Swedish cell phone firm Doro has unveiled a hard-wearing handset designed for folks corresponding to social employees, carers and builders who work alone.
The Doro 8020X contains a pink “name for assist” button on the facet.
If the button is pressed, the telephone can ship a textual content message containing its GPS location to as much as 5 contacts.
There are different apps available on the market providing the same service for different cellphones.
They will take over an present “house” 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 system.
The Android-powered handset, which retails at £220 within the UK, relies across the idea of “powerful telephones”, that are chunkier gadgets designed to outlive rougher environments.
It’s also appropriate with Doro’s automated care centre, i-care, for which the corporate expenses a 48-euro (£40, $52) subscription per yr.
I-care permits employers to carefully monitor the standing of the telephone, together with battery energy and durations of inactivity.
It might additionally ship messages asking if the proprietor of the telephone is all proper.
It’s designed for individuals who work on their very own – both in hazardous environments or coming into others’ properties by themselves.
“We do not need 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 system.”
Till now, Doro had specialised in handsets for older folks and it had 130,000 subscribers for its vary of “digital telecare options”, Mr Millington stated.
Smartphone professional Ben Wooden, from CCS Perception, stated Doro was coming into a aggressive market, already crowded with each rugged gadgets, corresponding to these supplied by building manufacturers De Walt and Cat, and devoted care apps.
“It’s fascinating Doro is making the bounce 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 principle networks within the UK.”