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 contains a purple “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 analogous service for different cell phones.
They’ll take over an current “residence” 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 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’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 intently monitor the standing of the telephone, together with battery energy and intervals of inactivity.
It could actually 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 coming into others’ properties by themselves.
“We do not need to do ‘me-too ‘, however to ship our service on to another person’s [device] will not be really easy,” mentioned 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 mentioned.
Smartphone skilled Ben Wooden, from CCS Perception, mentioned Doro was coming into a aggressive market, already crowded with each rugged gadgets, comparable to these provided by development 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 mentioned.
“It has a robust place within the ‘telephones for seniors’ market and works with all the primary networks within the UK.”