Swedish cell phone firm Doro has unveiled a hard-wearing handset designed for individuals corresponding to social staff, carers and builders who work alone.
The Doro 8020X incorporates a purple “name for assist” button on the aspect.
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 analogous service for different cell phones.
They will take over an present “dwelling” 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 system.
The Android-powered handset, which retails at £220 within the UK, is predicated across the idea of “robust telephones”, that are chunkier units designed to outlive rougher environments.
Additionally it is 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 intently monitor the standing of the telephone, together with battery energy and intervals of inactivity.
It will probably 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] just isn’t really easy,” stated 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 individuals and it had 130,000 subscribers for its vary of “digital telecare options”, Mr Millington stated.
Smartphone knowledgeable Ben Wooden, from CCS Perception, stated Doro was getting into a aggressive market, already crowded with each rugged units, corresponding to 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 stated.
“It has a powerful place within the ‘telephones for seniors’ market and works with all the primary networks within the UK.”