Swedish cell phone firm Doro has unveiled a hard-wearing handset designed for individuals reminiscent of social employees, carers and builders who work alone.
The Doro 8020X incorporates a purple “name for assist” button on the aspect.
If the button is pressed, the cellphone can ship a textual content message containing its GPS location to as much as 5 contacts.
There are different apps in the marketplace providing an identical service for different cell phones.
They will take over an present “dwelling” button for this function.
Chris Millington, managing director of Doro within the UK and Eire, stated he believed the corporate’s providing was competitively priced and was simpler to distribute on a bespoke machine.
The Android-powered handset, which retails at £220 within the UK, is predicated across the idea of “robust telephones”, that are chunkier units designed to outlive rougher environments.
It is usually appropriate with Doro’s automated care centre, i-care, for which the corporate prices a 48-euro (£40, $52) subscription per 12 months.
I-care permits employers to intently monitor the standing of the cellphone, together with battery energy and durations of inactivity.
It may well additionally ship messages asking if the proprietor of the cellphone is all proper.
It’s designed for individuals who work on their very own – both in hazardous environments or coming into others’ houses by themselves.
“We do not wish to do ‘me-too ‘, however to ship our service on to another person’s [device] will not be really easy,” stated Mr Millington.
“You want a system that is going to take over management of the machine.”
Till now, Doro had specialised in handsets for older individuals and it had 130,000 subscribers for its vary of “digital telecare options”, Mr Millington stated.
Smartphone knowledgeable Ben Wooden, from CCS Perception, stated Doro was coming into a aggressive market, already crowded with each rugged units, reminiscent of these provided by building manufacturers De Walt and Cat, and devoted care apps.
“It’s attention-grabbing Doro is making the leap from seniors to lone works, however I can see the synergies – lots of the necessities are the identical,” he stated.
“It has a powerful place within the ‘telephones for seniors’ market and works with all the primary networks within the UK.”