Location Independent Working

Although the concept of the mobile office is an old one, recent advancements in technology mean that it is now more possible that ever to work effectively from anywhere, with many of us having the ability to work on the company’s computer network from any location. The concept of being able to work from anywhere now includes the ability of accessing your desk telephone extension from anywhere via a smartphone or tablet, video conferencing and even the ability to simultaneously author a document without being in the same office.

Recent advancements in mobile technology with developments such as 3G being common and 4G becoming more common, fast access to the internet using a smartphone, or a dongle, means that it is now more possible than ever to work from wherever you may be.

At Telemat we’re more than aware that not everybody wishes to drive through the centre of London sitting behind a desk, but the concept is equally valid for home working, or simply making the most of your working day due to not having to travel to a physical location to work.

If you wish to join the increasing ranks of Digital Nomads, then the technology and software that you see below will be ideal for you requirements.

1. Google Apps for Business
  • Providing a good backbone to any location independent system, the Google Apps suite of services will provide access to email, calendars, documents and collaboration tools for a reasonable annual fee. The system works seamlessly with nearly all smartphones, with Windows and Mac OS and using third party software will work with Linux.
2. MiFi
  • A small device that will allow up to 5 devices to connect to a mobile hotspot. Usually available free of charge with a 3G mobile contract, some networks will now offer a MiFi on a 4G service, providing internet access that’s faster than traditional broadband.
3. Portable Charger / Battery Packs / Inverter
  • Anybody who’s used a laptop or a smartphone for an extended amount of time will be more than aware that the main limitation of these devices is the battery life. There are now several products on the market, ranging from portable battery packs that clip onto smart phones to extend their battery life significantly, through solar powered chargers, to vehicle mounted inverters. For the truly nomadic lifestyle there is even a device that uses the residual heat from a campfire to generate electricity to charge devices.
4. Tablet Computers
  • A type of device that has been made popular by the Apple iPad, the tablet computer can be thought of either as a large screen phone or a small laptop without a built in keyboard. With a range of sizes from 7” up to over 12” popular models of these devices run either iOS, Android or Windows 8 and provide a portable device that can be combined with various peripherals to provide an user experience similar to a laptop with the added benefits of a touchscreen and the ability to run inexpensive software in the form of Apps.
5. Security Software
  • One staple of the Digital Nomad lifestyle is the use of public wireless networks. As mentioned in the previous article, there are dangers involved with their use. To minimise the risk it is important that any device that is used on these networks have up-to-date antivirus, the operating system has all updates installed and that any access to work information is done through a VPN or a secure connection (HTTPS)

If the services used have the facility to use a two factor authentication system, it is highly important that this is taken advantage of. If a hacker gets hold of your password, a two factor system means that they would physically have to get hold of your smartphone or the use of a hardware authenticator (such as the device used by many banks to authenticate their online banking customers)

To minimise the risk to your data and your company data, please read our article on using public wireless networks safely.

6. Physical Security
  • The increased dependence on technology means that the mobile worker usually has a lot of equipment worth a considerable amount on their person. Again, one device that majority of people now carry, the smartphone, has the facility to aid with keeping everything else safe. Combined with Bluetooth proximity sensors, your smartphone can notify you when a bag, for example, is moved further than a predefined distance away from the phone. There are also services that can be used with your phone to ensure that your data and identity are protected, such as Find my iPhone by Apple, which allows a device to be located or securely wiped of any data. For Android, a separate MDM service would be required to carry out the same function.

How can Telemat help you become a Digital Nomad.

The products offered by Telemat encompass most of the elements required by the Digital Nomad to live the mobile lifestyle. As Google Apps resellers we’re able to setup and configure the platform to work with any devices that you may have, or we can advise or supply you with the devices as well. We also employ fully certified security specialists that are able to install the hardware required at your company’s premises to allow for secure connection into the existing infrastructure, and with strategic partnerships with companies such as ESET for AntiVirus, SentryBay for software to prevent keyloggers we can help you protect your data. Through our Remote Monitoring system we can also provide a Mobile Device Management for any Android or Windows Mobile device, and we have certified Apple technicians who can aid you with the setup of your iDevice to ensure that it’s secure and that any required services are running. In other words, you can think of Telemat as your Outdoor Technology Provider.
If you‘d like to know more about Location Independent Working, give us a ring on 01239 712345 or email info@telemat.co.uk