• Security is a top priority for anyone operating a business no matter what their location or industry might be.  When your business and associated property is in a remote or rural location then the need for security surveillance becomes even more important.

    At Gemini we have built up valuable experience throughout our years of working with companies, helping them to use CCTV in the fight against crime.

    Do I need CCTV?

    Farmers have seen a significant increase in rural crime and are reporting thefts of agricultural machinery, quad bikes, fuel and tools and livestock. The cost of rural crime reached £42.5 million in 2015, according to a report by NFU, and with the serious financial repercussions of livestock and machinery thefts this is something the industry cannot withstand. Local police forces are often stretched with limited resources in rural areas and struggle to provide adequate surveillance to tackle these crimes. This is leading farmers to take the initiative and look at alternative more successful solutions, resulting in many turning to CCTV.

    Benefits of CCTV

    CCTV can be a very powerful tool in the fight against crime, providing piece of mind through remote monitoring, so you always know what is going on, in addition to acting as a deterrent and providing footage that can be used as evidence for the police should the worst happen. Remote or multiple locations can be viewed at any one time, making it perfect for a farm set up.

    Get in touch to discuss your specific requirements, we understand that every situation and location is different, and can also assist and advise on other security issues such as alarm or door entry systems. If we can’t help you directly then we have a number of established and experienced partners who can offer you further support.

  • Here at Gemini, the whole team prides itself on maximising the latest technology to offer valuable business solutions for our clients.

    This can mean anything from phone systems to cloud computing, wireless networks to visitor entry systems, and everything in-between. Therefore, it’s safe to say our day-to-day job is varied, thanks to the constantly evolving nature of technology.

    But something that is particularly important to us as a team, is safeguarding businesses against crime. We were shocked to discover recent statistics that state 60% of businesses in the UK are affected by crime each year (plus hundreds of thousands of burglaries) and this costs a staggering £5 billion - with a shocking 10% of business lost as a consequence of crime.

    Depending on a company’s circumstances and situation, we can offer a number of different security solutions. One of which is CCTV - we can supply, install and maintain CCTV and security systems to help keep your premises safe and secure.

    In the fight against crime, CCTV is an incredibly powerful tool. Not only does it provide a strong visual deterrent, but the footage can also be used to provide evidence against anti-social behaviour, theft, vandalism and burglary - therefore potentially saving you thousands in the long-run. Throughout our many years’ experience, we’ve found this solution has been especially popular within the farming industry.

    As well as CCTV, we also have a great deal of experience in specialist security services and can assist and advise on other security issues, such as alarm systems or door entry systems. But if we feel we can’t help you directly, we work with a number of highly experienced strategic partners who will be able to offer you the right expertise.

    If you would like help and advice on the best ways to safeguard your business from crime and avoid being one of the 60% that are affected each year, then please do get in touch for a chat with our friendly and knowledgeable team. You can call us on 01228 516500, email info@gemini-group-uk.com or visit our contact page.

  • As you may well be aware, there has been a high-profile case of a Ransomware attack on multiple NHS trusts and other businesses through the UK and the rest of the world over the weekend. We would just like to take this opportunity to advise you on ways to keep yourself protected and to ensure that you minimize any risk of a Ransomware attack...

    Be suspicious of emails, websites and apps:

    For ransomware to work hackers need to download malicious software onto a victims computer. This is then used to launch the attack and encrypt files.
    The most common ways for the software to be installed on a victim's device is through phishing emails, malicious adverts on websites, and questionable apps and programs.
    People should always exercise caution when opening unsolicited emails or visiting websites they are unfamiliar with. Never download an app that hasn't been verified by an official store, and read reviews before installing programs.

    Use an antivirus program:

    An age-old computer security tip, antivirus programs can stop ransomware from being downloaded onto computers and can find it when it is.
    Most antivirus programs can scan files to see if they might contain ransomware before downloading them. They can block secret installations from malicious adverts when you're browsing the web, and look for malware that may already be on a computer or device.
    Gemini IT look after your Anti-virus so there will be nothing you need to do apart from keep an eye on any alerts from the Anti-virus and let us know if there is any infected files.

    Always install updates:

    Companies often release software updates to fix vulnerabilities that can be exploited to install ransomware. It is therefore advisable to always download the newest version of a software as soon as it is available.
    Your updates should apply to the PC’s automatically and you may need to reboot your PC once they have downloaded to allow them to install on your PC.

    Never pay the ransom:
    Victims of ransomware attacks are advised to never pay the fee as it encourages attackers and may not result in files being recovered. In most cases we would recover your data from the backup to resolve this issue.

    If you have any further questions or would like to discuss this then please don’t hesitate to contact the Gemini office on 01228 516500.

  • By using advanced technology, similar to the holograms found in all our favourite Sci-Fi classics, scientists have found a way to visualise Wi-Fi signals to see how far they stretch! One of the universal questions asked when any new type of wireless technology is being installed is: “How far is its reach?” But not we’ll actually be able to see that for ourselves!

    At the Technical University of Munich, scientists have developed a method of generating a three-dimensional image of the surrounding area using the radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter.
    There are a handful of key items required to do this, but ultimately, they can create holograms out of thin air.

    Although this could prove to be a fantastic solution for more simple problems like finding the perfect spot to install a new router, this is just a foot in the door. Considering Wi-Fi signals are able to penetrate walls, scientists are already looking into the possibilities of using it in emergency situations, using it to locate and recover victims buried under an avalanche or a collapsed building.

    Here at Gemini, we think this is a huge and fantastic leap in the world of technology, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it either! Until then, we’ll be perfecting our installation and use of Wireless Networks. You can find more on our Wireless Networks here or if you want to find out what we can do for your business, you can contact us here.

  • It will certainly be a blast from the past when the beloved Nokia 3310 is once again on our shelves.

    Although the release date and retailers (apart from Carphone Warehouse) are still yet to be confirmed, we’re looking forward to reliving memories of the phone which was first released in September 2000.

    Here at Gemini, we’re tech geeks at heart (and we’re not afraid to admit it!) We pride ourselves on embracing all things tech, and keeping up-to-date with all the latest news and developments in the wonderful world of technology. This means our customers and clients know exactly what they’re getting when they come through our doors, thanks to our expertise and knowledge, and of course the trust we’ve built over the years.

    It’s certainly going to be interesting when the orders are officially open for the Nokia 3310. We can’t help but wonder whether this will ignite a trend for tech going back to basics. The new model is going to be less than £50, it will have Snake (of course!) and those nostalgic ringtones we all grew to know and love. The Nokia is undoubtedly an iconic phone, but as it’s around 17 years old, how will it be received in modern society?

    Despite the fact that it has been updated with a colour screen, micro-USB charging port, headphone jack, microSD storage and Bluetooth, it’s still going to be unmistakably retro with no WiFi, no GPS and no app store.

    Initially, we’re sure demand will be huge. In fact, Carphone Warehouse have come out and said that demand for the phone is ‘astonishing’. Carphone Warehouse is the only company to have opened pre-registrations for the handset, and they’ve said they’ve seen an “unprecedented level of demand for a feature phone” a week after it was unveiled.

    But once the initial hype has died down, will the Nokia 3310 simply join its predecessor and become forever confined to the ‘junk drawer’ in homes across the UK? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, we’re always up for a nostalgic game of Snake.

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