Jennifer Pierce
Jennifer Pierce, Member Services Specialist
 

Usually when I do a member visit, it involves me travelling to a member’s location to see their office and get a better idea of the products and/or services they offer. This time, however, was a little different: the TELUS Mobile Office came to me!

More precisely, the Mobile Office parked in the Chamber’s parking lot for a day as part of their cross-Canada tour. The office is open to the public for tours and more information on TELUS’ products and services for business.

The Mobile Office, which looks a bit like a rock star’s tour bus, is instead fitted out with desks, computers, wifi, and a whole lot of cool technology.

In Nova Scotia, TELUS tends to be known for its mobile offerings, and maybe as “a phone company out West” – at least that’s how I saw them before I set foot in the Mobile Office.  However, one look at the cool toys – ahem, I mean technology – in the Mobile Office and you realize how much TELUS has to offer for businesses, both small and medium-large.

While they do of course offer mobility, TELUS also offers internet phone service for business. It can ring through to your cell phone if you’re out of the office, or can connect to your laptop for a video conference if you’re working from home (just make sure your pj bottoms aren’t visible on the webcam!).

For the boss who is out of the office a lot but wants to feel like she’s there in person, there is a video conferencing feature that picks up automatically on the receiver’s end – so it’s just like your boss popping her head into your office to see if you’re around.

Also on offer are data, security and cloud services. Two of the more unusual offerings (to me, thinking about a telecommunications company) are GPS fleet tracking and TELUS Health.

GPS fleet tracking allows companies to track their fleet of corporate vehicles. Boundaries can be set, notifications can be sent if a vehicle is speeding, idling time can be tracked, routes can be tracked and modified to be the most fuel efficient possible, and more. The Mobile Office itself has the tracking system installed and set to record every minute, so you can see on a map where the vehicle came over the bridge, was speeding just a tad as it merged onto Victoria Road, then headed at the proper speed down Victoria to our office on Windmill Road. While this may seem Big-Brotherish, most companies don’t use it to spy on their employees, but rather to increase both fuel and time efficiency for their fleet.

TELUS Health tools include electronic patient records, telehealth, pharmacy management and insurance claims management. If you’re curious, like I was, why a telecommunications company would get into the health care business, check out this video from President & CEO Darren Entwistle for a great explanation.

It was great to have a chance to check out the latest in business technology. If you ever have a chance, hop on board the TELUS Mobile Office to see for yourself!

Jennifer Pierce is the Member Services Specialist at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. If you would like to request a member visit please contact Jennifer. She can be reached at (902) 481-1227 or jenn@halifaxchamber.com