Swedish cell phone firm Doro has unveiled a hard-wearing handset designed for folks akin to social staff, carers and builders who work alone.
The Doro 8020X contains a purple “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 an identical service for different cell phones.
They’ll 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 gadget.
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 is usually suitable with Doro’s automated care centre, i-care, for which the corporate prices a 48-euro (£40, $52) subscription per 12 months.
I-care allows employers to intently monitor the standing of the cellphone, together with battery energy and durations of inactivity.
It could actually 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] is just not 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 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, akin to 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 – lots of the necessities are the identical,” he stated.
“It has a robust place within the ‘telephones for seniors’ market and works with all the primary networks within the UK.”