Swedish cell phone firm Doro has unveiled a hard-wearing handset designed for folks resembling social staff, carers and builders who work alone.
The Doro 8020X contains a crimson “name for assist” button on the facet.
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’ll take over an present “house” button for this objective.
Chris Millington, managing director of Doro within the UK and Eire, mentioned 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 “powerful telephones”, that are chunkier units designed to outlive rougher environments.
Additionally it is suitable with Doro’s automated care centre, i-care, for which the corporate fees a 48-euro (£40, $52) subscription per yr.
I-care allows employers to intently monitor the standing of the cellphone, together with battery energy and durations of inactivity.
It may 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 getting 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,” mentioned 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 folks and it had 130,000 subscribers for its vary of “digital telecare options”, Mr Millington mentioned.
Smartphone skilled Ben Wooden, from CCS Perception, mentioned Doro was getting into a aggressive market, already crowded with each rugged units, resembling these provided by development 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 mentioned.
“It has a robust place within the ‘telephones for seniors’ market and works with all the primary networks within the UK.”