Machine-to-Machine (M2M) is increasing in Canada and TELUS, Canada’s second largest wireless carrier, sees value in allowing their employees to gain access to their office building from their device.
The company has partnered with UK-based Intercede and Netherland-based Gemalto to remove the old pass cards and key pads by and embedding the latest tech in its corporate offices. Employees will be able to download a secure mobile app that has all their credentials and when they want to enter or exit will need to simply tap and type in a pass code.
Intercede’ MyID solution also enables TELUS employees to remotely log into e-mail and intranets, and securely share sensitive data from their smartphone. The bigger goal is for TELUS employees to have more freedom and work from wherever they want to. Of course, similar to the pass cards, the backend security can track who comes and goes and if any sensitive data is being shared.
“At TELUS we’re aiming to have 70 per cent of our employees working from home at least some of the time by 2015. With that goal in mind we’ve teamed up with Intercede to ensure our employees can easily access our network any time, from anywhere,” said Ken Haertling, vice-president and Chief Security Officer, TELUS. “What better way to do this than through the convenience of our employees’ mobile devices.”
TELUS currently has over 28,000 employees (24,443 full-time and 3,596 part-time) in Canada.