Sonim announces XP3 Sentinel Mobile Phone

Sonim Technologies, the maker of rugged phones, has announced the Sonim XP3 Sentinel, the cornerstone of a new safety solution for Lone Workers. Custom-designed for vertical markets including the energy, utilities, construction, security, forestry and logistics sectors, the XP3 Sentinel will keep remote workers safe while in isolated and hazardous environments.

Peoplesafe (UK), TrackaPhone (UK), SafelinQ (global) and GEOS Alliance (US, Canada) are Sonim’s launch partners for the monitoring services and servers announced. Together with these partners, Sonim’s XP3 Sentinel provides an end to end safety solution that also includes an emergency response call centre and uses the voice and data capabilities of a mobile network operator.

The Sonim XP3 Sentinel is engineered to exceed the toughest tests. It can be dropped from two metres onto concrete, submerged in one metre of water for up to 30 minutes and operate in temperatures from -20 to +55 Celsius. The phone has a Gorilla glass screen and meets the military-level MIL-810F certification for resistance to humidity, salt, shock and heat.

The uniquely designed keypad makes it easy to use with gloved or wet hands and its 110 decibel speakers can be heard over machinery or sirens. In addition, the ergonomic design enables mobile workers to change settings and make adjustments to the phone easily, helping them stay focused on the task at hand.

“No matter how harsh the situation, the Sonim XP3 Sentinel is the ultimate safety phone for Lone Workers in extreme environments,” said Bob Plaschke, CEO of Sonim Technologies. “Featuring high performance GPS, dedicated emergency alarm buttons, and a ‘man-down‘ motion sensor that can detect impact, tilt, free fall and no-movement, the Sonim XP3 Sentinel has been configured to work hand-in-glove with the advanced 24×7 monitoring services of our partners.”

The Sonim XP3 Sentinel features risk management buttons (red, amber and green) simplifying the user interface and requiring no menu selections by the user. This user interaction is powerfully customissed by each of Sonim’s monitoring partners through their specific configuration of the XP3 Sentinel’s flexible capabilities.

A typical configuration is as follows:

Emergency Red Button: In emergencies, the user presses the dedicated red button on the side of the phone, even if the phone keypad is locked. This causes the user’s GPS location to be sent to the monitoring centre, where the position appears on a map with other relevant data. A call is automatically placed to the emergency monitoring centre to summon assistance. After the call, the GPS tracking will continue until the incident is resolved and the phone is remotely reset. On a full battery, GPS tracking can continue for around 24 hours at three minute intervals. For maximum reliability, Sonim has implemented red button capabilities natively in the phone’s firmware.

Amber Alert Button: With the amber key, the lone worker can request enhanced monitoring and tracking if they are going into a risky situation. The monitoring service may track the worker on a map and remind the user to use the phone keypad to acknowledge their safety every ten minutes until they cancel the amber alert.

Green Button: The green key may be used to indicate that the user has started or ended their working shift.

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