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 encompasses 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 available on the market providing an analogous service for different cell phones.
They will take over an present “dwelling” button for this goal.
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 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 costs a 48-euro (£40, $52) subscription per yr.
I-care permits employers to carefully 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 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] just isn’t really easy,” mentioned 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 mentioned.
Smartphone professional Ben Wooden, from CCS Perception, mentioned Doro was coming into a aggressive market, already crowded with each rugged gadgets, resembling these supplied by building manufacturers De Walt and Cat, and devoted care apps.
“It’s fascinating Doro is making the leap from seniors to lone works, however I can see the synergies – most of the necessities are the identical,” he mentioned.
“It has a robust place within the ‘telephones for seniors’ market and works with all the principle networks within the UK.”