Swedish cell phone firm Doro has unveiled a hard-wearing handset designed for folks equivalent to social staff, carers and builders who work alone.
The Doro 8020X incorporates a pink “name for assist” button on the facet.
If the button is pressed, the telephone 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 will take over an current “residence” button for this objective.
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, is predicated across the idea of “robust telephones”, that are chunkier gadgets designed to outlive rougher environments.
It is usually appropriate with Doro’s automated care centre, i-care, for which the corporate prices a 48-euro (£40, $52) subscription per yr.
I-care allows employers to carefully monitor the standing of the telephone, together with battery energy and intervals of inactivity.
It may possibly additionally ship messages asking if the proprietor of the telephone 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] 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 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 getting into a aggressive market, already crowded with each rugged gadgets, equivalent to these supplied by development manufacturers De Walt and Cat, and devoted care apps.
“It’s attention-grabbing Doro is making the leap 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 principle networks within the UK.”