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Telemarketing Services Firm QCS Hires SOC 2 Auditor



Quality Contact Solutions (QCS) hired Align Assurance, a third-party independent audit firm to perform a SOC 2 audit. A SOC (System and Organization Controls) 2 audit report provides detailed information and assurance about a service organization’s security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy controls, based on their compliance with the AICPA’s (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) TSC (Trust Services Criteria). Over the past year the company has prepared and is now ready to begin the audit process.

“We are committed to ensuring the privacy and security of our client data and systems,” said Angela Garfinkel president and founder of Quality Contact Solutions. “To demonstrate our commitment, we are investing in SOC 2 Type II certification. The certification will assure current and future clients of our commitment to data safety.”

Align Assurance will handle the audit. The expected SOC 2 Type 1 certification completion is June 2021, with SOC 2 Type II certification completion expected by October 2021. 

Designed by the AICPA, the SOC 2 examinations assists organizations of any size, regardless of industry and scope, by ensuring the protection of the personal assets of their potential and existing customers. The SOC 2 attestation demonstrates that the services and systems assessed to achieve the rigorous security standards, processing integrity, confidentiality, privacy, and availability. 

Dean Garfinkel, QCS’s chief operating officer, will lead the project along with his team of IT and compliance professionals. “SOC 2 Type II certification is considered to be the benchmark for data security. By no means is the process quick and easy but it’s essential. We believe an in-depth review will demonstrate our commitment to data security and meeting the compliance needs of our clients today and in the future.”

Quality Contact Solutions is a certified woman-owned business enterprise and an industry leader in call center and telemarketing services solutions, including B2B and B2C programs. QCS offers many telemarketing services, including outsourced sales, upselling, cross-selling, surveys, lead generation, sales lead qualification, appointment setting, inside sales, and inbound customer service. 

Amtelco Receives Auditing Communication Sessions Patent


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Amtelco announced it received U.S. patent 10,917,524 for “Auditing Communication Sessions.” The patentable element is Amtelco’s systems and methods for auditing communication sessions. 

This improved system makes it possible to audit diverse types of communication sessions (such as calls and web chats) that provide accurate and efficient client notifications. It provides flexibility with respect to call auditing methods and allows the client to audit the communication session in a way that is suitable to their circumstances.

“The ability to audit different types of communication sessions is important to the success of our customers and their clients,” said Amtelco president Tom Curtin. “This accurate, efficient, and flexible method ensures that the quality of a caller’s interaction with the call center is satisfactory.”

Founded in 1976 to provide communication solutions to the answering service and medical messaging industry, Amtelco has a strong history in the telemessaging industry. Amtelco focuses on providing call center solutions that meet or exceed customer expectations, backed by top notch service and support. Millions of telephone calls are processed every day by Amtelco systems and software in operation around the world.

2021 NAEO Convention to Go Virtual



The National Amtelco Equipment Owners (NAEO) announced that the 2021 NAEO Annual Conference will be held virtually rather than live in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will run from April 13–15 and 21, 2021. With continued substantial risk for large gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic and so many travel restrictions still in place, the board made the difficult decision to hold the 2021 conference virtually. 

“While we are disappointed not to be able to meet in person, we believe this virtual option will open new opportunities for our membership this year,” said association president Marvin Cooper. “Over the past year we have grown accustomed to virtual events and are more equipped to get the most out of this option. We will be able to involve more people at our offices than may have been possible in the past, hear from some new voices and minds that may not have been at past live conventions, and save on travel costs.” This year’s theme is Resilience and Reinvention.

In other news, NAEO welcomes Marie McGuire of AnswerTel in Athens, Alabama who was elected to a second term, Kelly Cammack of Apollo Answering Service in Houston, Texas who was elected to an initial term, and Michael Lebowitz of Call Experts in Charleston, South Carolina who was elected to an initial contemporary term after having served two terms in the past.

Amtelco Receives U.S. Patent for Speech-Enabled Scripting


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Amtelco announced it has been granted a U.S. patent for “Intelligent Speech-Enabled Scripting.” The patentable element is Amtelco’s system and method for intelligent speech-enabled scripting. 

This improved system alleviates the complexity and burdens that call centers face with configuring multiple, separate devices to work effectively together to facilitate the handling of incoming calls, manage the variation in call loads, and provide adequate security measures to ensure that sensitive information conveyed during a call is safeguarded.

“Speech-enabled intelligent scripting provides our customers with an efficient system to manage a productive call center,” said Amtelco president Tom Curtin.

Bill Curtin, the founder of Amtelco, received his first telecommunications patent in 1951. Since that time, Amtelco’s innovation has added twenty-nine patents, covering a wide range of communications processes. 

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Amtelco has a strong history in the telemessaging industry and was founded in 1976 to provide communication solutions to the answering service and medical messaging industry. Amtelco focuses on providing call center solutions that meet or exceed customer expectations and backed by top notch service and support. Millions of telephone calls are processed every day by Amtelco systems and software in operation in all fifty of the United States and more than twenty foreign countries. 

Amtelco Celebrates miSecureMessages App 10th Anniversary


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Amtelco announced the 10-year anniversary and continued growth of miSecureMessages, their secure messaging app. MiSecureMessages was built specifically to deliver HIPAA compliant text messages and meets the strict HIPAA and HITECH privacy and security standards of the healthcare industry. However, many industries outside of the healthcare sector have also found miSecureMessages to be a valuable encrypted messenger solution as well. 

MiSecureMessages’ tenth anniversary is occurring during unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the considerable importance of maintaining personal space while communicating with co-workers. 

“MiSecureMessages is more than just an encrypted texting app,” said Gary Kerner, director of sales. “Our app is an integral part of a complete secure messaging system that can integrate with other systems. MiSecureMessages provides call centers and corporate teams with a solution to easily share texts, photos, audio files, and videos for their confidential communications.”

The app also reduces the number of devices employees need to carry because BYOD (bring your own device) security is built in. MiSecureMessages is securely siloed from other messaging platforms like email and SMS.

In a few months, miSecureMessages will issue an app update to version 6.8, which will offer customers new capabilities and enhanced app performance. MiSecureMessages works on mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. It’s available for Android™ and Apple® iOS devices.

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For more information visit miSecureMessages.com and Amtelco.com

Chris Grothe Joins Quality Contact Solutions as VP of Operations



Quality Contact Solutions, Inc (QCS) announced that Chris Grothe has joined the organization as vice president of operations. Grothe is responsible for driving business performance and ensuring clients achieve their business process outsourcing (BPO) goals. 

Before joining the QCS team, Grothe racked up nearly three decades of call center and telemarketing services industry experience. Throughout his extensive career his passion for identifying opportunities and executing new strategies within an outsourced call center setting has fueled his success. In addition, Grothe has key experience in leading organizational change initiatives. As a telemarketing services professional, Grothe has immersed himself in the servant leadership philosophy and prioritizes removing obstacles that may hinder his team’s success.

“We are thrilled to have Chris join our team. He’s a skilled leader and is a great fit for the hungry, humble, smart culture we’ve built,” said Angela Garfinkel, president and founder of Quality Contact Solutions. “With his record of successful organizational development, operations improvement, and change management, Chris perfectly complements our talented leadership team.” 

Grothe is excited to make an impact. “I’ve been impressed with the tremendous ownership, effort, and passion from the entire QCS team,” Grothe noted. “When it comes to executing client programs, the team is persistent and works with urgency to achieve objectives and goals. It is my intent to ensure we continue to leverage the vast talent and knowledge we have as a company and to position the QCS operations team and our owner-operator partners for continued success.”

Quality Contact Solutions (QCS) is a certified woman-owned business enterprise and an industry leader in call center and telemarketing services solutions, including B2B and B2C programs. QCS offers many telemarketing services including outsourced sales, upsell, cross-sell, surveys, lead generation, sales lead qualification, appointment setting, inside sales, and inbound customer service. The QCS expertise resides in providing turnkey outsourced call center services that augments sales and marketing programs across a variety of industries. 

Amtelco’s Soft Agent Transforms Agent Experience

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Soft Agent now rated “Avaya compliant”

Amtelco announced that its Soft Agent application version 5.4 is compliant with key Avaya OneCloud™ CCaaS (Contact Center as a Service) solutions–helping customers optimize the agent experience by turning any personal computer into a professional telephone agent station. Avaya is a global leader in solutions that enhance and simplify communications and collaboration.

Amtelco helps customers simplify and optimize their contact center operations with solutions like Soft Agent that can be integrated with both hard-wired legacy systems and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) based Voice Over IP (VoIP) networks. The backbone of the Soft Agent application is the Amtelco Sandbox, a single-point-of-entry solution that provides agents with the most current information possible to process calls and use that information to quickly resolve customer inquiries. The application is compliance-tested by Avaya for compatibility with the Avaya Aura® platform 8.1.

“We are excited that this latest release of our Soft Agent application has successfully completed Avaya DevConnect compliance testing,” said Tom Curtin, president, Amtelco. “Our mutual customers can confidently deploy Soft Agent with their Avaya OneCloud CCaaS solutions, helping them uncover new possibilities for getting more out of their communications infrastructure.”  

Amtelco is a leading supplier with more than 40 years of communication technologies and software communications applications.

Telescan Announces Auto-Patch of Client Calls Using Secure Apps

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Telescan, a division of Amtelco, announced a new feature in development for the Spectrum system for users of the Genesis Prism application: the ability to auto-patch client calls through Prism and present a pre-programmed phone number as the caller ID to the called party.

This feature will provide a straightforward way for clients to make calls directly through Spectrum’s secure messaging apps from their cell phones without revealing their personal cell phone numbers. Support for both Spectrum Secure Delivery and miSecureMessages will be through a common interface.

For more information, contact Amtelco at 800-356-9148 or info@amtelco.com.

Amtelco Announces Redesigned MSM Website

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Amtelco announced the launch of a newly redesigned website for miSecureMessages (MSM). Visitors will find that the new site features a streamlined, modern design, with improved functionality. The user experience is enhanced with industry articles, the latest technical requirements, and resources for partners.

Tom Curtin, president, commented, “We’re excited about the launch of the new site. It provides a better user experience and reinforces the miSecureMessages brand.”

To see the new site, visit miSecureMessages.com. For more information, contact Amtelco at 800-356-9148 or info@amtelco.com.

Prism II Time Tracking Feature

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Many service providers find it desirable to track the time spent performing administrative tasks. Accounting for this time gives greater visibility into internal staffing needs, and, in some cases, the time spent performing these tasks forms part of the client billing. 

In support of this, Telescan’s Prism II Account Maintenance (PAM) now allows tracking of time spent administering the Prism II database, including tools that allow this information to be exported to spreadsheets and billing software. This new time tracking feature has been built into PAM to provide a seamless experience to the user.

The time tracking will work in the background for creation and editing of a directory, account, or mailbox record. The reporting offers a variety of features to help the user find and organize the information they need.

Millions of telephone calls are processed every day by Amtelco and Telescan’s systems and software in operation in all fifty US states and more than twenty countries.

For more information, please contact Amtelco at 800-356-9148 or email info@amtelco.com.