Doro handset

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Swedish cell phone firm Doro has unveiled a hard-wearing handset designed for individuals reminiscent of social staff, carers and builders who work alone.

The Doro 8020X incorporates a pink “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 available on the market providing the same service for different cell phones.

They will take over an current “house” 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 machine.

The Android-powered handset, which retails at £220 within the UK, relies across the idea of “robust telephones”, that are chunkier gadgets designed to outlive rougher environments.

It’s also suitable with Doro’s automated care centre, i-care, for which the corporate costs a 48-euro (£40, $52) subscription per 12 months.

I-care permits employers to carefully monitor the standing of the cellphone, together with battery energy and durations of inactivity.

It will probably 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 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 machine.”

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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 mentioned.

Smartphone professional Ben Wooden, from CCS Perception, mentioned Doro was coming into a aggressive market, already crowded with each rugged gadgets, reminiscent of 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.”