Swedish cell phone firm Doro has unveiled a hard-wearing handset designed for individuals comparable to social staff, carers and builders who work alone.
The Doro 8020X incorporates 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 analogous service for different cell phones.
They will take over an present “residence” button for this goal.
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 gadget.
The Android-powered handset, which retails at £220 within the UK, relies 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 expenses 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 could possibly 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’ properties by themselves.
“We do not wish to do ‘me-too ‘, however to ship our service on to another person’s [device] just isn’t really easy,” stated Mr Millington.
“You want a system that is going to take over management of the gadget.”
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 professional Ben Wooden, from CCS Perception, stated Doro was getting into a aggressive market, already crowded with each rugged units, comparable to these provided 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 – most 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.”