TELUS signs deal that allows employees to access buildings from their smartphone

TELUS, Canada’s second largest wireless carrier, has taken a step to introduce new technology for their employees. The company has decided to fully embrace the smartphone and shed the old pass cards and key pads that allows employees enter secured areas within their buildings.

Partnering with UK-based Intercede for its MyID solution and embedding Netherland-based Gemalto’s digital security software, TELUS employees, via a suite of secure mobile apps, will be able to access buildings, log into e-mail and intranets, and securely share sensitive data from their NFC enabled smartphone.

“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.”

While this may not be the biggest deal for an emerging technology, it’s a step in the right direction for Canada to embrace Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology. TELUS currently has over 28,000 employees — 24,443 full-time and 3,596 part-time — in Canada. We’ve reached out to TELUS to understand when this will be implemented and which buildings in Canada will have this tech.

Source: Intercede