Sonim and SafeLinQ Partner to Provide Ultra-Rugged Mobile Phone Solution for Lone Workers in Hazardous or Dangerous Environments

Oct 06, 2010, 21:00 ET from Sonim Technologies

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- CTIA -- Sonim Technologies, manufacturer of the world's most rugged mobile phones and SafeLinQ, the global leader in Mobile Location-Based Products (MLBS), announce an all-in-one Lone Worker monitoring solution that keeps people safe and connected while in harsh, extreme, and dangerous work environments. To date, the Lone Worker safety solution has been deployed with Emergency Response Centers in Europe and North America and is being used to protect private and public sector construction workers, gas pipeline maintenance crews and security guards. The solution is also available in the Middle East, Africa, Latin and Central America and is suitable for Lone Workers that work on oil rigs, in logistics and delivery, on transport tarmacs, in logging yards, in forests and at the scene of floods and fires.

The Sonim XP3 SENTINEL phone contains embedded software that enables workers in danger to send distress signals like 'FIRE' or 'MAN STUCK' complete with the worker's GPS location to an Emergency Monitoring Centre via GPRS or SMS. The XP3 SENTINEL's long GPS tracking battery life and an ultra-rugged, waterproof shell ensure that the phone is a reliable method of communication every time.

In North America, the emergency monitoring and response service offered with the Lone Worker Solution is provided by the GEOS Travel & Safety Group. Bob Davis, President of GEOS states: "The pairing of the high quality Sonim GPS cell phone with the world class emergency monitoring and response services of GEOS has resulted in a safety and security program second to none."

Martijn van Bree, CEO at SafeLinQ comments: "Sonim and SafeLinQ have collaborated to provide the world's most rugged mobile phone combined with custom software to communicate with GEOS, the world's most reliable Global Response Centre. The combination of these valuable assets will save many lives over the coming years."

Key functions of the Lone Worker Monitoring Solution include a Man-Down sensor based on a three- axis accelerometer (which detects impact, tilt, free-fall and non-movement) and a dedicated Red Emergency button, operable even when the phone keypad is locked. When the Red Emergency button is pushed, an alarm message is sent to the Emergency Response Centre with the worker's exact GPS location.  Employers can turn the safety service on or off, and set alarm settings, shift times and program intervals when location tracking is active. A status button can transmit an active position or message such as 'ARRIVED AT LOCATION', 'SAFETY RISK' or 'ENTERING BUILDING WITHOUT GPS'. All of these settings can be managed remotely for total flexibility.

Sanjay Jhawar, Vice President and General Manager of Applications at Sonim Technologies said, "Our early customers have told us that the solution is not only easy and quick to setup for new users, but they find that they can use the XP3 SENTINEL with confidence in working environments that caused the screens of other devices to crack, or become unusable through internal dust accumulation or exposure to severe weather."

ABOUT THE XP3 SENTINEL

The Sonim XP3 SENTINEL is a tri-band GSM phone that will withstand 2 metre drops onto concrete in any orientation, can be submerged in 1 metre water for up to 30 minutes, and will operate in temperatures ranging from -20 to +55 Celsius  Notably, it has a shock and scratch resistant Gorilla Glass® screen and meets the military-level MIL-810F certification for resistance to humidity, salt, shock and heat.  It is easy to use – even if the user is wearing gloves or has wet hands - and its 110 decibel speakers can be heard over machinery or sirens.  A complete list of specifications can be found at:  http://www.sonimloneworker.com/product_info.php.

Backing up this performance, the XP3 SENTINEL, like all Sonim phones, comes with an industry-leading 3-year Comprehensive Warranty.  In fact, no technical standard fully captures the endurance of the XP3 SENTINEL, and Sonim therefore tests to its own stringent Rugged Performance Standards (http://www.sonimtech.com/rps.php).

AVAILABILITY

The Sonim XP3 SENTINEL is available in the US through distributor Quality One Wireless and with an MSRP of $525.  Access to the GEOS Emergency Response Centre powered by SafeLinQ's Monitoring System is available on plans beginning from $9.95 per user per month, in addition to applicable mobile voice and data chargers from a GSM network operator. For more information, visit www.sonimtechnologies.com or www safelinq.com

ABOUT SAFELINQ INTERNATIONAL

SafeLinQ International (www.safelinq.com) is one of the fastest growing providers of location based technology (Location Based Services – in short LBS) in the World. Today SafeLinQ is active in 12 different countries worldwide and cooperates amongst others with South African Police Services (SAPS), O2, Orange, Vodacom, Ministry of Justice in England, Securitas and ADT. Originating as Dutch company SafeLinQ headquarters are located in Utrecht and sales branches in Spain, England, South Africa and Hong Kong.

ABOUT SONIM TECHNOLOGIES

Sonim Technologies (www.sonimtech.com) is the provider of the world's most rugged, water-submersible mobile phones designed specifically for workers in challenging outdoor and industrial environments. Sonim's XP family of rugged phones feature outstanding engineering to meet Sonim's Rugged Performance Standards (for example: impervious to water, 2 meter drops, dust and extreme temperatures).  Sonim's industry-leading comprehensive three year warranty has redefined customer expectations of rugged technology. Sonim provides a suite of high-performance workforce management applications including push-to-talk and lone worker safety services on cellular networks. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, California and offers its products in over 50 countries.

SOURCE Sonim Technologies



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