Excellent news in helping with your school’s purchasing

We are delighted to have been awarded a Technology Services 2 Framework agreement by the Crown Commercial Service, the procurement arm of central government.

The agreement covers a broad range of services and Atomwide were successful in being awarded to supply in all lots including:

Lot 1 – Technology Strategy & Services Design

Lot 2 – Transition and Transformation

Lot 3 – Operational Services

a) End User Services

b) Operational Management Services

c) Technical Management

d) Application and Data Management

Lot 4 a) – Programmes and Large Projects

More information about the new Technology Services 2 Framework can be found here – http://ccs-agreements.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/procurement-pipeline/technology-services-2

What does this mean for our customers?

The great news for both existing and potential customers is that they can now choose to ‘direct award’ for Atomwide services without having to go out and get further quotes saving time and procurement costs. The reward also demonstrates and recognises the value for money afforded by Atomwide services to their users.

To find out more about our services, now available on the Crown Commercial Service Technology Services 2 Framework, please visit our website or speak to a member of the team.

Many thanks

The Team at Atomwide

www.atomwide.com | 01689 814700 | info@atomwide.com

National Association of School Business Management (NASBM) Approved Partner

The level of complexity and autonomy in schools is ever increasing, matched with new levels of direct accountability. The NASBM aims to support and develop a fit-for-purpose professional workforce equipped to effectively manage diverse school operations.

The NASBM aims to be:

Impartial – apolitical, representing the breadth of views of our members and the wider profession

Authoritative – providing relevant and reliable information and insight

Collaborative – working with a range of stakeholders and partners to support and raise the profile of the profession

Sector led – drawing on the expertise of our members and the wider profession

Responsive – listening to and responding to the needs of our members

We are delighted to have become a NASBM Approved Partner for our ICT services and support and look forward to working in partnership with the NASBM to support both them and their members nationwide through the use of our designed-for-education technology.

Keep an eye on our events calendar to see where we will next be exhibiting alongside the NASBM to find out more about how we can help at school.

http://www.atomwide.com/events.html

To find out more about the NASBM please see their website.

https://www.nasbm.co.uk/

Many thanks

The Team at Atomwide

www.atomwide.com | 01689 814700 | info@atomwide.com

Exciting News and New Opportunities

On the 1st August 2017 AdEPT Telecom Plc, a London Stock Exchange listed company that provides telecom services to over 20,000 customers across the UK, purchased Atomwide.

AdEPT provide telecom services to county councils, town councils and Ministry of Justice probation services as well as universities and colleges. This means Atomwide can now offer more services and better value to both existing and new customers alike.

Ian Fishwick, Chief Executive of AdEPT, commented:

“We are delighted to have acquired such a high quality, well-run and profitable business with a strong management team and extremely pleased the highly experienced senior management team will remain to grow the business”

More details can be found out about AdEPT below:

http://www.adept-telecom.co.uk/

Email Filtering with MailProtect

As email is a common way to initiate cyber-attacks, it’s essential that all establishments have robust email filtering in place to keep their networks secure and their users safe. MailProtect is a powerful email filtering product that harnesses the power of multiple industry-leading scanning technologies to offer round-the-clock protection from email-borne viruses, malware, phishing attempts and other cyber-nasties, as well as filtering out general spam and unwanted bulk mail.

Each day, MailProtect scans over 2 million emails for harmful or unwanted content. By using multiple scanning engines in a coherent fashion, MailProtect is able to offer real-time protection on a global scale where users are protected from threats as soon as they are discovered, helping prevent the spread of ‘zero-hour’ attacks.

As well as providing safeguards against cyber-attacks, MailProtect also helps shield users from unwanted spam and bulk mail. Users can receive daily spam digest reports that inform them of any mail that’s been trapped in the filters and are able to ‘preview’ or ‘release’ depending on the threat.

Perhaps MailProtect’s greatest strength is in the scale of its deployment – hundreds of thousands of unique recipients (and growing) across the UK. When a new threat is discovered it can be categorised as such and immediately blocked across the MailProtect community of users.

While a strong email filtering platform is a good defence, it is only half the battle. User vigilance and understanding is also key, and an integral part of protection from not just email-borne threats, but all types of cyber-attack. Below are some top tips1 from our partners at Sophos to help you keep your guard up.

  1. Make sure you are running an up-to-date antivirus application and that it is enabled.
  2. Ensure your computer is up-to-date and fully patched. Not just your operating system, but your web browser and third party applications like Java too.
  3. A lot of malicious code is distributed via links in emails or social media messages, so don’t click on suspicious links or attachments in emails.
  4. Use web filtering to prevent you browsing to websites infected with malicious code.
  5. If you’re worried you aren’t secure, or think you may be infected, run a scan with a tool like the Sophos Free Virus Removal tool which will detect and remove any nasty code like Gameover.
  6. Keep regular backups of your important files and if you can, store them offline, where they can’t be affected in the event of an attack on your active files.

More information can be found in our MailProtect brochure.

Should you have any queries regarding MailProtect or any of our online safeguarding services please speak to one of our experts.

www.atomwide.com | 01689 814700 | info@atomwide.com

Staying secure against Gameover and CryptoLocker

1. https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2014/06/03/staying-secure-against-gameover-and-cryptolocker/

Making school-wide announcements in an emergency

An area sometimes overlooked when planning for a potential emergency at school is the making of school-wide announcements. Should the need arise for a school to communicate instructions with the entire school there needs to be a simple and effective solution in place.

Further to demand from some of our supported schools we have developed a couple of options for schools using the LGfL VoIP service to ensure that if a school needs to install or replace a communication system, we have something that will do the job.

1)      With an Atomwide supported VoIP telephony system, we’ve introduced a feature that allows a user to speak through the loudspeaker on each individual phone handset around the school to broadcast messages. An ideal choice for schools who are already using one of our VoIP systems, as it removes the need for any additional speakers. Importantly, announcements can be made from any phone, simply by dialling an extension and speaking into the handset meaning that in the event of an emergency, instructions can be laid out quickly and efficiently.

2)      Atomwide are now able to supply public announcement systems that link with selected VoIP telephony services. We’ll install a series of wall-mounted horn speakers throughout the building that you will be able to broadcast messages from using your VoIP handset, again by dialling an extension number. Though this solution does require the purchase of extra kit, the solution itself provides more widespread coverage and higher volume for both internal and external areas of the school.

To discuss either aforementioned provision or any of our school emergency or security solutions in more detail please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

www.atomwide.com | 01689 814700 | info@atomwide.com

New, free training courses are now available

New training courses are now available for nominated contacts from both LGfL / TRUSTnet connected schools to attend. The courses cover a wide range of the services included in the LGfL / TRUSTnet bundle and are available for both technical and non-technical staff alike to help ensure you are getting the best from your service.

Training Courses are now available to book via myUSO, not the support site as has been the case in the past.

If you are not already using myUSO in school why not consider attending the myUSO training course? Free for all staff (not just for Nominated Contacts) the myUSO course will help ensure you are using the myUSO range of cloud-based services and resources such as online storage, file sharing, secure file exchange and online homework apps to the fullest.

The training is hosted at Atomwide’s offices in Orpington, is free to attend, and also includes a complimentary lunch!

Please see below a list of the available dates for the Winter.

17th May 2017 – Web filtering using WebScreen2.0 for Nominated Contacts

6th June 2017 – How to use myUSO

28th June 2017 – USO Basics for Nominated Contacts

For further information on any of the courses or to reserve a place please click the link below.

https://my.uso.im/training/booktrainingnc.aspx

Many thanks,

The Training Team at Atomwide

Proven School Web Filtering

Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 7th February 2017

The approach of Safer Internet Day 2017 offers a timely opportunity for us to extol the virtues of WebScreenTM2.0, our flagship internet filtering service deployed in thousands of schools across the UK. WebScreenTM2.0 was designed, developed, created and thereafter supported here at Atomwide specifically to address and fulfil the internet filtering requirements of UK schools. A mandate it fulfils to this day.

Today, WebScreenTM2.0 helps ensure that a growing number of over 2 million pupils nationwide are able to use the internet safely and appropriately as part of their learning.

As you would expect, WebScreenTM2.0 fulfils the requirements of last year’s Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2016 revised statutory guidance, and the related UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) guidance on the topics of filtering in schools.

You like us, have probably heard many people ‘quoting’ a requirement and saying what must be done, or that certain actions are now ‘mandatory when sometimes this is not the case. These views could politely be referred to as sales misinterpretation, but often can result in schools spending much-needed, scarce cash.

Currently, our recommendation to schools is to look at the UK Safer Internet Centre’s website, where there is guidance on Prevent, and on the latest update to Keeping Children Safe in Education, plus several helpful documents for schools to use to interpret the recent guidance, particularly around filtering and monitoring, and how to judge what is appropriate for their requirements.

For more information concerning WebScreenTM2.0 please get in touch using the contact details below or click here.

Wishing everyone a very happy Safer Internet Day next week.

Kind regards,

The Team at Atomwide

OpenCheck

Let everyone know when school is closed.

Perhaps most helpful in times of poor weather, OpenCheck is a free service for all UK schools that allows them to quickly and easily let parents, pupils and staff know if school has had to close in the event of an emergency or unexpected circumstance.

The morning after a night of heavy snowfall, for example, might result in a flock of calls to the school office (which may not be staffed) or a flurry of hits to the school website, which may not be able to handle the sudden, increased traffic.

With OpenCheck these are not problems.

Via the OpenCheck website, nominated contacts from a school can update the school’s status from a list of templates, or create their own. For example:

‘The school has had to close due to icy weather conditions. Please look out for further updates’

Authorised staff can update this status without having to be in school, at the OpenCheck website or with their smartphone using the free ParentComms: Mobile app.

The school’s OpenCheck status is then published in three ways:

  1. As an automated phone answer message that can be listened to by calling the OpenCheck number – 020 8408 7508, and entering your school’s 7 digit DfE code (available here).
  1. On the OpenCheck website and/or as an update to an RSS feed on your website.
  1. As a free push notification to the smartphones of those who have downloaded the ParentComms: Mobile app and registered for OpenCheck updates from school.

Authorised staff using Unified Sign On (USO) can log in at opencheck.atomwide.com and start using OpenCheck right away. If you are a member of staff at a school not using USO, simply follow the instructions here on how to get set up.

Best wishes,

The Team at Atomwide

BETT Awards 2017 – Service and Support

Considered by many as the most esteemed accolade in the industry, winners of BETT Awards are seen to have excelled in ICT provision and support for nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools alike with a clear focus on what works in the classroom.

After almost 30 years supporting schools, Atomwide are going to enter to win one, in the category of best Service and Support, and have made a video to support our entry which you can watch here – https://youtu.be/g-zPKZUiEFk

We hope you like it, and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our schools for their ongoing support which has made entering for this award possible.

Many thanks

The Team at Atomwide

myDrive editor – New to myUSO!

Edit your documents directly in myUSO, using Microsoft Office Online

Those who are using myDrive to securely store and share their files are now able to create and edit Microsoft Office documents easily and conveniently online.

  • Save time by removing the need to download documents, amend them and re-upload
  • Amend documents and save them in real time keeping your work up-to-date
  • Create MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents straight from myUSO
  • Collaborate on shared documents in real time
  • Always work off the latest version of a shared document
  • All files are resiliently backed-up preventing the loss of work
  • Make your changes safely, from within the securely authenticated myUSO platform

What’s more, as myUSO is an included service for LGfL and TRUSTnet connected schools, the new myDrive editor feature comes at no extra charge.

If you haven’t been doing so already, the best way to enjoy the benefits of myUSO is to log in and get started – my.uso.im

Should you have any queries please see the User Guide by clicking on the ‘?’ in the top bar or call the Atomwide Help Desk on 020 82 55 55 55.

Remember to give us your feedback by clicking on the ‘provide feedback’ button on the top bar.

Many thanks,

The Team at Atomwide

Is your data safe while you’re away?

Protection against the unexpected

As the end of term is almost upon us we thought we’d remind you of GridStore, the secure, off-site backup service offered at a special price by London Grid for Learning (LGfL) to their connected schools. Easy to set-up, GridStore ensures your data is properly backed up, meaning it’s kept safe from any unforeseen events that may occur while everyone is off enjoying a well-deserved Summer break!

With the backing up of school data being increasingly important, GridStore offers an automated, reliable, cloud-based backup solution at a preferential rate specifically for LGfL and TRUSTnet connected schools. Easily set up, GridStore automates much of the back up process allowing for regular, secure backing up of important school data without hassle or the need for on-site technical expertise. It also affords the freedom to control where critical admin and finance data, for example, is stored as well as the ability to retrieve it when needed.

Furthermore, GridStore ticks the box of the EFA’s Schools Financial Value Standard Guidelines for your Disaster Recovery Plan as it offers ‘daily backing up off-site of the schools important IT systems‘.

•    Simple and easy to use
•    Fully automated – set and forget
•    No hardware to pay for or go wrong
•    Free telephone support
•    24 hour case logging system
•    All data is encrypted before it leaves the school site
•    Rapid data recovery online
•    2 copies of data are stored off-site in highly secure, UK data centres

Schools across multiple sites also benefit as it boosts operational efficiency by reducing the number of backup deployments (such as tape drives or removable media) to maintain, and also by providing central visibility of backup success and failure. GridStore will back up from all locations to two centralised data centres reducing time, risk and cost.

To find out more about GridStore please visit gridstore.lgfl.net or get in touch at gridstore@lgfl.org.uk

Enjoy the break!

The Atomwide Team

01689 814700

www.atomwide.com

A School-Focused CCTV Solution

Has your school grown in size and now your cameras don’t cover as much as they need to? Is it difficult to monitor and retrieve footage? Are the quotes you are receiving unrealistic for a school’s budget?

Atomwide have updated their CCTV offer, meaning you can help protect your school with a future-proofed, state-of-the-art CCTV system that won’t break the bank.

The system comes with a Network Video Recorder that supports up to 32 cameras, if this isn’t enough, more can be arranged. What’s more, LGfL VoIP or WiFi service subscribers may be able to use their existing switching allowing for a further cost saving.

There are a wide range of cameras from which to choose. Infra-red for night-time viewing is available, along with full pan, tilt and zoom options.

Once you have all your equipment your new CCTV system can be installed by Atomwide and is thereafter supported by our UK-based help desk. With remote status monitoring however, often we will have been able to fix the problem before you are aware of it.

All of this can be delivered incredibly cost effectively…

“We have had Atomwide’s CCTV since 2013 and cannot fault it. The first attraction was the cost which was considerably lower than alternatives. Functions such as saving a bit of footage or creating a photo are simple, and adding cameras to the system has been easily undertaken. Being able to see the pictures on a mobile phone can be very useful, and the very few technical problems we have encountered have all been fixed remotely and quickly. We are very happy to recommend Atomwide.” School Business Manager, Westminster. 

To join the community of schools benefiting from the Atomwide CCTV service please get in touch using our contact details below. Alternatively, for more information please see our website or download our brochure.

Many thanks

The Team at Atomwide

01689 814700 | info@atomwide.comsecurity.atomwide.com

New Training Courses for LGfL and TRUSTnet Schools

New training courses are now available for nominated contacts from both LGfL and TRUSTnet connected schools to attend. The courses cover a wide range of the services included in the LGfL bundle and are available for both technical and non-technical staff alike.

The training is hosted at Atomwide’s offices in Orpington, is free to attend, and also includes a complimentary lunch!

Please see below a list of the available dates for the Spring.

28th June 2016 – Training for Primary School Nominated Contacts (non-technical staff)

30th June 2016 – Training for Primary School Nominated Contacts (for technical staff)

5th July 2016 – Training for Secondary School Nominated Contacts

7th July 2016 – Web filtering using WebScreen 2.0 for Nominated Contacts

For further information on any of the courses or to reserve a place please visit the support site, relevant links below.

LGfL Schools

https://support.lgfl.org.uk/secure/training/bookcourse.aspx

TRUSTnet Schools

https://support.trustnet.pro/secure/training/bookcourse.aspx

Many thanks,

The Training Team at Atomwide

Changes to the support line greeting

When calling the LGfL Service Desk, supported by Atomwide, on 0208 255 55 55 (option 3) you will now be presented with a selection of options which will direct you to a specialist member of the Support Team.

This has been designed to reduce waiting time and provide more effective support more readily over the wide range of products and services that are now covered.

It will also allow for non-Nominated Contacts to call the Service Desk in order to seek advice on a variety of subjects without the need for a Nominated Contact’s involvement. Some cases, however, may still need to be referred to the school’s Nominated Contact where administrative changes are being requested.

The three options you will be presented with are:

Option 1 – For queries on any services supported by Atomwide that are part of your LGfL or TRUSTnet connection. Please be aware only Nominated Contacts will be able to use this option.

Option 2 – For The Atomwide SIMS Support Service. Please note this is not an LGfL or TRUSTnet included service.

Further information can be found here: http://atomwide.com/Summary_page/Services/sims_support.html

Option 3 – Covering value-added services that may have been purchased by your school from LGfL / Atomwide. This option can be used by both Nominated Contacts and Non-Nominated Contacts.

The services covered by option 3 are:

AutoText – http://text.atomwide.com/key_features.html

Digital Signage – https://signage.atomwide.com/home/why_digital_signage.html

Local On-site Technician Support – https://tech.atomwide.com/about_us.html

Managed WiFi – http://atomwide.com/Summary_page/Services/wireless.html

ParentComms | Pay+ – http://cashless.atomwide.com/key_benefits.html

School Security | CCTV – http://security.atomwide.com/help_secure_your_school.html

VoIP Telephony – https://voip.lgfl.org.uk/key_features.html

We hope you find the changes useful and welcome your feedback!

To be kept up-to-date and informed of any future announcements of this nature, we recommend that you download the ParentComms:Mobile app.

http://www.atomwide.com/mobile/staff_info.html

 

Many Thanks,

The Atomwide Support Team

The New mySchool Issue Tracker

We are thrilled to announce the release of the mySchool Issue Tracker website. Schools that have purchased optional value-added services, separate to their LGfL/TRUSTnet subscription can now visit the Issue Tracker website to send their queries to a member of the Support Team.

Originally designed to help school staff communicate with their on-site technicians, the Issue Tracker has now been given added functionality to empower all staff members to raise cases on-line.

Previously, school staff needed to collaborate with a Nominated Contact if they wanted to obtain help from the Support Team. The release of mySchool Issue Tracker now reduces this need, making it possible for all staff members to raise queries through this dedicated site.

The site is found at https://tracker.atomwide.com. User access is controlled via the same LGfL USO (Unified Sign On) account that is used to access other LGfL/TRUSTnet services, such as StaffMail.

Currently the website offers the ability to get help on any of the following services:

 

AutoText

http://text.atomwide.com/key_features.html

 

Digital Signage

https://signage.atomwide.com/home/why_digital_signage.html

 

Local On-site Technician Support

https://tech.atomwide.com/about_us.html

 

Managed WiFi

http://atomwide.com/Summary_page/Services/wireless.html

 

ParentComms | Pay+

http://cashless.atomwide.com/key_benefits.html

 

School Security | CCTV

http://security.atomwide.com/help_secure_your_school.html

 

SIMS Support

http://atomwide.com/Summary_page/Services/sims_support.html

 

VoIP

https://voip.lgfl.org.uk/key_features.html

 

Users should be advised that cases raised through the mySchool Issue Tracker website may be referred to the schools Nominated Contact where administrative changes are being requested.

We hope that you will find this a useful addition to the services you currently benefit from.

To be kept up-to-date and informed of any future announcements of this nature, we recommend that you download the ParentComms:Mobile app

http://www.atomwide.com/mobile/staff_info.html

 

Many Thanks,

The Atomwide Support Team

01689 814777 | www.atomwide.com