Swedish cell phone firm Doro has unveiled a hard-wearing handset designed for folks reminiscent of social staff, carers and builders who work alone.
The Doro 8020X includes 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 in the marketplace providing the same service for different cellphones.
They’ll take over an current “dwelling” button for this function.
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, 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 fees a 48-euro (£40, $52) subscription per 12 months.
I-care allows employers to intently monitor the standing of the telephone, together with battery energy and durations 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 getting 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.”
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 mentioned.
Smartphone knowledgeable Ben Wooden, from CCS Perception, mentioned Doro was getting into a aggressive market, already crowded with each rugged units, reminiscent of these supplied by building 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 – lots of the necessities are the identical,” he mentioned.
“It has a powerful place within the ‘telephones for seniors’ market and works with all the principle networks within the UK.”