The government of New Brunswick has recently taken several steps to increase the use of mobile services.
The Department of Natural Resources was nominated for an award by the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference (GTEC) Distinction Awards Program. The nomination is based on an initiative the department mounted to get mobile technology in the hands of their employees, with the intent of increasing operational efficiency.
Using vehicle-mounted mobile workstations, employees are now able to do data entry and other tasks from the field. As these tasks were previously performed in an office setting, the initiative has seen an 18 percent increase in productivity in the field thanks to the elimination of travel time between the two locations.
Meanwhile, the New Brunswick Public Library Service launched a mobile application this week to assist people in accessing public libraries across the province.
BiblioNB allows people to browse the province’s collection of nearly two million titles from their smartphones, iPads and iPods. Clients can also place holds, renew book loans, check library hours, access reviews, download ebooks and audiobooks, and see which of the province’s 63 branches have titles available.
With the decline of the PC, mobile technology is only going to grow more useful in the workplace. Can you imagine how it could make your life easier and your work more effective? Let us know in the comments.