Not long ago Doro introduced the idea of easy to use mobile phones specially adapted to the needs of seniors. An idea that has become immensely popular. Now we’re taking everything we know from these and earlier experiences, and applying it to the world of telecare, a natural step in the evolution of Doro’s core business. Our latest developments include a new range of products designed specifically for telecare applications.
Enabling seniors to continue living at home
Telecare is a fast growing sector in some of Doro’s markets that involves the use of specially developed telecommunication equipment to monitor and respond to people’s needs, particularly for people who live home alone. User-activated triggers such as alarm pendants, as well as automatic triggers such as smoke detectors, communicate with a telecare unit in the home. The telecare unit relays the alarm to a monitoring centre that in turn contacts a carer prepared to provide the appropriate response.
These needs are not solely related to emergency situations. Many people who live alone have much to gain from simply being able to ask an operator about something they may be curious or need information about. Telecare services can therefore also deliver the type of social interaction that can play an important role in enabling people to continue living at home as long as they wish to.
A more secure alternative
Many existing telecare solutions use a traditional landline for the communication between the home and the monitoring centre. However, due to the increasing migration from PSTN-based (fixed landline) networks to IP-based and wireless telecom networks that is taking place in many areas, alternative telecare solutions using ADSL (internet) technology have emerged. Yet the problem with these is that ADSL modems often need to be reset and are completely inoperable during power outages.
For this reason, Doro’s new range of telecare products, Doro Secure, offers specially developed solutions for situations where a landline is not installed or available. Using Doro’s technology for secure radio and mobile communication, these solutions not only represent a safer alternative to ADSL technology, but also deliver more information to telecare operators. Naturally, the range also includes traditional landline products for areas where PSTN is still the preferred technology.