Whitestar, we go out of our way to ensure that we offer exceptional customer service to all our customers. We aim to exceed customer expectations and do that in a number of ways… Dedicated team of contractors Firstly, we approach people as people, not just another job. When it comes to assigning teams, we match them to a particular client. That means however many jobs you need completed over a period of time, you’ll be dealing with the same people from Whitestar. No stream of contractors coming through your doors. Just one team of experts with an in-depth knowledge of the site they are working on – and more importantly an understanding of you, the people they are working with. From a purely practical point of view, this allows our teams of contractors to get on with the job faster and more efficiently, because there’s no need for briefings or client details for each job. While from a customer service point of view, this helps build trust and reliability between us and our clients. No subcontracting We know the score. As soon as you hear the word ‘contractor’, you automatically start wondering whether that also means subcontractors. At Whitestar, we can say: absolutely not. We never subcontract any jobs. It’s just not how we roll. Your team of Whitestar contractors are just that – Whitestar employees who are committed to delivering comprehensive, top quality solutions. Being a subcontractor-free zone makes life simpler. We understand what you need and you know the work is going to be tailored to your business and easily scalable for future business growth. Our customer service promise At Whitestar, we pride ourselves on our work ethic, track record and quality of service. Our six core values – respect, honesty, commitment, teamwork, empathy and integrity – help us deliver the level of customer service you expect from an infrastructure service provider. We value each and every business we work with. From simple cabling projects to complete building refits, we always work to the highest industry standards and take a customer-centric approach to each job. Our focus is on solving problems, not creating new ones. We work hard to understand the challenges you face, and create bespoke solutions to help you overcome them. That’s our promise to you. WHITESTAR SOLUTIONS: YOUR STRATEGIC PARTNER At Whitestar, our customer service is focused on building strong relationships with our customers and crafting tailored solutions and experiences. We never under-estimate the power of positive impressions, and are confident we can give you the level of service you and your business deserve. Hoare Laboratory Whitestar provide electrical and data cabling solutions to Hoare Laboratories, a long-established family firm who are specialists in laboratory products and services. 4 Business Benefits of Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Points 4 Business Benefits of Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Points Now, more than ever, people are aware of making eco-conscious consumer choices. This includes the materials and technologies they use, as well as the businesses they support.  For this reason, we’ve seen a growing number of electric vehicles (EVs) on UK roads, a trend we expect to see continue well into the future.  As of April 2022, there are 858,000 plug-in cars in use, a 92% increase since 2020. Couple this with the government’s recent announcement that they intend to accelerate EV infrastructure, making the installation of charging points for all new homes, offices, and supermarkets mandatory by 2030, it’s no wonder that business owners are weighing up the advantages of early installation.  There are currently more than 42,000 public charging points in the UK, and this is predicted to rise to 145,000 following the government’s announcement. Electric vehicles are not a trend, they are part of a communal shift and with the government making their ambitions clear, adapting your premises to support EV infrastructure is becoming essential when looking to ensure the longevity of your business.  In this article, we’ll run through the business benefits of having electric vehicle charging points installed on your premises.  A charging point is a unit capable of charging the battery of plug-in electric vehicles.  Currently, an EV can travel roughly 300 miles before its battery needs recharging. On average, and depending on the speed the driver is travelling at, the battery of an EV holds up to 4-5 hours of charge.  Roadside EV recovery is not a simple matter. Electric cars that have ‘broken down’ due to flat batteries cannot be towed or pushed, they must be charged.  Breakdown cover companies such as the RAC and Green Flag do offer flat battery charging, but the miles are limited and will only get
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Cabling for Smart Buildings

Cabling for Smart Buildings Modern buildings must adapt and change to the ever-increasing amounts of device usage and occupancy. Designing new structures, or modifying existing ones, requires careful planning to allow the building to expand seamlessly as more devices are added, or more people are employed. Since every building is only as strong as its foundations, designing and installing proper cabling infrastructure creates the ideal foundation for your building to grow while still keeping up with new technologies and challenges. WHAT MAKES YOUR BUILDING SMART? Smart building solutions help make life better for employees, so they can focus on their work and not mundane tasks that could be automated. If your building is set up correctly, powerful interactions can occur throughout the network. Imagine a building that works around your personal schedule, from turning on lights for you as you enter a room, to adjusting heating settings to accommodate your tastes. It realises when you are on the move to another location and can alert others that may need to be aware of your movements. Think of a smart building as your own PA, that also happens to communicate with everyone else’s PA constantly. Safety protocols such as checking the health of fire extinguishers can be done in real-time by your smart building, alerting you when they require maintenance. Automating manual tasks like this can greatly increase the productivity of staff, saving large amounts of time while reducing energy costs. THE BEST SOLUTION FOR YOUR BUSINESS There is no one-fits-all solution to making your building smart, but planning ahead is key since there is no point in being smart today if this does not continue into tomorrow. As your business grows, so too will the need for more bandwidth and increased flexibility. In the past, this meant adding more cables and access points, but it is not always possible to employ this method economically. Simply adding more cable may help you reach more areas, but this may put extra strain on your available bandwidth and lead to connectivity issues. You might not be able to place the access points where you would like, and you end up making compromises in your design. Installing more cables and components after the event can be a major headache and turn out quite costly, and even then you may be just patching a hole that will need to be fixed again later anyway. WHAT TO CONSIDER IN SMART BUILDING DESIGN? In the past, connecting devices used to mean pairing a laptop to a phone. Nowadays, connectivity extends across a vast range of devices. We are connecting more and more devices each and every day and can only dream of what device may need to be incorporated into our network further down the line. This means planning ahead for power solutions and data transmission. Now, more than ever, we need a reliable infrastructure that can guarantee constant uptime and deliver the performance required to keep productivity as high as possible. Recruiting an expert who knows how to design a structured cabling system as early in the process as possible is key to achieving a high-quality smart building that can cater to your individual needs. Careful planning to overcome the issues and challenges for your particular location is what will determine if your building will be truly smart or not. WHERE TO START Smart building solutions need to support all of today’s devices, as well as all future generations of every device, without the need for additional restructuring. Any latency or bottlenecks that arise from overloading existing networks can be detrimental to the productivity of the company as a whole. If your choice of cabling is not able to meet these ever-increasing demands, it may turn out to be too late or too costly to fix it. It is important to future-proof our building so that we can expand without worrying about whether our network can handle it. This is where expert network installers come into their own and save us numerous headaches further down the line. Experts in smart building solutions, Whitestar Solutions provide a fully tailored networking solution to ensure that you not only meet today’s demands but also get the future-proofing necessary to ensure your building will remain smart. Contractors can provide expert advice on what is required for your individual network to keep up with new technologies and help overcome challenges. Enlisting an expert for advice on how to design a structured cabling system will save you time and money in the long term while ensuring that your employees get to enjoy the many benefits that smart building design brings. Consult an expert as early in the design process as possible in order to achieve the best results. To find out more information, get in touch with a member of our team here. The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care To rewire or not to rewire is the big question when it comes to an older – or what we refer to as ‘legacy’ – building. The short-but-inconclusive answer is: it depends. When wiring a new building – be it school block, hospital ward or office block – the process is relatively straightforward. You need to build to regulations, with cables which are up to the job and don’t pose a fire hazard. As per our blog post on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), every power, data and telecommunication cable that is intended to be permanently installed in a construction works now must display a CE-marked label and have a Declaration of Performance (DoP) drawn up and made available. SHOULD YOU REWIRE YOUR LEGACY BUILDING? Legacy buildings aren’t subject to the CPR in the same way that new buildings are. If the cabling in the building isn’t posing any health and safety risk – and isn’t hampering operations in any way – it doesn’t have to be ripped out and
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Tackling Enterprise Wireless Demands with Wi-Fi & 5G

Tackling Enterprise Wireless Demands with Wi-Fi & 5G Register Now for the upcoming Leviton webinar.  With the rise of IoT, bring-your-own-device policies, and data demands that go beyond gigabit speeds, CIOs and IT managers are now evaluating multiple wireless approaches as part of their enterprise networks In fact, recent studies reveal the majority of executives see both Wi-Fi 6 and 5G technologies as critical for their companies in the years to come. Follow the Leviton playbook as we tackle the topic of wireless coverage head-on. We’ll address:   Enterprise wireless outlook and trends The future of Wi-Fi, including Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and beyond 5G adoption: current and emerging phases and indoor applications Infrastructure offensive strategy: cabling system design recommendations   Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET Whitestar’s values: Our promise to you Our core values and promises are what makes us stand out from the crowd. Read on to find out how Whitestar can help your business grow. How to make your infrastructure project a success Ensuring that your infrastructure is reliable and secure is essential to your business’ productivity. Read more to see how Whitestar can help. Why customer service is key in today’s day and age Why customer service is key in today’s day and age Any business worth its sale knows the importance of providing a quality customer experience. And the best way to achieve that? Providing great customer service. Actually, not just great customer service. Exceptional customer service. Happy customers mean loyal customers. The better their experience working with a company, the more likely they are to come back. Anything less than amazing customer service and businesses risk losing customers forever. MAKING THE BEST IMPRESSION It’s more than just meeting the needs and expectations of customers – businesses need to exceed them. First impressions matter. But so too do second, third, fourth and fifth impressions. In fact, every customer service interaction is key to future success (and sales). The stats prove it: according to research, 96% of consumers say that customer service is an important factor when choosing a brand. And as for those all-important sales: even just a 5% rise in customer retention can boost company revenue by 25% to 95%. Arguably, customer service matters even more in difficult times. During the Covid-19 pandemic, for example, businesses able to give customers the care they deserved also offered them much-needed stability, convenience and value. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE, GREAT CUSTOMER SOLUTIONS Of course, knowing that customer service is important is the easy part. Start implementing it into your business and you’ve got your work cut out. At Whitestar, we go out of our way to ensure that we offer exceptional customer service to all our customers. We aim to exceed customer expectations and do that in a number of ways… Dedicated team of contractors Firstly, we approach people as people, not just another job. When it comes to assigning teams, we match them to a particular client. That means however many jobs you need completed over a period of time, you’ll be dealing with the same people from Whitestar. No stream of contractors coming through your doors. Just one team of experts with an in-depth knowledge of the site they are working on – and more importantly an understanding of you, the people they are working with. From a purely practical point of view, this allows our teams of contractors to get on with the job faster and more efficiently, because there’s no need for briefings or client details for each job. While from a customer service point of view, this helps build trust and reliability between us and our clients. No subcontracting We know the score. As soon as you hear the word ‘contractor’, you automatically start wondering whether that also means subcontractors. At Whitestar, we can say: absolutely not. We never subcontract any jobs. It’s just not how we roll. Your team of Whitestar contractors are just that – Whitestar employees who are committed to delivering comprehensive, top quality solutions. Being a subcontractor-free zone makes life simpler. We understand what you need and you know the work is going to be tailored to your business and easily scalable for future business growth. Our customer service promise At Whitestar, we pride ourselves on our work ethic, track record and quality of service. Our six core values – respect, honesty, commitment, teamwork, empathy and integrity – help us deliver the level of customer service you expect from an infrastructure service provider. We value each and every business we work with. From simple cabling projects to complete building refits, we always work to the highest industry standards and take a customer-centric approach to each job. Our focus is on solving problems, not creating new ones. We work hard to understand the challenges you face, and create bespoke solutions to help you overcome them. That’s our promise to you. WHITESTAR SOLUTIONS: YOUR STRATEGIC PARTNER At Whitestar, our customer service is focused on building strong relationships with our customers and crafting tailored solutions and experiences. We never under-estimate the power of positive impressions, and are confident we can give you the level of service you and your business deserve. Whitestar’s values: Our promise to you Our core values and promises are what makes us stand out from the crowd. Read on to find out how Whitestar can help your business grow. How to make your infrastructure project a success Ensuring that your infrastructure is reliable and secure is essential to your business’ productivity. Read more to see how Whitestar can help. Cabling for Smart Buildings Cabling for Smart Buildings Modern buildings must adapt and change to the ever-increasing amounts of device usage and occupancy. Designing new structures, or modifying existing ones, requires careful planning to allow the building to expand seamlessly as more devices are added, or more people are employed. Since every building is only as strong as its foundations, designing and installing proper cabling infrastructure creates the ideal foundation for your building to grow while
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Is It Worth Investing In Electrical Vehicle Charging Point Installation Services For Your Business?

Is It Worth Investing In Electrical Vehicle Charging Point Installation Services For Your Business? EV or hybrid vehicles are regarded by many as the future of motoring. An increasing number of people are choosing to buy new electric cars – over two million electric vehicles are now being driven around the world – and approximately 14,000 charging stations are in the UK alone. Clearly, it is not a fleeting trend and business’s that want to adapt to this and stay one step ahead of their competitors should be considering the installation of EV charging point stations on their premises. ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND BUSINESSES ARE THE FUTURE Awareness of the devastating environmental impact of diesel and petrol vehicles has finally hit the mainstream. Electric vehicles are the future and for savvy companies, the benefits of adopting the facilities of the new technology are plain. MAKING YOUR BUSINESS MORE ATTRACTIVE TO CONSUMERS As well as reflecting your company’s core values as an environmentally friendly business, the improved service offering of EV charging stations will appeal to your consumer. As the electric vehicle industry continues to burgeon, the impetus to provide your customers with added services so that they are more likely to choose you over your competitor is vital in these times. Offering EV charging solutions increases customers “dwell time” and subsequent spending, simultaneously meeting their demands of EV drivers arriving at their destinations. If your business is the type of company that stands to benefit from an increase in footfall, investing in electrical charging point stations is worth it to upgrade amenities and future-proof your premises. MAKING YOUR BUSINESS MORE ATTRACTIVE TO EMPLOYEES AND CLIENTS Attracting and keeping the right employees is also vital for your business. Employers must start to think seriously about supporting those that are choosing EV. Your staff will enjoy instant peace of mind as they will no longer have to worry about finding the nearest charging station or the worst-case scenario of their car running out of power in the middle of a journey. EASE OF MANAGEMENT As the business owner, you will have full control over who can access your electrical vehicle charging points. Moreover, with the latest technology, such as Dynamic Load Balancing and installation by experienced professionals at Whitestar, you need not worry about grid overload, as available electricity is evenly and automatically distributed to all the charge points that are connected. Our advanced load management system enables the safe charging of multiple charging units, without adversely affecting the inbound power capacity. WHY CHOOSE US? It’s clear that integrating electrical charging points for cars into your business premises can provide a range of benefits. However, it is vital to enlist expert electrical contractors to implement the charging points too. If you are looking for quality electric charging point installation services for your business, look no further. Whitestar Solutions will be with you every step of the way; from initial advice to installation and aftercare. Our technicians are all highly experienced electrical engineers and groundworkers, so you can be sure that the workplace EV car charger will be installed appropriately. We have the knowledge and expertise to implement these systems into your business without disruption and with your individual requirements in mind. We can provide bespoke solutions to ensure that our services cater to your needs. Use our services and look forward to paving the way to a low-carbon future. If you would like more information, get in touch here. The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care To rewire or not to rewire is the big question when it comes to an older – or what we refer to as ‘legacy’ – building. The short-but-inconclusive answer is: it depends. When wiring a new building – be it school block, hospital ward or office block – the process is relatively straightforward. You need to build to regulations, with cables which are up to the job and don’t pose a fire hazard. As per our blog post on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), every power, data and telecommunication cable that is intended to be permanently installed in a construction works now must display a CE-marked label and have a Declaration of Performance (DoP) drawn up and made available. SHOULD YOU REWIRE YOUR LEGACY BUILDING? Legacy buildings aren’t subject to the CPR in the same way that new buildings are. If the cabling in the building isn’t posing any health and safety risk – and isn’t hampering operations in any way – it doesn’t have to be ripped out and rewired with CE-marked cabling. But that isn’t to say you shouldn’t do a complete rewire anyway. As we said, it depends. So, what does it depend on? If your building has undergone any recent damage, or there are lights and sockets that have ceased to function as normal, then these are signs that the building needs to be rewired. Damage to the casing of wires can be a serious hazard. So, if you find any exposed wires then the best thing to do is get in touch with a contractor who can assess the full extent of the issue and advise on the next steps. WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?   If you’re not sure when the last rewiring of the building took place, or the electrics are showing signs of damage, then it could be time for a complete rewiring. From a health and safety point of view, it’s your safest bet. But it’s not your only option. After all, a complete rewire doesn’t tend to come cheaply. Whitestar Solutions can carry out electrical testing and inspection which will reveal the condition of the electrics throughout the building. Deficiencies found during the inspection and testing might then be remedied such that the installation may continue to be used in safety. We offer a complete range of electrical testing and inspection services for commercial and industrial premises. We
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When Coverage Isn’t Everything: Ditching Your Outdated Wi-Fi Designs

When Coverage Isn’t Everything: Ditching Your Outdated Wi-Fi Designs WHY IS MY INTERNET SLOW WHEN I HAVE A FAST CONNECTION? When you experience a juddering connection with lagging Zoom meetings and a painfully slow connection, the first thing you look at is the Wi-Fi icon in the corner of the screen. However, if you want to improve your business network connectivity, there is more to look at than your signal. And if the little Wi-Fi icon is displaying four or five bars of green, you may wonder what next step to take. It may be time to update your Wi-Fi system. The traditional coverage approach of investigating Wi-Fi signal issues may be appropriate in the home, but in a modern workplace with more than fifty employees, each of who may be connected with two or three devices, signal strength is of much less importance. The local network is being asked to cope with far much more usage than when it was first set up. It’s time to look at the latest business connectivity services. HOW TO IMPROVE WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY WITH WI-FI REPEATERS There are several things you can do to boost connectivity. With a Wi-Fi repeater, for example, you can recover the Wi-Fi signal from your router and broadcast it in a poorly covered area of your workplace. Apart from the power supply, there is no need for any additional cables as Wi-Fi repeaters work by finding the signal from the router and simply repeating it by themselves. Some repeaters have a wireless signal amplifier function to enhance your speed and achieve a few hundred metres of Wi-Fi coverage. It can be tricky to find the best position for a repeater. It must be at a distance away from the router to significantly boost the range of Wi-Fi, without being too distant to receive enough speed. WiFi repeaters are also fitted with functions to safeguard your connection and enable the transference of personal files without worrying about them falling into the wrong hands. Some repeaters use Wi-Fi Mesh technology, which optimises the capabilities of the router and enables the same network name throughout the building. Contact Whitestar Solutions for more advice about whether repeaters could be the best solution for you. MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR EXISTING POWER OUTLETS If the breadth of your walls or hallways does not permit the Wi-Fi signal to be broadcast from one room to another within your office, there is another solution in the form of CPL and CPL-Wi-Fi kits. These enable you to extend your network and receive an Internet connection via Wi-Fi from any wall socket in your electrical installation. This solution only works on a single electrical circuit. REPLACING THE ROUTER If you are wondering how to improve wireless connectivity, upgrading the router is a straightforward solution. Depending on the age or generation of your router, the Wi-Fi protocol may be more or less effective. If your elderly Wi-Fi router, for example, is configured for connectivity at 300 or 400 Mbit / s, a fibre subscription with speeds of 1 Gbit / s will offer any advantage. The fibres in the box are too insignificant to be able to take advantage of the Internet speeds offered by the provider. Today, the number of connected devices has vastly grown encompassing computers, consoles, tablets and smartphones, and other Wi-Fi connected devices. Investing in a powerful Wi-Fi router is essential to avoid annoying drops in connectivity. Here at Whitestar Solutions, we offer high-quality solutions to ensure a better connection for your business. When you choose Whitestar Solutions for your wireless network, you do not need to worry about this issue, we will consider everything in order to ensure you are presented with a high-quality outcome. We provide a wide range of wireless networking solutions which start with a thorough and realistic survey of your workplace to provide you with a solid foundation on which to develop your Wi-Fi solution. This survey takes place so that our team of experts can compile a reliable, cost-effective, and secure solution to meet your requirements. The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care To rewire or not to rewire is the big question when it comes to an older – or what we refer to as ‘legacy’ – building. The short-but-inconclusive answer is: it depends. When wiring a new building – be it school block, hospital ward or office block – the process is relatively straightforward. You need to build to regulations, with cables which are up to the job and don’t pose a fire hazard. As per our blog post on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), every power, data and telecommunication cable that is intended to be permanently installed in a construction works now must display a CE-marked label and have a Declaration of Performance (DoP) drawn up and made available. SHOULD YOU REWIRE YOUR LEGACY BUILDING? Legacy buildings aren’t subject to the CPR in the same way that new buildings are. If the cabling in the building isn’t posing any health and safety risk – and isn’t hampering operations in any way – it doesn’t have to be ripped out and rewired with CE-marked cabling. But that isn’t to say you shouldn’t do a complete rewire anyway. As we said, it depends. So, what does it depend on? If your building has undergone any recent damage, or there are lights and sockets that have ceased to function as normal, then these are signs that the building needs to be rewired. Damage to the casing of wires can be a serious hazard. So, if you find any exposed wires then the best thing to do is get in touch with a contractor who can assess the full extent of the issue and advise on the next steps. WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?   If you’re not sure when the last rewiring of the building took place, or
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How Connectivity Can Enhance Your Business

How Connectivity Can Enhance Your Business Here at Whitestar Solutions, we pride ourselves on providing clients with the latest connectivity solutions that modern technology has to offer. From integrated data cabling systems through to high-tech CCTV systems, our solutions can all work together to enhance your business in a multitude of ways. How can connectivity enhance your business? Take a look below to see just some of the ways that these modern solutions can benefit your business. INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY We understand the pressures that businesses face these days and the need for smooth, fast and reliable connections. Whether it’s fast and reliable internet connections which won’t let the team down, or a clear phone connection which sounds professional and doesn’t disturb important calls with incessant crackling and bad connections – in the modern business environment, having great connectivity is everything. Through the use of features such as modern fibre-optic technology, businesses can hugely increase their productivity. This is in part due to the increased speed that fibre-optic connectivity offers, with options available that range from 5 Mbps through to 100 Gbps. With such flexibility and so many options available, there really is a solution for everybody, which will mean employees can get on with the task at hand without worrying about slow internet connections inhibiting productivity. HIGHER SECURITY Whilst connectivity can help to enhance the work produced in your business, it also features many other benefits including increased security on your premises. At Whitestar Solutions, we are proud to provide a range of modern CCTV systems which feature all of the latest technology. These bespoke systems are tailored to suit the needs of each individual premises, designed to deter criminals and keep your business safe. Whether you are looking for fixed cameras or a fully integrated, remote-controlled system, there are a variety of options available which will enable you to maximise your security. With groundbreaking features such as cloud-based storage and remote viewing, this use of modern connectivity can enable you to maximise your security. RELIABILITY Modern fibre internet connectivity has proven to be much more reliable than traditional copper connections, partially due to the fact that fibre is much stronger than copper. Another benefit is that, unlike copper, fibre-optic internet connections are not susceptible to challenging weather conditions, which could cause devastating downtime. With more businesses relying heavily on connectivity, any kind of downtime can be costly and so a reliable internet connection is absolutely crucial. Whether you are working remotely and need to connect seamlessly with your team, require access to cloud-based software to share and collaborate on client documents, or are in need of a fast internet connection to process data – reliability really is vital. Not only does fibre-optic connectivity offer you reliability, but working with a reputable connectivity company can help you to ensure that you only have the most suitable data cabling and connectivity systems put into place. Here at Whitestar, all of our products are built to last, offering you reliable systems throughout your premises which will withstand the test of time. LESS INTERFERENCE We have already noted that increased connectivity can enhance productivity and speed within your business, but we haven’t looked at the financial implications that connectivity, or a lack of it, can have on your business. In business, it’s often said that ‘time is money’ and this is, unfortunately, true. In the same way that increasing your speed and productivity can boost your business, offering you a more efficient way of working, it can also allow you to make more money. The more productive a business is, the more work that can be done in a day. On the other hand, unreliable internet connectivity, interrupted phone calls and other connectivity problems can cause you to experience downtime. Stop-start connectivity can not only slow down the physical process, but also interrupt the ‘flow’ and leave employees feeling exasperated. All of these things lead to work being done more slowly, can often be the cause of mistakes, and ultimately ends in a loss of earnings. Every minute lost due to unreliable connectivity is money not earned and, over a period of time, this can add up to a significant figure. SAVE MONEY Keen to learn more about how increased connectivity can help to boost your business? Get in touch with a member of our team today to discuss which of our solutions might help your business. IMPROVED VIDEO QUALITY Traditional copper cable connections are often sensitive to any electromagnetic interference, which explains those bygone days of experiencing internet issues due to local interference, more often than not being the use of heavy machinery. Construction work goes on all around us and we need internet connections which can withstand this interruption. Thankfully, fibre optic internet signals do not suffer in the same way, offering you seamless connectivity with very little interference. HOW CAN WHITESTAR HELP? Many of us are now embracing the ‘work from home’ life, but even beyond that, businesses rely more and more on video conferencing tools to communicate throughout the working day. Whether it’s a client meeting, internal training, marketing or sales; video meetings are becoming the new normal. Low quality, broken video which lags and is frequently interrupted will not provide the professional appearance you desire. Having a reliable, high-quality internet connection is essential. With fibre-optic technology, you will be best placed to communicate with others across the world. The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care To rewire or not to rewire is the big question when it comes to an older – or what we refer to as ‘legacy’ – building. The short-but-inconclusive answer is: it depends. When wiring a new building – be it school block, hospital ward or office block – the process is relatively straightforward. You need to build to regulations, with cables which are up to the job and don’t pose a fire
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Are fibre optics the future?

Are fibre optics the future? As the world becomes ever more connected, the future of fibre optics looks increasingly bright. There is a global demand for high-speed connectivity and bandwidth that can cope with vast amounts of data that is rising exponentially, particularly among developing countries. The ability to share knowledge and communications at unprecedented levels means that fibre optic technology lies at the heart of twenty-first-century priorities. WHAT ARE FIBRE OPTICS? Fibre optics are flexible, transparent cables that are used to transmit data, images and audio via the passage of infrared light through thin fibres. And these fibres that are made of glass and occasionally plastic are extremely thin – a typical outer thread has a diameter of 125 micrometres (about the same as a human hair) while the transmitting cylinder is even tinier. In the telecommunications industry, fibre optics have almost completely replaced the copper wires that were previously used. Fibre optics are capable of transmitting light over enormously long distances. WHAT ARE FIBRE OPTICS USED FOR? Fibre optics are an essential part of the telecommunications sector, but they also have several other applications, mainly in the medical and aerospace industries. The world of medicine has used fibre optics for image transfer, illumination, and laser signal delivery for several decades. The fibre optics future in the medical sector is expected to become even more widespread. There is a developing technology that uses fibre optics, for example, that expedites the treatment of tumours and the healing process of wounds. Stringent standards are necessary for the challenging conditions of the civil aerospace industry, and fibre optic cables have recently been used to provide reliable and fast data transmission in a variety of aircraft. You may have noticed this if you have taken a recent flight. There is now no need to turn off your mobile phone, and you can access wifi throughout your time in the air. The use of fibre optics enables a smooth in-flight entertainment experience without risking any compromise to the complicated electrical systems installed in the aircraft. 5G – A CRUCIAL PART OF THE FIBRE OPTICS FUTURE With the recent successful launch of the Starlink satellites, 5G will soon succeed 4G telecommunications which currently offer connectivity to most mobile phones. Although there is a widespread assumption that 5G will replace cabled networks, the revolutionary aims of 5G would be impossible without the terrestrial infrastructure provided by fibre optics. The two technologies will complement each other, and the 5G networks will primarily be used to bridge the gap between mobile devices and fibre cables. Although many are satisfied with the performance of 4G, which was introduced in 2008, there are many parts of the world where connectivity is inadequate or non-existent. 5G will offer virtually 100% connectivity anywhere in the world with ultra-fast speeds. It is predicted, for example, that you will be able to download a three-hour movie in a couple of seconds. Many masts have been erected, the satellites have been launched – it is now only a short time until 5G is widely available and it will have an impact on fibre-optic requirements. The possibilities of 5G are virtually unlimited, but a smart, fibre-deep infrastructure remains paramount to making the vision an actuality. It’s clear that the 5G customer experience will rely heavily on the ground network of fibre optic cables. The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care To rewire or not to rewire is the big question when it comes to an older – or what we refer to as ‘legacy’ – building. The short-but-inconclusive answer is: it depends. When wiring a new building – be it school block, hospital ward or office block – the process is relatively straightforward. You need to build to regulations, with cables which are up to the job and don’t pose a fire hazard. As per our blog post on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), every power, data and telecommunication cable that is intended to be permanently installed in a construction works now must display a CE-marked label and have a Declaration of Performance (DoP) drawn up and made available. SHOULD YOU REWIRE YOUR LEGACY BUILDING? Legacy buildings aren’t subject to the CPR in the same way that new buildings are. If the cabling in the building isn’t posing any health and safety risk – and isn’t hampering operations in any way – it doesn’t have to be ripped out and rewired with CE-marked cabling. But that isn’t to say you shouldn’t do a complete rewire anyway. As we said, it depends. So, what does it depend on? If your building has undergone any recent damage, or there are lights and sockets that have ceased to function as normal, then these are signs that the building needs to be rewired. Damage to the casing of wires can be a serious hazard. So, if you find any exposed wires then the best thing to do is get in touch with a contractor who can assess the full extent of the issue and advise on the next steps. WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?   If you’re not sure when the last rewiring of the building took place, or the electrics are showing signs of damage, then it could be time for a complete rewiring. From a health and safety point of view, it’s your safest bet. But it’s not your only option. After all, a complete rewire doesn’t tend to come cheaply. Whitestar Solutions can carry out electrical testing and inspection which will reveal the condition of the electrics throughout the building. Deficiencies found during the inspection and testing might then be remedied such that the installation may continue to be used in safety. We offer a complete range of electrical testing and inspection services for commercial and industrial premises. We test 100% of your installation, providing a true reflection on the safety of the installation. From there,
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Why bespoke business CCTV systems can enhance your business

Why Bespoke Business CCTV Systems Can Enhance Your Business At Whitestar Solutions, we believe that bespoke business CCTV systems are an effective way of harnessing information to drive your company forward and provide an enhanced service to clients. A bespoke CCTV system can benefit and enhance your business in multiple ways – it’s not just about keeping assets safe. Let’s take a closer look at how CCTV security systems for business use automated data capture to provide valuable data insights. You may already use business CCTV security systems to safeguard your company. Still, there are several key areas that a surveillance system can be utilised to help business performance over time. REDUCING WASTE AND MAINTENANCE COSTS You may be astonished to learn how many resources and materials are wasted in your company each day. A fully integrated remotely controlled system can be used to reduce energy consumption by impressive amounts saving you money. Whitestar Solutions offers bespoke systems that could reduce energy consumption by up to 76% and maintenance costs by up to 67%. Depending on the nature of your business, a bespoke Whitestar Solution is always a possibility. Landfill sites, for example, are now increasingly using bespoke business CCTV systems as a way of improving logistics and reducing error with complex vehicle registration recognition processes. Use an innovative solution to seize back control, save time and costs – more critical than ever in these challenging economic times. KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON STOCK LEVELS Focussing CCTV cameras on warehouse storage areas or retail display shelves can offer a real-time remote view of re-stocking requirements or shortages wherever you are, even if you are away from the workplace. Visual markers on boxes enable cameras to record and store extremely detailed data about stock levels. You can then send this data to software platforms that can be programmed to inform the purchasing team, or automatically trigger the re-ordering of low stock goods. LEARNING ABOUT CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR PATTERNS Bespoke business CCTV systems are increasingly being used in shops for many reasons apart from security. CCTV footage that offers facial recognition, for example, can be used to track where customers head to when in a retail environment, which has the potential to improve store layout. It is possible, for example, to use data to quickly identify high-spending clients so they can be offered preferential treatment such as tailored offers within the store or excellent customer service. A ceiling camera could be used to track the footfall of shoppers across a shop floor, providing valuable insights into how well people respond to shop layouts or promotional signage. KEEPING YOUR TEAM SAFE CCTV not only helps to protect your corporate assets but more importantly, it can help to safeguard the well-being of your staff; the most essential part of your company. OPTIMISING EFFICIENCY Everyone wants to ensure consistent quality, output and performance are maintained at all costs. However, if there is a slowdown or a quality control issue, CCTV security systems for business can help leaders and managers to quickly identify and areas of weakness and address them appropriately and promptly. ENHANCED SECURITY Business security is often seen as an unnecessary expense and eventually implemented as a reactionary measure in response to a crime, rather than installed in a pre-emptive and planned manner. Unfortunately, this can be hugely problematic for many businesses. Burglaries and the theft of sensitive documents can spell ruin for a fledgeling company. Implementing security measures that suit your business should always be a priority, to prevent issues, reduce their impact, and help resolve them. It may also be essential to ensure compliance with legislation, or for the terms and conditions of your insurance. From fixed CCTV cameras and Pan-Tilt-Zooms to fully integrated, remote systems, we are on hand to explain all possible options, help identify the right solution for your requirements and offer complete equipment demonstration, ensuring you understand capabilities of the product and the optimal security benefits immediately. If you need to restrict access to authorised personnel, we offer an extensive range of security solutions, from complex networks to standalone single door controllers. There is also the ability to connect more doors to your access control, as well as a replacement key system. Our solutions can be used in all buildings and organisations, large or small. Whitestar Solutions offers the flexibility of access control, with the convenience of managing security over a standard computer network. The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care To rewire or not to rewire is the big question when it comes to an older – or what we refer to as ‘legacy’ – building. The short-but-inconclusive answer is: it depends. When wiring a new building – be it school block, hospital ward or office block – the process is relatively straightforward. You need to build to regulations, with cables which are up to the job and don’t pose a fire hazard. As per our blog post on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), every power, data and telecommunication cable that is intended to be permanently installed in a construction works now must display a CE-marked label and have a Declaration of Performance (DoP) drawn up and made available. SHOULD YOU REWIRE YOUR LEGACY BUILDING? Legacy buildings aren’t subject to the CPR in the same way that new buildings are. If the cabling in the building isn’t posing any health and safety risk – and isn’t hampering operations in any way – it doesn’t have to be ripped out and rewired with CE-marked cabling. But that isn’t to say you shouldn’t do a complete rewire anyway. As we said, it depends. So, what does it depend on? If your building has undergone any recent damage, or there are lights and sockets that have ceased to function as normal, then these are signs that the building needs to be rewired. Damage to the casing of wires can be
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Total Cabling Solutions and Cable Dynamics Rebrand to form Whitestar Solutions

Total Cabling Solutions and Cable Dynamics Rebrand to form Whitestar Solutions Exciting new name and look signals start of next chapter for Whitestar Solutions. Monday 2nd March 2020: Total Cabling Solutions and Cable Dynamics, specialists in supplying data and electrical installation solutions to B2B clients, have completed a major brand refresh and launched under a single new company name – Whitestar Solutions. The two companies merged in 2018, but continued to work under their respective brands. The new launch aims to give them a more unified, stronger, and recognisable presence. Together they have over 47 years of industry experience.  Since the merger, they have continued to grow and develop and have now come to the stage where they need the brand to connect with what services they are offering. This brand refresh serves to better visually represent the company’s established market position, as well as its core values of respect, honesty, commitment, teamwork, empathy and integrity, in every aspect of its operations. “At a stage where we want to accelerate growth and are often competing with larger companies, we felt we had outgrown the current image,” says John English, CEO of Whitestar.  “We’re continually looking to build a robust management team, growing the skillset within and we felt the time was right to update our original branding to something that better reflects who we are today, rather than who we were at the beginning of our journey. Our new company name and brand refresh gives us a powerful new platform from which to launch the next chapter in Whitestar’s history.” University of West London St Mary’s Road Campus Project Rail Operating Centre Brand Rex 10GPlus F/FTP (Category 6A) Cabling Solution installed at newly built Rail Operating Centre in the Midlands. London Business School Whitestar keeps students, staff and visitors safe at London Business School with comprehensive electrical testing, maintenance and certification. Whitestar’s values: Our promise to you Whitestar’s values: Our promise to you There are lots of buzzwords in business. ‘Core values’ are not among them. Company values matter. They support an organisation’s purpose, enforce its culture, and encourage positive employee behaviours. This sense of purpose is key to business success. Corporate core values impact not just the internal workings of an organisation, but also how it interacts with its clients, stakeholders and the world around it. According to research, 73% of purpose-oriented people are satisfied with their jobs, compared to 64% of those who are not purpose-oriented. In terms of the bottom line, the same study found that 58% of companies with a clear purpose experienced growth of more than 10%, compared to 42% of companies without one. In short, strong company values help a business grow, thrive and be a success. OUR CORE VALUES To the untrained eye, Whitestar might seem like any other electrical installation company. But look a little closer and it’s clear we’re much more than that. We continually work to be the most ethical, trustworthy business partner to our clients and pride ourselves on our strong work ethic. Central to our purpose are our core values: – Respect: We treat everyone with dignity and respect. We value differences and encourage others to express themselves. We work hard to nurture long-lasting relationships with our customers, colleagues and communities. – Honesty: We speak the truth. Our team acts with integrity, honesty and reliability. We operate transparently by communicating openly and with sincerity. – Commitment: We always deliver on our commitments and hold ourselves accountable to them. We make quality our priority and seek solutions to problems. – Teamwork: Our company is made up of incredible people, but it’s only by working as a team that we achieve greatness. We foster teamwork and collaboration across the whole team and with our customers. – Empathy: We understand the importance of listening and understanding different perspectives. We put ourselves in other people’s shoes, because in the competitive corporate world, empathy and kindness go a long way. – Integrity: Integrity is our default and we do what’s best for our customers and our company. We’re honest in all our dealings – building trust, acting honourably, and being our true selves. OUR PROMISE TO YOU Just as every business has core values, they also have a mission. The common goal that all employees – from the boardroom to the frontline – work towards. Here’s a summary of our mission and our seven key promises to you: We never cut corners We never compromise on quality We provide the best qualified people for your project We put people before profit We use our expertise to advise on the best solutions We add value to your business We provide sustainable solutions for the long-term success of your business At Whitestar, our friendly and highly skilled team of experts takes pride in designing and delivering quality solutions. Yes, we’re expert network installers, supplying data and electrical installation solutions, but we’re so much more than that. Get in touch to find out how we can help your business grow. How to make your infrastructure project a success Ensuring that your infrastructure is reliable and secure is essential to your business’ productivity. Read more to see how Whitestar can help. Why customer service is key in today’s day and age Why customer service is key in today’s day and age Any business worth its sale knows the importance of providing a quality customer experience. And the best way to achieve that? Providing great customer service. Actually, not just great customer service. Exceptional customer service. Happy customers mean loyal customers. The better their experience working with a company, the more likely they are to come back. Anything less than amazing customer service and businesses risk losing customers forever. MAKING THE BEST IMPRESSION It’s more than just meeting the needs and expectations of customers – businesses need to exceed them. First impressions matter. But so too do second, third, fourth and fifth impressions. In fact, every customer service interaction is key to future success (and sales). The stats prove it: according to research, 96% of consumers say that
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